4th of July at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa

This year for the 4th of July, we decided to go to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. It is a short drive from the Pittsburgh area. It is in the mountainous area of the Laurel Highlands. The amount of activities are endless including: zip line, skiing, swimming, shooting, golf, spa services, mini-golf, fishing, etc.


Pulling up to the Chateau is like pulling up to a European castle…….just stunning!

We stayed in the Lodge, which is connected to the Chateau. When we made our reservation, the only rooms for our family of 5 left was a room with 2 queens and a roll away bed.

Entrance to the Lodge
Our room in the Lodge
Lobby at the Lodge


Our first night we ate dinner at The Tavern restaurant next to the pool area and shops. There were a lot of barbecue items and sandwiches.


Our first morning we had the breakfast buffet at Rockwell’s which is between the Lodge and the Chateau. It was very good with a wide variety of fresh items.

We headed to the pool for the afternoon of the 4th.

Ready for the pool as we passed the Spa!

The front desk told me it opened at 11am and we walked over about 10am just to take a look at the pool and there were only a few chairs left and people were swimming. I’m so glad we went over when we did or we wouldn’t have had lounge chairs for the day.

It was a hot day, and we picked the perfect place to go!


They were a little short staffed at the pool, so it would take awhile to get a drink, but they were very tasty when they came!

There was a 4th of July parade after dinner. There were some local fire trucks and some characters throwing candy. The kids enjoyed it!

We ate dinner at The Caddyshack. The food was good and the kids had fun playing darts after dinner. We headed to play mini golf after dinner.

The mini golf course was beautiful! It was such a nice design with some tricky holes!

We headed up to the ski lodge to watch the fireworks. We ended up scoring a table on the upper deck to watch the fireworks.

Fireworks behind the Adventure Center

When we got our shuttle back to the Lodge, the bellman directed us to the fire pit and handed us the makings for s’mores! What a wonderful ending to a fabulous day!

Our last day we had breakfast at The Pantry, which features counter service with specialty smoothies, coffees, hot sandwiches, fruit, and pastries.


After breakfast, we headed to the zip line where my husband and son went zip lining.

We headed to see the Wildlife Habitats of all of the animals. There were lions, goats, tigers, bears, bison, sheep, and zebra.

Our last event before heading home was target paintball for the boys. They had a lot of fun and the staff was just great!


We had a great time at Nemacolin and didn’t get to do half of what was available.  There is also a casino for those people without children.


There is a more upscale and private part of the resort called Falling Rock, where my husband and I stayed a few years ago. It is much more expensive and you get a butler for your room to press your pants, draw you a hot bath, bring you cookies, etc. I highly recommend that part if someone is going as a couple.  If you are going with your family, stick with the Chateau or the Lodge.


As a side note, if you are going for a special event, they will send something special to the room. It was my daughter’s birthday, but I should have specified she was only 12!! C488D1F3-FB6A-4955-9BBB-A7CFA51448C1

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