Country roads take me home… We recently took a roadtrip through West Virginia. West Virginia is America’s 35th state, not to be confused with western Virginia. It is breathtakingly beautiful. Home to an impressive state park system, mountain terrain, white water, and wilderness, it is an outdoor lover’s dream destination. From the DC/Baltimore metro area, Berkeley Springs is about 100 miles. It is situated in the eastern panhandle of the state.
This is a quaint, touristy little town known for it’s natural warm springs, spas, history with George Washington, and a castle. Yes, an actual castle nestled on the mountain overlooking the town. Bet you didn’t expect that!
Check out Berkeley Springs State Park. Pack your kid’s swimsuits, they will love wading around with local children in the landscaped springs. Let them catch tiny minnows and crayfish. Then, book a spa appointment for yourself or check out the Roman Bath House for a relaxing soak. Walk to funky little shops or the retro Star Theater. This is probably the only theatre you’ll ever see where you can reserve a couch to view the movie from. It’s kitschy and fun. Ask for Apple cider to go with your popcorn. It’s made locally.
Then, head to Cacapon State Park. 18 holes of golf, horseback riding, hiking, lake beach, playground, nature center, and even trap shooting are offered here. It’s 10 miles from town.
Stay at The Country Inn and Spaor the Best Western. For kid-friendly food options, try Angus and Ale restaurant.
Watch for upcoming posts about other stops along our roadtrip.