By Anthony Baracat
Leave your troubles behind for the weekend and go west—well, north-west, just over the Maryland state line to the exquisite resort and spa Nemacolin Woodlands in southwestern Pennsylvania. After a quick three-hour drive, you’ll soon understand why this place has garnered praise from Forbes, AAA, Conde Nast and more.
An impressive 2,000-acre property includes premium living spaces, an incredible spa, two golf courses for a total of 36 holes, a 140-acre outdoors facility and 14 specialty shops—excluding, of course, the Hardy Family Art Collection and 10 fine and casual dining experiences. Nemacolin is only one of 11 hotels and resorts worldwide to claim both Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond lodging and dining, and all this at a decent price.
Let the Mr. check out the shooting range and Woodlands World outdoor store, do some fly fishing and a run down the ski slope while you enjoy a unique massage package. Don’t forget to take the little ones to their own Kidz Spa or play in the indoor lap pool and wet areas.
Here’s what else this overwhelmingly comprehensive getaway has to offer.
Conde Nast voted Nemacolin in the Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas for 2013. Options for massage, hydrotherapy, salon and fitness are many, including individual treatments, packages, children options and specials.
Options: sports massage, Swedish massage, couples massage, pregnancy massage, Thai massage, hot stone massage, Golf range of motion practice, manicure & pedicure, body scrub, wellness bath, cleansing wrap, shampoo & style, acupuncture, reiki, makeup, yoga, personal training and metabolic testing . The Kidz Spa is available for children ages 5-15. Prices vary, with fitness classes at around $75, skincare around $150, massages around $200 and packages around $400.
Regardless of taste, the resort offers dining from top chefs who are recognized nationwide. There are four fine restaurants—Lautrec, Aqueous, Autumn and Sunset Terrace—as well as the Tavern, Apex, Otis & Henry’s, Elements and PJ’s for more casual fare. In addition, there is a cigar bar, lobby bar, Tavern bar, Oak Leaf and the Lone Wolf for drinks. Finally, the Academie du Vin and Wine Cellar offer cooking classes and delicious food and wine pairings.
The Field Club offers fly fishing, shooting, archery and air rifle. Winter options include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow tubing and dog sledding. The Wildlife Academy boasts a number of gorgeous animals, wildlife classes and more. An indoor Kidz Pool, indoor lap pool and wet area with whirlpool tubs, steam, sauna and fitness is complimentary with any Spa treatment. Shopping is also a must—Nemacolin calls home Nike, Vera Bradley, Brighton and other boutique gifts, as well as cigars, clothing and outdoor goods. Stop by Lady Luck first, of course, Nemacolin’s very own casino. In an artsy mood? Check out the Hardy Family Collection, valued at around $45 million.
This is not the backwoods weekend you might’ve expected. But with a variety of pristine rooms and homes, your stay doesn’t have to break the bank either. One night stats are split into two categories, midweek (from Sun.-Thurs.) and weekends. A Lodge guestroom can start at $189, while the luxurious Cabin at Beaver Creek can start at $3,000 on a weekend.
Visit the site at www.nemacolin.com or call—724-329-8555 for more information, 866-344-6957 for reservations.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
1001 Lafayette Dr.
Farmington, Pa. 15437
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