Monday, April 22, 2013


I was quite taken with this ramshackle building along the main drag of Berkeley Springs.  Clearly, it was a beauty of a home once upon a time.  I wonder how old it is and who used to live there and if anyone lives there now. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Antique Glass

I have been twice now to the Berkeley Springs Antique Mall, right across the street from the natural springs and the state park, and it has to be one of my favorite antique places that I have ever been to.  All the beautiful old glass is displayed in the windows, as you can see, so the light shines through it, lighting it up.  There are great post cards, magazines, and even interesting natural history items, like animal skulls and taxidermy and fossils.  It seems to have everything I love best.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Town of Berkeley Springs

Berkeley Springs was named for the natural warm springs which run through the stone channel you see in the top photo.  The springs are much beloved for healing properties, not only historically, but also now.  You can get a jug at the Berkeley Springs State Park to fill and take home with you. 

As I mentioned in the last post, George Washington was a visitor to the springs on many occasions, and even has his own special soaking tub memorialized.

The town itself is so charming, with a thriving business district along the main street.  We ate at three different restaurants, including Tari's, pictured above, Earth Dog Cafe, and the Ambrae House.  Every meal was excellent, and each place had a unique but delightful personality.  I don't think you can get a bad meal in Berkeley Springs! 

There are numerous antique shops, art galleries, book stores and the like.  We spent most of the day in town but were not able to get to every place we wanted to visit.  So I guess we'll have to return one day (soon!).

Monday, April 15, 2013

My Awesome Weekend of Amazing Relaxation

Hi all!  It is starting to look a lot like spring around here!  The flowers are starting to bloom, the sun is up past dinner, and there is no snow on top of the grass!  It was a great time of year to head down to Berkeley Springs, WV for a girls weekend with my best friend. 

We have been planning this trip for a while.  It was my first night (two nights, actually) away from Wyle.  Of course I missed her, but it has been 16 months since I was not thinking constantly about the responsibility of another human being's life.  The days are not really so dramatic, but truly I don't ever really relax knowing she could wake up at any moment or hurt herself trying out her climbing skills or by cramming too many Cheerios in her mouth at once.

So I enjoyed my two days at Cacapon State Park.  The weather was lovely at 65 degrees and the sun was out all weekend.  We slept in a lot (no sunrise photography this time), ate a lot (you can't get a bad meal in Berkeley Springs) and went for a soak and a massage at the natural springs the town is famous for.  It was the only town in the U.S. built specifically as a resort.  George Washington and his cronies were big fans. 

This shot is from Berkeley Springs State Park which is right in town.  I'll have more photos soon!  Until then, be well, my friends!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Come On, Spring!

Come on, Spring!  I am ready for you to put in an official appearance!