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How to Rest and Recharge After the Holidays

Tuesday Jan 3rd, 2023

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a well-deserved rest is in order, wouldn’t you say? You’ve earned it!  Get ready to kick off the new year with these ideas to help you relax, reset, and recharge yourself in Erie, PA.

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Be Spa Spoiled

A trip to the spa should always top your list of the best ways to relax. One popular go-to spa spot is A Compassionate Hart Massage Therapy  where the deep tissue therapeutic massage option is a luxurious escape from everyday worries. The talented therapists use their expert hands (and feet!) to remove your stress and tension, letting it melt away. A Compassionate Hart recently expanded their space to make room for new massage and healing services including Ashiatsu (the use of feet instead of hands to massage), two sensory deprivation float rooms, a Himalayan salt cave, and a BioMat amethyst crystal bed. 

There are several spa and wellness centers throughout the Erie region such as Monacella Massage and Kinesiology, and Bella Salon and Day Spa, that offer a range of pampering services. Click here for a complete list.

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Surround Your Senses 

Transform your space into a tranquil, Zen-like oasis with a visit to Grasshopper. There, you can stock up on all the necessities needed to create a peaceful escape. With two convenient Erie locations, Grasshopper has ample supplies of aromatherapy and essential oils, incense sticks and cones, meditation candles, tapestries, whimsical jewelry, and other accessories.  Before you head home to set up your new sanctuary, treat yourself to a creamy, frothy latte and a loaded chocolate chip muffin from Dunkin Donuts.

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Stretch Your Legs

The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF) is the perfect place for a healthy dose of crisp, refreshing wintry air in a serene, retreat-like environment. The park features more than 1,000 trees, multiple trails, a labyrinth, Cascade Creek, and a winter garden. If you’re looking for some quiet reflection time, the winter garden is a peaceful, healing space that showcases plants that are at their peak when most plants are dormant. It is a small, terraced area on the northwest corner of the park overlooking the labyrinth. Photo by Rob Hornaman.

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Dive into Steamy Goodness

When all else fails, nothing will soothe your soul more than a steaming, aromatic bowl of ramen from Samurai Kitchen and Sushi. From October to May, the best day of the week hands down, is Ramen Tuesdays where the noodle love is overflowing, and the flavor combinations are endless. The restaurant’s traditional beef bone broth ramen with a soft boiled egg is a crowd-pleaser, however, any ramen bowl, Vietnamese Pho soup or Indonesian Bakso (meatball) soup is a winner.

There are several restaurants throughout the Erie region that have cozy, inviting spaces and delicious menu items guaranteed to fill your body and lift your spirits. Read more here.

Partner Spotlight

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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ASCEND Erie - Climbing | Fitness | Yoga

NOW OPEN! ASCEND fosters a community-centered climbing, fitness, and yoga experience by serving individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Located in Downtown Erie, ASCEND welcomes Erie visitors to stop in and give climbing a try!

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Farmhouse Retreat

Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.

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Two45 Waterfront Grille Now Open!

Savor an exquisite waterfront dining experience at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, where culinary excellence meets panoramic views. This signature restaurant invites you to indulge in a delectable journey with a menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients and global inspirations while overlooking the serene waters of Lake Erie.

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Tia Book Cellar

Tia Book Cellar is an independent bookstore offering new and bargain books, unique gifts, puzzles, and games for all interests and ages. Located across from Gibson Park in North East, their brand embodies the local business model and the local grape heritage. Tia's believes that "there is always … local, an alternative, and a story." They look forward to helping you discover your next read or gift here.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales

Stop by Port Farms to check out the newest addition, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales. We offer hand-crafted beers and delicious sharable food year-round. The brewery is family and dog friendly with both indoor and outdoor spaces. We offer games, music and entertainment for all ages!

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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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The Cork 1794

Open for Lunch and Dinner. Get ready for an experience like no other. An atmosphere where uncommon style, comfort and service seamlessly meld. Where food and beverages are expertly crafted to be beautiful, satisfying and truly special. A place that makes every day feel like a reason to celebrate.

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Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

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Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

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Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.