The following information is from the Travel Berkeley Springs office:

Berkeley Springs can see spring just around the corner. After nearly a week of sunny, warm days, the glaciers are nearly receded in town although there are still snow covered fields in the hinterlands.

For all those of you who have been missing your favorite spa town, come visit this weekend. It is peaceful with just enough music to make things fun and a bushel basket of lodging packages that yell -- WE WANT TO SEE YOU!

Let's start with the only-this-weekend activities mostly music. Earthdog Cafe has carved out its place as music central with jams on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays and bands on Fridays and Saturdays. This weekend it is Telltale Signs on Friday and Outer Rim on Saturday plus, as reported with astonishment recently, free pool!

For change of pace music, climb the hill to the Presbyterian Church on Sunday at 3pm for a Mostly Mozart performance by the Springs Chamber Ensemble.

The Star Theatre is showing "Youth in Revolt" this weekend -- a funny comedy starring Michael Cera. Showtimes are 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- and the world class popcorn flows even for walk-ins.

With St. Patty's Day right around the corner, the folks at St. Vincent de Paul are getting the jump on the food tradition with a corned beef and cabbage dinner at 6:30pm on Saturday right in the heart of town. For more down home fun on Saturday night, head on out to South Morgan Fire Hall for weekly bingo.

Although it is always fun to list the special activities to be found each weekend in Berkeley Springs, it is also important to remind visitors that fabulous treats await them EVERY DAY! And what are those treats? Spas, first and foremost. Several spas and dozens of bodyworkers and scores of treatments from which to choose. You can be bathed, rubbed, scrubbed, painted, polished and soothed to your heart's content all built around the famed warm mineral waters of Berkeley Springs.

And then there is shopping. No malls, just unique little shops that perfectly reflect the individual light of their various owners from the passion for nature of the aptly named Nature Niche to the passion for woven goods from Pocket Meadow Farms shop, both on the main street. If affordable treasures are your goal, it doesn't get any better than Thrifty Thursday at the R.A.G. Shop when all clothing, shoes, purses etc, are ONLY $1 a piece (or a pair, in the case of shoes.) And then there are a pair of antique malls packed with tiny prizes.

Eating is always high on anyone's list and especially when you are in Berkeley Springs where it could take a five-meal-a-day plan to sample all the great tastes from tapas at Ambrae House and Panorama to coconut cake at Temptations to toasted gnocchi and roast duck at Lot 12 to crab cakes at Tari's to rack of lamb at the Country Inn to fine coffee drinks, ice cream, steaks, barbecue, and Mexican at a full menu of choice dining spots. Check it all out.

Several of our lodging spots have diligently created special packages to make your stay as easy as possible with the Country Inn leading the way with dinner and spa packages galore. The elegant Highlawn Inn celebrates a quarter century of pleasing guests with a 25% discount on all rooms all month when you stay for two nights -- as if you won't have trouble keeping it to only two. Highlawn also has a special winter package with Atasia Spa and Tari's Cafe. The choice gem of Bathkeeper's Cottage offers a third night free with every two night stay and is you ask in advance, your hostess, WV History Hero, Betty Lou Harmison will take you on a charm-drenched tour of the historic town. These places are only the tip of a very deep iceberg of pillows, tubs and rooms to meet every taste and choice.

Take this opportunity to escape the drudgery of this winter and soak in warm water closer than anywhere -- Berkeley Springs, the country's first spa.