What’s New in Berkeley Springs May 25-31, 2020

There is great rejoicing here in Berkeley Springs, the country’s first spa, as WV’s Governor announces spas can open this weekend.  And ours are!! with all relevant safety and protective measures.

The Country Inn’s Renaissance Spa is open as is the Inn.  Lodging and spa packages are now available as well as indoor and outdoor dining. Atasia Spa is also opening this weekend.  RNR Spa is open and the Berkeley Springs Healing Center with its variety of practitioners.

The BIG news is the opening of the Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State Park, closed for more than a year for renovations and then virus lockdown.  The Roman Bath House is celebrating 200 years in 2020 and now has re-tiling, a handicapped bath and enhanced decor.  We’ll provide more details next week after a first-day bath.  The main Bathhouse with sauna, steams, massage and baths also opens this weekend. One thing hasn’t changed and that’s the water although for the first time in months, the public pump will be open for folks to come take the water.

In other water related news, the lake with sand beach and boats is opening at Cacapon State Park as is the swimming pool in Berkeley Springs State Park.  For water adventures check out Craft Adventures at Coolfont Resort.  Also at Coolfont, the swimming building opens this weekend.

Another attraction opening this weekend is the Museum of the Berkeley Springs from 11m-2pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Along with all its usual exhibits on geology and history is a brand new exhibit on David Hunter Strother, Porte Crayon, the most noted illustrator and travel write of the mid-19th century who lived here in Berkeley Springs.

The Ice House has two exciting art activities this weekend.  On Friday, the gallery opens with a new curated art show: “Go West!”  although no opening reception is scheduled at this time. Gallery hours are 11am-5pm Friday-Sunday. No hallway shows; no bathrooms but the Co-op section of the gallery is also open. Curator Tricia Strader assembled work in various media, including authentic quillwork, from more than a dozen regional and Native American artists. Precautions aimed at the safety of staff and patrons are in place.  The Morgan Arts Council’s most innovative program for “getting art out here” also happens on Friday at 8pm — the virtual opening of Pandemic Radio theater using 16 actors from all over voicing their parts in this detective noir play. The opening also includes an introductory video and two of six episodes. The other four episodes come the following Friday nights in June. You can be part of the virtual audience through macicehouse.org.

Let’s move on to dining — both outdoor dining and indoor at 50% is allowable and there’s a long list so no chance you’ll go hungry. Most places are also continuing take out service.   Ellen’s Tea Room opens for the first time Friday and Saturday, noon to 4pm, reservations only.  Check out The Country Inn, Coolfont, Charlotte’s Cafe, Canary Grill and Fairfax Coffee House.  Lot 12 is open for dinner and outdoor dining only although they will be at the Farmers Market on Sunday.  Others also open in some form is Ravenwood, Berkeley Springs Brewing, and Georgies Pizza. Sage Moon Vegetarian Cafe is also open.

Shopping is also open and our shops are so pleased to see you.  Berkeley Springs Memories is now open daily except Tuesdays from 10am to 5pm. Their Christmas shop area will have you pondering better times. Country Traditions is open as is Berkeley Springs Antique Mall, Inspired Chaos and Himalayan Handicrafts.  Days and hours may vary. Other shops have a variety of online shopping and curbside pick-ups so check for your favorites on our full list and contact them directly.

Outdoors still has an A+ safety rating and Cacapon State Park has thousands of acres of outdoors.  We already mentioned the lake is open.  So is the golf course, WITH carts,  Wobble Shooting range is open, and horseback riding plus the Nature Center and playground.  There is plenty of hiking on the Tuscarora Trail through Sleepy Creek Wilderness Area and Sleepy Creek Lake is also open for fishing. The C&O Canal towpath is open for hiking and biking.  Don’t miss a chance to go through the Paw Paw Tunnel, largest man made structure on the Canal.

As you may have guessed, with all the spas, shops, restaurants and attractions being open so is lodging.  You can come stay with us!  Choose the historic Country Inn adjacent to the downtown park and springs, or Coolfont Resort with whirlpool tub rooms overlooking the lake as well as lodge rooms.  Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals has an almost endless array of cabins, cottages and fully equipped vacation homes where you don’t need to worry about anyone being nearby.  Cacapon State Park is also opening its 31 newly renovated cabins this weekend although reservations are limited to WV residents until June 5.  Check our listings for all the other individual lodging places available.  

We’re ready to have our favorite visitors come back to see us — and to welcome folks for the first time as well.  We are diligent in following all the necessary precautions and have developed our own stringent guidelines posted on the website. One thing we will mention is that masks are NOT mandatory in West Virginia although we accede to everyone’s personal comfort level as to whether you wear one or not.

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