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4 Relaxing Hot Spring Resorts a Short Drive From DC

Let these natural springs, bathhouses, and spas cure your winter blues

Rendering courtesy of The Omni Homestead.
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Lace up skates, dine in an igloo, go stargazing, drink a hot cocktail. Here are lots of places and ways to delight in the season, whether you’re chilling outside or getting cozy indoors.

Yes, you can stay toasty during a winter swim. Things are heating up at these natural springs and spas, which offer year-round soaks in hot water.


The Omni Homestead

Hot Springs, Va.

Rendering courtesy of The Omni Homestead.

Drive time from DC: Four hours.

After a series of renovations, the Allegheny Mountains resort is reopening its Warm Spring Pools in December. An adults-only space features hot outdoor pools and massages.


Berkeley Springs State Park

Berkeley Springs, W. Va.

Drive time from DC: Two hours and 15 minutes.

George Washington was a frequent visitor to this spa, which includes two bathhouses with 102-degree water. The Old Roman Bath House has a high magnesium content—for achy joints—while the Main Bath House provides spa treatments.


Capon Springs

High View, W. Va.

Photograph courtesy of Capon Springs and Farms.

Drive time from DC: Two hours.

Tiled baths are filled with spring water heated to 102 degrees at the all-inclusive resort. The alkaline water is not treated with chemicals, because Roman-­style tubs are filled, emptied, and cleaned for each person.


The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

Drive time from DC: Four hours.

The luxury resort offers several soaking options in 100-degree water. Sulphur spring water is piped directly from the ground into steel tubs, while natural mineral water flows into step-down whirlpool tubs. Drive time from DC: Four hours.

This article appears in the December 2022 issue of Washingtonian.

Katie Kenny
Editorial Fellow