Week of Nov 23-29, 2015
It's over the river and through the woods to enjoy a traditional "grandma" Thanksgiving with everything from "Roots" music concert to a regional book festival.
Most important is that holiday dinner. Cacapon State Park and The Country Inn both have traditional Thanksgiving buffets. The meal is served from noon to 6pm at Cacapon and 11am to 6pm at the Inn. Panorama at the Peak is serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11am to 6pm. Highlawn Inn is serving a single seating of a special silver service holiday dinner at 4pm. Reservations are recommended at every location. All the eateries will be open the rest of the weekend including Tari's Cafe which is closed Thanksgiving but will knock your eyes out with their fabulous holiday decorations inside and out the rest of the time.
Nightlife includes the annual Roots Music concert at the Ice House on Friday at 7:30pm. Nearly two dozen performers appear in Family and Friends exploring their musical roots in the 1960s. Tickets are available at the door. All weekend long -- 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus a 2pm matinee on Sunday -- the Star Theatre is showing the animated family hit: "The Peanuts Movie."
The only major Black Friday event in this dedicated Shop Small/Shop Local town is a 2-4pm book signing -- Growing Tomorrow -- with farmer and author Forrest Pritchard at Panorama at the Peak. You can reserve dinner with Forrest from 4-5pm.
Saturday is all about SHOP SMALL, SHOP LOCAL. In Berkeley Springs, between special events and all the remarkable shops, you can find incredible holiday treasures locally. Don't forget to stop by the Museum of the Berkeley Springs and experience the story of the springs and the area's history as well as visiting their choice gift shop where you can find documented local crystals. The crystals at Jules, Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles are Swarovski Crystal Studs that come as a gift for every $40 you spend. Also enjoy Jules' world famous Cookies while you shop. There's the Fall Community Bazaar at American Legion on Saturday from 10am-3pm.
At the Ice House on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, the annual Berkeley Springs Book Festival showcases 31 regional and area authors with more than 100 tittles of all genres from real life crime to children's books. Admission to the Book Festival is free and there are nine author talks and readings all afternoon. This year, bring the kids to the new Childrens Story Hour starting at 10:45am. The Morgan County Library has a used book sale at the Library all day Saturday. There's another art market just on Saturday at The Country Inn where 14 artisans set up from 10am to 5pm.
The most impressive art shopping is Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm and Monday, 1-5pm at the Ice House Gallery where the holiday gift show, "Warm and Wonderful!" features hundreds of one-of-a-kind artists made holiday gifts. Also at the Gallery, another 20 plus regional artists have their work for sale in the Co-op.
It's Birthday Cake weekend at Berkeley Springs Memories Friday, Saturday and Sunday, celebrating Barb's birthday -- and her dog Charlie's -- with a free piece of birthday cake while it lasts. At least a dozen more shops are well stocked with holiday items and welcome you this weekend where EVERYONE in Berkeley Springs is "shop local, shop small."
There's plenty of outdoor fun to be had at Cacapon State Park. No hunting is allowed at the park so wildlife is abundant even on the 18-hole golf course. There's a Late Fall Discovery Walk starting at 9:30am on Saturday. It is deer hunting season outside the park including public hunting grounds at Sleepy Creek and other locations. Make certain you get the required license and stay off private land unless invited.
Indoor fun includes a wire earring making class with Mayo Fredo at the Ice House on Sunday 12:30-2pm. Berkeley Springs Bowl is welcoming kids out of school for Thanksgiving Break with a free hot dog and bowling game for students on Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri from 10:30 am until 5 pm.
Finding the perfect place to stay this weekend is easy with plenty of options especially if you plan to bring the whole family plus random friends and neighbors. Check out our many vacation homes, farmhouses and cabins. If this is an escape weekend with almost no one in tow -- look at the B&Bs and inn rooms. Whatever you need can be found on our lodging page -- places for pets, with whirlpools, with stoves and fireplaces, with breakfast and with things we may not even consider. One thing is for sure -- over the river and through the woods to Berkeley Springs is closer than anywhere.