We just spent a few days at the Nemacolin. We realized that the resort is impossible to summarize in one sentence, but here's an a little bit of what you can expect here:
We stayed in the Chateau, the mid-range (~$500/night) hotel, one step above the Lodge and one step below Falling Rock, is a gargantuan Vegas-meets-Paris structure that towers over the surrounding hills and trees. The interior is as elegant as money can make it.
Yesterday evening, we had two experiences that seem to epitomize the contradictions of Nemacolin. In the lobby, amidst all the antiques, artwork and chandeliers, staff were operating an enormous spinning wheel that gave assorted prizes, mostly discounts on the resort's shops. The wheel was surrounded by people of all ages, including lots of shouting children. Nearby, resort staff were demonstrating fishing and hunting gear - rods and rifles, and other staff were holding wild animals from the resort's mini-zoo. So, chaos in the midst of elegance. As another example - Caddyshack, the casual burgers restaurant on the golf course, sits across a road from a car store/museum, where you can pick up a vintage Mercedes for $400,000, or a magnificent restored Cord for $300,000. Right after you finish up your cheese fries.
However, just 100 yards down the hall, we had one of the best dinners of our lives at the ultra-expensive ($250/person tasting menu, with the wine course) restaurant Lautrec. The restaurant was quiet, the service was impeccable, the food creative and delicious, the wines worth every penny.
In the end, we decided we would stop trying to figure out whether Nemacolin was more about the spinning wheel, or the hunting and fishing, or the wild animals, or the antiques, or the truly great restaurant. As the owner put it, they try to provide something for everyone, and they succeed. In spite of, or because of, the quirks, we really enjoyed Nemacolin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on 2,000 acres in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and just 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is consistently recognized in the travel and hospitality industry for superior service, luxurious accommodations, large selection of amenities and as a first-class meeting destination. With activities and amenities galore you can expect the unexpected at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nemacolin Woodlands Hotel Farmington
- Nemacolin Resort