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Best of 2004: Pennsylvania Paradise

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa is heaven in Pennsylvania.

The Greenbrier is often rated the nation's best resort, but it's more than four hours from here in West Virginia. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa (800-422-2736; in Farmington, Pennsylvania, opened its 42-room Falling Rock lodge in August, and the rooms are the classiest in the Mid-Atlantic–and only a three-hour drive away.

The architecture of Falling Rock echoes Fallingwater, a nearby home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; the interior has a Southwestern look. Four rooms are suites: A living room, bedroom, large bathroom, and balcony overlook the Mystic Rock golf course. Nice touches include flat-screen TV, fireplace, extra-deep bathtub, and luxury linens and towels. In the main building, Lautrec restaurant offers exceptional gourmet dining. Plus there's golf, tennis, horseback riding, shooting, fishing, and a great spa.

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.