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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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Port Farms Corporate Events

Treat your employees to a unique, country experience that is sure to inspire with all of the magic the farm has to offer! Located just outside of Erie, Port Farms offers a charming countryside venue for your next company retreat! Our unique space is located on 200 rural acres and includes everything you will need to host a successful work session, work event, or company picnic. Learn more about how we can help you plan the perfect event!

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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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Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! 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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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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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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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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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at or

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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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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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