What’s New in Berkeley Springs February 20-26, 2017

Berkeley Springs is all about water every day, but this weekend the whole world is watching the 27th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting — the Academy Awards of water with entrants from around the USA and the world including our first waters from Costa Rica and Fiji. Even though we would love every one of you to be here this weekend, live and in person, we know that’s not possible so the seminar on Friday and the awards ceremony on Saturday will be live streamed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Berkeleyspringswv/events/
Yep, set up your own water tasting party. Invite your friends and be part of what we’re doing at the Country Inn.

For those of you who have the good fortune of making this one of your getaway weekends to Berkeley Springs, this is what’s happening. All water tasting events are schedule for the Country Inn — and all are free for you.

On Friday, five water experts talk about an issue that impacts every one of us — drinking water safety, threats and solutions. The seminar starts at 1pm and ends with a panel discussion from 4-5pm. Exhibitors and the water display will be set up for you to check out. Details on speakers, topics and times can be found on berkeleyspringswatertasting.com or you can pick up a program when you get to town. Saturday is the BIG SHOW! All day you can vote on Peoples Choice Best Packaging. From 2:30-4:30, official judges taste and rate municipal and purified waters, and you can taste along at the public tasting table. Then from 6:30-8pm is the judging of bottled waters both still and sparkling. The awards ceremony where winners are announced begins at 8pm and also will be live streamed on Facebook. When all the excitement of that is over, we close the evening with the world famous water rush where the audience gets to take home a bottle or two from the array of entrants. Throughout the day, you can vote on best packaging.

There’s more to taste than just water and we have tastings all over town. On Thursday 6 – 8pm, it’s a Craft Beer and Food Pairing Event at Berkeley Springs Brewing Co. using famous Berkeley Springs water in all their beers. There’s limited seating so reservations are needed. All weekend long, they’ll be offering a free flight sample for every four you buy.

On Friday from 6 – 8pm, the award-winning Lot 12 Public House wine tasting offers four wines and hors d’oeuvres in their upstairs room. Reservations required. Dinner is downstairs with some great desserts on the menu. Celebrate chef/owner Damian Heath’s 12th straight year as WV’s only James Beard Best Chef finalist. Now that’s almost Academy Award worthy. All weekend long, choose among our many fine dining establishments including Lot 12, Tari’s Cafe and on site at The Country Inn. Follow the aromas to Maria’s Garden where a pair of twin chefs are adding new tastes to the venerable favorites.

All weekend long The Country Inn, home of the water tasting, introduces their new taste — Bourbon and Moonshine flights with 3-5 sample shots.

Apple butter is another famous Berkeley Springs taste. Sample the sticky wonder at Berkeley Springs Memories all weekend long from 10am to 5pm. They’re new in town, but the Naked Olive brings the taste of various oils, vinegars and gourmet treats to the main street.

The Star Theatre is showing the tense thriller “Patriot Day” about the Boston Marathon bombing and starring Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Bacon. Showtimes are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8pm and the movie is rated R. The big taste at the Star is their famous popcorn.

There’s live theater at the Ice House showing a pair of racy one-act comedies: “Take My Demon ….Please,” and “Take It Off,” both set in 1957 Baltimore. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets at the door.

There are shopping treats special for the whole weekend. It’s the final weekend of the Art Encore show at the Ice House Gallery open Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm and there are many items that are 50% off. Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectables believes award winning beverages deserve fabulous napkins so she has 10% off brand new sassy & classy beverage napkins. Berkeley Springs Books offers 10% off all water related books — rivers, lakes, fishing, bath remodeling, boats, sea stories, navy, sea shells, white water. Himalayan Trade offers 10% off all items in the store while Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop has 20% off water bottle carriers this Thursday through Saturday: water bottle straps, and water bottle bags with multiple pockets and over the shoulder carrying straps. Come into the Heath Studio Gallery Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm and find the water! Get 20% off any print or painting with water in it — and there are some truly fabulous ones to choose.

Last but certainly not least, enjoy the most magical use of our special water — soaking in it. Atasia Spa is still in romantic mood offering a complimentary whirlpool bath of famous Berkeley Springs water with any couples’ service including massage, facial or pedicure. The historic Roman Baths are open daily and were featured along with George Washington’s Bathtub in Smithsonian Magazines list of six great baths in the world! Renaissance Spa at the Country Inn lets you slip off for some soothing massage and bodywork treatments while not wandering far from the tasting action at the Inn. Visit our newest health-oriented business at Sage Moon with offerings including massage, reiki and Quantum Analysis.

For outdoor lovers, Cacapon State Park has a mile and a half guided hike on Saturday morning at 9:30am. Later you can make Snow Slime then pileated woodpeckers. Close out the afternoon with a Scavenger Hunt.

We have plenty of lodging places from which to choose and all those located in downtown Berkeley Springs have the special Berkeley Springs water coming from all their taps. Country properties have spring or well water of their own. Celebrate the Berkeley Springs Water Tasting Festival by staying at a Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals property that offers a hot tub or jacuzzi tub and receive a 10% discount for a two or more night stay or a 15% off a 3 night stay.

This weekend provides great Monday morning stories relating all your water tasting, bathing or splashing adventures. Punch Berkeley Springs into your GPS and come on out.

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