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Berkeley Springs, Home of 
the Country’s First Spa

Mar 24, 2014 02:01PM ● By Cate Reynolds
If you’re seeking a relaxing getaway, look no further than Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Located in Morgan County in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia—90 minutes from the Washington/Baltimore metro area—Berkeley Springs offers an escape from the stresses of day-to-day life. Home to the nation’s first spa, this historic mountain town is famous for its natural springs, which have captivated people for hundreds of years.

Naturally, when you’re in a “spa town,” you want to relax and be pampered, so spend some time at the spa at Berkeley Springs State Park. The spa offers a variety of soothing baths and treatments in the mineral waters that flow from the springs at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. (Approximately 2,000 gallons of water flow from five springs every minute.) Enjoy a Roman bath, relax in the Jacuzzi or sauna, or treat yourself to a massage. Feel your worries fade away as you indulge in the peaceful experience.

But a spa treatment isn’t the only way to relax while you’re in Berkeley Springs. If you love the great outdoors, you’re in luck. The town offers a variety of recreational activities to help you get in touch with nature. Cacapon Resort State Park covers more than 6,000 acres and includes several miles of hiking trails, as well as a lake, sand beach, paddle boats, an 18-hole, 72-par championship golf course, and horseback riding trails. Meanwhile, the C&O Canal Towpath, located six miles north of Berkeley Springs along the Potomac River, provides an ideal path for bicyclists, winding through the nearly mile-long Paw Paw Tunnel, the largest manmade structure on the canal.

Indeed, Berkeley Springs is such a unique town that it even has a castle. Located on a hill overlooking the town, Berkeley Castle is a favorite photo backdrop for residents and visitors alike. The castle is a private residence, however, so indoor access is limited to weddings and other events.

With its spas, unique shops and galleries, fine dining, cozy lodging options, and breathtaking natural beauty, Berkeley Springs is the perfect getaway. In fact, this charming town is so relaxing that you may not want to leave.

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