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Business Spotlight: Morgan Arts Council

Morgan Arts Council is dedicated to getting Art Out There by creating art opportunities within the community. From theatre productions to art classes, Morgan Arts Council provides several classes, productions, concerts, gallery shows, and more for both children and adults.

Tell us about your business and how it started.

The Morgan Arts Council (MAC) was established in May 1977 as a non-profit 501c(3), spearheaded by two local activists, Jeanne Mozier (who had recently purchased the Star Theater with her husband Jack Soronen) and David Eisner (who owned the House of Musical Traditions, now located in Takoma Park, MD). MAC’s leadership extends beyond arts programming.
In 1993, MAC hosted the first West Virginia Arts Assembly.
In 1995, it brought a Benedum Foundation project to the area which provided project grants to 39 groups and organizations.
In 2000, MAC directed the development of a county cultural and recreation plan.
In 2008, MAC was the first WV arts organization to receive the coveted Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, typically presented to individuals.

In June 1996, nearly 20 years after the founding of MAC, U.S. Borax gifted their 40,000 square-foot former storage building in the center of Berkeley Springs to be used as art and arts development space. Built circa 1910 to store apples, the name of a similar building in Denver that had been transformed into an art center — the Ice House — was chosen as the building’s name.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

MAC events include the popular Summer Concert in the Park series, Ice House Concerts, Arts Integration and Adopt-a-School programs in the Morgan County Schools, community theater productions, literary festivals, gallery shows, visual arts classes for adults and children, public art projects, media classes on videography, broadcasting and film, dance and movement classes, storytellers, and festivals.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

Theater productions, concerts, holiday shows, gallery shows.

 

Business Spotlight: Ice House Artist’s Co-op, LLC

Ice House Artist’s Co-Op is a unique gallery showcasing and selling the works of over 30 local and regional artists. 

Tell us about your business and how it started.

The Ice House Artist’s Co-Op began in the early 2000’s after the Morgan Arts Council acquired the Ice House from U.S.Silica through the efforts of Jeff Thatcher.  MAC needed artists to help “Get Art Out There” so we banded together to clean up and revitalize the first floor of the Ice House to develop an art gallery that sold work for both the Arts Council and the artist members of the Co-Op.  Lots of sweat equity went into preparing the display area and getting open for business.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

The association with the Morgan Arts Council continues but the Ice House Artist’s Co-Op became an LLC in 2004, has grown to 33 artist members with homes within a 50 mile radius of Berkeley Springs.  MAC has gotten grants to upgrade the building and we have greatly improved our gallery space over the years with help of our woodworkers, stained glass artists and floor painters.  We  continue to sell both Co-Op members work as well as Morgan Arts Council Gallery and individual artist work in Paradox Hall and the Carr Kelly gallery upstairs.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

All members of the Ice House Artist Co-Op are juried in.  Work is judged by qualified artists in similar medias before acceptance.  Many of our artists are award winning professionals, known both nationally and internationally.  Every year a Studio Tour weekend is held so many participate and open their studios to customers who can see how the work is made and learn more about the processes used.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

Currently we are holding a raffle!  Tickets are only $2.50 each!  Two unique art items donated by members are offered. During the rest of the summer until Apple Butter, Friday hours are being extended until 7 pm when music begins on the Garden Stage at the back of the Ice House. Demonstrations by participating artists are sometimes held, details can be found on our Facebook page.

Business Spotlight: BlackCat Music Shop

BlackCat Music Shop is a family owned, independent music shop that has been in Berkeley Springs since 2009. They offer a great selection of musical instruments including guitars, drums, ukeleles, keyboards, and more! Interested in learning how to play? You can get lessons from the area’s best music teachers!

Tell us about your business and how it started.

BlackCat Music Shop is celebrating 14 years in business in Berkeley Springs this August! Adam Kary and family opened the musical instruments store in 2009 with a tiny storefront on Mercer St. BlackCat has since grown to become the center of the local music community. Located in a much larger building a block away from the original downtown at the corner of Mercer and Independence St. BlackCat stocks a wide array of guitars, drums, ukuleles, keyboards, you name it! Something to offer anyone who enjoys playing an instrument or would like to learn to.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

We were drawn to the art community in Berkeley Springs. The community has been incredibly supportive.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

School Band Instrument Rentals.

Music lessons on a wide array of instruments for all ages. 

