Southwestern Pennsylvania is richly forested land, a mystical area featuring bubbling streams, moss-covered stones and the peaks and valleys of the Allegheny Mountain Range. With over 2,000 acres of thick forest and rolling meadows, the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a year-round destination. It offers exciting adventures and the chance to relax the body and revive the spirits at its on-site Wellness Center. The beauty of the outdoors balances with luxurious accommodations that cater to the needs of both couples and honeymooners.
Accommodation type: 4-star Hotel
No. of Rooms & Suites: 320
Pricing: starts at $238 for single rooms, at $359 for suites, at $459 for townhomes
High season: May through September
Nearest airport: Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
Suitable for: couples, honeymooners, families
- AAA Travel Guide’s Five Diamond Rating for Falling Rock Hotel, 2014
- Ranked at number 13 in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Poll “Top 20 Resorts in the Northeast,” 2013
- Forbes Travel Guide’s Four Star Rating, 2013
Named after a famous Delaware Indian chief, this expansive property features more than 70 different activities. That ranges from Jeep off-road driving courses to golfing to dog sledding. Additionally, dedicated 140 acres set aside for a clay shooting course include excellent fly fishing along the river. The Wildlife Academy features bears, hyenas, tigers, buffalo, and other animals. Even more, there are trail rides across the property offered by the Equestrian Center. Guests can even try for a big win at Lady Luck Casino with its mix of table games and slot machines.
No less than four different hotels make up Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. In fact, they offer a variety of room options, ranging from stately Chateau Lafayette with its French-inspired luxury rooms to the original Lodge that offers comfortably elegant surroundings. There’s also the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Falling Rock that offers guests a pillow menu with ten different choices. Meanwhile, Townhomes on the Woodlands Resort property are perfect for families and include a kitchen area and two bedrooms.
- Lautrec Restaurant: award-winning, five-star dining in a luxurious setting. The Woodlands Resort own holistic garden, along with other local farms, supply much of the fresh and unusual ingredients that create a memorable menu. Expect anything from roasted duck to escargots to Foie gras.
- Woodlands Spa and Holistic Healing Center: massage, reflexology, skin treatments, and body scrubs are just some of the packages on offer at this beautifully appointed spa. Additionally, the Healing Center offers individualized treatments meant to bring guests to a state of balance and harmony through the use of guided meditation, healthy menus, and physical activity.
- Mystic Rock Golf Course: a par-72 course featuring a spectacular backdrop of forest and 18 challenging holes. Once part of the PGA Tour, its challenges remain top-notch. They include caddies in the greens fee to ensure golfers have an excellent experience navigating the course.
- Adventure Center: the center of resort activity, offering paintball sniper training, mountain bike rentals, a climbing wall, ropes course, zip line, and miniature golfing. Packages have varying rates, and there are also specific courses designed just for kids.
Interval training Tabata classes are offered Mondays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m. in the Fitness Center. On Sundays at 9:00 a.m., an introductory yoga class centers on gentle movements and deep breathing.
While the resort has its own airstrip, most guests arriving by air land via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), located just 69 miles from Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. For visitors planning on renting a car at the airport and driving, take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (PA-43) until reaching Exit 75. This leads to US-119 South towards Morgantown. After four miles, take the US-40 East exit towards Hopwood. Continue on US-40 for 11 miles before turning left onto Lafayette Drive. The resort will be on the right just under a quarter of a mile after turning.
Amtrak has a station in Connellsville, 28 miles from the resort as well. However, the Woodlands Resort offers transportation services for guests that will pick them and drop them off at the train station or the airport. Guests are encouraged to make arrangements with the concierge when booking their resort stay.
Main Attractions Around Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
During the early stages of the French and Indian War, Colonel George Washington lost a battle here. He surrendered to a French Canadian Captain named Louis Coulon de Villiers. The fort housed important supplies, therefore, it was a strategic victory. The park includes buildings like Mount Washington Tavern, a restored inn once owned by Washington and Braddock’s Gravesite, the final resting place of the British general. Additionally, visitors can explore the reconstructed wooden palisade and tour the Education Center, which has an informative film and interesting exhibits.
An hour-long tour takes visitors on a fascinating exploration of the deepest cavern in Pennsylvania. This limestone cave plunges more than 46 stories into the Earth. All pathways are beautifully lit, showing the limestone to best advantage. However, temperatures in the cave are constant at 52 degrees Fahrenheit, so visitors will want to bring along a jacket when entering the cave. Other activities include panning for gemstones and Kavernputt, an 18-hole miniature golf course built inside a simulated cavern. The Visitors Center also includes an observation deck that allows for expansive views across five counties due to its location on a peak in the Allegheny Mountains.
This most famous of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes is a National Historic Landmark. The Kaufmann family donated it to a conservancy, and today it is a museum. However, now, visitors can tour the site and see it as Wright intended it, complete with the furniture he designed as part of the project. There’s a Visitors Center with informative displays and several pretty trails. The Bear Run Hike gives the perfect vantage point for viewing the house at The Overlook. Also, there’s a gift shop with books about the architect and other items of interest.
Guests can delight in a winter wonderland that offers the opportunity for snowshoeing and dog sledding. However, they can also indulge in their love of the summer months for their hiking, golfing and horseback riding. In fact, every month of the year at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a chance to explore unique experiences and gain a new skill. If you ever visited this beautiful resort let us know about your experience in the comments below. Also, if you want a similar peaceful and stunning experience, consider the Lake Placid Lodge in Adirondacks.