13 July 2018

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There’s something impossibly charming about a mountain town in winter. Lantern-lit cobblestone streets, glowing cafes filled with friendly locals, and intimate family-run inns warm even the coldest, shortest of days. Add fresh mountain air, high-altitude views, snow sports, and steamy thermal springs, and you just might find yourself falling for winter. But don’t expect crowds: These charming little hamlets are, for now, relatively undiscovered. From Colorado to Japan, here are 10 off-the-beaten-path mountain towns that are especially enchanting during wintertime.

Below is the excerpt from Berkeley Springs, WV.

For those seeking an American mountain town not centered on downhill skiing, Berkeley Springs (officially named Bath) fits the bill. Say “spaah” in this peaceful resort destination with a bounty of public bathhouses. The warm mineral springs that flow naturally through the area feed the soothing pools and tubs in Berkeley Springs State Park and the many local spas.

What to do: Take a dip in therapeutic mineral waters in the heated Roman baths at Berkeley Springs State Park. You’re in good company: George Washington once bathed here.

Where to stay: A Second Empire-style mansard-roof home, the Victorian Manor Inn guarantees a unique historical experience with its antiques-filled rooms and generous home-cooked breakfasts.

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