What’s New in Berkeley Springs June 10-16, 2019

We’ve celebrated Moms. We’ve celebrated girlfriends. Now it’s time to celebrate Dads.  After all, Berkeley Springs was the favorite getaway for George Washington, Father of our country.

Our favorite Fathers Day special this week comes from Atasia Spa. They know their customers and swear lots of men enjoy a good facial so they created a special package this weekend for a whirlpool, gentlemen’s facial and sugar scrub.  Dad gets to be relaxed, have a soft face and be ready to lick.  For another fun new spa treatment — try the underwater massage at Berkeley Springs State Park main bathhouse.  If Dad is less adventuresome, he can do some couples massage at the Country Inn’s Renaissance Spa or just dabble his toes in the spring pools in the Park.  Berkeley Springs, historic spa town, has something for everyone including George Washington’s Bathtub — world’s only outdoor monument to presidential bathing.

On Sunday from noon to 6pm, the Country Inn has a Fathers Day Buffet that includes BBQ ribs, fried chicken and a make-your-own-sundae bar.  If you don’t want to assume Mom will be cooking for Fathers Day, check our list of great eateries with everything from steaks to comfort food.  Lot 12 will be back open for dinner on Friday evening after a few days off.  However they won’t be serving up gourmet street food at the Farmers Market on Sunday.  Berkeley Springs Brewery has a Dad’s Day Smoker Event with ribs, chicken and salmon from 1-6pm plus an impressive array of craft needs. Tours and tastings for WV Craft Brews Week start on Saturday.  Check for our full list of eateries that includes coffee shops, ice cream parlors and late night dining.

The Star Theatre is showing “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm plus a Sunday matinee at 2pm.  The kids can take Dad to a movie they’ll both enjoy — and it’s relevant since the animated story has a son turning detective to find his missing father.  Dad won’t want to miss the Star’s famous popcorn with real butter.

Also on Sunday, the Mountain State Cruisers stage their annual Fathers Day Car Show in Berkeley Springs State Park.  Sign up is 9am to noon with trophy presentation at 3pm.  Beside lots of oohing and aahing over cool cars, there’s also food and door prizes.

Dad may not think he’s into shopping but that’s before coming to Berkeley Springs where there are so many distinctive shops selling items ranging from cheese and gourmet oils to Tibetan items, antiques, great t-shirts and vintage candies.  Best of all, Dad’s favorite will be the more than century-old Hunters Hardware.  But you’ll have to come on Saturday; Hunters is not open on Sundays.  One place to shop on Sunday is the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market from 10am-2pm in the heart of town.  Also on Sunday, Sage Moon Healing Center offers 11am meditation, this week including chanting with Eddy Rubin, Yoga Teacher and Kirtan Meister.

Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals is getting into the shopping experience.  Make a two or more night reservation in one of their many properties, stay between the dates of June 10 – June 16 and receive a $20 gift certificate to Mineral Springs Trading Company Gift Shop right downtown facing Berkeley Springs State Park.  Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals is the place to search for the ideal place to stay since they offer everything from rustic cabins to fully equipped vacation homes.

Outdoor adventure takes dads to Cacapon State Park and its notable golf course identified by WV Tourism as one of the eight best in the state. The 18-hole Robert Trent Jones course is rated as one of the 130 best-designed courses in America by Golf Digest.  It includes three ponds, small streams and 73 sand bunkers. Schedule private and group lessons from the full-time PGA golf pro and the part-time LPGA teaching professional on site. Cacapon also has skeet shooting at the park as well as fishing, boating and great mountain hiking plus some mountain bike trails.  Special activities at the park on Friday is an outdoor movie — Jungle Book — on the lawn starting at 8pm followed by a Glow Stick Walk after the movie.  Earlier at 10am, there is fishing with poles and bait available for the first five participants or bring your own. You’ll also learn about lake habitat.

On Saturday at Cacapon State Park there’s an 11am guided hike to find birds, mammals, reptiles & amphibians!  At 7:30pm there’s a Campfire followed by a 9pm night hike.  Bring a flashlight for the hike.

There’s other great outdoor venues to explore including hiking on the C&O Canal Towpath or exploring Sleepy Creek Hunting and Fishing Grounds which also has primitive camping and a non-motorized boating lake.

Another great treat is driving the Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway which includes as sites along the trail the Ridge Fish Hatchery where you can see trout being raised, the Paw Paw Tunnel which is a great walk through on the C&O Canal, all of Berkeley Springs State Park and Panorama Overlook.  Motorcycle dads find the trail a real treasure.

For a close by getaway for Fathers Day, choose Berkeley Springs.

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