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Berkeley Springs

What do three signers of the U.S. Constitution, seven Congressmen, and George Washington have in common? So amazed by the natural springs in Bath, Virginia (now Berkeley Springs, West Virginia) these men worked together to create the nation's first spa. Since its earliest days, the natural springs have filled visitors with wonder. Close to 2,000 gallons of fresh water tumble out of five springs every minute and even after hundreds of years, scientists are not sure why the water is always a constant 74.3°F, although they now have a good idea that Cold Run Valley is the source of the water.

Luxurious Spas and Massages

Luxurious Spa TreatmentsToday, Berkeley Springs State Park is the village green in the heart of this historic town that surrounds the spings. The state-run spa offers massages, heat therapy, Roman and relaxing baths. Each of the 13 large private Roman baths can be taken alone or accommodate several people. In addition to baths, visitors may include either 30-minute or hour-long massages to further melt stress away. There are many packages and more than 52 different bodywork and pampering treatments offered to the public, daily at several private spas, including the premier Atasia Spa, using the town's renowned spring water.

Golf, Hiking and Outdoor Fun 

Cacapon Resort State Park has rooms available in its lodge and inn as well as numerous furnished cabins. Cacapon Resort, only 10 miles south of town, is perfect for business seminars and wedding receptions with rooms that can hold as many as 250 people. This state park also boasts a challenging golf course with 73 sand bunkers and numerous water hazards. Cacapon State Park is home to a popular lake featuring a sand beach and miles of mountain hiking trails.


Easily accessible by foot, the attractions of charming downtown Berkeley Springs provide a lively cultural scene and shopping area. Mountain Laurel Gallery specializes in fine jewelry, clothing, candles, and metal pieces. The Ice House Co-op is well known for its unique wares and nationally renowned artists. Other unusual shops include Homeopathy Works, the world's only combination museum, manufactory and storefront of homeopathic medical remedies; Himalayan Trader, Nature Niche and Bath Bookworks. There are also a half dozen galleries and two antique malls with more than 100 dealers between them. A self-guided walking tour hits all the historical high spots.

Fine Dining

With a full day of shopping behind you, head towards one of Berkeley Springs many fine restaurants. Panorama at the Peak offers an unsurpassed view of the Potomac River and three states. Just three miles west of town, this view is ranked as one of National Geographic Magazine's top scenic sights in the United States. The Panorama specializes in fresh regional food while its wood carving of a sunset made from seventeen West Virginia trees always impresses diners. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Tari's Café is well known for its delectable dishes and art-covered walls. All of the artwork is locally created and for sale. Lot 12 offers some of the finest gourmet food in the region prepared by James Beard regional finalist chef and owner Damian Heath. The Country Inn dining room serves three meals daily, year 'round. Creekside Creamery is a colorful and tasty ice cream parlor.


Following an evening of art and fine dining, you'll want to rest your head at one of Berkeley Springs' many inns and lodges. The Country Inn offers decadent massages, a lovely hotel, and a wonderful in-house restaurant. The cabin at Gobblers' Knob is perfect for a romantic getaway, but is also great for a family escape. For a wonderful Bed and Breakfast, go to Highlawn Inn and enjoy unforgettable breakfasts. Another memorable B&B is The Manor. Berkeley Cottage Rentals offers more than 80 different properties from intown suites to mountain chalets as well as providing packages with various spas and restaurants.

Berkeley Springs is host to several fairs and festivals offering many exciting opportunities to experience unique sights, new sounds, and interesting people. The Apple Butter Festival allows visitors a chance both to make apple butter and buy this delicious concoction right out of the pot. The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting pits water companies and cities from as far away as New Zealand and Slovenia against each other to see who can claim the tastiest water. George Washington's Bathtub Celebration is centered on the rich local history and the Museum of the Berkeley Springs.

Repeatedly ranked as one of America's best small art towns, Berkeley Springs has a summer-long free concert series in Berkeley Springs State Park, a lively local music scene every weekend, community theater, and a spring and fall studio tour. The vintage Star Theatre serves up great popcorn along with first-run films every weekend in a 1940's "mom and pop" neighborhood theater that delights many visitors.

Entertaining festivals and famous spring waters are only half the story in Berkeley Springs. Beautiful scenery, a pair of rivers and forests dotted with wildflowers and ferns make this a truly breathtaking getaway. Visitors quickly learn to relax and forget about the cares of the workaday world. For over 200 years, the country's first spa has been wholly devoted to making sure its guests are so pampered that they keep coming back to this small town gem.

For more information, click here to visit Berkeley Springs Convention & Visitors Center.

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