Week of August 10-16, 2015
Music, music and more music as well as overflowing produce tables at the Farmers Market makes for a luscious summer weekend.
Nighttime fun starts on Friday at 8:30pm with a Star Party at the Morgan County Observatory -- built around a rare, giant Cassegrain Telescope. Lots of folks will come with their own telescopes as well.
In town the stars are on the vintage marquee of the Star Theater for Terminator Genisys on Thursday through Sunday nights at 8pm.
Saturday's Concert in the Park at 5:30pm is the fabulous Deni Bonet here from Manhattan trailing her WV roots as an original member of NPR's Mountain Stage. She showcases her pop/alternative sensibility and classical training as a violinist, grooving with her iridescent blue violin and her hot ukuleles. You won't want to miss this lively show. Rain location is the Ice House.
There are fun things to do before the concert. At the Ice House, Natasha Fields teaches a Corks and Creation Art Class teaching participants how to turn a printed or photographic image into a transfer for surfaces including paper, tile and cloth from 4-6:30pm -- served up with wine. Jules has a Happy Hour party at her gift shop along the park before the concert on Saturday from 4-5pm. After the concert stroll over to the Country Inn to hear Matt Otis and The Sound. Also there will be an open jam at The Granary. And so you don't have music withdraw, Sunday the Troubadour is featuring Danny Figgins, The Singing Policeman at 1pm.
Sunday special shopping centers around the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market from 10am to 2pm in the Square. All the summer treasures fom local farms that you can imagine. Across the street from 10am to 4pm it's Art in the Park.
Don't miss any shopping adventures -- hit the historic streets and roam from shop to shop offering everything from antiques and collectibles to nature items, crystals, wines, books and logoed gifts. At the Ice House Gallery, there are the creative products of nearly three dozen local artists as well as an three special gallery shows. Open daily 11am to 5pm, The Museum of the Berkeley Springs has a shop filled with WV glass treats plus nearly a dozen fascinating exhibits -- all about the town and water you're enjoying.
Berkeley Springs is always about the water so splash around in the spring pools in Berkeley Springs State Park -- our own authentic and historic version of a water park -- or do it up with four stars at our several local spas. Check into the extensive spa treatment opportunities available from yoga classes and couples massage at the Country Inn's Renaissance Spa to a full list of facials, massage, wraps and this month's special at Atasia Spa. There are historic Roman Baths at Berkeley Springs State Park as well as an array of individual practitioners of acupuncture and other bodywork.
Foodies, especially of the local food variety, can make a weekend of simply trying out the various places that serve local food -- primarily Lot 12, Tari's Cafe and Panorama at the Peak. There's plenty of other great eats from home made pies at Betty Lou's Garage Cafe to three expansive meals a day at the Country Inn to excellent food and wine bar at Ambrae House where there's often live entertainment on their deck. Cacapon State Park's restaurant is ideal for the whole family as is Earth Dog Cafe, Mountainside Restaurant and Angus and Ale. Specialty restaurants include Mi Ranchito Mexican, Maria's Garden Italian, Creekside Creamery for ice cream and sandwiches, Fairfax Coffee House and Cottage Cafe for ice cream and coffee. And then there are B&Bs like Highlawn Inn and the Manor with breakfasts as exceptional as their rooms. Troubadour Lounge has Friday Steak Nite.
Outdoors is always just outside the door and off the deck. It's organized at Cacapon State Park with the lake open and ready with boats, fishing and a sand beach. There are guided and self-guided hikes, campfires and crafts, 18 holes of golf, horseback riding and clay shooting at Cacapon.
Also check the full list of lodging options to find what's perfect for you -- in town, mountaintop, riverside. House, cabin, B&B, historic inn, lodge.
Don't miss spending a summer weekend in Berkeley Springs -- it's the historic thing to do.