Instrument repair and set up services.

First Friday Open Mic Nights hosted at the store. 

Special guest workshops and concerts. 

The BlackCat School Of Rock.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

Celebrating 14 years with sales the month of August. BlackCat Music Cooperative Summer Showcase Aug 26th. Kirkwood Park – Hancock MD. A performance by all BlackCat youth groups including the BC School Of Rock, The Young Yukes and many more!

Make sure to follow BlackCat Music Shop on their social media to stay up to date on promotions and events!

Business Spotlight: Camp Potomac Peak

Camp Potomac Peak is the ultimate vacation spot featuring modern cabins, unique stays, beautiful scenery, a communal fire pit, Trading Post store, and more!

Tell us about your business and how it started.

This property had been for sale years prior to us purchasing it, and then went off the market. March 2020 hit, and as everyone began reevaluating their futures, we remembered this gorgeous spot–two houses (needing a ton of work) on a fantastic plot of land overlooking the Potomac River, three states, endless mountains, and the train line. We called a realtor on a whim, and soon ended up owners–of a fabulous view, and years worth of reno work! Jeff and I (Samantha) fixed up the property in between our full-time jobs, built a third unit up on a hill, and opened in 2022.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

We have owned a home here for about 8 years now, and every friend we would bring to the area would fall in love. We loved the concept of having one piece of property with multiple (separated) spaces for people to stay–but then all come together in common areas to hang out. It seemed like a perfect way to vacation, while still giving each family their space. This sparked the idea for Camp Potomac Peak. The friends we have made here along the way have been some of our favorite people we have ever met. A small town quickly creates a tribe–with every friend more than willing to help (or help commiserate/celebrate with a beer!) at every step of the way.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

We are a single property with three separate short-term rental units on it. The view speaks for itself, but we have been very conscious in creating shared areas for guests to meet each other and hang out, or stay completely to themselves. Each space offers equal amounts of privacy or communal opportunities. We have also created a small store and library on site–filled with Berkeley Springs information, merchandise, snack goods, books and records to borrow, and a postcard-mailing station!

Experience a memorable stay at Camp Potomac Peak. Book your stay today! https://bit.ly/43X5gIF

Business Spotlight: On the Rocks

Welcome to ‘On The Rocks’! A spectacular 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom house featuring amazing views of the Cacapon mountains and gorgeous sunrises.

Tell us about your business and how it started.

My wife and I first visited the Berkeley Springs area for a friend’s wedding at Cacapon State Park. We immediately fell in love with the town, nature and activities. We visited 2-3 times per year, then decided to buy a place for ourselves. After months of searching, we settled on a 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom house in the Coolfont Mountainside. We wanted to share the peace and tranquility of the mountainside with others, so we started our short term rental business shortly thereafter.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

Berkeley Springs is such an amazing town with ample nature, arts and great food. It’s the perfect location to spend a weekend, a week or even a month.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

Unlike other corporate short-term rental companies operating in the Berkeley Springs area, we only run one rental property, so 100% of our focus is on making our guests’ stays as relaxing and memorable as possible.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

We currently are offering reduced rates for winter 2024. Berkeley Springs is a true 4-season vacation destination. Whether it be swimming in the summer, hiking in the fall, chilling with friends by a wood fire in the winter and kayaking in the spring. No matter what time of year you visit, we guarantee you will have a wonderful time!

Book your stay today! https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1741207

Business Spotlight: Berkeley Springs Salt Cave

Berkeley Springs Salt Cave is a man-made Himalayan Salt Cave intended to reproduce the microclimate properties of the deep salt caves within the Himalayan Mountains that have been used for centuries for their incredible effects. It includes over 7000 pounds of Himalayan salt and technology to create a unique wellness experience.  Dry salt air is dispersed into an enclosed environment through a unique process generated by a halogenerator.  The Himalayan Salt environment incorporates a variety of sights, sounds, lighting, & textures to provide a calm, relaxing and rejuvenating experience for their clients.  

It has been said that spending 45 minutes in the salt cave is the equivalent of approximately one full week at the ocean!

Tell us about your business and how it started.

We have owned and operated our Bath & Body Gift shop since 2012. After visiting a Salt Therapy facility, we just knew that Berkeley Springs needed their very own!

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

We’ve been open now for 2 yrs and meet so many wonderful people who are reaping the benefits of dry salt therapy at our facility.

