Press Release

Mindy Bianca

Gena Keebler

Resident Elf Provides Insight into Christmas at Nemacolin
Get a Look Behind the Magic at the Mid-Atlantic’s Most Festive Resort

FARMINGTON, PA (October 19, 2017) – It’s that time of year again, when destinations across the country share news about their annual holiday offerings. It can all get a little confusing, boring and – if you’ll pardon the Christmas baking reference – cookie-cutter.

At Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a luxury property in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, we take pride in doing things differently, better and in the most magical ways. So we’ve decided that instead of the standard press release, we’re going to tap into a very special resource – one of our resident elves – to tell you about what’s happening here in November and December.
We’re pleased to introduce Jolly Jinglebutton, an elf who’s rewarded for his hard work by getting to spend the holidays at Nemacolin. He’s going to give us a peek under the gift wrap so you can understand why this resort is the very best place for a memorable family getaway this festive season.

Question: Jolly, what does Nemacolin look like during the holiday season?
Answer: It’s all sparkly and dazzling and – dare I say it – even prettier than the North Pole! There are lights everywhere, and beautifully decorated trees throughout the property. The landscaping crew orders hundreds of poinsettia plants, and assembles 164 of them into a “poinsettia tree.” There’s also a HUGE chandelier tree outside the Chateau, and it’s super-glowy because it has more than 25,000 sparkling lights on it. It’s my favorite.

Q: We understand that the resort’s pastry team takes the standard gingerbread house to a whole new level. Can you tell us about that?
A: It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a reindeer fly, so that gives you some perspective, right? Pastry Chef Scott Tennant and his team work with the resort’s carpentry crew to build a life-size gingerbread structure right here in the lobby of the Chateau. This year they’re making it into a toy shop. Yes, a toy shop! Made out of gingerbread! It’s the sort of thing an elf dreams about his entire life, and now it’s a reality at Nemacolin. This holiday project blends the talents of two Nemacolin teams that mean a lot to me. Elves love carpentry – we often bring our little hammers with us to Nemacolin just in case we’re invited to help out, but the crew here tells us they’ve got it covered – and there’s nothing more interesting to us than yummy things from a bakery. We’re not allowed to EAT the gingerbread structure, but guess what? Someone from the pastry team is often stationed near the gingerbread structure to give out gingerbread treats to guests. WHAT?!?!

Q: Speaking of eating – and drinking – we hear that the resort’s entire culinary team is pretty busy at this time of year.
A: Oh, those chefs know how to get their holly-jolly on! They offer special Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners, including a celebratory December 31 meal at Lautrec, a restaurant that has earned five Forbes stars and five AAA diamonds. Executive Chef Kristin Butterworth and her team do such magical things in their kitchen that I’m pretty sure they’re elves. In fact, the next time I see her, I’m going to check Chef Kristin’s ears to see if they’re pointy. I bet they are.

Q: It seems like a lot of people come to Nemacolin to get away from the stress of the holidays. Any tips on what they might want to do to help with that while they’re here?
A: There’s really nothing better than giving yourself the gift of relaxation, so I’d recommend a day at Woodlands Spa. This year they have a seasonal stress-relief facial and a stress-relief body treatment. When you book either of these treatments, you’ll get a free holiday gift. Hooray! You probably already know that I love gifts, but I didn’t even have to make this one! During my visits to Nemacolin, I head over to the spa a lot. I think it’s important to renew, re-energize and refresh for the holiday season and for the new year. When I go back to the North Pole, my best friends – Figgy Fairysparkles and Eggnog Starsnaps -- always tell me how amazing I look.

Q: How about some fun ideas for guests who want to be a little more active?
A: There’s no shortage of things to do on this 2,000-acre playground. There’s a ski lodge and Jeep off-roading (which is really amazing in the snow), a kids’ club with indoor pool, even painting classes. But I think the most exciting activity is dog sledding. I’ve spent a lot of time around animals and sleighs, but I have to be honest: Dasher and Dancer need to up their game if they want to offer as thrilling a ride as this. Those doggies get SO excited about going out for a run; you can hear barks from them and laughter from the humans. So far I haven’t seen them fly, but I keep hoping. Every time I go out for a ride, I wear my elf hat because it’s really aerodynamic.

Q: So you and some other elves spend the holiday season at Nemacolin, but the guests don’t really get a chance to see you?
A: Well, we try to be stealthy, but we dress different than all the other guests, which means we don’t always blend in very well. We’re also exceedingly happy, but so are ALL the Nemacolin guests, so that’s not as much of an issue. But it’s hard to contain us sometimes, so the resort decided to just let us do what we’re born to do. Smart adults can arrange to have us visit the kids who are traveling with them, and we do these amazing “Elf Tuck-ins.” At first, I thought that meant that I was going to be tucked in; I was excited about that, because I love when someone reads to me. But, in fact, I’M the one doing the reading. This year we’re stopping by guest rooms with a book called “How to Catch an Elf.” That scares me – but just a little. I’m excited to find out how humans think they can do that. And once I know, I can continue to elude them! Anyway, we read to the little boys and girls and they get to keep the book ... and the stocking full of toys we bring them. We also give them some magic reindeer dust to put out on Christmas Eve. The stuff really works. Trust me. I know.

Q: Thanks, Jolly Jinglebutton! Is there anything else you’d like to tell our journalist friends?
A: Well, of course I want to wish everyone happy holidays! I hope you’ll spread the word and let everyone know how fun the holidays are at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort! It’s my favorite place ... ever. (Sorry, Santa. I love the North Pole, too, but no other holiday getaway can match the Nemacolin experience.)


Nemacolin is one of North America's premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf, including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course. In July 2017, the property opened Shepherd’s Rock, its second Dye-designed signature course. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center, complete with zip lines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy. Guests can test their luck at our Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. Nemacolin also boasts an internationally acclaimed spa collection and 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events, Nemacolin's 32,000 square feet of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.


    Wed - Sun | 11/23/17 - 11/26/17
    Thanksgiving Harvest Brunch
    Thu | 11/23/17 - 11/24/17
    The Holidays at Nemacolin
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    New Year's Eve
    Sun | 12/31/17
    WinterFest Weekend
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