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Get-a-way back to well-being

The New Year is here, but you don't have to be

The Holidays are great… of course. You get to spend time with family, eat great food, maybe enjoy a few drinks, and hopefully get some time away from work. But hosting, traveling, planning, visiting, etc... can oftentimes be as, if not more stressful than normal life. And (if you’re doing it right) potentially much unhealthier. You may be entering the new year feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation. You’re not alone, and because of this January has become synonymous with health and wellness. Each year the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions are health or diet related, and in the magazine world the January issue is almost always focused on exercise, healthy eating and overall mental and physical betterment. 

If you are trying to start anew, or just reset and get back on track, sometimes the best way to do that is with some fresh scenery. Just a short, one to two hour drive away, lies Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Most of us Western Pennsylvanians know the name even if we haven’t actually been there. For those who have been there, there has probably been more than one visit and for good reason. Located in the Laurel Highlands and less than 10 miles from Pennsylvania’s well known Ohiopyle State Park, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is situated on 2,000 acres and home to multiple accommodations, an impressive collection of restaurants and lounges, a wildlife center, sporting facilities, the internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, and much more. Plus during these winter months the resort’s Mystic Mountain offers skiing, snowboarding, and other snow sports.

The first step in planning any getaway is choosing where to stay, and guests have plenty of options from which to choose. The resort features luxurious guest rooms, suites, townhomes and vacation homes, including the Falling Rock boutique hotel, a recipient of the Forbes 2018 World's Most Luxurious Hotels award. Falling Rock is the only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond property in Pennsylvania, and between its Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture, stunning organic style, and long list of amenities, it’s the definition of a luxurious escape. 

Just because you may be getting away to focus on your health certainly doesn’t mean you can’t experience a wide range of gourmet dining. Aqueous, located within the previously mentioned Falling Rock hotel, has a new menu showcasing modern cuisine inspired by the sea. The fish and shellfish are flown in daily, while its specialty meats and produce are locally harvested. Anyone familiar with the resort certainly knows of Lautrec. Located in the Chateau Lafayette hotel, it is one of only 30 restaurants in the world to hold both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond designation for 10 years. Lautrec’s Executive Chef Kristin Butterworth is a pioneer of the farm-to-table food philosophy and delivers an innovative and ever-changing menu focusing on the best local and seasonal ingredients. 

Once you’re well rested and well fed, you should have plenty of energy to burn at the 2,400 sq. foot Fitness Center. Exercise on your own using elliptical cross trainers, treadmills, free weights and cardio machines, or take part in fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, meditation, and interval training. You can also work with the resort’s fitness trainers to design programs specific to your goals and current fitness levels.

Lastly, and maybe most importantly when you are setting out to truly unwind and relax during your getaway, is to focus on mental and physical wellness. Located at Nemacolin’s Horizon Point, the state-of-the art Holistic Healing Center features four treatment rooms, group and private meditation, a Zen garden, and a juice bar. The center, as per its name, uses a holistic approach and has a staff of highly qualified therapists, wellness and medical practitioners, and educators that will work with and guide you towards identifying and correcting imbalances in all different aspects of life. For those looking for a more traditional approach to relaxation and rejuvenation, the Woodland’s Spa has forty treatment rooms and offers a wide selection of massages, facials, and body treatments. There is even a full service salon!

When planning your visit, in addition to being able to pick and choose your own experience, there are also a number of specials and packages which include different services depending on what you are personally looking for in your stay. There are even packages for large groups, corporate retreats, and holiday parties (maybe next year). For more information and to book your getaway, visit or call 866.344.6957.

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Upcoming Events at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
01/11 • Herbal Tea & Essential Oils
01/18 • New Year Detox Yoga
02/08 • Winterfest
02/08 • Maximal Mobility & Total Body Flexibility
02/15 • Partner Yoga Workshop
03/19 • Spring Equinox Yoga Flow
03/28 • Crystals Workshop

  • Falling Rock hotel
  • Falling Rock King Balcony Room
  • Aqueous
  • Chateau Lafayette
  • A Lautrec Plated Dinner
  • Lautrec
  • Woodlands Spa
  • Woodlands Spa’s indoor heated lap pool
  • Salon at the Woodlands Spa
  • Salon at the Woodlands Spa
  • Falling Rock King Bath
  • Falling Rock Suite Bath
  • Chateau Lafayette King Bath
  • Chateau Lafayette
  • Woodlands Spa
  • Black Truffle Ravioli from Lautrec