Below is a suggested itinerary for a weekend (2.5 days). If you are staying longer or interested in other activities, please visit our suggested activities section.
Arrive by 5 p.m. and bathe in the historic Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State Park in the heart of town, built in 1815 on the site of a 1784 bathhouse where Washington bathed. The private bathing chambers hold 750 gallons of mineral water heated to 102 degrees.
After your bath, dine at Tari’s Cafe and Gallery just a half block from the springs, or drive three miles west of town to the Panorama at the Peak. This restaurant overlooks one of the most celebrated views in the eastern United States, and it is a stop on the Heritage Trail.
The Depression-era Star movie theater lights up the block north of the springs with its neon marquee. A traditional neighborhood mom-and-pop movie house with the best popcorn in four states, the Star shows a movie every weekend night.
At 10 a.m., there are readings from Washington’s journals and letters at the Morgan County Library, a restored brick Victorian building in the center of town. Pick up a brochure for a self-guided tour of the Washington Heritage Trail sites in Morgan County and experience some of Washington’s attraction in town.
Before lunch, stroll back to Berkeley Springs State Park and visit George Washington’s Bathtub-the outdoor monument to presidential bathing. Spend the afternoon browsing the unique shops in town (Berkeley Springs was voted #12 art destination in America), watch homeopathic medical remedies being made, or take home an edible West Virginia product. More than a dozen specialty shops are within two blocks of the springs.
Take time in the afternoon to drive some of the trail. Two hours of driving takes you on round-trip along winding roads west through interesting geology to the Paw Paw Tunnel, lthe argest manmade structure on the C&O Canal. It has a walking or bilking path for its nearly one-mile length.
For an afternoon of hiking, make the trek to Cacapon Rocks, Washington’s favorite destination on horseback. Trails lead to the rocks along the top of Cacapon Mountain from Cacapon State Park. Evening brings fine dining at Lot 12. If dancing with dinner is your choice, dine at the Country Inn which has a live band every Saturday.
Morning dining is a feast with a view at the brunch buffets offered at both Cacapon State Park and Panorama at the Peak. For a lighter menu, check out Donna’s Coffee Stop for fair trade organic shade-grown coffees and teas, a full espresso bar, and fresh baked goods.
Visit the farmer’s market in downtown Berkeley Springs every Sunday in the summer from 10 to 2. Spend the rest of the day sampling more than 40 different bodywork treatments at five full service spas. George Washington took the waters in Berkeley Springs, but he never imagined Thai massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, mud wraps, sugar scrubs or European facials