What’s New in Berkeley Springs February 19-25, 2018

Berkeley Springs is all about water every day, but this weekend the whole world is watching the 28th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting — the Olympics of water with entrants from around the USA and the world including our first waters from Trinidad-Tabago, Jamaica and Turkey.  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, six 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 as well as a new category – best flavored essence sparkling water.    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.

There’s more to taste than just water and we have tastings all over town.  There’s more to taste than just water and we have tastings all over town. On Friday 5 – 8pm, it’s Sweet Water Brews & Small Plate Pairing –   4 brews and courses at Tari’s Cafe.

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, offers Bourbon and Moonshine flights.  All weekend 8am – 5pm Fairfax Coffee House has Canadian Gold Artesian Sparkling Mineral Water with a specialty syrup or agave nectar.

Apple butter is another famous Berkeley Springs taste. Sample the sticky wonder at Berkeley Springs Memories all weekend long from 10am to 5pm along with WV Fruit & Berry Pepper Jams & preserves.  The Naked Olive brings the taste of various oils, vinegars and gourmet treats to the main street.

The Star Theatre is showing the romantic true story of World War 2 — “Darkest Hour.”   Showtimes are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8pm.  The big taste at the Star is their famous popcorn with real butter.

There are specials for the whole weekend.  It’s the final weekend of the Spirit of the Tree show at the Ice House Gallery open Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm.  Saturday afternoon has a woodworker demonstrating his art.  Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectables think water bottles + freaker koozies = love.  Buy one, get the second 20% off.   Come into the Heath Studio Gallery Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm and find the water!  Get 10% off any print or painting with water in it — and there are some truly fabulous ones to choose.  Crunch Time Escape Room offers $2 off individual tickets on Saturday and Sunday tours if you mention water tasting. Reservations a must so email lori.hansroth@gmail.com.

Last but certainly not least, enjoy the most magical use of our special water — soaking in it.  Atasia Spa has treatments including massage, facial, pedicure, scrubs, wraps and more.  The historic Roman Baths are open daily and were featured along with George Washington’s Bathtub in Smithsonian Magazine’s 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. Health-oriented Sage Moon offerings include massage, reiki and Quantum Analysis.

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.

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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