What’s New in Berkeley Springs April 24-30, 2017

Find out how much fun you can have in Berkeley Springs when nothing special is happening — because everything that goes on is special.

Nightlife includes the final Wolverine/X-Men movie with Hugh Jackman as “Logan” at the vintage Star Theatre. It’s action and is R-rated. The popcorn is still the best in four states!

On Friday night it’s “Blues and Brews and Everything In Between” at the Granary. Also on Friday night, across the street at Black Cat Music from 7-9pm, there’s an old time jam with Darla Jean and The Somethin’ or Others. Bring your fiddles, banjos, mandolins, spoons and more. Then Saturday night Darla Jean and The Somethin’ or Others return to the BlackCat at 7pm to play some bluegrass, roots and blues. Sunday night at 6pm it’s a comedy show at Angus and Ale featuring Melissa Douty and headliner Mike Conley.

April is nearly over and your last chance to take advantage of Atasia Spa’s special $30 mini-pedi when you get it with any other treatment. Sandal weather is almost here so it’s time to be thinking about those feet and toes. In fact, “spring cleaning” of your body at one of our spas is the perfect activity this weekend. Treatments include everything from soothing baths to therapeutic massage to get out those winter kinks to facials and a full range of skin treatments to ban the impact of harsh winter weather. Our spas range from Berkeley Springs State Park where the historic Roman Baths are to the elegant Renaissance Spa at The Country Inn and Atasia Spa with baths and steams. Rita Renee focuses on massage, facials, nails and more. There are individual practitioners including several at Sage Moon, acupuncturist Dr. Lin, Somatic Energy Therapies, and Michael Pushkin at Able Body Wellness. You can stage your own spa feast traveling among all the spas and sampling more than 55 different treatments.

Outdoors is calling this weekend and Cacapon State Park has two marvelous hiking adventures planned. On Saturday at 9:30am it’s a guided hike on the 1.5 mile Ridge Trail. 8:30am on Sunday is a Bird Walk where Audubon Society volunteers lead the special 45 minutes walk through the park. Meet at the Nature Center for both walks. The many miles of hiking trails at Cacapon are open for walking all the time. Golf is another major attraction for the park as well as fishing and boating. For more expanded area, hike the C&O Canal just across the Potomac and plan to end up at the Paw Paw Tunnel, largest man-made structure on the Canal. You can also drive directly to the tunnel through the wild and beautiful western section of the county. The third hiking area is the Tuscarora Trail along Sleepy Creek Mountain which links with the famed Appalachian Trail. Maps are available at the Visitors Center and online.

All that walking can make you hungry. Dining is another featured entertainment from family fun at Angus & Ale, Cacapon State Park, Maria’s Garden and Earth Dog Cafe to the popular Tari’s Cafe for lunch and dinner and the much awarded Lot 12 Public House for dinner. The Country Inn has several dining areas serving all three meals each day including a Sunday morning buffet. For coffee and other treats, check in at Black Dog Coffee. For late night taste treats and a fabulous lounge area, visit The Naked Olive. By day, they are a gourmet tasting shop.

Speaking of shopping, strolling the historic downtown streets, popping into a score of storefronts, is another Berkeley Springs special. Hit them all including the impressive annual Quilt Show at the Ice House art center. Another rare shopping experience is the Sunday Farmers Market from 10am to 2pm. The Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop is offering 10% off handbags and scarves through Mother’s Day. You can also blend shopping with a visit to the Museum of the Berkeley Springs with its wonderful exhibits that tell the story of the springs and its alluring gift shop. Open on the 2nd floor of the Roman Bath House Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm.

The Quilt Show also has two amazing classes available this Saturday with award-winning quilter Cheryl See. From 10am-1pm she teaches English Paper Piecing covering at least 5 different methods of EPP for all levels of quilters. From 2pm-5pm – she teaches how to make a small three dimensional Jewel Box. Please register since these classes will fill up quickly.

When George Washington used to hang in Berkeley Springs, he whined about lack of decent lodging. No more! There are historic inns, elegant B&Bs, cabins, cottages and fully equipped vacation homes. Out in the country side Cabin by O’Brien’s is offering a complimentary guided walk on a beautiful nature trail and a native plant to take home.  Overlooking the town Highlawn Inn has a  Thu-Sun stay-two-nights special that includes gourmet breakfasts, wine and cheese on arrival and $100 certificates for services at Atasia Spa and meals at Tari’s Cafe.

The beauty of spring is always fleeting so take the opportunity to come visit Berkeley Springs this weekend.

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