"Water, Water, Everywhere" - not just any water - Berkeley Springs is
famous for its award-winning spring water that literaly bubbles forth
from many springs that permeate the area. The mineral waters that flow
at a constant 74 degree temperature, draw tourists from all over the world
to this tiny West Virginia town, whose real name is officially, and appropriately,
Berkeley Springs bottled water can be found in many of your local grocery
stores or you can "pump your own" right from a cistern located within
the Berkeley Springs State Park. The restaurants in this town don't consider
you a cheapskate when you ask for water with your meal. In fact much of
the town is based on the health benefits of eating properly, drinking
plenty of fresh pure water, taking in a relaxing massage and bathing in
the healing mineral waters. Who would have thought all these "new age"
philosophies could have existed for hundreds of years tucked right under
our very noses. Even our first President found solace in this wonderful
retreat as he relaxed in his own private tub fed directly from the springs.
If a massage and a relaxing soak in a Roman bath are not enough to get
your attention, Berkeley Springs offers many other activities such as
antiquing and fine dining. A favorite place to dine is Tari's The food
is always great. Tari boasts that many of her dishes are prepared with
produce from her own father's garden. If you want to visit the local art
scene, be sure and pay a visit to the Icehouse Gallery Cooperative. If
catching a movie is more to your taste, then visit the STAR Theater, a
old-fashioned movie house. Most activities can be found within walking
distance of the state part located within the heart of the town. However,
if you prefer to stay further away from it all, there are several bed
and breakfasts in the area, or you may choose to stay at nearby Cacapon
State Park or one of several spas and resorts in the area which offer
additional services and packages. In addition to year round activities,
Berkeley Springs hosts several annual festivals such as the annual Apple
Butter Festival in October, International Water Tasting in February and
the Uniquely West Virginia food and wine festival in mid-April.
Like so many places in West Virginia, getting there is half the fun.
The major routes are Route 9 and Route 522. The gently winding mountain
roads are scenic and offer a spectacular ride year round.