Berkeley Springs is a beautiful and historic town set in the mountains of West Virginia. Known for its healing thermal waters and one-of-a-kind spas, it’s the perfect place to getaway and relax.
In addition to its renowned relaxation, Berkeley Springs has a vibrant nationally recognized art scene, a variety of dining options including West Virginia’s only James Beard rated chef and two local craft breweries, and distinctive shops that, together, offer something for everyone. Just a 90-minute drive from the Washington/Baltimore metro area it’s the perfect place to escape the city and experience small-town charm.
- Located in the heart of town Berkeley Springs State Park has a little bit of everything. The park offers an outdoor pool, public tap for free spring water, open spring pools and channel for toe dabbling 24/7, historic Roman Bath House and mineral spa.
- Sit back, relax and watch a movie at the vintage Star Movie Theatre on the weekends. The Star Theatre is even a stop on the Historic Theatres of West Virginia Trail.
- Spanning 6,000 acres Cacapon Resort State Park offers lake activities, hiking and mountain biking opportunities, horseback riding, vacation cabins, golfing and dining. It’s the perfect place to relax and have fun with your friends and family.
- George Washington was a regular visitor to Berkeley Springs and an advocate of the curative powers of the spring. Today, you can photo op the recreated version of George Washington’s bath tub, so famous that it has its own celebration!
- The Ice House Art Center is home to the Morgan Arts Council and is the site of concerts, gallery exhibits, lectures, community theater and art and movement classes for adults and youth. The Ice House Co-Op gallery offers the work of more than 30 local and regional artisans. There is live music at several locations every weekend.
- Have a shopping excursion on several blocks of historic downtown where you can find everything from antiques, cheese, gourmet oils, Himalayan crafts, jewelry, clothes and gifts galore.
- Nearly 80 miles of the Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway that includes George Washington’s downtown lot, the spectacular Panorama Overlook and the Paw Paw Tunnel as well as more than a dozen other sites.
- On Columbus Day weekend since 1974, Berkeley Springs has served as the home of West Virginia’s famous Apple Butter Festival. The festival fills the park and downtown Berkeley Springs for two days of craft beer, WV wines, games, contests, music, food, fine arts, local crafts, -and of course, apple butter. Make sure to try the star of the festival -the spicy apple butter -stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the square.
- The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition held at the end of the month of February welcomes more than 100 waters from across the country and globe. The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition is the largest water tasting competition in the world.
- Taste vintages from state wineries at the Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food Festival held during the middle of the month of April each year. This festival celebrates wine, ramps and other state grown products.
- One of Berkeley Springs most unique celebrations is the George Washington’s Bathtub Celebration. The celebration is held during the middle of the month of March and celebrates Berkeley Springs most unique historical site, George Washington’s bath tub with sales and local history activities.
- On Veterans Day weekend in November, it’s the Festival of Light Psychic Fair and Alternative Healing Expo, largest such event in the region with nearly 100 vendors and two-days of talks and workshops as part of the entry fee.