The New Year is officially here and we are looking forward to a year of new experiences, memorable moments and, most importantly, plenty of self-love! From spa days and beautiful art, to good wine and indulgent desserts, here are six different ways you can treat yourself while in the Youngstown area.
- Tour Our Local Wineries
Gather some of your closest friends and visit our local wineries on the Wines of the Valley Wine Trail. Try a wood-fired oven pizza with your glass of wine at L’uva Bella Winery or take in glistening lake views at The Vineyards at Pine Lake. At Mastropietro Winery, take a seat at their new Sports Bar or visit Halliday’s Winery for live music every Friday and Saturday night. Love both beer and wine? Take a trip to Lil Paws Winery & Brewery where they serve both handcrafted wines and craft beers. To sample wines from a variety of Ohio regions (including Mahoning County), purchase tickets to the Winter Wine Affair, happening on Saturday, January 18 inside Stambaugh Auditorium. Choose between an afternoon or evening session filled with live music, cheese plates, vendors and lots of delicious wine.
- Enjoy a Massage
Let the stress and worries of 2019 drift away with a relaxing massage in the Youngstown area. For an affordable massage session, visit BodyWorks Massage Therapy in Poland. Rates are $1/minute and massage services include everything from Hot Stone and Prenatal sessions to Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy. In Canfield, you’ll find Massage Café with sessions that feature a variety of techniques, customized to fit your needs. Allure Spa & Salon, located in Boardman, offers several spa packages that include facials, massages and nail treatments for both men and women.
- Immerse Yourself in World Class Art
You don’t want to miss In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870-1940 on exhibit at The Butler Institute of American Art January 19 through April 12. These stunning works from the Bank of America Collection demonstrate how American artists incorporated Impressionist techniques with their own artistic style to interpret and renovate French Impressionism. Spend the day viewing these captivating American landscapes and scenes of American life, painted by more than 75 artists.
Photo: Robert Spencer (American, 1879–1931) Afternoon Bathers, c. 1920 (Oil on linen), Bank of America Collection
- Enjoy Fellows Riverside Gardens – Even in Winter
During the heart of winter, find the spirit of the tropics inside the Davis Visitors Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens as you observe orchids on display as part of the Jewels of Winter exhibit, open January 28-March 1. Visit on select days for Yoga in the Gardens. Led by Marina Perdos, these yoga sessions are $12 and open to all levels. Throughout the month of January, kids and young adults can also take the Cardinal Challenge. Simply stop by Fellows Riverside Gardens, observe and learn about cardinals, then record and turn in your observations for a prize.
- Indulge in Something Sweet
For cookies like you’ve never seen before, stop by One Hot Cookie where they specialize in cookies topped with decadent treats like fruity pebbles and cinnamon bun icing. At Butter Maid Bakery in Boardman, try their widely popular walnut-filled kolachi, curated using a 150+ year-old family recipe. Or, indulge in some delicious French macarons at Bake Me Treats. For an entirely unique dessert experience, visit N2 by DaVill and watch as they make ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Also make sure to try one of their cakes, baked by Cake Wars winners, Devin and Ellen Harvischak. You can never go wrong with a trip to one of our six Handel’s Ice Cream locations and (try to) choose from over 100 homemade flavors of ice cream and yogurt.
- Take a Shopping Trip
Explore a few shops unique to the Youngstown area like Spruce Home Décor & Gift Store, a hidden gem for home furnishings, decor, accessories and unique gifts. Hunt for antiques at Mr. Darby’s Antique and Collectible Emporium featuring over 100 vendors with ever-changing inventory all in one store. The Joshua Tree features silver, china, artwork, vintage jewelry and eclectic collectibles – you never know what you might find!
Make 2020 the year of self-love and treat yourself with a trip to Youngstown! For more information about all of the attractions, parks, restaurants, you-name-it in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.