VERSAILLE IN PENNSYLVANIA'S LAUREL HIGHLANDS




Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, an expansive destination resort and spa in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania. Once the summer retreat of Pittsburgh industrialist, Willard F. Rockwell, the property sits 70 miles south of Pittsburgh in the Allegheny Mountain range. In October 2018, Nemacolin's Falling Rock was included in Forbes verified list of the 58 most luxurious hotels in the world.



Located on 3,000 mountain acres in the Laurel Highlands, the resort comprises five distinct lodging options: Falling Rock, a 42-room Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired all-butler boutique hotel; the 124-room Chateau Lafayette, inspired by the legendary Ritz Paris; The Lodge at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, originally the hunting retreat of Pittsburgh business titan, Willard F. Rockwell; and a selection of luxurious townhomes and vacation homes. The resort is 15 minutes from Ohiopyle State Park and two Frank Lloyd Wright mansions: Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob.



Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is home to 15 dining options, including the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five-Diamond Lautrec Restaurant; the Woodlands Spa; a holistic healing center; a casino; two 18-hole Pete Dye Championship Golf courses; tennis and squash courts; five pools; an off-road driving academy; shooting academy; rock climbing and more. During the winter, in addition to skiing and snowboarding, the resort offers snow tubing, dog sledding, cross-country skiing and more. The resort also has an extensive program for children and families, as well as a 32,000-square-foot conference center.

The land where Nemacolin Woodlands Resort now sits has a colorful history dating back to 1740. During the French and Indian War it served as a stronghold for Colonel George Washington and General Edward Braddock. In the late 1940s, Pittsburgh industrialist Willard F. Rockwell (of Rockwell International) purchased 60 acres in the Laurel Highlands. In the years that followed, Rockwell purchased more land, built a summer home, and created hunting and fishing areas for his family.

The original Nemacolin Inn was opened in September 1970 as a 12-suite, Tudor-style hotel. In 1987, the property was purchased by Joseph A. Hardy III, an entrepreneur from Pittsburgh, and developed into one of the most luxurious destinations in America. It is currently owned and operated by his daughter Maggie Hardy. Over 1,000 individual works of art from the multimillion-dollar Hardy Family Art Collection -- including works by Fernando Botero, Frank Stella and George Hetzell -- grace the interiors and grounds of the resort.



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