When you think luxury resort, your mind probably doesn’t go straight to Pennsylvania. But before you write the Keystone State off as a totally lackluster vacation spot, think again. Located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Nemacolin is something of a high-end Appalachian Disney World. (Fun fact: It’s where The Bachelor filmed part of Matt James’s season.) This summer, the upscale resort opened The Peak, an all-ages playground that abuts the main resort and offers a smorgasbord of outdoor activities fit for the whole family.
Feeling adventurous? Head into the mountains for Jeep off-roading, ziplining, or a trip across the three-level ropes course. Try your hand at axe-throwing, scale the 50-foot climbing wall, or take your crew onto the battlefield for a thrilling game of combat paintball in the surrounding hills.
If you’re more the type to park it by the pool (can anyone blame you after the year we’ve had?), you can rent out a full-service cabana filled to the brim with luxe furnishings and unparalleled poolside privacy. Send the kids over to the 400-foot summer tubing slide while you take advantage of the swim-up bar and enjoy your cocktails from the comfort of the wet deck’s in-pool loungers.
The best part is you don’t even have to wait for warmer weather—heated decks and sidewalks mean the pools at The Peak are open year-round. During the colder months, the resort pulls a 180 with its seasonal activities, opening up the slopes for skiing, tubing, and snowboarding.
Nemacolin, 1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, Pennsylvania, (866) 344-6957