This weekend’s for you.
Friday – Sunday, June 3-5, 2016
Berkeley Springs – Girlie Capital of West Virginia
Fortunetelling, belly dancing, spa specials, African art and more are part of the exuberant “Hey, Girlfriend” weekend, this year scheduled for June 3, 4 and 5. “For more than a dozen years we’ve used this event to celebrate Berkeley Springs’ position as the girlie capital of West Virginia,” said Laura Smith, administrator of the sponsoring Travel Berkeley Springs. There are sidewalk and shop sales, art classes and abundant live music along with great lodging packages making it an irresistible come-with-your-gal-pals getaway.
With open-daily spas and blocks of distinctive shopping, Berkeley Springs is always attractive to discerning women, both residents and visitors. “Gangs of women roaming the streets downtown is an almost every weekend sight in town,” says Smith. “The hot trend of women traveling together is old news here. That’s why this year marks the 15th time that we’ve gone all out to celebrate the sisters, cousins, college roommates and carpooling moms who need time away with just the girls.”
The fun kicks off with a busy Friday night featuring antique cars in the downtown park, comedy at the Bath Water Brew Pub, and open mic at Black Cat Music and the gala opening of Art Africa gallery exhibit at the Ice House. The Star Theatre is showing Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, a raunchy comedy made for groups of girlfriends.
Girlfriends love wine and there’s lots to love on Saturday. The Morgan Arts Council’s Corks and Creation offers a class to make Tangles plus wine and Jules, Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles has an afternoon girlfriend party with wine, treats and bonus selfie stick with special purchases.
Shopping specials and discounts can be found at several shops including a sidewalk sale on Saturday of gently used shoes and purses to benefit survivors of domestic violence.
Sunday afternoon it’s Tiara Time at Tari’s where girls don their tiaras, wrap their boas and settle in with girlie pink cocktails once again marking the popular café as Girlfriend HQ. The Country Inn is vying to make their place the one for girlfriends to stay and party with a full range of lodging and spa packages that include complimentary West Virginia wine as well.
In between all the special events are the standard attractions of this historic spa town. Girlfriends can assemble their own spa tour, sampling among 53 different body treatments ranging from European facials and hot stone massage to acupuncture and mud wraps. Atasia Spa offers special mini treatments including massage and facials.
Dining choices are varied and where to stay depends on how many girlfriends are in the group and whether you choose town or countryside. There are state park cabins, vacation homes with whirlpool tubs, log houses on a mountain top, in-town cottages and Victorian B & Bs with marvelous breakfasts and first-rate service. The Berkeley Springs Inn Best Western opens their heated outdoor pool and offers special features with their rooms including spa services. Highlawn Inn has a special wine and cheese party for their guests on Saturday aftenoon.
Three attributes of Berkeley Springs make it an ideal choice for getting away with the girls — it is affordable, less than 90 minutes from the Washington or Baltimore Beltways, and filled with folks who still know how to smile. “We may officially end Hey, Girlfriend! weekend on Sunday,” said Smith, “but the truth is that in a town where many of the businesses are owned by women and the attractions are just what women enjoy, it’s always a celebration of girlfriends.”
Schedule changes daily.
5-7:30pm Antique cars, street food, 50’s music @ Berkeley Springs State Park
6pm – Brew Ha Ha – The Fearless Fools: comedy and craft beer @ Bath Water Brew Pub.
7-10pm – Open mic @ BlackCat Music Shop
7:30pm – Gala opening, Art Africa Gallery Show @ Ice House
9am-4pm – Gently used purse and shoe sale in front of Perry’s Realty to benefit Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future to support survivors of domestic violence.
Noon-4pm – Look into the future: card & astrology readings @ Star Theatre. Two readers available. Sign up on door.
Noon-2pm – Lift, Tuck & Roll Belly Dance Workshop @ the Ice House, Jensuya Belly Dance
2-4pm – Wine and Cheese at Highlawn Inn (for guests) Exquisite B&B rooms and gourmet breakfast
2-5pm – Girlfriend party with wine and treats Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles
4-6:30pm Corks & Creation @ the Ice House. Tangles Creative Drawing w/ Mary Klotz. Plus wine. Reserve space: 304-258-2300
7-10pm Live Music – Adam Keeling @ Bath Water Brew Pub
10am-2pm – Farmers Market in the Square
2-4pm – Tiara Time w/girlie pink cocktails @ Tari’s Café
ALL WEEKEND LONG
• 20% off all boutique items @ Atasia Spa plus package of whirlpool, massage and mini-facial (or vice versa) for $125
•10% off all romance novels & $1 off all womens biographies @ Berkeley Springs Books
• Purchase any piece of jewelry and receive 2 free bars of Music City Suds handmade soap @ Black Cat Boutique
• 10% off totoal purchase @ CJ’s Floral
•20% off sparklie snoozie slippers @ Berkeley Springs Memories
• Spend more than $30 and get a free selfie pole @ Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles
• 10% off all bath, body & spa merchandies; FREE pink mini rubber duckie or blinking ring w/$20 purchase; Panorama Overlook poster – $1 @ Creekside Creamery
• Fri, Sat, Sun 8pm – Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising @ Star Theatre
• Spa & lodging packages • heated pool open Berkeley Springs Inn Best Western
• Girlfriend’s Escape package – $250 Spa Certificate, one night lodging, and a bottle of WV wine upon arrival @ The Country Inn – $355