Berkeley Springs Salt Cave supports our community, and they support us. We really do live in “Almost Heaven.”

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

In addition to our Salt Cave we carry Handmade Soaps and Bath products, Crystal Gems and Crystal Jewelry and various other unique items in our gift shop. We are able to keep our prices very affordable and our 5/$20. handmade soaps are a huge hit!

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

Gift Certificates can be picked up or mailed by calling us at 304-258-0381.

Business Spotlight: Fiesta Fibers

We love to showcase the talented artists in Berkeley Springs! We caught up with Jane Frenke to learn more about Fiesta Fibers.

Tell us about your business and how it started.

Jane Frenke’s Loom Room started ages ago… when I learned to weave … and loved it!!! I found out later that my great grandfather came to America as a Master weaver in Lowell, Ma. weaving mills…. so fabric is in my genes….

After years of weaving… I decided to make quilts out of the fabrics that I was creating… and the rest is history… quilting and creating design with color and cloth are wonderful, engrossing and soooo enjoyable. Fiesta Fibers was created as the fiber business when I moved here from New England.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

It’s an Art’s community and has been for ages… all of my friends from the national arts scene lived here or nearby!

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

I’m a Quilter ….belonging to the Co-Op and the Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild… I do custom bed quilts, wall hangings and dyed/printed fabric and clothing.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

The Quilt show at the Ice House and Berkeley Springs Studio Tour in the Autumn. My work is on display at the Co-Op in downtown Berkeley Springs.

Business Spotlight: Firefly Ridge Luxury Retreat

Just 10 minutes away from Berkeley Springs, Firefly Ridge Luxury Retreat offers a luxury camping experience.

Tell us about your business and how it started.

With a love for the mountains, and a love for the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, we set off in search of the perfect camping location to share with friends and family. With experience in hospitality and with managing mountain cabin rentals, the vision of Firefly Ridge was born. Ultimately we wanted to share the experience with others and showcase the rolling hills, majestic views and an unparalleled beauty found in the Appalachian Mountains.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

Berkeley Springs is the perfect location where it has a little bit of “everything”! Great local diners, small shops, antiques, and so much. We thought that providing more lodging opportunities we could help bring in more tourists for the town! The community has been super supported– they have helped advertise and promote our upcoming business and we have and would love to do the same in return!

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

We offer a unique experience— with our glamp site we provide a blackstone, fire pit, coolers, pour over coffee, upscale bath house, and so much more! There is local dining nearby and outdoor adventure!

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

For the summer season we have some upcoming events planned!!

Summer Midway July 21st- 23rd

Perseids Meteor Shower August 11th- 14th

Labor Day Celebration September 1st- 4th

Book your stay at https://fireflyridgewv.com/

Business Spotlight: Frog Valley Artisans

Frog Valley Artisans features pottery, fused and stained glass, forged iron sculptures, and more by a collection of artists. They offer glass classes on Fridays and Saturdays with Veronica.

Tell us about your business and how it started.

We started making and selling my pottery in Pittsburgh, which we did while rebuilding an old butcher shop on the South Side of Pittsburgh. We moved to Berkeley springs in 1996, and everything has expanded in our worlds ever since.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

We wanted to have space to live and create, the community has been very welcoming.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

We have workshops that almost anyone can attend to create their own fused glass hanging.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

The Studio Tour is coming up this fall and we are open every week for students who come to create their own work.

To register for a class or to tour their gallery, visit https://bit.ly/3NZ80QV

Business Spotlight: Coolfont Resort

Coolfont Resort is a wooded resort offering tranquil lodging, an indoor swim center, TreeTop Restaurant, banquet rooms, hiking trails, 12-acre lake and more!

Tell us about your business and how it started.

Coolfont Resort originally opened in 1965 as a retreat center. Over the four decades that it was in operation, Coolfont Resort was well-known as the go-to place where countless families, groups, companies, non-profit groups and government agencies vacationed and regularly held their most important events.

Coolfont Resort was sold to the Freeman Corporation in 2006, and closed to the public. For a decade, Coolfont sat dormant. When the Freeman Corporation put Coolfont up for auction in 2016, my family and I purchased the property.

