ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: Talk about a grand entrance! After driving across the state of Pennsylvania and spending the last 40 minutes of our journey in a snowstorm, Nemacolin’s The Chateau coming into view was a welcome and gorgeous sight. After stopping at a check- point where our temperatures were taken, we drove to the valet, where we were helped with our many bags (winter gear takes up a lot of luggage space!) and escorted into an equally gorgeous lobby, bedecked with red roses in a nod to Nemacolin’s recent gig as host venue for the latest season of The Bachelor. Given the late hour, the lobby was quiet and empty. We were offered Champagne at check-in and were quickly on our way to our guestroom.
GUEST QUARTERS: Our room was generously sized. We entered into a vestibule with a closet and dressing area to the left and the marble bathroom — with stall shower, double sink and soaking tub — to the right. More rose petals adorned the bathroom. The shower offered little storage space for bath amenities and lacked strong water pressure, and certain room finishes could use a bit more attention to detail.
As we continued into the room, again we were taken by its spaciousness. Two nightstands flanked the king-sized bed, with a cushioned bench at its foot. Well across the room sat a dresser with the TV on top. When facing the bed, a wet bar with a mini refrigerator stood to the left along with another nook with a long, skinny table. Next to the dresser was an ample desk, and another small sitting area with two chairs and a round table sat near the three floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the resort’s private runway.
SERVICES/AMENITIES: This is where the resort truly shines! Depending on the season, the options for activities at Nemacolin are endless. We visited in winter and went clay shooting, took a safari tour (think white tigers, wolves, bears, buffalo and more), went snow tubing (recently renovated to include a Magic Carpet to take guests back up the hill), enjoyed the spa and took a painting class. One thing on our list we couldn’t squeeze in was dogsledding. And that’s just a few of the offerings. We can’t wait to go back and experience zip lining, art tours, mini golf, fly-fishing and so much more. Be sure to read our blogs and check out globaltravelerusa.com, whereverfamily.com and trazeetravel.com for more in-depth content on the activities.
And the dining is just as appealing. We enjoyed both in-room dining and a visit to Rockwell’s for breakfast. On our day of departure, the in-room dining must have been extremely busy as several items were forgotten and it lacked consistency from our previous experience. Barattolo offered the perfect venue for a cozy, romantic Italian dinner, and I encourage anyone visiting to take a “leap of faith” at Lautrec. Other options include Aqueous, PJ’s Ice Cream Parlor, The Pantry and The Tavern.
Nemacolin is a family business, with the owner, Mr. Hardy of 84 Lumber, residing on site. Take a minute to peruse the exhibit on the Hardy family.
Speaking of family, the staff across the board is exceptional, and the feeling of family is evident among all employees.
One afternoon we enjoyed cocktails and wonderful live music in the lobby. Several times throughout our stay we both commented on the great music playing wherever we went.
West Palm Beach, Florida, recently welcomed AKA West Palm, a hotel residence offering long-stay accommodations. As AKA’s second South Florida property, AKA West Palm features 215 hotel residences comprised of studios, one- and two-bedroom spaces, and Penthouse suites. The five-story hotel blends modern luxuries with comfort and simplicity, with sleek kitchens, washers and dryers, and private terraces. Room furnishings contrast with a backdrop of stone, metal and wood to create simple, clean lines with minimal contrast.
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Birmingham, Alabama, was named for the city in the English Midlands that kept the fires burning, warmed the homes and made much of the steel for the United Kingdom’s industrial revolution. Decades later, the American city also made steel, so much of it, in fact, it became known as the “Magic City” for steel production, and the moniker stuck. But today’s Magic City makes more than steel, taking the raw product a few more steps to become a major center for automobile parts manufacturing and more, including Honda, Mercedes-Benz and U.S. Steel. Thanks to local leadership and long-term planning, the magic still works for Birmingham, as evidenced by its role hosting The World Games 2022 last summer.
As New York City’s leading Latino cultural institution, El Museo del Barrio welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean and Latin American cultures. El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and exhibitions represent these cultures’ richness, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations and educational programs. Ranging from pre-Columbian to modern and contemporary art, the permanent collection totals more than 8,000 objects.
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Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown recently reopened its Fairmont Gold, introducing amenities, a contemporary new style in the Fairmont Gold Lounge and dedicated concierges. The 48-room, three-suite Fairmont Gold, positioned as an urban oasis, takes over the entire ninth floor of the hotel and delivers exceptional service to meet guests’ needs.
The results are in! For the 19th consecutive year, Global Traveler conducted its GT Tested Reader Survey, asking frequent luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of travel-related categories. More than 22,000 people responded. Global Traveler’s inaugural awards were celebrated in 2004.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
Originally a thriving Colonial seaport, Newport became the summer playground for the Gilded Age’s elite in the late 1880s. Today their mansions dot the coast of Aquidneck Island, and their favorite pastimes — sailing and tennis — still dominate the city’s recreational offerings. In fact, Newport hosted the first U.S. Open tennis championship in 1881 and golf tourna- ment in 1895 and hosted the America’s Cup from 1930 to 1983. You can experience most of Newport on your own, including the mansions, but don’t rule out a guided tour or two when you visit.