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Berkeley Springs [1] is a town of 663 people (as of 2000) in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, across the border from Maryland. "Berkeley Springs" is the name of the post office, but the town is incorporated as Bath. It's a vibrant artistic community, full of quaint inns and historical connections to George Washington, but it's most famous for its mineral springs, which are used both for drinking water and rejuvenating warm baths. Understandably, the spa (and pampering) business is big in the area.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Berkeley Springs is located on US-522, between Lewistown, Pennsylvania and Hancock, Maryland in the north, and Winchester, Virginia in the south. It's just south of the junction of I-68 — which leads west toward Cumberland, Maryland and Morgantown — and I-70 — which runs from Somerset, Pennsylvania in the west to Hagerstown, Maryland in the east. To the east of Berkeley Springs is I-81, which passes from Hagerstown to Winchester through Martinsburg.

By plane[edit]

The nearest commercial airports to Berkeley Springs are Baltimore Washington International Airport in Baltimore and Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., both about 2 hours away.

Get around[edit]

There's not really any public transportation in Berkeley Springs, so you'll want to bring your car with you. Downtown, however, is compact and easily walkable.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Berkeley Springs State Park, 2 S Washington Street, 304-258-2711, [2]. 4.5 acre park. Roman bath house and main bathhouse with private swimming baths and spa treatments; pump building with free spring water taps; primitive stone "George Washington's Bathtub" bathing area; museum with exhibits on local geology, culture and history; monument to James Rumsey, inventor of the steamboat; warm spring-water pools and sinking sands; and public spring-water swimming pool.
  • Berkeley Castle, route 9. Built from silica sandstone in 1885, the castle features 13 rooms and a dungeon. It was once open for tours, but is now privately-owned, although you can still view the exterior on the mountainside from a distance.
  • The Ice House, Independence Street and Mercer Street, 304-258-2300, [3]. An art center featuring community and youth theatre, concerts and a gallery, housed in a 1910 cold storage building.
  • Star Theatre, Congress Street and N Washington Street, 304.258.1404, [4]. Films begin at 8 pm Friday through Sunday (and Thursday, in summer). A one-screen 1928 movie theatre resurrected in 1977, showing films a few weeks past first-run. Couches available for $0.50 extra. Be sure to try their popcorn ("the best in four states") fresh out of the 1947 popping machine with real butter. $3.50.
  • Triple "B" Arena, 203 Barbecue Drive, 304-258-4178 or 304-258-9490, [5]. Old West rodeo, team roping, championship bull rides, barrel racing, special events and concerts.
  • Cacapon Resort State Park, 818 Cacapon Lodge Drive, 304-258-1022, [6]. Hiking, horseback riding, swimming, boating, tennis, basketball, volleyball, fishing, par-72 18-hole golf course, golf lessons, nature and recreation programs. Lodging available. Restaurant and gift shop. Scenic overlooks for drivers and hikers. Golf $12 - $32.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Take a walking tour [7] of historic downtown Berkeley Springs.
  • The Washington Heritage Trail [8] is a 127-mile scenic driving trail through the three counties of West Virginia's eastern panhandle, highlighting George Washington's involvement in the area, as well as local architecture and scenic wonders.
  • Sleepy Creek Sports, 6265 Windsor Lane, 304-258-3271 or 304-261-5865, [9]. Shotgun and sporting clay range. NRA personal protection course and shotgun sports school available.

Mineral Spas[edit]

  • Berkeley Springs State Park, 2 S Washington Street, 304-258-2711, [10]. Spa open daily 10 am to 6 pm (last appointment at 4:30 pm). A state park renowned for its warm mineral-water springs that flow at a rate of approximately 1500 gallons per minute. The main bathhouse was opened in 1930 and recently renovated. Today its serves thousands of people who come to take the waters. The spa features heated Roman baths, whirlpool tub bathing, massages, a sauna and showers. There is a men's side and a ladies. The historic Roman Baths built in 1815, have nine private bathing chambers with 750 gal tubs of the heated spring water. Spa rates $10 - $80.
  • Atasia Spa, 41 Congress Street, 304-258-7888 or 877-258-7888, [11]. Open 9 am to 5 pm daily. Therapeutic massage, reiki and reflexology, aroma-stone and raindrop therapy, lomi lomi, rejuvenating facials, sugar scrubs, herbal wraps, mud treatments, gardenside pedicures, manicures, whirlpools and steam baths. $15 - $85.
  • The Bath House, 21 Fairfax Street, 304-258-9071 or 800-431-4698, [12]. Open 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 5:30 pm on Fridays, and 10 am to 7 pm on Saturdays. Massage, facials, aromatherapy, steam therapy, spas, hot and cold stone therapy. Lodging available. $20 - $175, lodging $99.
  • Renaissance Spa at The Country Inn, 110 S. Washington St., 304-258-9071, [13]. Open 9 am to 5 pm daily. Facials, thermoplastic treatments, masks, scrubs and wraps, massages, reiki, stone therapy, whirlpool mineral baths, manicures and pedicures, paraffin treatment, waxing. Lodging and spa packages available. $20 - $700.

