Week of September 8-14, 2014
There are unexpected flashes of hot fall colors as you mount a hill or turn a corner along a back road. Don't be impatient -- the best is yet to come. Until leaf peeping becomes the must-do activity of the moment, we have plenty to keep everyone occupied.
Friday evening is a not-to-be missed presentation of historic character Harriet Tubman by one of West Virginia's foremost actresses, Ilene Evans. Tubman, also known as "General Moses" was a leader in the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad. During the war, she served the Union as spy, nurse, scout, and guide. Starting at 7pm at the Ice House and sponsored by the Morgan County Library, the free performance is part of WV Humanities' History Alive! series.
The New Earth Granary is going all out to celebrate their second anniversary on Saturday and Sunday. That includes the grand re-opening of the Gypsy Shop (they relocated from Fairfax St) as well as a Yard Sale on Saturday from 9am-4pm (or circulating economy event if you choose.) Gypsy Shop has a marvelous selection of quality consigned ladies clothing. At 7pm on Saturday, more than 30 folks who have performed on the Granary's stage over the past two years will return for an evening of music, jamming and individual performances.
The Star Theatre is showing the marvelous and food-oriented Helen Mirrin comedy, "Hundred Foot Journey" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm plus a special matinee on Monday at 2pm. The Star's popcorn probably would not have been served in either the five star French restaurant or the Indian one portrayed in the film but it is incredible nonetheless.
The Country Inn has live piano music with Bonnie in the Gallery Room from 6:30-8:30pm on Saturday. Earlier that day, from noon-2pm, there is a book signing with historical novelist David Bridges.
There's even a food related activity at Cacapon State Park on Saturday along with their 9:30am guided hike. From 2:30-3:30pm, it's Eat the Weeds Walk to discuss some of the plants that are chock full of essential vitamins and minerals. Both activities start at the Nature Center. For great local food shopping, check out Sunday's Farmers Market in the downtown square from 10am to 2pm.
Needless to say, food is a major attraction for visitors to Berkeley Springs with offerings heavy on local foods especially at Lot 12 and Panorama at the Peak, both award-winners for their farm to table menus. Tari's Cafe is open daily with great food from Chef Devin including imaginative specials and the Park View Restaurant at the Country Inn serves three meals daily in their historic tavern and dining room. Check our entire listing of eateries that include ice cream, coffee shops, light fare and more.
One of the best parts of a weekend without many major events is that there is plenty of leisure time to indulge in the #1 past ad present pastime in Berkeley Springs -- "taking the waters." Today that activity includes everything from wraps and stubs with countless health-giving substances to facials, pedicures and a full menu of massage types. And there are still alluring baths in four spa locations including the historic Roman Baths in Berkeley Springs State Park. Also check the menu of bodywork treatments by individual practitioners for acupuncture, pain relief, reiki, reflexology and more. Berkeley Springs was the country's first spa and remains a paramount spa town today.
Fill in the gaps in your days with shopping along the historic streets. No need to take your car -- it's all very walkable. Stop in at the Museum of the Berkeley Springs in the park open Thursday through Monday from 11am to 4pm.
All this fall fun requires a couple night stay and we have an abundance of lodging choices to meet every taste, pocketbook and traveling companion including pets. Check out the full list but make certain to note that if you refer to "welcome autumn" when you make your reservation, the elegant Highlawn Inn is offering a 15% discount on any two-night stay.
This is a season to enjoy Berkeley Springs at your leisure so plan to visit now -- you'll feel better.