There’s something about an East Coast autumn, the way the summer weather breaks without abandon, but the sun lingers a little longer than it will in the winter. The leaves begin to change at a varying pace up and down the coast (a well-timed road trip can showcase the season in its glory across the region). The air becomes crisp and calls the heat-hiders back into the wild — there’s so much to do, the season seems short by comparison.
For those seeking the quintessential autumn vacation, coupled with a good, old-fashioned family vacation, all-in-one resorts are a great option. For those heading to or through Pennsylvania, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort will demand a few days of your time. Built for all seasons, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a one-stop shop for all things fall. Sitting on a whopping 2,000 acres of rolling landscape, Nemacolin boasts an activity and attraction for everyone in your crew.
Guests of the resort, including the oasis at Falling Rock or the luxurious Chateau, have exclusive access to a variety of indoor and outdoor activities showcasing the best of the area. Engage the kids in art tours and classes around the property to capture the region’s beauty or set up a tee time at Shepherd’s Rock, Mystic Rock or miniature golf — there’s even a golf academy for novices and group golf for friends and family.
Head to the Adventure Center (with a 24-hour advance booking) and go all out with exhilarating Jeep off-roading or test your strength and wits at the Ropes Course. They also have the classics, like bowling.
For the sleep-away camp experience your kids might have missed this year, check out Field Club activities, including clay shooting, fly fishing and interactive wildlife experiences at the Wildlife Academy. Don’t forget to pack layers and sturdy shoes for hiking as a trip to Nemacolin this season wouldn’t be complete without a few scenic walks, local hikes and some immersive nature experiences. Plus, there’s always the holistic spa to come back to.
Guests can expect live entertainment, shopping and dining throughout their stay as well.
For the foodies in the family, the resort has you covered. Enjoy tasting tours and elevated cuisine throughout the resort. When we said this place was a one-stop shop, we meant it.
While all the activity will call your family into the wild at some point, there is just something so relaxing about enjoying your own space, including a private guestroom patio or the peaceful retreat of the resort. If you need something even more secluded and more family-centric, book a private home for the whole crew. Guests will enjoy all the same dining, activities and local attractions as resort guests, but with a more homey feel.
Check out the many stay options, from town homes and lodges, to see which works best for your family’s style and needs. Take a road trip and make your stay last with some seasonal offerings (and feel free to bring your four-legged family members to the Pet Resort & Spa), or stop in for a night or two on your East Coast road trip. Take advantage of the resort’s seemingly endless activities to make the most of your fall vacation time.
Intrepid Travel has seen unprecedented growth for family tours over the past several months, which prompted the company to launch new Retreat-style tours for family travel. The four new Family Retreats are based in Morocco, Turkey and England, and immerse families in one location. The new style celebrates slow travel and each itinerary benefits local communities affected by the pandemic while also providing enriching activities for children and parents.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains is the perfect place for autumnal fun, and at Camelback Resort, families can also enjoy some spooks this Halloween season with its Haunted Mountain Coaster and Lights Out Zip Line.