For the next several years, Coolfont became a beehive of activity as, one-by-one, each of the buildings on the property was renovated and restored. Coolfont reopened its doors to lodging guests over Labor Day weekend 2019, with the Treetop Restaurant being reopened in October 2019.

These days, guests enjoy the rustic modern motif of the lodge. Overnight guests appreciate the well-appointed lodge rooms that overlook scenic Lake Siri and the beautiful, spacious suites in the secluded Woodland House. Many guests have so enjoyed the wonderful lodging accommodations, restaurant, bar and resort amenities that, within the first year back in business, they have made Coolfont their go-to destination; returning regularly.

Coolfont continues its renovation and restoration work including updating the spa services facilities, the campgrounds (rustic tent and RV) and the A-frame chalet cabins. Going forward, in addition to restoration of current facilities, there are great plans to add new features to Coolfont!

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

I was truly inspired to see the rebirth of Coolfont because I enjoy finding a need and fulfilling the same. I saw an opportunity with Coolfont that I believe will benefit and provide employment to Morgan County and the surrounding communities. There is great satisfaction found in seeing guests enjoy time spent, and memories made, at Coolfont.

Business success results when you have an idea and put together a team of dedicated employees who are also driven to achieve the goal. It is important to me that Coolfont employees enjoy coming to work and being a part of the exceptional customer service and hospitality offered. Coolfont guests frequently comment how friendly, helpful and happy the staff are – that makes all the difference!

For me, the best part about being a business owner is the satisfaction of seeing things come together. While Coolfont is still a work in progress after being opened just four years, incredible strides have been made already. We are proud to offer a rustic setting and respect and appreciate nature and all its beauty. We purposely opted to not modernize and over-update the original bones of Coolfont. It is amazing to meet guests who return to Coolfont after twenty or thirty years, to hear expressions of joy over the renovations, and to hear the stories of memories made at Coolfont.

Coolfont is one of the only original collective community retreat centers still in existence in the country – that is remarkable! Coolfont’s rebirth to be important to the community not only as a source of employment, but also serving as a meeting place for friends, a weekend getaway for couples, a place to teach your kids how to fish, enjoy a meal, have a drink at the bar, enjoy live musical performances, and celebrate weddings and birthdays.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

Coolfont’s Treetop Restaurant is currently open seven days a week offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our culinary staff prepares featured appetizers and entrees on the weekends. Our Swim Center offers day passes to the public where anyone may enjoy a dip in the refreshing indoor, heated saltwater pool. Catch and release fishing is available to the public with the purchase of a day pass. Coolfont has two gift shops located in the Treetop Lodge that offer unique gifts and West Virginia souvenirs. There is an indoor video game arcade and a West Virginia video lottery gaming room, both in the Treetop Lodge. The Treetop Restaurant’s bar offers 24 beers on tap and specialty cocktails. Coolfont has beautiful indoor and outdoor venues for weddings, receptions, all sorts of parties ranging from birthday celebrations to anniversary gatherings, to bridal/baby showers, couples’ retreats, church activities/organizational meetings, and more! We offer flexible private catering, friendly/efficient staff and affordable pricing. Coolfont has a wide range of lodging accommodations to suit everyone – cabins for up to 16 guests, luxurious rooms with private balconies overlooking the lake and in-room jacuzzi tubs at the Lodge, or spacious two-room suites with fireplaces at the Woodland House. We offer group discounts as well.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

Coolfont enjoys featuring live musical performances – follow us on FaceBook for scheduling information!

Business Spotlight: Cacapon River Outfitters

Cacapon River Outfitters offers tubes and kayak trips along the beautiful Cacapon River. 

Tell us about your business and how it started.

We partnered with Craft Adventures during 2021-22 seasons to offer tubing service on the cleanest river on the east coast (Cacapon River). Last year we added Kayaks to our service. Since owners of Craft Adventures moved on (and moved out of the area), we used their guidance to launch Cacapon River Outfitters, which is located on the same property as Stoney Creek Country Store and Stoney Creek Campground in Largent WV.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

We moved to the area (western Morgan County) in 2014 when we bought property associated with Stoney Creek Country Store in Largent (and re-opened the store under the same name after renovations). Few years later we started to offer group camping (with most bookings done via HipCamp and AirBnB). Soon after, we started offering tubing, kayak and canoe trips by shuttling people upstream and letting them enjoy a scenic float to the store where their cars were parked, and where they can get lunch/dinner or ice cream treats. This became popular with the campers, as well as visitors to the area that were looking to do things outdoors. We got a great community in Largent that supported us during our early years with interior and exterior construction, as well as ideas over the years on how to satisfy the needs of our rural community as well as vacationers that come to the area.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

Getting to the put in is part of the adventure!

