OVERVIEW of Nemacolin Woodlands
Nemacolin began life in the late 60’s as a private game reserve where Pittsburgh industrialist, Willard Rockwell entertained friends and business associates for hunting and fishing weekends on its then 400 acres. Today the resort is owned by the Hardy Family (84 Lumber) encompasses some 3000 acres and is a Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond award recipient. The Falling Rock section of the resort and the restaurant Lautrec have been recognized with the AAA Five Diamond award.
This is the best family resort we have visited. Set on 3000 acres, there are two golf courses, a shooting academy, Orvis-endorsed fly fishing, an off road driving academy, a magnificent Spa, wine tastings and cooking classes for adults. The children’s activities are truly amazing. There’s a zoo, a marina with boats and kayaks, snow sports, horseback riding, arcades, paint ball, archery, volleyball and more.
THE ROOMS at Nemacolin Woodlands
Chateau Lafayette is the sophisticated and elegant alternative to the sleek and contemporary Falling Rock. Designed to replicate the Ritz in Paris, you are introduced to the hotel through a grand lobby with soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers and a stunning $45 million art collection. Lafayette is home to a tea room, a cigar bar and the resort’s AAA 5 Diamond award winning restaurant Lautrec. The 124 rooms and suites are oversized and made to seem even larger with vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Furnishings are elegant and stylish in muted shades of beige and olive with heavy formal drapes covering large windows and furniture in Queen Anne styling. Butter soft linens top pillow-top beds covered with silk bedspreads. Bathrooms are large with plenty of space, equipped with high end toiletries and soaking tubs and separate showers.
Originally a hunting retreat. Today, it offers luxury accommodations and is home to Rockwell’s steak house and the wine cellar of 21,000 bottles.
Forbes Five Star Hotel. Rooms are large and decorated in soothing shades of brown, gold and burgundy with fabric covered walls, mahogany furniture and either a small balcony or a sitting area. Pillow-top beds and luxury linens make for a luxurious sleep. Marble bathrooms are also large with plush towels and robes, a deep soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower with more shower heads than I could figure out. 24 hour butler service is a great touch. They will get you food, iron your clothes, draw a bath, wake you up in the morning, just about anything you can think of.
Luxury Vacation Homes
Beautiful homes sleeping from 6-22 people.
Two bedroom, fully equipped homes. Perfect for couples or families traveling together.
DINING at Nemacolin Woodlands
Nemacolin offers the most extensive line-up of dining options in this group of Great Resorts.
Bars & Lounges
Roaring 20’s theme. Speakeasy style entrance. World’s finest bourbons, scotches and cognacs, as well as wines, beers and Prohibition-style cocktails, all served by bartenders adorned in attire reminiscent of the era. Guests can enjoy fine cigars from the neighboring Cigar Shop.
The Lone Wolf
Casino bar. Entertainment and dancing. Burgers and wings.
There is also a bar at Rockwell’s restaurant, a Lobby Bar at the Chateau lafayette and the Amber Bar at Falling Rock.
The Tavern is a popular English style pub serving lunch and dinner year round. Great beer selection, TV’s and pool tables and you can dine in the bar or an indoor sidewalk cafe around a free standing aquarium. Cut above the normal pub food. Try the double crunch homemade potato chips, the chili, the Wigle Bourbon Glazed BLT and the Hot Fried Chicken.
P.J.’s is a 1950’s style ice cream, pizza parlor and deli located next to Kidz Klub. Pizzas, salads, sandwiches and old-fashioned ice cream floats. Kids will love this.
The Caddyshack is housed in the resort’s original golf pro shop and features slow-cooked barbeque by the resort’s resident Pit Master, free-range rotisserie poultry, classic sides, local garden greens and the sweetest, fresh-harvested fruits while enjoying amazing vistas of the Laurel Highlands.
Otis & Henry’s Bar & Grill.
At the casino. Brick fireplace. Comfort food.
Rockwell’s at Chateau Lafayette is set in the original Tudor-style hunting retreat and is a classic steakhouse offering cuts of fine beef, wild game and fresh fish.
Aqueous, a AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Four Star award winner, is a marvelous Frank Lloyd Wright inspired restaurant set in a room with comfortable booths and tables that take full advantage of the spectacular views of the Mystic Rock golf course. Featuring fresh seafood, game and homemade pastas.
The shining star of the group, however, is the AAA Five Diamond, Lautrec, an elegant gem with a French flavor that will be one of the highlights of your visit. Plan to spend your entire evening here and it will be one you will not soon forget. The comfortable dining room is a circular space with wood paneled walls, wine racks, red/burgundy carpets and chair fabrics and recessed lighting. Tables and banquettes are set with crisp linens, gleaming tableware and fresh flowers.
Opt for the Chef’s Tasting menu, paired with wines. 7 courses with wine $270.
THE RATES at Nemacolin Woodlands
From $815 Peak Season Weekend
WHAT OTHERS SAY About Nemacolin Woodlands
AAA Five Diamond-Falling Rock
AAA Five Diamond – Lautrec
AAA Four Diamond – Aqueous
Forbes Five Star- Falling Rock
Forbes Five Star – Lautrec
Forbes Four Star – Spa
Forbes Four Star- Chateau Lafayette
Wine Spectator Award Winning List
“You feel like you have your own personal mansion,” complete with “24-hour butler service,” when you stay in Falling Rock, “a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired masterpiece” amid the many lodging choices at this “lavish resort” “in the heart of the mountains” of western PA; the “château rooms are worthy of royalty” too, while the facilities offer “something for everyone: shooting to art, spa to four-wheeling,” plus 36 holes of Pete Dye designed golfing and “delicious” dining at Lautrec.” ZAGAT
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