A cheap luxury travel souvenir: water! Berkeley Springs, WV [classic article]

Whether you bring your own tinted jugs that keep out light — don’t laugh, I used to own several over the years — recycle plastic bottles or buy $1 jugs at the visitors center, Berkeley Springs is home to a tasty souvenir. This West Virginia town that’s a short drive from both Baltimore and D.C. has won international water competitions . . . I’ve judged two of them!

 

Free water souvenir from Berkeley Springs, WV

Free water souvenir from Berkeley Springs, WV

Directly behind this sign are the “Gentlemen’s Springs” at Berkeley Springs, WV. This is where the two free town pumps are, for a DIY experience. Sometimes — even in harsh winter — there are lines, but they go fast. I suspect I saw a restaurant owner filling up jugs one time.

If there’s a draught, the town imposes a limit on how much water you can take.

Visitors center at Berkeley Springs, WV

Visitors center at Berkeley Springs, WV

The visitors center has resumed the spa treatments they’ve been famous for and there are Roman baths across the park, too. You can buy plastic jugs there, bottled waters or just get a free cup of spring water at the office’s bottle.

Here are some facts and myth-debunking about the springs.

The warm waters of Berkeley Springs, WV

The warm waters of Berkeley Springs, WV

Along the Warm Springs Ridge at Berkeley Springs State Park, there’s water that comes out of the ground already heated. The spa treatments and Roman baths are quite reasonably priced — I’ve treated family members to them! They even have baths for couples.

George Washington’s bath is still standing. You can step into it and take pic with duck lips . . . for free.

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