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“Friendly antebellum springs camp”

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Capon Springs and Farms
Certificate of Excellence
Dunkirk, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Friendly antebellum springs camp”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Capon Springs is very much what you would expect to experience coming to West Virginia springs 100 years ago. Accommodations are simple but reasonably clean and maintained. This is a place to come unplugged and enjoy a simpler relaxing vacation. There are lots of things to do for children of various ages and interests. My 8 year old enjoyed digging for fossils while my 2 year old loved the play house and sandbox. Bring your own containers and you can bring as much fresh spring water home as you like. Food is good home cooking served family style, and your server will remember your preferences. This is a family run operation where patrons let their kids play freely. Almost all of the guests are repeat visitors or part of a group.

There is a pool that is part of the springs and quite chilly- I bring a wetsuit for my son to enjoy it.

I withheld the fifth star because this area of Wast Virginia has some beautiful areas, but the resort is on the dry side of the mountain surrounded by private land. Limited hiking. This is not a place for outdoor adventures- a weekend of relaxation, yes.

Room Tip: We prefer the Austin house, close to the meeting house with private bathrooms.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Jonathan B, Owner at Capon Springs and Farms, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your kind words about your recent visit with us. We appreciate your comments about the food--we take a lot of pride in our made-from-scratch meals with ingredients fresh from our farm. We're also glad to hear the fossil hunting, playhouse and sandbox were big hits in your family! While our mission is to create a stress-free environment where you can unplug, relax and refresh, we wanted to also let you know about some of the opportunities we offer to explore the bounty of the natural beauty surrounding Capon. The resort is situated on over 4,700 woodland acres with half a dozen designated hiking trails along springs and creeks, sandstone cliffs, and two incredible overlooks. Guests with an adventurous spirit can connect directly from our property to the Tuscarora Trail, a portion of the original Appalachian Trail system and hike to their heart’s content. Within a half hour’s drive, kayak trips, horseback riding and local wineries provide some excellent offsite excursions.

If you decide to visit with us again (and we so hope you do!), we would be happy to give you more details about these and other opportunities to enjoy outdoor adventures in and around Capon. We'll even pack you a boxed lunch to take with you if you think your adventures will extend into the lunchtime meal! Take good care and we hope you welcome you back again soon.
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Washington DC
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

My wife and I have two young daughters and we went as part of a large group retreat. The range of things to do as a family was fantastic--a playground, a playhouse, a fishing pond, lots of areas to explore. The service team was incredibly helpful and thoughtful especially for us as parents trying to keep track of kids and keep them relatively happy during meal times. The food was good and the rooms were comfortable.

This is not a luxury resort, but it exceeded our expectations for a comfortable, family-friendly getaway in the mountains.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor of any of the buildings are quieter (floors are squeaky). Some rooms have...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Front Royal, VA
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Of the surviving antebellum springs resort, Capon is probably the least changed. Most of the accommodations are original, though updated with modern conveniences like electricity and indoor plumbing. Cell service depends on your carrier, but they have wi-fi in the meeting house for the technologically-addicted. You can get any kind of room from a single with the bath down the hall to a three bedroom cottage removed from the "bustle" of the main grouping; even a rehabbed log cabin.

Rates include meals (three large family style meals a day and an evening snack), tennis, badminton, shuffleboard, ping pong, hiking, fishing (they'll furnish a bamboo pole and bait; if you need something fancier, bring your own), sporadic concerts, once or twice a week bingo, a Saturday night campfire, movies sometimes, and several times a year special events or themed weeks. An mid 20th century addition is the two golf courses, a par three executive course and the nine hole regular golf course, which now has alternate tee boxes on all the holes. These cost extra; walk if you are able, because the riding carts are priced on the high side. Most of the time, you can play 18 holes between meals and the course fees are daily.... The most recent addition is the Hygeia Bath House and Spa, featuring soaking baths, a swim spa, massages, facials and reflexology. Prices vary by service.

Pets are not allowed, but there is unlimited scenery and tons of photography opportunities, especially in the late spring and early fall. For inclement weather, there is a free lending library, jigsaw puzzles, board games and card games. One room of library is dedicated to the history of the resort.

There are five marked hiking trails of varying difficulty, from an uphill stroll to a reasonably arduous trek. Probably the best trail (not one of the five) has been closed for the last couple years, but you are free to "free-lance" your hike and there are hunting roads throughout, so it is hard to get lost on such a hike. The resort is adjacent to the George Washington National Forest and one of the available free lance hikes is to the Hawk Campground and its trails.

Capon is family owned and the family treats you like one of its own during your stay; if you need something, just ask....

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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harrisburg pa
Level 6 Contributor
219 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

In May I stayed with a Bridge Class week and have a marvelous time. This time was a two day escape with my sweetheart and I enjoyed it even more. We took advantage of the off season rates for our room and the spa and enjoyed two days of good home cooking, swimming in the swim spa and "picking" in the local antique shops in Winchester. If you are an outdoors person you would have enjoyed free greens fees at the golf course, free fishing, tennis, shuffleboard, badminton..you name it. So peaceful...
However, keep in mind that there is no phone service, TV or internet, coffeemakers in your room. These are available at other buildings on the property. Bring your own hairdryer.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask, because some rooms require you to share a bathroom.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I have been coming to Capon for 30+ years since I was a very small child. I have always looked forward to my annual Capon trip with my family. I am just returning from our trip and it was as perfect as always. It is peaceful, beautiful and filled with fun things to do. We now bring our 4 year old and toddler who I know will come to love it as much as I do.

If you like the outdoors, a spa, relaxing and reading a good book, or meeting new people this is the place for you and your family.

Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Conway, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

We have been coming to Capon Springs for the past 40 years and it is a GREAT place to meet family. This year there were 39 of us from TN, SC, MD, MA and VA. Kids have the best time and there is so much to do. Love the peacefullness and serenity of the WV mountains. Great that you can all get together and nobody has to cook or clean. No phones or TV's to interupt unless you want. Three delicious meals a day plus desserts etc. Could go on and on, but just go there! Now on our 3rd generation of family vacations and looking forward to many more.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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harrisburg pa
Level 6 Contributor
219 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Wow--just spent a week and if you enjoy something a little different this is a great option to the annual family beach weekend. The property is immaculately maintained, food is good old fashioned cooking and you can relax and not worry about a thing. Now you will NOT get a coffeepot in your room, however, its always available at the lobby. You will get an unending supply of good Capon Springs water! You may not bring your dog. However, the kids are more than welcome. Each day starts with raising the flag and singing of the national anthem.
The spa is a New York quality experience with West Virginia pricing. I stayed in the Pavilion and the bathroom was a little small...just a shower. A front and back porch with the creek behind made for a beautiful setting...however may be hot in the summer. No air conditioning in my room. And get this...no keys! You do not lock your door when you leave your room, although you can lock it from within. In addition to the pool, tennis courts, volleyball, etc there is also a golf course. The only negative to the entire trip was the lack of cell service. I use Verizon and only got reception up at the golf course. Other providers had more luck.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a room with a private bath and some do have air conditioning. There are also ind...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Capon Springs and Farms

Property: Capon Springs and Farms
Address: 1 Main Street, Capon Springs, WV 26823
Region: United States > West Virginia > Capon Springs
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Capon Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Capon Springs is an all--inclusive mountain resort where you can completely relax - less than 2 hours from DC. It's built like a resort, run like a camp and cared for like a B&B. ... more   less 

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