CoolFont is a unique resort and spa which offers romance, family fun, and spa pleasures only two hours from Washington, D.C. in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
If you live in the Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia area, it's just a short drive time. Otherwise, you will have to book a flight at any of the metropolitan airports and rent a car for the trip.
Like most weekend get-away travelers, Domingo and I left as soon as physically possible on Friday evening, about 5:00 p.m. and to our surprise we arrived just in time for dinner. Since we were pretty ravenous, we celebrated by gorging ourselves at the Seafood and Prime Rib buffet. But, I am getting ahead of myself here.
The trip was an easy 2 hour ride, with no difficult directions or traffic construction. (I add this tidbit, because we had a 45 minute detour to Nemancolin which was no fun in the dark!) We arrived to the CoolFont turn off, (well marked by a 6 foot high sign!) just after sunset. The road leading to CoolFont was windy, often steep with tall pine trees hugging the paved road. We felt like we were entering our own little piece wilderness. Our anticipation grew with each turn of the road and before we knew it, the CoolFont A-frame lodge swung into view.
There are several types of accommodations at CoolFont such as:
Being the romantics that we are, we couldn't pass up the chance to relax in a
cozy chalet nestled in the woods ---
The chalets are rustic, A-frames which sport winter heating from caste
iron wood stoves.
We had an adventure trying to lite our stove. If you look closely you will see directions posted on the wall. They were a bit cryptic and well, I did my best. After I loaded up the stove, lit the kindling, and the fire was roaring we weren't even sure the smoke was going up the flue. So, we took our trusty flashlight outside and looked to see smoke. We did! We were toasty all night.
Wood is provided, just step onto the quaint deck with patio chairs for summer & spring repose.
In the morning enjoy a fresh pot of coffee and the view before breakfast at the lodge. Incidentally, all chalets have a small fridge, sink and coffee-maker which was handy.
Be warned CoolFont is designed as a true retreat. So, there is no T.V. in the chalet. Besides, you are here for fun, relaxation and "quality time", right? Now on to food & fun!