Monday, November 01, 2010 2:03 PM
This Week in Berkeley Springs November 1-7, 2010
The following information is from the Travel Berkeley Springs office:
Want to forget about the world? Come to Berkeley Springs this weekend where life is simple and pleasures soothing. There is no doubt that summer is over but colorful foliage still decorates the mountainsides.
It's the final weekend for "All My Relations," the special gallery show at the Ice House that connects spirit and nature. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. There's more art in Frog Valley Artisans Studios on Saturday with a blacksmithing demo at 11am. Saturday night, everyone is invited for Dance Night at Rankin Physical Therapy from 7 to 9pm.
The Appalachian/Celtic group known as The Scones play folk music on Saturday at 8pm at the Fairfax Coffee House. From 6:30 to 8pm on Saturday, there is a free concert at Cacapon State Park; stay for family-friendly dining. More entertainment can be found at the vintage Star Theatre where Ben Affleck stars in the gripping crime drama: "The Town." Showtimes are Friday through Sunday at 8pm. The movie is rated R.
Shopping is always a treat along the historic streets downtown. Make a special point this weekend to drop by the Lion's Lair, a unique home accents shop, where they are introducing a new product line -- SOAPTOPIA, a junk free, all organic, olive-oil based, eco-friendly soap. Another shopping adventure comes on Sunday from 10am to 5pm when the popular Farmers Market moves inside at the Mill for the next month. Make sure you stop by Mock's booth and get some fresh-from-the-vine hydroponic tomatoes. For more food fun, try the handcrafted Pumpkin ice cream at Panorama at the Peak. Come on Sunday for brunch and hear Larry Bish perform there from 1 to 4pm.
The BIG news this weekend is in spa world! Berkeley Springs has been a favorite getaway for spa goers since the 1750s. Folks came then and still come to take the waters and the center is Berkeley Springs State Park. After nearly a year of renovation, the main bath house in the park is open for soothing pleasure. Be one of the first to try the new baths, massage areas and more. If you want to know more about the history of the springs, check out the Museum of the Berkeley Springs on the second floor of the historic Roman Bath House at the opposite end of the park from the main bathhouse. The Museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm -- and you can slip downstairs for a Roman Bath while you're at it.
There are a half dozen other bodywork options available every day in Berkeley Springs, spa capital of West Virginia and America's first spa. Fairfax St. along the edge of the park and springs is a veritable hot spot of spa-dom where you can get everything from traditional acupuncture at Berkeley Springs Acupuncture to a chocolate covered strawberry body wrap and facial for roseacea at the Bath House Day Spa. Awakenings Health Center has a long list of treatments available from nearly a dozen different practitioners offering reflexology, shamanic healing and more. Five Senses Spa at the Country Inn blends a spectacular view from whirlpool tubs with a range of exclusive treatments including the much-praised Peppermint Sea Twist Body Wrap, anti-fatigue leg treatments and pedicures or manicures designed specifically for men. Atasia Spa is the creation of master massage therapist Frankie Tan. Along with a range of massage, wraps, scrubs and more, Atasia has a warming steamroom. If you are looking for remarkable pain relief and body alignment, try Michael Pushkin's Ablebody Wellness and massage that can change your life.
With weather cooling, it's time to think about rooms or inns with stoves and fireplaces. Some are intown B&Bs, while others are cabins in the woods. You can bring your pet or your children or your whole family or enjoy a romantic getaway and there will be an ideal place for you. Check out all the details on our lodging pages -- we promise the perfect bed, pillow and more. Hop in your car --Berkeley Springs is closer than anywhere.