At Pennsylvania’s Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, just 70 miles north of Pittsburgh, unexpected wow-inspiring group experiences come in multiples. For planners tasked with organizing a VIP retreat or creating special incentive meetings for smaller groups with big expectations, the property answers “all of the above” to their needs.
Here are four reasons why planners are putting Nemacolin Woodlands Resort high on their list:
Nemacolin stretches over more than 2,000 mountain acres in the Laurel Highlands, the heart of the Allegheny Mountains.
“We believe if you are going to gather your group somewhere, you want it to be memorable,” says Jeff Kmiec, chief operating officer at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. “In addition to PGA-tour quality golf and top-quality spas, we deliver unexpected surprises including a 12,000-bottle wine cellar, an incredible Field Club with trout fishing streams, bird hunting and sporting clays, a driving academy, teaching facilities for archery, skiing, hiking trails, ziplines, rock climbing, even an animal sanctuary with a white buffalo. Evenings are special too including exciting gaming at the Lady Luck Casino.”
The area’s natural beauty is unspoiled and hosts one of the most inspired homes in America Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fallingwater is only a 20-minute drive from the resort.
Distinctive Event Space
A 32,000-sq.-ft. Executive Conference Center and a variety of additional flex-meeting/event space spread across a variety of venues delivers planners exactly what they like: options. Entertain up to 400 in the open-sided Panorama Pavilion, host an elegant affair with a cocktail party or dinner for more than 100, accompanied by live music in the newly constructed Reflection Art Gallery overlooking the golf course and the mountains. Rooftop terraces, formal gardens, and sunny tearooms compliment more traditional ballrooms, a 175-seat amphitheater/lecture hall and more than a dozen breakouts provide for multiple accommodating setups.
Five upscale lodging choices total 322 rooms. The 42-room Forbes Travel Guide and AAA award winning Falling Rock is visually arresting with its Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Prairie style architecture. Each room has private butler service, European-style showers, 10-option pillow menu and milk and cookie turndown service. Chateau Lafayette creates a Parisian feel, gaining inspiration from the famed Ritz Paris. The Chateau accommodate 124-rooms here with open, airy space including the luxe Lafayette Hospitality Room for VIP receptions. A private airstrip adjacent to the Chateau accommodates small aircraft. The Lodge is original to the resort (once a hunting lodge built by Joseph A. Hardy, founder of 84 Lumber Company) and has 98 guestrooms. Townhomes and private residences are also available on property. Special dining at Nemacolin includes the highly regarded Lautrec, holding both Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond accolades, one of only 30 restaurants in world to simultaneously have each.
PGA Tour Quality Golf & Instruction
Legendary course architect Pete Dye created a gem with Mystic Rock, the former host to the PGA tour 84 Clumber Classic. Dye teamed up with Tim Liddy to create Shepherd’s Rock, another challenging layout and tournament-worth venue. Golf Magazine’s Top 100 teacher, Eric Johnson is on site for group and individual instruction, clinics, demonstrations and even a fancy trick shot exhibition.