Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:20 PM
This Week in Berkeley Springs November 22-28, 2010
The following information is from the Travel Berkeley Springs office:
Travel over the river and through the woods for a traditional Thanksgiving in Berkeley Springs. There's plenty to keep the whole family -- from Grandma to the kids -- happy.
Because this is Thanksgiving and eating is the activity of choice, let's turn the tables and put dining first. There are buffets at Cacapon State Park, the Country Inn and Angus and Ale starting at noon. Lot 12 is open for a Thanksgiving dinner for the first time; it opens at 2pm as does dinner at Panorama at the Peak. Temptations Cafe and Mountainside Restaurant also have Turkey Day feasts starting at noon. Best of all, Highlawn Inn has a silver service Thanksgiving feast with one serving at 4pm -- and if you come to dinner at Highlawn, you can get 15% off their exquisite B&B rooms. Local, organic food -- including turkey --is the major portion of dinners at Panorama, Highlawn and Lot 12.
Let's move on to the nightlife -- with some afternoon life thrown in for good measure.
New this year is a Tree-Lighting Ceremony in the town square starting at 5:30pm on Saturday. There are all kinds of fun things happening at the event from music to a bonfire to a decorated town. There are rumors that Santa will put in an appearance -- riding on a fire truck! The kids will love it.
At 7:30pm, head on down the block to the Ice House for the 2nd annual Roots Music concert featuring bluegrass, gospel and vintage rockabilly all from musicians who hail from famed musical families in the area. Saturday at 8pm finds Choo Choo Charlie Williams and Eddie Becker playing a wide range of music at the Fairfax Coffee House. Sunday at 3pm, the Festival of the Seasons at Berkeley Springs High School showcases the music of the Living Springs Chorale, Sleepy Creek Childrens Choir and Springs Chamber Ensemble.
Horse lovers can find great entertainment at the vintage Star Theatre where "Secretariat" is showing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8pm.
Shopping is a big adventure this weekend -- and one you do not have to get up before dawn to do or fight crazed crowds or walk miles through a jammed full parking lot. Instead, you can stroll historic streets, browse one-of-a-kind shops and greet friendly folks. This is the first weekend to get your Shopkeepers Christmas Cards that give you a chance to win fabulous prizes just for stopping by. Ask wherever you go. Make one of the places you stop Jules, Enchanting Gifts and Collectibles where you can shop like Santa enjoying milk and cookies while you shop. Hanukkah Harry is welcome too! It's all part of Jules' 13th anniversary celebration at Jules! Up behind the bank, Vintage Kitchen celebrates an Old Fashion Christmas with old fashion prices on Homer Laughlin plus hot cider and door prizes. If you like to get your hands into shopping -- literally -- stop by on Saturday from 2 to 4pm to make pinch pots with Veronica at Frog Valley Studios. Don't forget the Farmers Market indoors at the Old Mill on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
Check on your favorite spas for Thanksgiving Day hours -- the rest of the weekend, they are open and ready to help you melt away those extra pounds. Check the spa page for a full menu of who does what to you where.
Let's talk a little about outdoors. The weather has been gorgeous and layers of leaves carpet the ground, Be extremely careful and wear bright colors and hat because it is the opening week of hunting season. There a public hunting grounds and private clubs to encourage folks to come. All hunters need a license. If driving is more your style than crouching in a blind in the woods, try our mapped motorcycle rides or pump bike as well. Follow in the footsteps of our first president by taking the Washington Heritage Trail literally across the county. The Museum of the Berkeley Springs helps you interpret all you see and is open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Most fun of all is picking a room. Coming with the whole family (even the whole neighborhood) check out Berkeley Cottage Rentals for a fully equipped vacation home where you can watch the wildlife. There are also B&Bs, an historic inn, a small inn with a view of the hunting grounds -- and mountains. There are cabins and cottages and suites -- a pillow for every head.
Berkeley Springs has a lot to be grateful for -- and welcomes you to share that time with us this weekend when we say thanks -- and start the Christmas holiday season.