By Hope S. Philbrick
Among the entertaining coincidences of my life, this one ranks high:
When I recently stayed at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania, the place appeared on ABC’s The Bachelorette. I learned about its impending appearance upon arrival when I was handed a list of activities scheduled during my stay, including a VIP viewing party to which I was invited.
Suddenly, the reason my hosts had recommended packing cocktail attire for a resort that typically recommends a resort casual dress code made sense. Of course we’d dress up for a cocktail party just like on The Bachelorette.
Whether you’re a fan or familiar only with commercials for the popular show, odds are you know enough about The Bachelorette to understand the basics: a single gal dates a group of single guys (all cast by ABC) in hopes of finding love and getting engaged after a whirlwind tour of various resorts around the globe; booze and group dates stir up the drama that often involves hot tub make-out sessions. The real fun of the show is the snarky commentary that circulates around offices and online after each episode.
Nemacolin was a great choice to host The Bachelorette. It’s got everything needed for large or small group outings as well as more intimate options for one-on-one dates. Plus it’s camera-ready from just about any angle, with a wide range of set options from pastoral to glam.
As with any dating relationship, Nemacolin reveals itself in stages: Different venues offer vastly different décor and vibes. And like current Bachelorette JoJo’s dating pool, there are wildly different personalities to be found. The place is at once elegant and rustic, opulent and outdoorsy, casual and active, challenging and fun, confusing and interesting, invigorating and relaxing—really, you can design the sort of getaway you want based on what you choose to do and where you decide to do it. Want a five-star dinner, a spa treatment, and the chance to stay in a luxurious suite with a private whirlpool tub? No problem. Want to shoot sporting clays, climb a ropes course, hike, dogsled and share a house with a group of friends? No problem. As when planning any date, you can tailor the experience to your interests. The better you know yourself, the better the odds of making appropriate choices.
I opted for an itinerary with a mix of activities: sporting clays, ropes course, paint and sip, spa, five-star dining and, of course, the over-the-top The Bachelorette VIP party. Based on the impression that party made with its ice sculptures, catering spread, music, 15,000 roses, well-paced speeches, attentive servers, multiple bars, fireworks, and more, if JoJo actually gets married to the last bachelor standing, Nemacolin would serve as a fantastic wedding venue.
The only thing that could have made my stay at Nemacolin more perfect was if I’d have been able to make out with the bachelor of my choice in a fantasy suite.
But I guess even at a resort that feels magical reality can only be suspended so far.
So don’t travel solo: bring your smooch-partner along on the trip to make the most of your romantic desires.
Nemacolin is a rose of a resort worth accepting.
Live The Bachelorette Experience (To A Point)…
Starting at $1,536 for two guests, the package includes three nights’ luxury accommodations, a red rose and champagne welcome amenity, the choice of dog sledding or Jeep off-road driving experience for each guest, breakfast for two each morning of the stay, and red rose petal turndown each night.
Note that if dog sledding and/or the Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy are unavailable amenities on your select dates, or due to weather, a Resort Amenity Spending Credit valued at the price of the activity will be applied to your room to be used toward dining, spa and other activities.
Tune In For More…
If you missed the June 7 episode of The Bachelorette, watch it online for free for a limited time.
Nemacolin will also appear in Episode 5 of The Bachelorette, which is scheduled to air on Monday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Tune in to see what happens next (or just to see the resort).
- Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is located in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania
- Accommodation options include Chateau Lafayette, The Lodge, Falling Rock, townhomes and private homes for a total of 320 luxurious guestrooms and suites
- Falling Rock boutique hotel has earned the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards
- Butler service is available for guests of certain accommodations; inquire with the resort for details
- Lautrec is Nemacolin’s Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond restaurant; it’s one of only 27 restaurants in the world to boast these awards simultaneously and the only one helmed by a female chef!
- Activity options also include golf, fly fishing, wildlife safari (think zoo), wine tasting classes, art tours, horseback riding, skiing, and much more
- The spa welcomes guests age 16 and older (There’s a separate spa for kids age 5-15)
- 21 Plus Salute! There’s a new adults-only pool at Nemacolin
- 21 Plus Salute! The casino is exclusive to guests age 21 and older
- Odds of Encountering Children: Varies based on accommodation and entertainment options selected. For the best odds, visit when school is in session and/or opt for activities with a clear adult appeal.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
1001 Lafayette Dr.
Farmington PA 15437
– Photo Credits: golf course, spa, zip-line and Arden Estates courtesy Nemacolin Woodlands Resort; remainder © HSP Media LLC
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