Berkeley Springs was listed as one of the coziest American Mountain Towns. Up in the mountains, the air is fresher and the views are better. There’s a sense of calm, as the only sounds come from nature—a babbling creek or a chirping robin. A getaway in the mountains can clear your head and get you in touch with the great outdoors, all while answering the call for adventure.
As sweater weather rolls in, now is the most idyllic time to escape to the mountains. To inspire your next rustic retreat, we’ve picked 17 of the best mountain towns in America—in no particular order. Explore these towns in the foothills and spend your days shredding slopes, uncovering the local history, and getting cozy by the fireplace.
Fun fact: Berkeley Springs is known for its mineral water, but did you know George Washington vacationed in this town to soak in the hot springs during the 1760s?
Where to play: See for yourself what Washington was on about at the Berkeley Springs State Park. Let your worries melt away in the Roman baths and reach the ultimate state of bliss in the whirlpool bathtub.
Where to eat: Dig your fork into a hefty plate of moody bleu steak linguine, while dining in a room decorated in local artwork. Tari’s Café and Gallery showcases not only delicious lunch and dinner fare, but also designs, paintings, and pottery created by West Virginia artists.
Where to stay: A reflection of the charming town itself, the Country Inn of Berkeley Springs is a quaint place to relax for the night. Find peace and quiet in the English garden and rejuvenate your mind and body at the on-site Renaissance Spa.