Berkeley Springs is a historic spa and art-filled town nestled in the West Virginia Mountains. Famous for being the country’s first spa site, it was frequented by George Washington. The charming town of Berkeley Springs is located only 90 minutes from the Washington/Baltimore metro area.
Berkeley Springs continues to be a popular resort area with tourism as the main industry in the county and four full-service spas using the mineral water. It is a home of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, the longest running and largest event of an event of its type in the world.
Berkeley Springs is a noted arts community with working artists accounting for approximately 1% of the county population of 16,000. Since 1994, the town has been listed in all four editions of John Villani’s “100 Best Art Towns in America”, one of only 11 towns so rated. The town is perfect for those who want to relax and pamper themselves, enjoy dining, antiquing, shopping, and soaking in the warm mineral waters. There are five full-service spas providing a variety of services such as massages, manicures, pedicures, wraps, acupuncture, reflexology, and reiki. At the Berkeley Springs State Park Spa (304-258-2711) you can take a soak in a Roman bath and have a half-hour massage for just $40 (Mon-Thurs) or $45 (Fri-Sun). Explore antique shops, craft stores, Berkeley Castle, and try the local coffee shops and restaurants. Saturdays and Sundays, check out the Museum of Berkeley Springs (11am-4pm).
While in Berkeley Springs, take in a movie at the Star Theater, a nostalgic movie theater where 50 cents will rent one of the velvet sofas, or take advantage of programs set up by the Morgan Art Council, which range from free concerts in Berkeley Springs State Park every Saturday afternoon in July and August, to an active Ice House Theater Project and exhibit gallery. The Ice House also offers concerts, art classes, and youth theater.
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