Tuesday, February 16, 2010 5:02 PM
This Week in Berkeley Springs, WV February 15-21, 2010
The following information is from the Travel Berkeley Springs office:
There is snow in Berkeley Springs -- except in the spring pools where steam can be seen as the warm water bubbles up in the heart of this historic spa town. There are pristine fields of snow but clear streets, sidewalks and parking areas in town. All the lodging places have been cleared and the eateries as well. No excuses! You need a getaway. You need warm water. And Berkeley Springs is the closest warm water winter getaway you can find.
One activity that the snow makes perfect is the Audubon Society's free wildlife-tracking field trip at Cacapon State Park on Saturday starting at 10am. The signs will be easy to spot in the snow from footprints and scat o marks left on trees. It's great fun for adults and kids to do together.
For more family fun this weekend, head for the Star Theatre and "Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Squeakquel." There are four big shows -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm.
Other nightlife this weekend focuses on music. The Telltale Signs are performing at Earth Dog Cafe on Friday which the Bad Bitches of Blues take the stage there on Saturday -- both nights at 8:30pm. There is more music on Saturday when the Country Majestics play for country dancing at the Troubadour Lounge starting at 9pm.
Three favorite activities are a pleasure to enjoy this weekend -- as always. First and foremost is indulging in the several spas in town. It's easy to make all those snow shoveling aches disappear along with chapped skin and rough hands. Spend the day at the spa getting rubbed and scrubbed and buffed and smoothed. Winter simply disappears beneath the magic fingers of more than a dozen certified therapists. One spa treat not to miss is splashing and floating in the historic Roman Baths in Berkeley Springs State Park -- 750 gallons of heated famous spring water guaranteed to soothe.
As you stroll from spa to spa sampling the various techniques, engage in shopping as well. In case you forgot your coat, or mittens or a warm hat, make your first stop the RAG Shop for recycled wearables and other items. Don't miss stopping at other seasonally-appropriate shops like Fairfax Coffee House to warm up, Nature Niche for birdseed for your little winged friends, Wilkes St. Wine Shop for another warming substance and next door to the Himalayan Trading Company where they REALLY understand winter. Plus there are antiques, art, books, crystals and other fun items.
Finally, there is the third -- and in some minds, best -- activity which is eating! Food is serious business in Berkeley Springs and you'll need to plan several meals a day to try all the great places from breakfast at Earth Dog, or the Country Inn or Temptations Cafe (and they all serve lunch and dinner too) then there is fine dining at Lot 12, lunch or dinner at Tari's Cafe and family friendly eateries like Maria's Garden for Italian (and breakfast) or Mi Ranchito for Mexican. For take home, check out Tony's Butcher Block with great meats, salads, soups and fabulous sandwiches.
Where to stay is easy -- there are plenty of choices -- and hard, there are plenty of choices. Make the list of what you want: mountainside vacation home with wood stove, or intown B&B with whirlpool tub, or the Country Inn walkable to everywhere in town or the lodge at Cacapon State Park so you can be there for the tracking.
Check all the choices and pick one. Wherever you choose to lay your head or park your slippers, we'll match the warm waters of the springs with a warm welcome.