Week of March 21-27, 2016
The Easter Bunny is coming! The Easter Bunny is coming! Three times. Berkeley Springs definitely likes its egg hunts.
On Saturday at 1pm sharp, the Eastern Bunny visits Cacapon State Park at the lodge and the hunt for eggs is on for all youth 12 and under. On Sunday at 1pm, the EB arrives by fire truck in Berkeley Springs State Park at 1pm to launch the egg hun there. And if you're really quick, you can make a third egg hunt at South Morgan Fire Hall at 2pm on Sunday.
There is plenty of good eating on Sunday as well. Cacapon State Park and The Country Inn both have traditional Easter dinner buffets from noon-6pm. Reservations are advised. Tari's Cafe is open for lunch and dinner on Sunday, but Lot 12 is not. Call other eateries to check on Sunday service. We'll come back to open/close on Sunday but first lets review nightlife this weekend.
The Star Theatre is in the spirit of the holiday with the movie Risen, which tells the Easter story from the point of view of a Roman tribune assigned to solve the mystery of what happened to the body of Jesus. Showtimes are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.
It's a wine tasting at Lot 12 on Friday from 6 to 8 with light hors d'oeuvre and featuring wines from the Pacific Northwest. Call to reserve your place and consider staying for dinner. On Saturday, its live music at Bath Water Brewpub from 4-7pm with the acoustic duo of Straight BS playing genre hopping originals and covers.
Although some of the shops are closed on Sunday, all are open the rest of the weekend. Himalyan Trading is having a 10% off sale on everything both Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the launching of their new website:www.himalyantrade.com. This is an authentic shop and owner Kishor can greet you in seven languages. Berkeley Springs Memories is also open on Sunday although they'll close at 4pm instead of their usual 5pm. Their popular sheep are perfect for an Easter basket trinket. The Ice House Gallery is open both Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm with a roomful of the work fabulous local artisans as well as the special Youth Art Show hung throughout the building. A perfect family stop on Sunday after the Easter Egg hunt.
Jules, the Berkeley Springs Antique Mall and the Museum of the Berkeley Springs are all closed on Easter Sunday although they'll be open the rest of the weekend. All the spas are closed on Easter Sunday but sample Atasia Spa's special persimmon sun sugar scrub the rest of the time. And prepare yourself for the coming of spring with great bathes, massages, facials, skin treatments and more at all our fabulous spas and spa service providers.
A visit from the Easter Bunny is only one part of Cacapon State Park's celebration. On Saturday both before and after the egg hunt there are egg-related activities. From 9-10am at the Lodge you can decorate eggs while from 2:30-3:25 it's all about egg coloring and dying. Sunday at 7am, there is an Easter Sunrise Service at the lodge.
This is the perfect weekend for hiking, biking or driving the county appreciating the first indications of spring blooms and watching scampering real bunnies in fields and along the roadside. If you need purpose for your drive through the county, check the Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway self-guiding map available here or on paper in various locations around town including the Visitors Center on Saturday and the Star Theatre in the evening.
Since lot of folks come this holiday weekend with the whole family, lets us recommend you look at lodging in a fully equipped vacation home. Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals has a long list as well as many individual properties. Check them all as well as B&Bs and historic inns. Make this a special holiday weekend here in Berkeley Springs -- it's closer than anywhere.