Monthly Archives: June 2015

WV Travel Team: Quirky, cool Berkeley Springs

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Full disclosure right up front: I live here. Have lived here for nearly 40 years.

I’ve written so many words about Berkeley Springs that it’s hard to imagine there is any West Virginian not familiar with the country’s first spa, tucked away in that protruding thumb of the state known as the Eastern Panhandle.

How many other places are there where people have been coming to “take the waters” for their health for nearly 300 years — not counting the native tribes?


Berkeley Springs has been voted as the #8 Best Southern Small Town as chosen by USA TODAY and it's readers.

It was a very close race between the top two finishers, but in the end, Natchitoches, La. (population 18,275) took home top honors. “Nack-a-Tish,” B&B Capital of Louisiana and quaint setting for the ensemble-cast classic, Steel Magnolias, is the oldest town in the state of Louisiana.

Runner up for Best Southern Small Town is Abingdon, Va. (population 8,206), located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and home to the Barter Theatre and Virginia Creeper Trail.