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

Berkeley Springs subscribers can use promo code TBS23 to get 10% off.

Book your Cacapon River Adventure at https://cacaponriveroutfitters.com/

Business Spotlight: The Country Inn of Berkeley Springs

The Country Inn of Berkeley Springs is a beautiful inn offering 60 unique guest rooms and suites, the premier Renaissance Spa, an Americana restaurant, and Morgan Tavern.

Tell us about your business and how it started.

Our Family purchased the property in 2013 at auction. It started at a family dinner when I said we should purchase The Country Inn, and everyone laughed. Then they realized I was serious – then they got scared. Haha – True Story

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

Berkeley Springs is our home and where we grew up. It was sad to see this business close, and we realized the negative effect it had on our community.

When the opportunity to purchase the property arised, we knew this was something we wanted to do. Our Family has Hotel and Construction Experience so it seemed like the perfect situation. Everyone has supported us, and we are extremely thankful for that. We knew early on that for this business to be successful we needed to serve our local community as well as visitors, and the support from everyone has been outstanding. 10 years later, people still come up to us and say how happy they are that we purchased The Country inn. It means a lot to us.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

Located in the heart of Berkeley Springs, the nation’s first spa. We offer 60 unique guest rooms and suites, our premier Renaissance Spa, and our Americana restaurant and Morgan Tavern guided by our own James Beard Nominated Chef – Scott Collinash. We also offer Beautiful Conference Facilities, English Country Gardens, an Exclusive 6 Bedroom Retreat, Gift Shop, Exercise Room, and Gallery Room. And . . . . . Berkeley Springs State Park and Downtown Berkeley Springs are just outside our doors! We welcome you to experience exceptional service paired with outstanding WV Hospitality at The Country Inn of Berkeley Springs.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

Our outdoor live music kicks off Memorial Day Weekend and continues throughout September. Enjoy superb dining and outstanding entertainment. Visit https://www.thecountryinnwv.com/events for the full event schedule.

Business Spotlight: Healing Springs Stroll

Business Spotlight: Healing Springs Stroll

Healing Springs Stroll is an hour long stroll through town covering the spooky and historical Town of Bath and the springs. Cost is $15 per person, $25 per couple, or $10 per person in a group of 6 or more.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

Having Jeanne Mozier as my oracles and fairy godmother I want to always share the stories she fought me so they ever have to be rediscovered

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

I am the only walking tour In Town.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

 I have a big Halloween stroll where actors dress up and act out the stories I tell.

Make sure to follow Healing Springs Stroll on their social media!

Eat and sleep well in Berkeley Springs

by for Travel Berkeley Springs May 15, 2023

Jim and Sam DuVal first visited Berkeley Springs as a weekend retreat. But tubing in the Cacapon River, eating at high-quality local restaurants and being welcomed by the tight-knit community convinced them to stay. To encourage friends new and old to find the same joy in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, the couple built Camp Potomac Peak, a multi-cabin retreat.

“Berkeley Springs is golden, and people don’t know about it yet,” Sam said. “The town is really creating a culture of friends gathering together.”…

Read more here or here.

Business Spotlight: Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals

Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals is a small family owned and operated vacation rentals company with over twenty years of experience and satisfied guests! Starting out as an idle idea, president Diana Slough, had a thought. The lovely nature and quiet atmosphere would be a great place for a vacation and with several of her acquaintances having cabins they weren’t using, why not rent them? From this Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals was born! Now years later, Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals offers over sixty vacation rentals for guests to enjoy while they visit the historic town of Berkeley Springs. 

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

Berkeley Springs is a lovely small town in a great location! Just a few hours away from Baltimore and DC, with vibrant local artisans, lovely spas, beautiful natural scenery, and a welcoming atmosphere! This was the place our vacation rental company was born. The community has been very welcoming and wonderful to work with! People are friendly, the restaurants are great, businesses are professional and the festivals are amazing!

