DETAILS Berkeley Springs, W.Va., for $669.66

Sunday, January 4, 2009

GETTING THERE: From the Beltway, drive north on Interstate 270, then follow I-70 west from Frederick. At Hancock, take Route 522 south about six miles to Berkeley Springs, about 90 miles from the Beltway.

WHERE TO STAY: We enjoyed our big double room at the Country Inn (110 S. Washington St., 304-258-2210,, where we got one night's lodging and spa treatments for two at the attached spa for $360. Regular rooms start at $69.

WHERE TO EAT: We had lunch in the Country Inn's West Virginia Room, feasting on soup, sandwiches and cheesecake (using our $40 in food vouchers). That evening, we splurged at Panorama at the Peak, where we dined on artichoke and spinach dip; filet mignon with potatoes and broccoli; pot roast with onions, potatoes and carrots ; raspberry bread pudding; and creme brulee. I also sampled True Earth's organic chardonnay and Paul Newman's organic chardonnay. At the Fairfax Cafe, next time I'd ask for my goat cheese quiche to be served cold instead of microwaved. Better yet, next time I'm in town I'll check out local favorite Earthdog Cafe (398 S. Washington St., 304-258-0500), which serves breakfast as well as barbecue.

WHAT TO DO: We soaked in a Roman bath at Berkeley Springs State Park (2 S. Washington St., 304-258-2711 or 800-225-5982,, which costs $20 for the first person, $10 for the second same-sex adult for a 30-minute soak. The Country Inn's Five Senses Spa (see details above) has room-and-spa packages starting at $180 for one weeknight's stay, plus a mineral whirlpool bath, choice of a massage or facial and a $10 dining voucher. Other treatments available are body wraps and scrubs, waxing, nail care, reiki and stone therapy.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Travel Berkeley Springs, 800-447-8797,

-- C.T.

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