Events[edit]

  • Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, N. Washington St., 304-258-2210 or 866-458-2210, [14]. Held in late February at the Country Inn, the largest water-tasting competition in the world features municipal tap water, purified drinking water, and still and sparkling bottled waters. Since 1991.
  • Berkeley Springs Studio Tour, 82 Powerline Lane, 304-258-3541 or 800-888-8768, [15]. A free, self-guided, family-friendly tour of working artists' studios in and around Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, WV. The twice-yearly event is held every Memorial Day Weekend and two weekends after Columbus Day is celebrated.
  • George Washington's Bathtub Celebration, 304-258-9147 or 800-447-8797,[16]. Held in mid-March. Dollar sales throughout town, dramatic readings of George Washington's writings about the area, guided walking tours, live entertainment.
  • Uniquely West Virginia, 527 N Washington Street, 800-447-8797, [17]. Held in late April at the Old factory Antique Mall North Hall, Uniquely West Virginia is a one-day wine and food celebration of state products from nearly two dozen vendors. Also features an artwalk, quilt show and sale, and free redbud seedling giveaway.
  • Berkeley Springs Apple Butter Festival, 127 Fairfax Street, 800-447-8797, [18]. Two-day event on Columbus Day weekend in early October, featuring a parade, live music, contests - including apple-butter and baking contests, beard contest and hog calling - and an all-day apple-butter-making show. Over 200 vendors offer traditional crafts and antiques, home-canned goods and mountain cooking in the park and on downtown streets. Since 1974.
  • "Festival of Light Psychic Fair and Alternative Health Expo", Independence & Mercer. 800-447-8797. (http://www.berkeleysprings.com) Two-days on second weekend in November at the Ice House. More than 60 readers, bodyworkers and vendors plus lectures and workshops.

Guides[edit]

  • Berkeley Springs Guide, [19]. Helpful guide for people visiting Berkeley Springs. Gives you advice for activities for family fun, guy's retreat or ladies getaway. It also has sample itineraries, frequently asked questions, shopping guide and where to get the best lodging rates.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Bath Bookworks, 15 N Washington Street, 304-258-7970, [20]. Open 11 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, and by appointment Wednesday and Thursday; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Old books and graphics, antiques and gifts, bookbinding and related arts. Visitors can view the hand-binding workshop in use. Workshops offered.
  • Berkeley Springs Farmers' Market, route 522 and Fairfax Street, [21]. Open 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday from May through October. Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and vegetable plants, fresh and dried herbs and herbal products, house plants, perennials, fresh meat, dairy products, breads and pastries, james and jellies, honey, fresh eggs, prepared foods, contests and special events.
  • Homeopathy Works, 304-258-2541 or 800-336-1695, [22]. Open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Manufacturing homeopathic medicine since 1873, with a retail outlet and museum.
  • Jules, 13 Fairfax Street, 304-258-9509, [23]. Enchanting gifts and collectables from around the world.
  • Mostly Woven, 19 N Washington Street, 304-258-5276, [24]. Open Friday through Sunday. Coats, jackets, vests, shawls and cocoons.
  • The Parks House, 363 S Washington Street, 304-258-6871, [25]. Open 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday (closed Wednesdays), and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday. Fine wood furnitures, collectables and country accents displayed in a restored 1911 stone house.
  • Portals, 81-A N Washington Street, 304-258-5200, [26]. Open 11 am to 5 pm Friday through Monday. A New Age Shoppe featuring books, music, crystals, incense, jewelry, statuary, home decor, sage, ceremony kits, wood carvings, drums, tarot and oracle cards, one-of-a kind Kindred Connection Santas and much more. Classes and seminars offered on on crystals, Reiki, drumming, meditation, Wicca and card reading.
  • The RAG Shop, 109 N Washington Street, 304-258-7742, [27]. Open 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday, and 12 pm to 6 pm on Sunday. Niche market offering furniture, books, clothing, and housewares.
  • Sage Moon Herb Shop, 47 Independence Street, 304-258-9228. Open 11 am to 5 pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11 am to 6 pm on Friday; and 10 am to 5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday; closed Tuesdays. Herbs, plants, specialty teas, crafts, oils, books, candles and gifts.
  • Tom Seely Furniture, 5270 Valley Road, 304-258-2343, [28]. Handmade reproduction antique furniture, made with solid wood using traditional woodworking techniques.