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals is dedicated to providing guests with an excellent experience! Our cabins have great amenities, amazing views, and our staff seeks to provide you with great service! For returning guests and military veterans and active members Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals offers a 10% discount! Need a property manager but don’t want to rent? Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals can manage your property for you! We handle the maintenance, the mowing, and the hassle! With an experienced team with years of experience we can provide great service! Come onboard today!

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals is currently running several specials! Check out our website for more details at Berkeleyspringscottagerentals.com. We look forward to providing you with a great experience for all who come to visit! Bring your friends, family, and even your pets! We are your vacation solution!

Stay up to date on all of their property specials by following their Facebook or Instagram page and book your stay today at https://berkeleyspringscottagerentals.com/

Business Spotlight: Good Luck Stable

Good Luck Stable is a horse stable and animal rescue located on 30 acres at the base of Short Mountain in Morgan County, WV, teaching horsemanship, western and english riding. Trail rides are available daily by appointment.

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

We retired from the USMC to live in our happy place. Connie is a lifelong West Virginian so it was coming home!

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

We do summer camp and farm tours. Allowing children (and adults) to enjoy animals they may only see from afar. Including alpaca, llama, goats, sheep….

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

We ride daily by appointment and as the weather warms up we will do evening and dinner rides.

Make sure to watch their Facebook for fun animal antics and also for special rides!

Business Spotlight: Bricello’s Caterers and Grilled Formaggio

Bricello’s Caterers and Grilled Formaggio started in 2010 in Maryland as a full-service caterer specializing in weddings. They started visiting Berkeley Springs in 2015 and fell in love, eventually moving in Fall of 2019. After Covid hit, they decided to join the food truck world and were on the road by Spring of 2021. Bricello’s is named after the owner’s children, Briana & Marcello. 

What inspired you to start your business in Berkeley Springs, and how has the community supported you?

When we started Bricello’s Grilled Formaggio there were no other food trucks in Berkeley Springs. It was also very important to me to offer vegetarian comfort food. I think people are looking for different options today. The community has been amazing! We feel supported by other businesses, and we love being a part of Berkeley Springs.

Can you tell us about some unique products or services your business offers that customers may not be aware of?

We have taken the grilled cheese sandwich to a new level. When customers visit our truck, they often say I had no idea you could do that with a grilled cheese. Our Caprese is organic arugula, pesto, organic sliced tomatoes. fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar. Not the typical grilled cheese sandwich, but it’s one of our top sellers. It’s fantastic!

We also do a cheesy BLT! Provolone, organic romaine, tomatoes and vegan bacon. We get the bacon from Thrilling Foods in Portland Oregon. It’s the best vegan bacon we have ever tried. I want our customers to know that we only use quality ingredients and we do our best to support small business owners.

What are some upcoming events or promotions that customers should look out for at your Berkeley Springs business?

On May 28th we are scheduled to be set up at the Trail Depot grand opening in Berkeley Springs. We are also set up on Sundays for the Berkeley Springs Farmers market.

Make sure to follow Bricello’s Caterers and Grilled Formaggio on their social media!

Can’t-miss places to unwind in Berkeley Springs

by for Travel Berkeley Springs Mar 13, 2023

In the 1970s, artists flocked to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, because it met three important requirements: It was conveniently located near large population centers; the mineral springs brought tourists willing to buy mementos; and it had relatively cheap housing.

Fifty years later, Berkeley Springs is still home to a vibrant arts community. The town provides recreation for all ages, including unique shops, outdoor activities and a full calendar of yearly events…

You Will Never Believe These Facts About Berkeley Springs

by Chloe Riggs for Travel Berkeley Springs Feb 28, 2023

BERKELEY SPRINGS is a town built with history. Since the beginning, many intriguing people
have visited the wonderful destination. Throughout the years, the landmarks of Berkeley Springs
have only flourished and become more vibrant with age. Its welcoming community has spread its
arms wide to any and all visitors.
In 1748, George Washington came across Berkeley Springs during his surveying…

What Can't You Do in Berkeley Springs?

by Chloe Riggs for Travel Berkeley Springs Feb 28, 2023

EVERY DAY IS UNIQUE in wonderful Berkeley Springs. From craft stores to delicious independent restaurants, the town has it all! One of the special things about this place is its various outdoor activities: hiking, kayaking, swimming, golfing, bicycling, etc. Berkeley Springs is truly a home and destination for a wide range of people. Listed below is a compilation of mostof the attractions in Berkeley Springs…