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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa

Farmington, Pennsylvania

By Roger Cox, Editor

Chateau Lafayette at Nemacolin Woodlands ResortThis winsome family-run resort in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania, 65 miles from Pittsburgh, started out as a hunting lodge, but that doesn't begin to suggest how it has evolved after a $100 million infusion of capital and enthusiasm from 84 Lumber founder Joe Hardy. With a French Renaissance-style chateau at its core, a full-service spa, and a wealth of recreation, Nemacolin has emerged from the privileged shadows as one of America's most charming all-round resorts.
That said, I don't want to oversell its appeal to tennis players. Although there are two golf courses, the spa, an equestrian center, a sporting clays club and shooting academy, fishing creeks, croquet and more, there are only four artificial grass courts (all with lights). However, the tennis program, which runs from mid-April to November, is now under noted coach and USPTA pro Fritz Schunck, who ran his own junior camps for 34 years. Here at Nemacolin, he supplements private lessons with junior clinics, adult socials, and Cardio tennis while helping guests find matches.

Rates and Reservations

There are a variety of lodging options, including rooms in the hunting lodge and in the chateau as well as townhouses and homes. Rates are generally higher on weekends. Check the website for rates during the period you expect to visit.

Visit the website for current rates

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa
1001 LaFayette Dr.
Farmington, PA 15437
Toll-free: 866-344-6957
Fax: 724-329-6694
Web Link: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa

©2017 Roger Cox

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