GETTING THERE: Downtown Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is about two hours from Washington. Take I-270 north 30 miles to I-70 west, which you'll follow for just over 50 miles. Take Route 522 south about six miles right into town.

STAYING THERE: There are plenty of places to stay, from small B&Bs to camping to downtown apartments to vacation homes. See for information. Rates at the River House B&B (Rock Ford Road, Great Cacapon, 304-258-4042,, which has three rooms, are between $75 and $85. Coolfont Resort (3621 Cold Run Valley Rd., 800-888-8768, has many housing options, including cabins, a manor house and a lodge. Rooms in the lodge start at $160 on weekend nights in high season, and one-bedroom cabins are $215. Maria's Garden & Inn (45 Independence St., 304-258-2021, offers summer rates from $70 to $150.

BEING THERE: There are several spas in town. A 45-minute massage at Atasia Spa (41 Congress St., 304-258-7888, is $55; request owner Frankie Tan if you want his hybrid technique and hot stones. Pedicures, including salt scrub for your lower legs, are $45, and herbal wraps are $70. The Bath House (21 Fairfax St., 304-258-9071, offers 30-minute sugar ($50) and salt ($45) scrubs. A refreshing one-hour seaweed facial is $70 and a one-hour massage is $65. Attached to the spa is a store filled with body butter and massage oils. Other spas include the one at Coolfont Resort, the Origin Spa at the Inn & Spa at Berkeley Springs (1 Market St., 800-822-6630, and the Berkeley Springs State Park (2 S. Washington St., 304-258-2711, If hiking or horseback riding are your preference, try Cacapon Resort State Park ( or Coolfont.

EATING THERE: It's advisable to make reservations days in advance for the delicious Lot 12 Public House (117 Warren St.), and if you're early, bring your drink outside on the steps and admire the view. Entrees are in the $20 range. Tari's (123 N. Washington), a restaurant and inn in the heart of downtown, has a full bar and pretty good jambalaya, and it's moderately priced. Maria's Garden & Inn has okay subs and good stuffed shells, but go there for the decor, which has more religious icons than you can count.

INFO: Travel Berkeley Springs, 800-447-8797,