Rustic Retreats

Before the aesthetic of your resort stay fades, bring a few design ideas home and make them your own.

Nestled in our own backyard, three distinguished resorts create inspiring spaces, ranging from stately style to rustic charm. Each offers premier services, amenities and accommodations that are of the utmost importance — and their aesthetic appeal is top of mind, too. As a guest, you might dream of having a room in your house that resembles one in these resorts.

If a home makeover is in the works for 2012, look no further than Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort or The Lodge at Glendorn to gather a plethora of design inspiration. Declare a resolution to switch up the color scheme in your living room, or pick new carpeting for your bedroom. Whatever you decide, take a look at these rustic retreats for creative ideas.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort exudes the charm of a vintage, casual retreat with all the updated amenities one would expect to find at a classic upscale resort. Designer George Conte of George Conte Design Consultants always stresses that color is the least-expensive element of an upgrade.  Whether it’s used as an accent or to make a statement in an entire room, colorful paint and accessories can give a boost to spaces.

One important color is on the minds of those at Seven Springs: green. In an effort to become “greener,” LED-light sources will be installed in the resort, Trillium Spa and Sporting Clays lodge; they’ve already added recycled carpeting and wall coverings — a stylish, eco-friendly choice.

The palette

The color palette is a combination of warm tones, such as antique red, lemon zest, fig-leaf green and wild horse. Make it your own using Behr Premium Plus Ultra, available at Home Depot (all area locations,

Things to do

  • Snow sports school available for group or private lessons
  • Trillium Spa, a trendsetter in classic design, has been refurbished with a style that’s reminiscent of the early ‘30s, using vintage subway tiles and classic Italian lighting
  • Sporting clays, snowboarding, skiing and snow tubing — plus, summer activities, like white-water rafting and mountain biking, to look forward to during the warmer months.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort
777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs


The Lodge at Glendorn’s interior design is a nod to the woodlands right outside. A rural escape from the ordinary outdoor retreat, settle into this mountain resort situated along the Allegheny National Forest. With the Main Lodge, Guesthouse and 12 guest cabins, there are rustic yet elegant accommodations available at this retreat that occupies 1,280 acres of pure country.

The palette

Make it your own with Sherwin-Williams (all area locations; 800/474-3794, paint colors in a mix of hues: hearty orange, sierra redwood, champagne and Creole cottage.

Things to do

  • Fly fishing on Fuller Brook
  • Hiking and biking on the trails of the Allegheny National Forest
  • Private spa services
  • Horseback riding for adults and pony rides for children
  • Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other winter activities

The Lodge at Glendorn
1000 Glendorn Drive, Bradford


Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania, has several stylish lodging accommodations that occupy its 2,000 acres of mountain landscape. With 327 guest rooms, suites, townhouses and private luxury homes, Nemacolin houses some of the most picturesque places from which you can soak up ideas. The Chateau LaFayette, Falling Rock and The Lodge are all Nemacolin properties, each under the execution of top-notch interior designers, including Hughes Design Associates, David Merritt Associates and Clodagh.

The European-inspired Chateau LaFayette is an elegant example from which to garner ideas; it boasts vaulted ceilings with crown moldings and chandeliers dripping in crystal, to bathrooms tiled in marble.  As the Chateau LaFayette goes ornate, Falling Rock goes tactile, with details such as 1,200-thread count sheets — something to consider for ultimate comfort and quality when shopping for new bedding.

The Lodge is an English Tudor-style home with an extensive art collection worth more than $45 million. It may be hard on your wallet, but the concept of hanging great art can add a final touch to your redesigned space.

The palette

Make it your own with The Voice of Color’s Al Fresco Collection from PPG Pittsburgh Paints ( Utilize an organic palette of mossy greens, mixed with a rustic terracotta red and soft linen to recreate the landscape of the Laurel Highlands.

Things to do

  • Two world-class spas that offering more than 100 spa treatments as well as indoor and outdoor pools
  • Hiking and biking on the trails of the Allegheny National Forest
  • More than 10 restaurants, including fine-dining options at Lautrec, Aqueous, Autumn and Sunset Terrace
  • 36 holes of championship golf
  • Sporting clays and fly fishing
  • Wildlife academy with interactive entertainment

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
1001 Lafayette Drive, Farmington

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