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How to Pamper Yourself in Pittsburgh

Looking to beat the winter doldrums? We round up the best places and experiences for a little personal indulgence.



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There are a few absolutes about February in Pittsburgh: It’s cold, it’s snowy (and, let’s be honest here, probably rainy) and 5 p.m. feels like midnight. Everything feels blah — including you.

The solution? Some creative pampering. Whether it’s indulging in a hot stone massage or temporarily escaping technology in a sensory deprivation tank, Pittsburgh Magazine rounds up the best ways to beat the winter doldrums.
 


PHOTO BY BECKY THURNER BRADDOCK

 

Wrap Yourself in Luxury

Let’s face it, when it’s cold and snowy outside, you want nothing more than to wrap yourself in a blanket and stay that way — all day. With the Blanket Poncho ($180) from Uptown Sweats, that’s entirely possible. Created by Pittsburgh fashion designer Kiya Tomlin — who launched her line of reimagined sweatsuits in luxurious fabrics three years ago — the Blanket Poncho is like entering into a fashionable hug. The asymmetrical poncho, which comes in black, olive and maroon, has pleating details on the left side to create interest and features a fun gold safety pin to close it. For a comfy yet elegant look, pair the poncho with a pair of sleek leather pants. For added pizzazz, try a pair of over-the-knee boots. —JS

Uptown Sweats
5983 Broad St., East Liberty
412/361-2100, uptownsweats.com
 


 

Peace Out

It doesn’t take long before you notice that the air just “feels” different inside the Himalayan Salt Cave at Peace, Love & Zen Holistic Wellness Center in East Liberty. Immersing in the mineral-rich air is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that are particularly beneficial for people with respiratory conditions and skin disorders. The negative ions in the air also can boost the immune system and reduce stress and fatigue, owner Susan Coe says. Even if you aren’t seeking medicinal benefits, there is no doubt that spending 45 minutes relaxing in so-called zero-gravity chairs in the warm, orange glow of the salt cave will reduce your stress. A peaceful soundtrack is piped into the cave during a session, during which mobile devices are not permitted. A 45-minute introductory session is priced at $20; regular sessions are $30. —BH

Peace, Love & Zen Holistic Wellness Center
6023 Broad St., East Liberty
412/661-0777, peaceloveandzen.com
 


 

Treat Your Feet (and Hands)

A manicure and pedicure are great ways to pamper yourself and still be able to pass it off as overall bodily maintenance — cuticle care is important, after all. AEY Nail Bar and Whitehouse Salon, both located on Walnut Street in Shadyside, go above and beyond the normal mani/pedi experience. AEY Nail Bar offers three levels for manicures and five for pedicures; the deluxe manicure and pedicure both include a clay masque treatment, hot towels and a massage. Prices range from $20 to $57 for a manicure and $35 to $125 for a pedicure. At Whitehouse Salon, guests are offered complimentary wine or tea to sip while they sit in the airy and bright space and warm up their feet in the built-in soaking tubs. —JM

AEY Nail Bar
5501 Walnut St., Shadyside;
412/652-9979, aeynailbar.com

Whitehouse Salon
5523 Walnut St., Shadyside;
412/681-8111, whitehousesalon.com
 


 

Get Away — but Stay Local

When life has you overwhelmed, get away from it all — without having to go far. Fairmont Hotel recently upped its game among the many popular and posh Downtown hotels with the addition of fl.2, a fine dining experience in a stunning setting. The Fairmont also offers the 6,000-square-foot Health Club & Spa, which includes a eucalyptus steam room and cedar sauna, as well as massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Try the “Urban Essentials” package ($285), which includes a 60-minute Muscle Melt Massage and a 60-minute Customized “New You” Facial or men’s Refinery Deep Cleansing Facial with essential oils. Another option for a getaway, this one a little farther south, is taking a quick jaunt to the Omni Bedford Springs (above) in Bedford. For the ultimate in relaxation, enjoy the Springs Eternal Spa with water from the natural mineral springs on the property. If your idea of luxury is disconnecting, the Omni offers meditative hikes and guided naturalist hikes on the property. To indulge your tastebuds as well as your mind, try the Chef’s Table experience ($180 per person), where your six-course, prix fixe meal with beverage pairings is prepared with flair in front of you. —LD

Fairmont Pittsburgh
510 Market St., Downtown;
12/773-8800,  fairmont.com/pittsburgh

Omni Bedford Springs Resort
2138 Business 220, Bedford;
814/623-8100,  omnihotels.com/bedford

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