August 17, 2008

Girls’ Night (or Day) Out


Need an evening out with your girlfriends?

How about an elegant afternoon tea with dainty finger sandwiches at the O. Henry Hotel? Or a soothing organic sugar scrub at Chakras Spa? What about wine on the patio at Cafe Europa or a yoga class followed by a cup of exotic tea at Yoga Cafe?

There are plenty of options when it comes to a girls' afternoon or evening out in the Triad.

If you and your gal pals are up for some pampering, there are a number of day spas offering tranquility facials and detoxifying body wraps. If a hot guava and coconut milk body cocoon at Balance Day Spa can't relax you, then nothing will.

Don't have an entire afternoon, evening or weekend to spare? How about a lunch date? Jewel Day Spa offers express services that can have you out the door in less than an hour. The spa also offers 45- minute lunchtime meditations and 15-minute holistic healing sessions.

There's nothing better than time spent laughing and chatting with your girlfriends. It can be over tea or martinis, dressed up or down.

Here are more ideas for how you can unwind with your own BFFs -- best friends forever.

l Feeling creative? Make your own jewelry at Indigo Bead studio or fire up some pottery at Mad Platter.

Indigo Bead Studio offers a variety of beading classes and encourages parties.

Any night of the week is Ladies Night at the Mad Platter pottery studio. Ladies can gather their girlfriends, hors d'ouvres, wine or dinner and paint at a special rate.

l Find your inner peace with Inspirational Yoga for Women at Yoga Cafe. The hourlong class is offered weekly at the yoga and massage therapy studio. Afterward, try a specially blended tea such as chocolate truffle and raspberry or Ayurvedic Chai.

l Speaking of chocolate, there's Loco for Coco Gourmet Chocolates. The chocolatier carries truffles, exotic bars and thick sipping chocolate served in 4- and 8-ounce cups. Savor more sweets at Cheesecakes by Alex or Delicious Bakery, which carries eclairs, pies and more than a dozen varieties of chocolate cake.

l The best meals are those that can be enjoyed over long hours of conversation. That's why fondue is so perfect. The wait staff at The Melting Pot won't be angry at you, ladies, if you linger over your meal.

l What's better than brunch? Brunch at a winery. Sample wine, smoked salmon, crepes and artisan bread at Childress Vineyard. The rustic setting provides a perfect backdrop for a morning or afternoon of relaxation. There also are weekly music-in-the- vineyard events from May through October.

l If tea is more your speed, the O. Henry Hotel offers a daily afternoon tea, from 2 to 5 p.m. Angelina's Teas in Winston-Salem features more than 400 varieties of the aromatic leafy nectar.

l Volunteer. You don't need to travel to a third-world country to help someone. There are opportunities right here. Serve a meal at Urban Ministry, help a child learn English at the Newcomer's School, or assist a child or adult with developmental disabilities. Unsure how to find the right cause or organization that best fits your talents and interests? Turn to the Volunteer Center of Greensboro. It can lead you to the arts, faith, health, historic preservation, youth and animal organizations that need your help.

Contact Tina Firesheets at

373-3498 or tina.firesheets

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