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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park + Museum (Outside and Educational)

Summer is a time for embracing the outdoors, but nothing says you can’t embrace a little art and education while enjoying the great outdoors, right? Located in Hamilton, OH, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is an alluring blend of nature and art.  This is an outdoor museum on a beautiful piece of property with plenty of trees, rolling hills, gardens, and a pond or two.

Entrance to the park.

There are a few options for traveling through the park; my favorite option is to rent a golf cart!  I don’t play golf, but I find driving these so exciting!  Seriously.  My dream is to own one and drive it around my neighborhood.  No joke!  On a sunny day, taking one of these carts out is perfect.  You can rent a golf cart: $20 for the first hour and $15 each addition hour.  If you want the experience of the cart, which I highly recommend, but want to save money, rent the cart for an hour, use the map to navigate, and then, when the hour is up, pick up your car to see the part of the park you missed in that first hour.

It’s fun cruising around on the “art carts”!

Another option is to drive around in your vehicle and get out at designated parking places and walk around. You’re encouraged to walk right up to the sculptures.  Or, if you have plenty of time and energy, you can simply walk everywhere. But, beware, there are some steep hills!  Part of what makes this place amazing is the marriage of art and nature.  Trees, rolling hills, sculptures…when the sun is shining, you can’t beat it.  And, the sculptures make for great conversation pieces and photo ops!

Remind anyone of the Standing Stones at Craigh na Dun? Outlander fans?

There are so many interesting pieces to see.

I’ve visited this park during each season.  In summer, it’s perfect for being outside- take the family and pack a picnic lunch. In fall, you can’t beat the smell of the trees and the leaves coupled with the cool breeze.  I’ve also been in late spring when the flowers are blooming- gorgeous.  If you’re a hiker, there are trails available!  I don’t have any first hand knowledge of the trails, but I’m certain it would add to the experience.

This overlook is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch.

One of my favorite times to visit is during winter for Holiday Lights on the Hill!  It’s a scenic drive filled with colorful lights and if you’re lucky, snow.

Speaking of events, be sure to check out the calendar at Pyramid Hill.  There is so much happening.  Here are a few highlights:

    • July 27th= Blues, Brews, and BBQ’s event 
    • August 16th= Meteor Shower Party
    • September 28/29= Art Fair featuring over 70 artists, live music, food vendors
    • November 22-Jan. 5= Holiday Lights on the Hill

Admission to the park costs $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.  Kids under 5 get in free.  There’s also a museum with ancient sculptures featuring Greek, Roman, and Egyptian artifacts. The museum, which is open 12-5 daily, is an interesting juxtaposition to the very modern art in the park.  Check out the website to learn more about the indoor and outdoor galleries!

I love this Romeo and Juliet piece.

Some of the sculptures are newer than others, some of the exhibits rotate, and some are a bit weathered by time, but overall, the park is serene and peaceful.  It’s a refreshing respite from the stressors of daily life!  Although, my husband would probably argue that riding in a golf cart with me behind the wheel is neither calming nor peaceful; it is, however, crazy and full of laughter! And those are precious moments, too!

If you have not been to Pyramid Hill, it’s worth the drive!

I am a huge advocate of exploring all this incredible city of Cincinnati has to offer and I never get tired of new experiences! Be sure to find me on facebook and instagram as well.

GO THERE (Pyramid Hill)!  TRY THAT (Rent a golf cart, spend the afternoon enjoying art and nature)! 

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Woodhouse Day Spa and Self-Care

I’ve taken a break from most things blog related because, well, it’s been a rough few months. Tragedy at work and health issues in the family have left me unable to write about much; my head and heart haven’t been in the game.  Until now.

This is a quick post about self-care. We all need it. Now I’m not saying we have to go to the “treat yo’ self” extreme of Tom and Donna in Parks and Rec. I’m not talking about maxing credit cards on shopping sprees, but rather intentionally doing things that better our emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental well-being. This might include counseling, exercising, meeting a friend for coffee, getting plenty of rest, going on a weekend hike, driving with the windows down while listening to your fave tunes, reading a good book, and getting a massage.

Cheesy but so true!

I haven’t been so good at this lately because life has been crazy; however, I am intentionally pursuing it! I have a book by my side, I’m leaving for vacation today, I’ve started eating healthier again, I’ve contacted my counselor, I went on a hike last weekend with friends, we’ve taken drives with the top off the jeep, I got air in my bike tires, and. . . I got a massage and facial this week.

This leads me to Woodhouse Day Spa. Woodhouse is my “treat yo’ self” place. There is no spa as peaceful and relaxing as Woodhouse. Think plush robes, essential oils, and berry-infused water. Think expertly trained massage therapists and skin estheticians with calming voices and the perfect touch. I’ve been a visitor to both the Montgomery and Liberty Woodhouse locations and each has been a needed oasis.  A time to feel spoiled.  A time to rejuvenate.  A time to breathe deeply.  A time to  clear my mind.

Trust me, whether you try a facial, massage, or sleep treatment, you will be gifting yourself some incredible self-care. Every single time I’ve visited Woodhouse, I’ve left feeling better about myself – the stress just melts away.

All. The. Details.

The quiet room. I thought about moving in.

Ahhh, an extensive facial! No makeup- don’t care. Curly hair- don’t care. My skin has never felt so good.

When life gets hectic, or the bumps in the road throw us off course, we often forget to take care of ourselves.  But, after awhile, we aren’t any good for anyone else.  And if you’re a fixer and a doer like I tend to be, you truly enjoy doing for others; remember though, like most things in life, it’s all about balance.  So cheers to taking better care of ourselves and not feeling one bit guilty about it.

P.S.- The new location in Liberty Township is about 10,000 square feet of pure bliss. And, they are running a special this month- get a premium facial and receive 40% off skincare items during June.

Whatever you do, just take care of YOU.  Yes, you are worth it! Yes, you matter!

GO THERE (Woodhouse Day Spa)! TRY THAT (self-care, facial, massage)!