It's a quick drive, really-not even two hours from most parts of Columbus. If you haven't visited Cincinnati recently, it's worth the super-short trek-especially for a girls' day or weekend. You can break up the already-easy stretch down I-71 with a stop at the Prime Outlets in Jeffersonville, where you'll find stellar deals at stores like Calvin Klein, Nike, Coach and Pottery Barn. Then, once you're in the Queen City, you'll find places a-plenty worth checking out. Here are options we recommend.

SHOPPING
Sure, mall shopping is great-and Cincinnati offers it. But if you're looking for something a little different, the city boasts a nice selection of high-end boutiques. Here are some of our favorites.

The Wardrobe Cincinnati
Fresh, sophisticated clothing and accessories for the true fashionista. A beautiful, well-edited selection of everything from dresses and denim to shoes and necklaces by designers like Poleci and Geren Ford. You could fill your whole closet here. (Plus, mention Capital Style when you shop, and receive 10 percent off!)
Location: Madeira, 6904 Miami Ave.
Web: TheWardrobeCincinnati.com

La Silhouette
Luxurious selection of high-end lingerie from France, Switzerland, Belgium and elsewhere.
Elegant offerings from bras to nightgowns. Don't miss the lovely selection of Wolford tights.
Location: Madeira, 6914 Miami Ave.
Web: LaSilhouetteLingerie.com

Alligator Purse
Upscale-yet-edgy, this star of the charming Hyde Park Square offers splurge-worthy dresses, jackets, tops and more from designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Robert Rodriguez. Perfect for the fashion-forward career woman. (And while you're there, be sure to walk around and enjoy the square's myriad other offerings, too-from vintage jewelry to homemade soaps.)
Location: Hyde Park, 2701 Erie Ave.
Web: ShopAlligatorPurse.com

Soho Boutique
This bright boutique offers a fun, broad selection of special-occasion dresses (along with other clothing) from designers like Alice + Olivia and Hunter Dixon. Leans younger (think colorful frocks and sequined minis) but also sells out-of-the-ordinary work-appropriate attire, too.
Location: Hyde Park, 2757 Observatory Ave.
Web: ShopSohoBoutique.com

Sarah Benjamin's
A good choice for upscale Saturday wear. The selection is casual but classy-easy-to-wear clothing that looks stellar without being fussy. Think quality denim, comfy dresses and out-for-drinks-on-the-patio tops and jackets by the likes of Ella Moss and Elizabeth & James.
Location: Mariemont, 6810 Wooster Pike
Web: SarahBenjamins.com


EATING
Cumin
This small, hip spot serves world fusion cuisine (owner Alex Mchaikhi was born in North Africa and speaks five languages) and features an extensive wine menu. It's a great place for lunch, dinner or just a drink and snack (the menu offers breads and dips; the goat cheese spinach dip is amazing!).
Location: Hyde Park, 3520 Erie Ave.
Web: CuminRestaurant.com

Orchids at Palm Court
Locals herald Chef Todd Kelly's grand, award-winning
restaurant as a must-visit for dinner. Consistently given AAA's four-diamond designation, this hotel establishment is rich and ritzy, with a menu that changes seasonally and a pastry chef who delights.
Location: Downtown, inside the Hilton at Netherland Plaza,
35 W. Fifth St.
Web: OrchidsAtPalmCourt.com

RELAXING
The Woodhouse Day Spa
This beautiful spa offers a sophisticated, calming atmosphere. You'll feel spoiled with a luxe robe to wear, loose-leaf tea to sip and treatments that incorporate organic ingredients. The two-hour "Back to Basics" package is a perfect Saturday treat: a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage; an essential purifying facial; and a hydrating ginger pedicure for $165.
Location: Montgomery Historic
District, 9370 Montgomery Rd.
Web: WoodhouseCincinnati.com
Worth noting:
A local Woodhouse Spa is opening this winter in Dublin at 19 N. High St. in the new BriHi Square.