Monday, March 29, 2010 1:51 PM
This Week in Berkeley Springs, WV March 29-April 3, 2010
The following information is from the Travel Berkeley Springs office:
Berkeley Springs welcomes the Easter Bunny with flashes of bright yellow and soft green all over the roadsides and mountains. Spring is here! and there is no turning back.
Eating out seems to be one of the major activities this weekend, and lamb is the dish of the day. The Country Inn has an extensive Easter Brunch buffet from noon to 5pm featuring both ham and leg of lamb. Cacapon State Park also has a family-friendly buffet on Sunday from noon to 7pm. Temptations Cafe features a new spring menu, Easter breakfast until 10am and then dinner from noon to 9pm. Panorama at the Peak serves from 10am to a last seating at 5pm with brunch served until 3pm. Their lamb is just-strolled over from Patrick Springs, VA, naturally grown and their big Easter treat at Panorama is on-the-house servings of Chef Scott's nearly famous scones.
Nightlife is sparkling this weekend with the spotlight shining on the Weber Brothers appearing live for country dancing at the Troubadour on Saturday from 9pm to midnight. A little more sentimental amusement is at the Star Theatre, where "Dear John" is playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.
Here's what else in town makes for a perfect Easter Getaway. There are the spas and all those relaxing and invigorating and rejuvenating and beautifying treatments you can get from a buffet of massage types to scrubs, rubs and wraps. You can get bathed or showered or steamed. You can be gently hosed down after a mud wrap or make your face glow with a facial. Check out special lodging/spa/dining packages from Highlawn Inn, in cahoots with Tari's Cafe and Atasia Spa. The Country Inn is the only place in town with everything from lodging to dining to the Five Senses Spa, all in house and all part of some great special packages that fit your pocketbook --whatever its scale.
We're very proud of our history and that the town is now a National Historic District. Pair that with the Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway that takes you 50 plus miles through the county visiting sites connected with our first president and you can get around to see a lot of history. To put it all in context and learn all about the country's first spa, visit the Museum of the Berkeley Springs on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. More history is at the Ice House where the special gallery show features the Civil War. There are walls of numbered prints from the country's most prominent contemporary Civil War artists. 19th century sketch artist and Berkeley Springs hotel owner, David Hunter Strother's amazing eyewitness drawings of the Trial and Hanging of John Brown are also on display. The Ice House Gallery is open for shopping or seeing Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Lots more shopping for art, antiques, books, jewelry, knitted items, wines and items too numerous to list make strolling the historic streets of downtown a true treasure hunt.
Walking is the transportation of choice along the valleys and ridges as well as through the historic streets. Try several nearby trails including the nearly flat C&O Canal Towpath to help you build up to climbing Sleepy Creek Mountain along the Tuscarora Trail.
Easter is a time when families travel together so we want to invite you to look carefully through all our lodging choices to find the ideal one for you. If you are coming with a couple families, look at a fully equipped vacation home from Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals or the charming in-town Berkeley House. Nostalgic charm is part of the attractive package at the Country Inn and also at Highlawn Inn where there are special dinners and the always extraordinary breakfast. Try Ambrae House in town complete with a tasteful wine bar to match its lovely rooms. Check out cabins and the lodge at Cacapon State Park where the Easter Bunny can be seen scampering around the 6000 acres or other choice rooms in every lodging type.
Launch a new season and new travel year with a visit to Berkeley Springs, art and spa town, and closer than anywhere.