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Spend a self-care weekend in Ames

Sometimes a little TLC is all you need. Text your besties, plan a weekend, and stay in Ames for some much-needed self-care activities!

Your first day in Ames:

  • Kick off your weekend with a full-body massage at Massage Heights. You’ll leave feeling fresh, renewed, and ready to take on whatever life throws at you.
  • For an afternoon treat, indulge on this week’s flavors at Crumbl Cookies – try all of them and rank the favorites among everyone. You deserve it!
  • Two locals shopping at local stores in downtown Ames.Stop into Morning Bell Coffee Roasters to grab a bag of coffee beans to enjoy your favorite coffees at home.
  • Enjoy a comforting home-style dinner at Ge-Angelo’s Italian Restaurant. You can’t go wrong with pasta. 
  • Never underestimate the healing power of a night out. Head downtown for a glass of wine (or two) at Della Viti before you turn in.

Your second day in Ames:

  • New year, new you! Book a morning appointment at Heroic Hair in downtown Ames to refresh your look.
  • What’s a makeover without a new wardrobe? Spend the afternoon on a shopping spree. Our faves: Moorman Clothiers, Tres Teal, Portobello Road, and Bizzy’s Boutique.
  • Get dressed up in your new clothes and head to Noir for any of their craft cocktails. Cheers to practicing self-care!

Your last day in Ames:

  • Start your last self-care day with a boozy brunch at Provisions Lot F.
  • Treat your skin to a rejuvenating hydrofacial at Finesse Spa & Hair Salon with products customized to fit your skin’s specific needs. 
  • Nothing says “new me” like a new scent. After your facials, stop at Life Distilled to browse their selection of essential oils to freshen up your home, or blend your own essential oil roller for self-care on the go. 
  • Just down the street, pick out fresh-cut flowers from Evert’s Flowers Home & Gifts to commemorate your self-care weekend. 

By Marissa Smith, Marketing Communications Intern


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