There's so much to do and enjoy around here! A vibrant art scene, spas, craft breweries, eclectic shops, outdoor concerts, breathtaking mountain views & more!
Berkeley Springs has a vibrant art scene with a quirky and cool vibe, a variety of dining options, spas, two local craft breweries, eclectic shops, outdoor concerts, breathtaking mountain views and the Mendenhall 1884 Inn is conveniently located in the center of it all. Just a 90-minute drive from the Washington D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas, Berkeley Springs is the perfect place to stay and experience true small-town charm (stay a few days and you will meet all 600 of our friendly and welcoming town residents!). Not quite Mayberry, but pretty darn close!
Start your visit with these links to some of Claire and Greg’s favorite spots.
Our local Visitors Bureau has information about upcoming events and businesses. A great web site to start your trip planning. The Visitor Center is just a 5 minute walk from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn at 127 Fairfax Street.
Berkeley Springs State Park holds the unique distinction as the oldest and smallest state park in the United States. Perfectly situated in the center of town and just a short walk from the Mendenhall 1884, this family friendly park offers visitors access to the famous healing powers of the mineral springs that flow at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. Surround yourself in the beauty of the parks colorful gardens, lush green lawns and magnificent shade trees while enjoying a picnic lunch. The park includes a nostalgic bandstand, 18th century millstone, views of the Suit Castle and George Washington’s Bath Tub – a favorite spot with parents and children for generations. A free summer time concert series featuring local artists is also scheduled every Saturday afternoon in July and August. This hidden gem of Americana is just one block from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn!
The park’s Old Roman and Main bathhouses offer a wide selection of spa services, including massages, saunas, baths and showers. The Roman Baths housed on the ground floor of this building are open to the public daily, year round from 10am-5pm. Naturally warm, mineral waters coming from the main springs behind the building are heated to 102° and fill nine 5’x 9′ and 4′ deep tiled swimming baths in private rooms. Operated since the 1920s by the State of West Virginia, the baths were refurbished in 1995. The baths may be rented by the half hour by an individual or couple. The buildings and baths were renovated in 2020 with historic tiles, a handicapped accessible bath and a transparent covering added so the springs feeding the Roman Baths can be viewed. For reservations call (304) 258-2711.
The Cacapon State Park is located just 10 miles south of the historic and charming town of Berkeley Springs. In addition to its award-winning Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course, Cacapon offers a variety of activities sure to please any outdoor enthusiast. Spend your day kayaking or paddle boarding on the lake, mountain biking, wobble clay shooting, horseback riding, fishing, lake swimming or hiking 23 miles of wooded trails. During your visit, you don’t want to miss the sweeping views from the observation deck high on the top of Cacapon Mountain. Stunning views of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania stretch across the horizon. Just a 10 minute drive from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn on US-522 West.
National Geographic Magazine rates this breathtaking view as one of America’s Outstanding Beauty Spots. Prospect Overlook also called Panoramic Overlook is located on Route 9, approximately 3 miles west of historic Berkeley Springs and just a short drive from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn. The Overlook offers a safe roadside pull-off and spectacular views of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia as well as the Potomac and Cacapon rivers. A “must see” stop for every guest.
Visit the Ice House Artist’s Co-op, a unique gallery showcasing and selling the work of more than 30 local and regional artists. Open weekends (and Fridays during the season) the Co-op Gallery is housed at the Ice House, home of the Morgan Arts Council and center for visual and performing arts of all media. The Morgan Arts Council’s formal gallery is adjacent to the Ice House Artists’ Co-op, in the same building, and keeps the same hours of operation. The Ice House is located in the heart of historic Berkeley Springs, one of the 100 best small art towns in America! Just a 5 minute walk from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn at 138 Independence Street.
Mountain Laurel Artisans Gift Shop
A Mendenhall 1884 favorite and “must see” shopping destination in downtown Berkeley Springs. Owners Charlie and Sue offer a wonderful collection of hand crafted gifts from local and regional artists. Just a 2 minute walk from the Mendenhall 1884 at 1 N Washington Street directly across from the State Park. Mendenhall 1884 Inn guests receive an additional 10% off any purchase! See Claire for details.
See what’s on tap at the Cacapon Brewing Company! This popular family friendly brewpub is located in downtown Berkeley Springs and just a short walk from the Mendenhall 1884. Offers an outstanding rotating tap list and small food menu. Children and dog friendly. Our favorite place to relax on a hot Saturday afternoon! Just a 5 minute walk from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn at 42 Williams Street.
Celebrating an anniversary, special occasion or perhaps indulging in a long overdue romantic dinner for two? Lot 12 Public House serves seasonal upscale comfort cuisine prepared by local Chef Damian Heath and pours distinctive wines, microbrews and fine spirits as well. The restaurant is situated in a beautifully restored house built in 1913, where you may dine on their wrap around porch during pleasant weather or in the warm and inviting dining room. Please check web site for hours of operation. Reservations are required. Please call (304) 258-6264 in advance to reserve your table. Just a 10 minute walk from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn at 117 Warren Street.
Searching for a one-of-kind dining experience? Ravenwood serves a fabulous four course dinner with live music by our very own singer, songwriter and guitarist; Regina Aamacha. Prepared with love and locally sourced ingredients combined with imaginative and dinner options make dining at Ravenwood a Berkeley Springs most memorable experience. It is always recommended to call ahead or let us make your reservation for you! Please call (727) 742-8333 in advance to reserve your table. Just a 5 minute walk or short drive from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn at 206 Martinsburg Road.
Equally convenient to the Mendenhall 1884, The Naked Olive is a fantastic olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting gallery that offers the finest extra virgin olive oils, flavored oils, and gourmet oils from around the world and balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Their large selection includes over 60 oils and vinegars. Situated just next door, the Naked Olive Lounge features a diverse dining menu with outstanding small plate cuisine. Open on the weekends, the Olive is a 1st class martini and wine bar that is just an enjoyable downtown Berkeley Springs location to relax and socialize. Just a 2 minute walk from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn at 87 N Washington Street (Main Street US-522).
Charlotte’s Cafe is a local gathering place for breakfast and lunch. Serving classic American Diner favorites from buttermilk pancakes to bacon and eggs. Freshly baked pastries, specialty desserts and from-scratch recipes are made in-house every day! This family friendly Cafe is the perfect dining option in Berkeley Springs when visiting with children. Open Monday through Sunday. Just a 5 minute drive from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn at 495 S Washington Street (Main Street US-522).
Lights, camera, action! This historic, quintessential small-town movie theatre has been in operation since 1928! Enjoy classic second-run and repertory films and live performances throughout the weekend. Please check web site for showtimes, current and coming soon movies. Just a 2 minute walk from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn at 49 N Washington Street (Main Street US-522).
Give Purrs a Chance is a non-profit cat adoption center located in Berkeley Springs, WV. The cats are able to free roam in a two story Victorian house and socialize with visitors while they await adoption. Open 11-5 daily, a small one-time admission fee gives you all day access to these delightful cats and adorable kittens. Just a 2 minute walk from the Mendenhall 1884 Inn at 51 Independence Street.