What’s New in Berkeley Springs October 8-14, 2018

Life is slightly subdued this weekend here in the Center of the Universe.  We’re all still recovering from the biggest and best Apple Butter Festival ever with record crowds on Saturday.  We’ll be back again next year on Columbus Day weekend.

Nightlife includes Metal Night on Saturday at the Troubadour Lounge starting at 8pm and featuring three bands: Dysfigure, Scarecrow’s Curse and Black River Bloodbath. There must be a rule book for naming metal bands.  The tension is all your own at the Haunted Hayrides on Sat from 7 to 11pm @ Triple B Arena.  At the Star Theatre all weekend: Friday through Sunday at 8pm, Our WV star, Jennifer Garner, pumps up the adrenaline in a justice/revenge action movie:  Peppermint.  This movie is rated R.

One nightlife activity (and earlier too) that always pleases is dining out at our multitude of eateries.  Check the full menu of places to go both in and out of town.  A unique eatery is Ellen’s Tea Room @ White Pines Estate where tea and treats are served Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4pm

Shopping remains a prime activity.  Believe it or not, shops do have a few things left on their shelves after last weekend and they’re making them well priced so you can start your holiday shopping.  The Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop has lots of extremely discounted sale items left over from Apple Butter.   A special celebration on Saturday from 10am-5pm is the 21st Birthday of Jules Enchanting Gifts with plenty of  food, drink, games and fun!  The special shopping treat is always Sunday from 10am to 2pm when the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market fills the street facing the Courthouse.  Also on Sunday, Sage Moon Healing Center has an open meditation at 11am, this week led by Reiki healer, Pam Sanders.  While you’re there, shop their teas, medicinals, gifts and clothes.

Create your own gifts on Saturday from 2-4:30pm at the Ice House with Sam Gray and Salty Sand and Sea Gardens. Make your own Ocean Zen Garden. All the materials are provided.   While you’re at the Ice House, shop the Gallery with both an abundance of work by local artists and the special show — Iceland in the Ice House including paintings, photos and more.  There are two additional galleries showcasing photos.  You can also create product on Saturday at 1pm at Cacapon State Park by tie-dying park t-shirts.

Lots more outdoor fun at Cacapon during this lovely autumn season.  On Saturday at 2:30pm meet the naturalist at Cacapon Mountain Overlook for a spectacular view, the highest elevation in the Eastern Panhandle. Drop in during this hour to look at some maps & geology of area and to also look for migrating hawks. Binoculars provided. That evening at 6pm, there’s an evening stroll that leaves from the Lodge.  On Sunday, park activity moves downtown with a walking tour at 1pm.  Meet at gravel parking lot adjacent from court house.  Once you’ve learned some about the town, visit the Museum of the Berkeley Springs in the Park and explore excellent exhibits on geology and history of the springs.  Don’t miss the prize artifact — a 400 pound silica crystal found along Warm Springs Ridge.

Other every day outdoor fun at Cacapon includes 18-holes of golf, fishing and more hiking.  Starting on Saturday and continuing for a week, it’s Wild Turkey season.  There will be a second week at end of month.  Sleepy Creek Hunting and Fishing Ground is an allowable location for hunting.

Doing all this outdoor fun may mean you need some hand on healing afterwards.  Fortunately, America’s First Spa (that’s us) offers plenty of opportunities for bathing, massage, facials, rubs and scrubs.  Spas are open daily.

It’s always a treasure hunt when you search out the ideal place to stay.  Check the total listings which include more than 100 choices ranging from historic inns and B&Bs to cottages, cabins and fully equipped vacation homes.  Book a golf trip to Cacapon Resort State Park and save 15% off two nights or 20% off three or more nights. Greens fees at the golf course will even be waived. Another deal is the Autumn Special at Highlawn Inn available seven days a week where two night’s lodging, wine and cheese upon arrival and two gourmet breakfasts for two come with a $100 Spa Gift Certificate at Atasia Spa and a $100 Gift Certificate at Tari’s A Premier Cafe.

Come see us this weekend.  Berkeley Springs is closer than anywhere.

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