Situated in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania is Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Despite being just an hour and half from Pittsburgh and 40 minutes from Morgantown airport, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort can be found nestled in the pastoral countryside, surrounded by expansive landscapes of mountains, forests and waterfalls. Along with being encircled by breathtaking scenery, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is equipped with impressive indoor and outdoor facilities, making it the quintessential destination for hosting a variety of meetings and events.
“Something that is often overlooked (because the interior space of Nemacolin is so outstanding), is the vast acreage available within the property. The outdoor spaces at Nemacolin are unmatched with over 2,300 acres of space for guests to dream up an event like no other. Most outdoor space has extensive custom furniture, fire elements, lush landscaping from the resort’s 50-person team, and enough artwork to provide the guests with vibrant energy in which to enjoy the scenic backdrop of the Laurel Highlands mountains,” says Tom Smith, director of resort culture at Nemacolin.
Approximately 54,558 square feet of venue space is available; facilities include an executive Conference Center, three ballrooms, an exhibition space and a 175-seat lecture hall, 25 meeting rooms and two boardrooms. The Conference Center venue is ideal for hosting formal meetings.
“The space is unique and well designed; it’s far from the cookie-cutter event space that has besieged the industry this past decade. Because the resort is family-owned, meticulous care and attention has been given to consider how lighting, the artwork, and the sound will impact our guests. The event space within the conference center feels alive, as it is surrounded by unique pieces of art from some of the industry’s biggest names, yet combines a casual elegance that includes the world’s finest hardwoods including tiger wood, walnut and cypress. The lighting in our Grand Ballroom, one of our most popular corporate and wedding spaces, includes six Baccarat chandeliers, complemented by velvet drapery on the floor-to-ceiling windows and lush carpeting by Burberry. The space caters to conferences because it is self-contained: groups can rent an entire room, floor, or the entire facility, all of which can create and deliver a brand message and provide a return on their investment,” says Smith.
The three available ballrooms are all distinguishable from one another; each offering their own unique layout, design and amenities. “The Grand Ballroom is [the] most popular wedding space featuring 8 Bacharach Crystal Chandeliers. The Marquis Ballroom is [the] largest event space that can hold up to 550 guests and divides into 4 separate salons. [The] last Ballroom is Horizon Point, featuring stone walls and a beautiful covered terrace that overlooks the Shepherds Rock Golf Course,” says Christina Augustine, Director of Special Events at Nemacolin.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has a number of restaurant and dining options available; to name a few, Lautrec, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond restaurant led by chef Kristin Butterworth who has cultivated the famous ‘Leap of Faith’ menu that allows for diners to get creative and personalize their meals. In addition, Rockwell’s embraces farm-to-table dining and Aqueous delivers sea-inspired fare.
Guests look for and enjoy unique experiences. What makes Nemacolin Woodlands Resort standout is its seemingly endless roster of recreational activities. Nemacolin boasts its newly renovated, state-of-the-art Holistic Healing Center that offers cutting-edge therapies. "Nemacolin’s spa and wellness collection features our Woodlands Spa and Holistic Healing Center, together offering an expansive treatment selection to help our guests find health, peace and wellbeing. Our Holistic Healing Center provides acupuncture and massage treatments, mindful exercises and personalized lifestyle coaching from a holistic approach to wellness. In our quest for new and innovative ways to help guests live well we’ve added our new Enhancement Suite, featuring advanced equipment to achieve a full circuit wellness experience: whole body cryotherapy, float therapy and NovoThor PBM therapy.” Spa Director, Katlyn Hatcher. Other fun team building activities include: a ropes course, paintball, biking "Tour de Nemacolin", scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, Fatbird SuperFlyer Zip Line, yoga and fitness classes, "Survivor"-themed challenges, golf and mini-golf, bowling, and culinary experiences like wine tastings.
An unexpected match in comparison to several other world-famous resorts in the United States; with its under-the-radar location, Nemacolin is not as well known, with many of its praises being passed by word-of-mouth. It’s no wonder the Mid-Atlantic’s best-kept secret is Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.