The following information is from the Travel Berkeley Springs office:

Now that Berkeley Springs does not have to star as center of the water universe for another year, we can move on to other fun things to do.

This weekend, Friday seems to be the hot day -- or actually, night so plan accordingly. That means come early.

Two new Friday activities are being introduced this week. Panorama at the Peak is starting its Martini and Tapas Fridays (all day) with the featured martini being pomegranate. Word is that the favorite tapa is West Virginia trout cake. There is the standard menu as well with a long list of Farm Fresh ingredients turned into outstanding dishes. The second new Friday activity is La Luna's Happy Hour from 5 to 8pm featuring Pierre's Picks: wines not on the wine list at exceptional prices.

The future of art is on display with the opening of Youth Art Month at the Ice House on Friday. The building is filled with visual art from all the schools in the county. There's a gala opening at 7pm with high school singers performing at 7:30pm. You can also see the art on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm although the Ice House Co-op Gallery does not open for another couple weeks.

If you come REALLY early, on Thursday, you can hear the poetry of Kate Shunney at the Fairfax Coffee House from 6:30 to 8pm. Kate is reading from her first published book of poems -- "Parade of the Everyday."

All weekendlong, the Star Theatre is showing "Avatar" at 8pm. The popcorn is as out of this world as the movie.

The Troubadour Lounge is also partying all weekend, Remembering Patsy Cline. Friday is Steak Nite and karaoke with Mike Hicks with special applause for any Patsy singers. Saturday, it's the live sound of the outstanding Tonehounds, special for country dancing starting at 9pm. Sunday, the fun starts at 1pm watching Patsy Cline videos, viewing scrapbooks and listening to Patsy's music. The real treat is having owner Jim McCoy talk about his days with Cline.

That takes care of your night. For your days, try some of the unique treats of Berkeley Springs from the extensive spa menus at a half dozen establishments to some wonderful shopping strolling along the historic downtown streets. Eating is another exciting activity for which Berkeley Springs is especially noted. Exceptional dining, equal to any city in the region, can be experienced at Tari's Cafe, Lot 12, Temptations Cafe and the Country Inn as well as the above-mentioned Panorama.

There are also some special places to eat including Soupity Salad specializing in vegan and vegetarian foods. Check the dining list -- it's a treasure tour where you can find breakfast all day (Earth Dog Cafe,) tasty ice cream (Creekside,) homestyle Mexican (Mi Ranchito) and lots more.

Our lodging folks are doing their part with plenty of packages that include dining and spa treatments as well as some special deals. The exquisite Highlawn Inn celebrates its 25th anniversary throughout March offering a 25% discount on any two night weekend stay. And that comes with a breakfast to remember. For any two night stay get the third night of the stay free at Bathkeeper's Cottage. Special historic tours of the town may be arranged with your hostess, West Virginia History Hero, Betty Lou Harmison.

There are other outstanding places to stay from the Berkeley House in town to Sunset Mountain Farm in the countryside. Check out packages at the Country Inn and an incredible array of lodging places through Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals.

All in all, March starts well in Berkeley Springs. The snow is tame and beautiful spread out in fields and on mountain tops throughout the county. The country's first spa is an ideal getaway that's closer than anywhere.