The town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia has a truly amazing history. George Washington pretty much figured out how turn the town into an English styled spa back in the 1760’s he even had his own outdoor bathtub made for himself.
History calls the town Bath, West Virginia, and it was all built around George Washington and his friends who built lots there and decided to indulge themselves in the natural mineral spring’s water which are considered healing waters.
The town has remained small and beautiful and so charming and unpopulated, not so with most of the other commutable towns this close to Washington D.C. This is Morgan County, West Virginia with all the eloquent charm of some of the more fancy southern towns like Leesburg and Charlottesville.
I also experienced a hot water mineral bath indoors at the very relaxing and clean Renaissance hotel spa which is part of the Country Inn of Berkeley Springs. Shannon was my tour guide and prep girl for the entire experience. The place was empty for a Friday afternoon, and I got in to a mineral bath immediately, without a reservation.
She led me into a small locker room to give me an amazingly soft bathrobe and flip-flops and she drew the bath while I probably bothered her with a million questions about the history of the mineral water. She was very chatty about much of the history of the area. People come to bottle the water from the springs, themselves and take it back home. They say the water has minerals that will heal you from head to toe, as part of the small town legend in these parts.
The Country Inn of Berkeley Springs has a lot to offer, especially with all the romantic packages being offered for Valentine’s Day this year. There are couples massage tables and couples bathtubs available at the Country Inn, with some discounts going on for the big V day. There are also a lot of mineral concoctions available to be added to your bath in the healing waters.
Check the website for all desirable packages being offered.