Sunday, July 11, 2010
A weekend "getaway"
This weekend, my fantastic boyfriend surprised me with a weekend "getaway" to downtown. He booked us a room at the Westin with a view overlooking Fountain Square. Our Saturday was wonderful, starting with lunch at Hamburger Mary's (they have great vegetarian options as well). we then headed to our fancy room and soaked in the AC and cable for a while before heading up to the pool/workout area.
Before dinner we got cocktails at the Palm Court in the Hilton. This is attached to Orchids restaurant where I've always wanted to eat... however it's a little too pricey for our tastes. We still got to experience the amazing atmosphere at the Palm Court as we sipped our drinks while listening to the pianist playing Moon River and other classics. For dinner we walked down to JeanRo Bistro, an adorable french bistro. I had one of the best meals of my life, the seared tuna a la nicoise followed by the chocolate pot de creme. YUM. We washed the whole thing down with a bottle of local wine.
While we were never more than 15 minutes away from our apartment, this getaway truly did feel like a vacation. This is a great idea for anyone looking for a quick break from life without having to even take a day off from work. It was also nice to rediscover downtown Cincinnati which really is a wonderful town.
We got to sleep in on Sunday and then had brunch at the Greenup Cafe and I was still feeling full from last night's dinner! I opted for a cafe au lait, the honey and vanilla yogurt with watermelon and blueberries, and a buttermilk biscuit. Delicious as always. Then we hit Findlay market where we got our week's worth of produce (and awesome locally made dog food for Pierre!). We also realized it was Second Sundays on Main street so we looked around in the heat. No finds today but fun all the same. One new place we found on Main is called Neon's beer garden. We just stopped by to look around but it was a little bit Tiki themed which made me want to come back when in need of a drink!
Well, it's back to work tomorrow morning but at least I feel refreshed! Lots to do this week and Brent's parents will be coming into town on Saturday so I'm sure I'll be frantically cooking and cleaning on Friday!