Galleries[edit]

  • Heath Studio Gallery, 327 N Washington Street, 304-258-2482 or 304-258-9840, [29]. Watercolors, woodcuts, linocuts and monoprints.
  • Hsu Studios, 80 Reeder Lane, 304-258-1911, [30]. Jewelry, wall pieces, bowls, mobiles and collages made of anodized aluminum.
  • Frog Valley Artians, Ltd., 82 Powerline Lane, 304-258-351, [31]. A growing artists' collective with working studios in metal, ceramics, pottery, stained and fused glass, a small gift-shop and onsite gallery. Open Friday thru Saturday from April through December and by appointment.209.234.41.8 00:11, 30 April 2010 (EDT)
  • Mountain Laurel Gallery, 1 N Washington Street, 304-258-1919 or 888-809-2041, [32]. Open 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Designer jewelry, wearables, fine art, glass, pottery, metal, wood and candles.

Shopping Centers[edit]

  • Berkeley Springs Antique Mall, 7 Fairfax Street, 304-258-5676. Open 10 am to 5 pm daily; closed Wednesdays. Quality antiques & collectibles from 30 dealers.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Parkview Restaurant & Tavern at The Country Inn, 110 S Washington St, 304-258-0222, [33]. Open for breakfast 7:30 am to 11 am Monday through Friday (full breakfast) and 8:00 am to 11:00 am Saturday and Sunday (full breakfast), for lunch 11 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday, and for dinner 5:30 to 9 pm Friday through Sunday. Appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, poultry, seafood, grilled meats, desserts. $5 - $30.
  • Lot 12 Public House, 117 Warren Street, 304-258-6264, [34]. Open 5 pm to 9 pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 5 pm to 8 pm on Sunday. Northern Italian cuisine including salads, soups, pasta, seafood, poultry, meat, and homemade desserts. $19 - $32.
  • Maria's Garden, 42 Independence Street, 304-258-2021 or 888-629-2253, [35]. Open 11 am to 8 pm Sunday through Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday, and breakfast from 8 to 11 am Saturday and Sunday; closed Wednesdays. Italian and American cuisine, including appetizers, pasta dinners, seafood, down home favorites, platters, subs, sandwiches, salads, burgers and pizza. $4.50 - $22.
  • Panorama at the Peak, 1 Prospect Peak Lane off WV-9, 304-258-9847, [36]. Open 5 to 9 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 10 pm Friday and Saturday, and 3 to 8:30 pm on Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, prime rib, steaks, pork and desserts. Try the spicy butternut squash and cider soup, the bacon-wrapped shrimp, the Panorama eggplant lasagna rolls, and Chef Daddy's pot pies. $12 - $28.
  • Tari's Cafe, 33 N Washington Street, 304-258-1196, [37]. Open daily until 9 pm. Cafe and tavern featuring imaginative recipes with fresh and homegrown ingredients, in robust portions. On-site gallery. Appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, house specialties, desserts. Lunch $6 - $10, dinner $14 - $27.
  • The Troubadour Lounge, Highland Ridge Road, 304-258-9381, [38]. Open 1 to 10 pm Tuesday through Sunday; closed Mondays. Lounge with full-service bar, outdoor grill and tiki bar. Appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, platters and steaks. Live bands on Saturday nights. Also home to Winchester Records, a functioning recording studio, and the West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame. $1.50 - $15.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Fairfax Coffee House, 23 Fairfax Street, 304-258-8019, [39]. Open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday. Coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea, grilled panini, sandwiches, homemade soups, quiche, hummus, salads and fresh-baked pastries. Funky gifts and West Virginia food products available.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Kayser Ridge, 375 Breakthrough Lane, 202-494-2849, [40]. Just 2-hours from D.C. in wild and wonderful West Virginia! This beautiful log lodge is situated on top of a 20-acre mountain and is located just 2 miles from Cacapon State Park and 12 miles from Berkeley Springs State Park. It has 3000 sq. ft. of space inside, complete with 5 bedrooms/sleeping areas, 4 full bathrooms, 2 fully-equipped kitchens, conference room, WIFI, 2 gas fireplaces, and more. Just outside any one of 8 sets of French doors is another 3000 sq. ft. of deckspace for meeting, relaxing, and taking in the splendor of 360° views of four states (PA, MD, VA, and WV)!  edit

Hotels and Motels[edit]

  • Best Western Berkeley Springs Inn, 1776 Valley Road, 304-258-9400 or 866-945-9400, [41]. Heated outdoor pool. Complimentary breakfast.

