Spending Some Quality Alone Time

Spending Some Quality Alone Time
You don’t have to go far to get away from the hectic bustle of everyday life, so pencil some much needed alone time into your busy schedule at these local chill spots.

You’re the ultimate multi-tasker, master of your family’s universe and queen of the office. You do it all, Super Woman. But before you take on the world for the umpteenth time, why not give yourself a well-deserved break? Relinquish your battle-ready arms — cell phone, pager, Blackberry, etc. — or at least turn them on "silent," and focus your super-human powers on the person who needs rescuing the most: you. Luckily, Cincy Chic is here to save day and tell you just where your alter ego can unwind, relax and de-stress.

Make Me Time into Tea Time

You already know that Essencha Tea House throws the chicest tea parties on this side on the Atlantic, but did you know it’s also the perfect place for a tea date for one?

"It’s not the kind of place where you’d be self-conscious to go to alone. Nobody’s going to give you funny looks or treat you any differently," Co-owner Tracy Monson says. "Just the very ritual of tea itself is amenable to spending time by yourself. We actually kind of set it up with the goal to reconnect with yourself in mind."

In fact, on any given day, you’re likely to find lone customers working, studying, reading and taking advantage of the tea-house’s free wireless internet, Monson says.

To mix up your morning munchies, Essencha has recently begun offering Sunday breakfast. You can try a piping hot platter of pancakes, crepes or quiche — with a healthy twist! Only at Essencha can you devour a guiltless morning meal full of whole grains, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, says Monson.

Go Where the Grass is Greener

At the 256-acre park at Pyramid Hill in Hamilton, you can indulge your visual senses with the lush meadows, gardens and forests picturesquely dotted with colossal sculptures of world-renowned artists.

"It’s completely unique," Assistant Director Terry Dillon says. "It’s just a great place to bring family and friends, soak up some natural beauty as well as man-made beauty."

For $8 admission, you can enjoy a picnic in the presence of priceless works of art or take a hike through the pastoral wooded trails. From Nov. 20 through Jan. 3, you can see the park aglow by driving through the Annual Holiday Lights Display.

092809SOCIAL2.jpgBe a Critic for a Day

You'll never look at your chandelier earrings the same way again after viewing the Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum. From Oct. 24 through Jan. 17, you can feast your eyes on the luxurious, opulent history of the Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries through the 100-plus pieces of ornately crafted jewelry on display that were made by jewelry designers around the globe.

Spoil Yourself Refreshed

What could be more relaxing, refreshing and revitalizing than a massage at the spa? A Chakra Balancing Massage at the hands of the massage therapists from Pure Concepts Salon and Spa in Deerfield Township. Based on traditional Indian thought that the human body is composed of spiritual power centers, this deep tissue massage "helps to create balance in the mind, body and spirit," according to the salon's Web site. An hour later, you’ll be singing in sweet harmony — at least, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Neysa Ruhl Photography
Model: Tracy Monson, owner of Essencha Tea House
Makeup: Trina Paul, Nordstrom
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