What’s New in Berkeley Springs October 9-15, 2017

Cheers to all who made it to the best Apple Butter Festival in years.  We’ve got town all spiffed up from the crowds and are ready to keep having fun as the trees continue to turn ever more spectacular colors.

Now you can’t really enjoy fall colors at night but we do have some impressive nightlife this weekend to compensate.  The Granary has two nights of music.  Friday the 13th at 7:30pm is an open mic and folks are encouraged to bring out their spooky tunes.  On Saturday night at 7:30pm Edge Park will be doing a practice jam show. They are on their final reunion tour.

Friday night from 7-10pm, Sean K. Preston performs his high energy rockbilly sound at Berkeley Springs Brewing Company.  Enjoy food and drink specials all night.  On Saturday night at 9pm it’s the band Color School at the Troubadour Lounge.

All weekend long, the Star Theatre is showing the hilarious heist movie, “Logan Lucky” with Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum and a huge Nascar race.  It’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.

Our big shopping news this Saturday is the 20th anniversary of Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles.  It’s an all day party with food, drinks, games, sales, specials and door prizes donated by Harmony Ball, Shannon Martin Designs, Freakers, Fig Design, Charles Viancin and SunsOut Puzzles, just to name a few. If you can’t attend in person, join the fun on Jules web site, facebook or instagram.

There are several locations for great food including Angus and Ale, The Country Inn and Maria’s Garden.  Our fine dining jewels — Tari’s Cafe and Lot 12 are both featuring new fall menus.  And then we have a pair of coffee shops — Fairfax and Black Dog —  and locations for ice cream.  Lots of taste treats for everyone.

The Ice House is the site of several interesting activities on Saturday.  From 2-4:30pm there’s a workshop where you can make a watercolor postcard — a realistic watercolor painting on postcard-size watercolor paper with Paul Berryhill.  Materials and tools provided.  While you are there, check out the current gallery shows: Autumn Bounty in the main gallery and shows in two hall galleries plus more than 30 local artists in the Co-op Gallery.  It’s an arts spectacular with gallery hours from 11am to 5pm.

From noon to 2pm at the Ice House, Jensuya holds Rhythm, Roots & Raq Belly Dance Workshop. It’s a retreat-style experience with live drumming and refreshments, and totally appropriate for beginners.  And perfectly suited to do a spa treatment afterwards!

Speaking of a spa activity, sample Atasia Spa’s October special where you can pick any three mini-treatments for a bargain price — choose from massage, facial, sugar scrub, pedicure and foot massage.  The sugar scrub scent is warm apple cider with pumpkin spice body butter.  Everyone will want to lick you after that treatment.  Check out our full list of great spas including the historic Roman Baths in Berkeley Springs State Park, the Country Inn’s Renaissance Spa, Rita Renee’s and Sage Moon Healing Center.

One of the best ways to see all the color in Berkeley Springs and vicinity is to drive the Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway tracing the footsteps of our first president from one side of the county to the other.  You an pick up a hard copy of the trail map in various locations including the Museum of the Berkeley Springs in Berkeley Springs State Park.  The Museum is open Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm and includes fascinating exhibits and artifacts on Washington, bathing, fossils, giant crystals and our 250 million year old springs.

Outdoor fun on Friday from 10am to noon takes you on a Nature Walk at Eidolon Preserve with fall foliage, birds, and other wildlife at this 354-acre mountaintop preserve. Sponsored by Potomac Audubon and free to all interested.  The miles of mountain hiking trails at Cacapon State Park are also flush with fall colors as is their 18-hole golf course.  Cacapon State Park is offering midweek discounts on rooms through Nov. 30.  It’s 20% off with code wvfall*.  You can go to the WV state park website or call Cacapon directly at 304-258-1022.

Cacapon is a resort state park with cabins and a lodge.  In town, one of our historic properties is The Country Inn, adjacent to the springs and our other state park.  Check out their new video for a good look.  https://youtu.be/tgfqgBGavDM www.robert-peak.com. Check out our full listings of places to stay ranging from cabins and cottages to B&Bs and vacation homes.

October is spectacular in Berkeley Springs.  Come see for yourself this weekend.

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