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Berkeley Springs, West Virginia: The Country Inn

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Located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia lies the town of Berkeley Springs. According to the census of 2010, the population is 624, so why am I telling you to go there and what might George Washington have to do with it?

Berkeley Springs, West Virginia: The Country Inn

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Located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia lies the town of Berkeley Springs. According to the census of 2010, the population is 624, so why am I telling you to go there and what might George Washington have to do with it?

 

Let’s allow the history as told by the tourism office explain the uniqueness of this area.

 

"The Story of Berkeley Springs

A fountainhead of warm mineral waters frequented by Native Americans long before Europeans arrived in the New World, are at the heart of the mountain spa community of Berkeley Springs in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. First noted as Medicine Springs in 1747 on a map drawn by Thomas Jefferson's father, the waters for many centuries have drawn visitors seeking health and relief from the stress of everyday life.

 

George Washington first visited in 1748 and made the area his favorite getaway through the 1760s.  In 1776, Washington's family and friends drew up a plat of 134 lots, named the streets, and incorporated The Town of Bath, invoking the muses of the renowned English spa. Yet the magic of the springs prevailed, and the town and surrounding area are known around the world by their name -- Berkeley Springs.

 

The waters flow at a constant 74°F from the base of Warm Springs Ridge. You may still drink freely and fill your jugs at the public tap guaranteed by the Virginia law establishing the town in 1776.  You can wade in the ancient stone pools in one of the country’s smallest state parks. The town has endured cycles of notoriety, fashion, war and modern progress, but remains today the Country's First Spa.”

 

OK, I think this is really cool and fellow Baby Boomers might feel the same. Not only are the waters a draw, but there are country stores, art galleries, new age shops and antiques to explore, all within walking distance of The Country Inn, which is situated on 2.5 acres in the heart of town. You can park your car for free and walk to Fairfax Street, where the shops are and it’s also a short walk to Berkeley Springs State Park. They have free WiFi and a terrific spa of their own on the premises, which also offers yoga classes. There is a grill, restaurant and tavern on site. The Inn was built in 1932 so don’t expect any slick big city amenities. The rooms are clean, the staff is super friendly and you are in the heart of all the great activities in Berkeley Springs. There are year round festivals, healing waters, beautiful landscapes and lots of history.

 

So, check out Berkeley Springs and stay at the Country Inn – it’s like going back in time.

 

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www.thecountryinnwv.com

 

 

February 12, 2016

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