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.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
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The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
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