Week of September 15-21, 2014
It's that mellow and slo-sweet season between the frantic fun of summer and the color-saturated leaf peeping time of October. Even without a long list of special activities, Berkeley Springs can keep you satisfied with the everyday pleasures of food, shopping, bathing and enjoying the beautiful surrounding wilderness.
There are several this-weekend-only activities including the all new idea of an all-day music show and barbecue at Old Town Flea Market open back court on Saturday called "Solid Ground Sound Experiment" dreamed up by the local band, Solid Ground. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8pm, the Star Theater is showing the rollicking "Guardians of the Galaxy." It's a live action superhero movie featuring a genetically engineered raccoon and tree-like humanoid among more traditional two-legged Earth-creatures. Need we point out -- there's humor in with the action? Since it is sports season, check out Mountainside Restaurant, Hillbilly Heaven and Mountaineer Sports Bar for the best place to hang and cheer. Mountaineer has bonus fun with Team Trivia on Friday evenings.
Outdoors on Saturday is an Open House from noon to 6pm at Star Eagle Garden featuring all you need to know about Permaculture including hands-on making a Hot Compost Bin at 4:30pm. Garden snacks and drinks provided. Cacapon State Park makes Saturday morning a Treasure Hunt from 9am to noon. There's real treasure all the time at McKiblerBees where you can pan for gold as well as shop exclusively for Gat Creek furniture here in its hometown.
Art is always among the first things to do -- and not just because it starts with "A." This is the final weekend to enjoy the gorgeous Earth, Wind and Fire special exhibit at the Ice House Gallery showcasing dozens of pieces of wood-fired clay. The Gallery is also chock-full of splendid work -- wearable and decorative -- from a couple dozen area artists. There's more Art in the park on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Then comes "B" and bathing. Try the historic Roman Baths in Berkeley Springs State Park to soothe those aches that sneak up as the nights get cooler. More than 700 gallons of the authentic spring water fills walk-in tubs in private bathing chambers. Atasia Spa is going all-autumn on us with several pumpkin specials -- for your hands, feet and face, not to eat although the special pumpkin sugar scrub might inspire some licking. Renaissance Spa at the Country Inn offers a matchless birds-eye view of town from their whirlpool tubs, special rooms for couples massage and regular yoga classes. Check on a wide range of individual practitioners plus the eclectic menu of offerings at Awakenings Holistic Center. Berkeley Springs has been a health resort destination for more than two centuries and we're just getting better at it every day. No matter what the season, the spring pools and channel in Berkeley Springs State Park are open for splashing and dangling feet 24/7.
"D" for dining is next. Fortunately for those running on delayed time, Panorama at the Peak still thinks its summer and helps you relive those days with peachy treats this weekend on the menu including grilled peach salad, Pecan chicken with peaches and peach cobbler. Before we blow past this dessert, let us alert you to this insider tip -- Chef Scott Collinash at Panorama makes what some consider the world's best cobbler. Canteloupe soup is also back. For more exceptional dining, here are other menu tips from other eateries.
The jerked trio at Lot 12 has a marvelous sauce that you will carry in tastebud memory for years. NOTE: Lot 12 will be closed on Thursday as they star in the region's first outstanding in the field dinner at nearby Orr's Farm Market. This is an event that speaks to the amazing quality of Lot 12's cuisine so don't miss out -- get reservations for the remaining weekend nights.
Chef Devin Lucas at Tari's Cafe outdoes himself daily with specials that you have to be there to discover. You can take a burger and BBQ tour of Berkeley Springs and make your own choice as to best ranging from Angus and Ale to Earth Dog Cafe to Parkview Restaurant at the Country Inn. And then there is breakfast, and Mexican, and bar food and….check the dining listing on the website to make certain you miss NO hot spots.
What about "H" for history? Stroll the town reading all the interpretive signs then visit the Museum of the Berkeley Springs open Thu-Mon 11am to 4pm in Berkeley Springs State Park. Drive the self-guided Washington Heritage Trail which melds history lessons with spectacular scenic views on a 56-mile driving trail. One of the highlights is the Paw Paw Tunnel on the western edge of the county --largest man-made structure on the C&O Canal and perfect to walk or bicycle through.
We'll finish up with "S" for shopping, everyone's favorite activity while on holiday. Hit all the shops in town an we promise you'll find treasures to take home whether its "pretty tools" at Jules, one of the famed BS logoed wearables at Berkeley Springs Memories, exotic clothing and jewelry at Himalayan Shop where the owner can chat or sing to you in half a dozen languages or as yet unknown treasures in a handful of antique and collectible malls and shops. On Saturday afternoon, don't miss the free wine tasting at Wilkes Street Wine Shop now located in Portals.
All this fun and great places to stay in town or in the countryside. Check out our full listing and select from more than 100 choices of pillow for your head. Let Berkeley Springs be that soothing getaway for September and come take your pleasure with us here in the Center of the Universe (yes! we have a shirt that says it.) It's closer than anywhere and midway from everywhere.