As my husband and I prepared for a long weekend away at western Pennsylvania’s Nemacolin resort, the weather forecast loomed large. Frigid temperatures were on the way from the Midwest, and one full day of our itinerary focused on outdoor activities, from clay shooting to a safari tour to snow tubing. Even though it was just a short, three-day jaunt, we ended up with luggage upon luggage to fit all our snow and cold-weather gear. We hit snowstorms during our drive there and as we neared home on the way back, but for the time we spent ensconced at Nemacolin, we were truly in a winter wonderland. As I reminisce and write this article, sweltering temperatures continue to reach triple digits with extreme humidity, so the memories from our time in the snow globe world of Nemacolin in winter bring a mental state of cooling relief.
After our day of back-to-back outdoor activities and fun, we were prepared for a day of indoor action and relaxation, starting with a visit to the on-site Woodlands Spa and Salon. All resort buildings connect without one needing to trek outdoors; but as we sat at the breakfast table overlooking the spa across the parking lot, we decided to just sprint outside as it was the quickest option from point A to B. Even though it was a short walk — less than two minutes — the temperature quickly infiltrated to the bone; however, the chill quickly disappeared as we passed through the spa doors. Instead of icicles and our teeth chattering, soothing music, a delicious scent and a décor evoking true serenity took over both our goosebumps and our mental state.
We both scheduled the 110-minute Five Elements Journey, one of the spa’s newer signature treatments. As our visit came on the heels of one of the pandemic’s spikes, COVID-19 protocols were in full force, with all patrons and staff masked, social distancing measures in effect, and heightened sanitation. I wore a mask throughout the treatment, as did my therapist. It definitely made for an interesting look as I took a walk through the hot and cold hydrotherapy Water Path in a tankini and a mask!
The Five Elements Journey is based on the spa’s Feng Shui design, balance and a harmonious flow of energy. The five earth elements — wood, fire, earth, metal and water — factor not only into the design of the spa space but also throughout the treatment itself. All of the elements are included through a ceremonial candle lighting (fire) and palo santo cleansing (earth and wood), the aforementioned walk on the signature Water Path (water), a massage with essential oils and heated bamboo (wood) and a pressure point foot massage using a Kansa wand (wood and metal). One point of the Water Path, which alternates between temperatures, is lined with stones. There’s deep breathing in of several oils to determine which scent best meets your needs. And there’s also intention and meditation work during the candle lighting aspect. All in all, the treatment truly incorporates natural elements and allows for the spa-goer to reset, recharge and relax while being grounded and connected to earth. The warmth and comprehensiveness of the experience perfectly counteracted the bitter cold of the elements and proved the perfect antidote to the sore muscles we had after the outdoor activities of the day prior.
We met back up, supremely relaxed, in the upstairs lounge, where two loungers were reserved for us, boasting signs that read: “Relaxation reserved for Mrs./ Mr. Inlander.” How inviting! I sank right into the lounge chair, not quite ready for the bliss to end. We’d preordered from the menu full of shareables, salads, sandwiches, teas, infused waters, wines, sparkling wines and hot beverages. We split the hummus trio of roasted garlic, grilled eggplant and roasted red pepper hummuses, accompanied with vegetable sticks and vegetable chips. I enjoyed the spinach salad with pesto chicken, baby spinach, strawberries, toasted almonds, goat cheese and a white balsamic vinaigrette. Scott chose the grilled turkey burger with cilantro aioli on a wheat brioche bun. We ate a leisurely lunch, people-watching as other couples and groups dined, relaxed and went in and out of treatments.
The spa menu boasts an array of options, from seasonal offerings and three- or five-hour immersions to facials, contouring treatments, massages, body treatments and salon services. Many feature unique twists and the latest in technology and therapy, offering a full range of specialties to answer any health and wellness need.
We emerged from Woodlands Spa and Salon with our candles in our hands and our intentions in our hearts, ready to take on whatever delight the winter wonderland had in store for us next. Winter, spring, summer or fall, a trip to Nemacolin and its spa is sure to delight, whatever Mother Nature delivers outdoors.
Read This Next
FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan Introduces Spring Experiences
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan offers travelers exciting experiences this spring. Opened in July 2020, the property overlooks Lake Chūzenji and Mount Nantai in Japan’s Northern Kanto region. With cherry blossoms (Sakura) set to bloom in April, the area is the perfect destination for a spring getaway.
Enter to Win $500 and Get Six Months’ Free Access to the New GT App
Now through May 8, sign up for a free six-month trial of the Global Traveler app and be automatically entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card of your choice for Amazon, Apple or American Express.
New Limited-Time Bonus Offers from Scenic, Emerald Cruises
Scenic Luxury Cruises and Emerald Cruises currently offer travelers savings of up to $500 per cabin and a 50 percent reduction on deposits on select 2023/2024 river and ocean itineraries. The offers are available through March 31 and can be combined with others, such as early-booking savings of up to $1,500 per couple and a Pay in Full bonus that includes free or reduced airfare options.
The Cape Ann Museum Announces Major Edward Hopper Exhibit
This July, The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, hosts Edward Hopper & Cape Ann: Illuminating an American Landscape, the first major exhibition to explore Hopper’s connection to Cape Ann during his formative years as an artist. Visitors will be treated to 65 works that include paintings, prints and drawings assembled from collections housed at Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; private lenders; and other institutions.
FXExpress Traveler of the Year
FXExpress Traveler of the Year Contest 2023
March 2023Mar 22, 2023
Global Traveler Celebrates the 2022 Winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey Awards
Travel is back and better than ever! Last year brought a big boom to our beloved industry, and we were thrilled to celebrate the best of the best in December 2022 as we honored the winners of our 19th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, located downtown at LA Live!
Austrian Airlines to Bring Back Flying Chefs
DailyMar 22, 2023
Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf Review
eFlyer ReviewsMar 22, 2023
eFlyer DealsMar 22, 2023
Brown Hotels Celebrates Beachside Greek Resorts Reopening with New Offer
In honor of the seasonal reopening of its beachside Greek resorts, Brown Hotels offers a generous 25 percent discount on all bookings made by the end of April. This discount can apply to Brown Hotels’ beachside properties of Isla Brown Corinthia, Brown Beach Chalkida, Brown Beach Eretria and DAVE by the Beach Loutraki.
Share Your Travel Preferences with Global Traveler in a Short Survey & Win
Learning more about our readers’ travel habits and preferences ensures Global Traveler delivers the content you desire. As the travel industry has adapted and changed over the last few years, it’s more important than ever to connect. To best meet your short- and long-term travel content needs, please help us!
eFlyer DealsMar 22, 2023
Air Tahiti Nui Announces Limited-Time Sale on Flights from LAX to AKL
Through April 24, passengers booking a flight with Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL) enjoy round-trip fares from $974 per person in Moana economy class or $2,394 in Moana premium class.