Week of November 24-30, 2014
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 has a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 8pm as does the Parkview Restaurant at the Country Inn. Buffet starts at 11:30am at the Inn. Panorama at the Peak is serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11am to 6pm. Lot 12 has two seatings -- 2-3:30 and again at 4-5:30pm -- of a three-course dinner that includes a hearty serving of traditional turkey and trimmings, finished with an amazing choice of desserts. An optional Wine Pairing will be available as well. 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 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. Tickets are available at the door. All weekend long -- 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- the Star Theatre is showing the family comedy: "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."
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.
At the Ice House on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, the annual Berkeley Springs Book Festival showcases nearly 30 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 eight author talks, readings and panels. 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 at the Ice House Gallery where the holiday gift show, "Wrap It Up!" features hundreds of one-of-a-kind artists. Also at the Gallery, another 20 plus regional artists have their work for sale in the Co-op. Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles celebrates Shop Small Saturday by offering a free pair of Swarovski Crystal Studs for every $40 spent at Jules, all day! A few doors down there's a Wine Tasting at Wilkes Street Wine Shop from noon-5pm on Saturday.
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. The shop is also offering free photo ops with their new, elaborate Santa figure. For the rest of the weekend at Jules, its her world famous cookies available for munching while you shop. There are plenty of end-of-season, incredible specials and freebies at Creekside Creamery all weekend with a finale FREE ICE CREAM DAY on Sunday before they close for the season. 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."
You don't want to miss McKiblerBee's Country Store, one mile east on route 9, our local Gat Creek American made furniture showroom. Starting Friday through Monday all in stock furniture is 20% off. While you are there do some gemstone and fossil mining or check out all their Mennonite products and Primitives.
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 are naturalist-led walks Friday and Saturday at 9:30am. Later on Saturday afternoon, at 4pm, where you can learn about tracking wildlife and get to make a track casting.
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 Berkeley Springs is closer than anywhere.