Week of August 25-September 1, 2014
The big Labor Day celebrations in Berkeley Springs get you into the countryside so you can truly enjoy an end of summer weekend in a part of the area that makes it truly special.
Views are exceptional when you drive Winchester Grade Rd 13 out to South Morgan Fire Company's annual yard party on Saturday. Fire company water games are at noon. Ham and chicken dinners are served from 1-7pm and there's an auction at 6:30pm plus live music all evening long.
On Sunday, the scene is at Cacapon State Park for the annual Homecoming celebration from 12:30-6pm with games, food, multiple bands performing, silent auction and free swimming and boating all day. All weekendlong is outdoor fun at the park with an 18-hole golf course, wobble shooting range and hiking offering more stunning views. The sand beach lake is open for the final swimming weekend of the season.
The final Thursday night movie of the season brings a fun family feature, Disney's "Planes: Fire and Rescue" to the big screen at the Star Theatre. Movietime is 8pm through Sunday evening plus a special Sunday matinee at 2pm. World class popcorn is available to moviegoers and walk-ins alike.
Our several spas urge a visit to sooth the strain of summer activities and prepare skin for a new season. Atasia Spa has a sale on various products as well as a special pedi mini facial express at a bargain price. The Renaissance Spa at the Country Inn has a full menu of treatments including couples massage and yoga classes. You can also experience specialized treatments and individual therapists including a full array at Awakening Holistic Center, acupuncture and remarkable pain relief.
Panorama at the Peak is urging reservations this weekend if you don't want a long wait, although the spectacular view out the window could make a wait fun. Fine dining at Panorama as well as Lot 12 Public House and Tari's Cafe features the extravaganza of local produce now available to our favorite chefs. You can take home some of the produce by visiting Sunday's Farmers Market in the square from 10am to 2pm finding a trove of peaches, tomatoes, corn and other abundant summer produce. Ambrae House has deck dining all weekend, the Parkview Restaurant at the Country Inn serves three meals each day as well as operating two popular bar areas. There's also appealing nightlife at Mountaineer Sports Bar and Hillbilly Heaven. Check the dining menu for all our eateries.
As you stroll through the historic town browsing the shops, check out the fascinating Museum of the Berkeley Springs featuring exhibits on everything from the geology and fossils to bath house history. There is shopping at Museum too including a fun treasure that brings together both the castle and sand. Saturday afternoon is a free wine tasting at Wilkes St. Wine Shop. Sunday is Art in the Park on the square.
Shopping is always a wonder. All our quirky shops are open through the weekend plus the holiday Monday. Creekside Creamery is staging an end-of-season spectacular from lots of $1 souvenirs and great deals to up to 75% discounts. Even their tasty deli sandwiches are $1 off. Berkeley Springs Memories is preparing for the NEXT holiday season with an impressive area of new products arriving daily including their fabulous logoed BS products that have fans all over the world. All the shops dazzle often with items you've never seen before from one-of-a-kind art to Himalayan artifacts and clothing to famous girly tools to backyard nature items. Antiques and collectibles are available at several locations. New as a shopping attraction is McKiblerBees where you can buy locally produced Gat Creek furniture and rag rugs as well as engaging in old fashion pan mining for gems and fossils.
A rare sporting opportunity comes with the opening of Dove Season at Quail Hollow Hunts. If you cannot get in the first week (a VERY popular time,) don't despair. The hunts go on all September and the doves don't disappear. Quail Hollow also has an exciting 3D archery course. Biking -- by pedals or engines -- is fabulous on the challenging roads of the county or the flat paradise of the C&O Canal towpath. Check for mapped rides that either bikes or motorcycles enjoy.
All this fun almost REQUIRES you to stay the weekend. There are lots of choices for beds and pillows from exquisite B&Bs to rustic cabins to fully equipped, multi-bedroom vacation homes. Best Western Berkeley Springs Inn has a heated outdoor pool. Some locations are pet friendly but everyone is people-friendly. Check our listings and ask for multiple night specials. If you haven't been to visit your friends in Berkeley Springs this summer -- here's your chance. It's closer than anywhere so come on out.