It's Spring and there is no doubt that Berkeley Springs is ready with flowering trees in bloom everywhere from park to streets to yards and gardens.

Bright stars -- actually the planets Venus and Jupiter -- are also "in bloom" brilliant in the clear night sky. You can see them up close and personal at a Star Party on Friday, starting at 7:30pm at the Morgan County Observatory. There may be line at the big Cassegrain telescope but lots of folks will have their smaller telescopes set up and ready to share a peak.

In town, the sound is of drums with a 7pm drumming circle set up at Portals, facing the park. Bring your drums and play along or be appreciative audience. Stop back at Portals on Saturday when there are psychic readings from Cindy Wellman available all day. You can also design your own jewelry there and have it made while you wait.

Friday through Sunday at 8pm, the entertainment is at the Star Theatre, a vintage movie house this weekend showing the romantic story "The Vow." Stop by for the popcorn whether you stay for the movie or not.

You can dance on Saturday night at two locations. Earth Dog Cafe features Universal Recording artists Ignite The Borealis. You can hear them in the afternoon at 4pm on the radio -- Beyond Country at 929. At the Troubadour Saturday night starting at 9pm it's the country sounds of Just B Cuz featuring those famous West Virginians: R.C. McCoy and JR Hatfield.

The rest of your time wallowing in Spring at the springs can be spent indulging in the everyday pleasures that make Berkeley Springs a perfect getaway whenever you need it. Everyday finds the spas open to given comfort, relief and healing. The actual springs in the park can be visited 24/7 and are perfect to dangling toes and splashing about. You can take the water home free from the town pump -- bring your own container. To learn more about the springs -- geology AND history, stop in at the Museum of the Berkeley Springs in the park. It's open 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Now back to experiencing the springs -- and the spas. There are several with a long list of available treatments from which you can choose. Don't miss the historic Roman Baths in the park. Sample a variety of massage types, rubs, scrubs, incredible facials and pedicures at several locations including Atasia Spa (which also has aromatic steam room and whirlpool tubs) and the Bath House Day Spa. There are also massage, steams and baths in the renovated main bathhouse at Berkeley Springs State Park. Awakening Health Center has a corner on the market for alternative bodywork treatments from reflexology to sound therapy. Acupuncture is available from Berkeley Springs Acupuncture as we ll as Awakening. Plus there is the master of relieving pain at AbleBody Wellness. Check the Spa page for other offerings.

Dining is another daily pleasure in Berkeley Springs and you should check the listing of all our more than a dozen eateries appealing to every taste and pocketbook. Sunday brunch is a favorite meal with Temptations, Panorama at the Peak and Angus and Ale offering full tilt brunch. Panorama has the bonus of music entertainment by Larry Bish. Tari's Cafe always has a Sunday brunch special on their full menu. There are other meals and many choices several specializing in local-sourced food including the much-praised Lot 12 and aforementioned Panorama. Impressive and artfully selected wine lists are featured at Lot 12 and Tari's Cafe. Ambrae House has a full fledged wine bar, food and an outdoor deck ideal for this warm spring. Every Saturday afternoon, you can wine taste your way through the offerings at the Wilkes St. Wine Shop.

Other attractions include streets of charming shops and the 18-hole golf course at Cacapon State Park.

Lodging choices are as abundant as great food. If you want to be pampered, nowhere does it better than Highlawn Inn with a special package that relieves you of all need to make decisions as well as offering exquisite rooms and fabulous breakfast. The package provides coupons for dining at Tari's and spa treatments at Atasia. There are plenty of do-it-yourself lodging choices as well from rustic cabins at Cacapon State Park to fully equipped vacation homes, check Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals for a full list. Individual lodging choices can be found on the lodging page -- and often become your personal place to be visited every time you come.

The ride out over the mountains, the ride around the county while you are here -- it all proves that the journey can be as tasty as the destination.

(Information courtesy of Travel Berkeley Springs)