Inns[edit]

  • The Country Inn, 110 S. Washington St., 304-258-2210 or 866-458-2210, [42]. 62 rooms, 5 suites and 1 guest cottage. Fitness center. On-site spa (The Five Senses Spa), restaurants (The West Virginia Room and The Morgan Tavern), and gift shop. Ask about Spa Packages.
  • Maria's Garden and Inn, 42 Independence Street, 304-258-2021 or 888-629-2253, [43]. 10 rooms, 1 suite. Whirlpool rooms available. $75 - $195.
  • Tari's Inn, 33 N Washington Street, 304-258-1196, [44]. 4 rooms. Sleep-and-Dine packages available.

Bed and Breakfasts[edit]

  • Highlawn Inn, 171 Market Street, 304-258-5700 or 888-290-4163, [45]. 10 rooms, 2 cottages. Flower and herb gardens with pebble paths, wraparound veranda, porch swings, fireplace, three resident cats. Opulent healthy breakfasts. Whirlpool and fireplace rooms available. Rooms $95 - $170, cottages $199 - $320.
  • Inn on Fairfax, 151 Fairfax Street, 304-258-4502, [46]. 5 rooms. $100 - $200.
  • The Manor Inn, 234 Fairfax Street, 304-258-1552 or 800-974-5770, [47]. 4 rooms. Historic 1874 second empire Victorian home with large porch and 10-foot ceilings. $85 - $190.
  • River House, Rock Ford Road off WV-9 in Great Cacapon, 304-258-4042, [48]. 3 rooms. 1924 Sears Craftsman home. Walking, bike riding, access to the Cacapon River, inner tubing, ping-pong, morning or afternoon yoga classes, guided botanical walks, two resident cats. Specializing in creative vegetarian cuisine using organic fruits and vegetables grown on the property. $60 - $90.
  • Sleepy Creek Mountain Inn, 877 Winstead Road, 304-258-0234 or 877-258-0234, [49]. Originally a log cabin dating back to 1800, parts of which are still visible in the home. 120 acres of farmland, front porch, massage. Whirlpool and fireplace rooms available. $92 - $162.
  • Villa Firenze, 304-258-3647 or 703-370-1518, [50]. 4 rooms. Large deck overlooking the woods, hiking trails, swimming pool, tennis courts, spa services, periodic Italian cooking classes. Jacuzzi room available. $90 - $135.

Resorts[edit]

  • Cacapon Resort State Park, 818 Cacapon Lodge Drive, 304-258-1022, [51]. Lodge (48 rooms), inn (12 rooms), 27 cabins (15 modern, 13 standard) and bungalows. Restaurant and gift shop. Lodge $61 - $82, inn $49 - $58, cabins $66 - $988, bungalow $63 - $378.


  • Woods Resort, P.O. Box 5, Mountain Lake Road, Hedgesville, WV 25427 (800) 248-2222

[52] 12 miles from Berkeley Springs on Route 9. Lodge and villas. 2 Golf Courses, Full Spa, Tennis, 2 Swimming Pools, Restaurants, fitness center, hiking trails.

Cabins[edit]

  • Berkeley Springs Getaways, 1-800-283-7134 , [53]. On 2.4 acres there is a choice of a three story log cabin or a two story chalet. Both have 2 bedrooms, satellite and flat screen TV's, modern kitchens, air conditioning, and fire pit. Children and pets are welcome. Starting at $115 a night for up to 6 adults. Weekly rates available.
  • Husky's Hideaway, 1-703-731-9133 , [54]. A cozy 2 bedroom cabin nestled in more than 7.5 acres of woods just minutes from downtown Berkeley Springs. Fully equipped kitchen, down comforters & Egyptian cotton sheets, canopy bed, 2 master baths, & wood burning stove. Grill on the large deck which overlooks a creek for kayaking, tubing, & fishing. LCD TVs in each bedroom. Sleeps 4. Children and dogs welcome. $150-175

Camping[edit]

  • Fern Valley Camp, 304-279-8787, [55]. Campsites, 1 chalet. Bathroom and shower facilities, swimming, float tubes. Camping $20, chalet $175.
  • Sycamore Landing, 17127 Cacapon Road in Largent, 304-947-5175, [56]. 20 tent sites, RV sites. Swimming, fishing and canoeing on the Cacapon River. Convenience store, bathroom and shower facilities. Tents $20, RVs $30.
  • Cox Camping [57], 5822 Milo School Road / 44 Cox Lane, Great Cacapon (a few miles from downtown, go about 7.5 miles and turn right on Detour Rd, go approximately 2 miles and turn left on Milo School Rd, 1 mile on the left just look for the sign), 304-258-2267 or 301-953-2676. Year round family friendly camping with fantastic mountain views on our 60 acre site.

Get out[edit]

  • Martinsburg is about 1 hour southeast on I-70 / I-81 or about 30 minutes on West Virginia Route 9.



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