Seven-Springs-Resort-PennsylvaniaThere’s more to Seven Springs Resort and Spa than skiing. In fact, a recent summertime trip found that the resort has something going on for kids and grownups alike all year round. My husband and I spent a rare night away from the kids and found more to do at the resort than we possibly could have scheduled.

More Than a Ski Resort
About an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh, Seven Springs bills itself as a four-seasons resort; while I have not been there in the winter for ski season, I can tell that summertime (and any off-season time) offers plenty to do for kids and adults – from the athletic (hiking, biking, disc golf, paddleboats, rock wall) to the more calm (chair lift rides, fishing, segway tours).

Seven-Springs-Resort-Grounds

Our room’s balcony had a view of the vast grounds of the resort, and my husband noticed the Alpine Slide tracks snaking their way down the mountain. After leaving our luggage in the room, we headed downstairs to the slide just a half hour before it closed (no lines!). We took the chairlift ride up to the top of the mountain, then selected our sleds to race each other down the twisty, turny and 1,980-foot hill. The sleds are equipped with hand brakes to control your speed as you descend. Kids can ride the slide as well; riders 30-44 inches tall must ride with a parent or legal guardian, and those over 44 inches tall ride alone.

Dining at Seven Springs Resort
Several dining options are located in one area of the resort, including fine and casual dining, with menus posted to make the decision of where to eat a little easier. We chose Timbers, a casual, lodge-style restaurant with plenty of TVs to watch the news or sports. We split a couple of entrees – the flatbread pizza and a Reuben, both of which arrived quickly and were piping hot.

We had breakfast at Slopeside, which lives up to its name with spectacular views of the slopes. Our breakfast included a continental buffet with a good variety of very fresh fruits and a selection of pastries. We also had our own pot of coffee to share, and fresh orange juice.

Trillium Spa for Relaxation
Seven-Springs-Pennsylvania-Trillium-SpaNamed for the graceful trillium flower, the Trillium Spa at the resort is a rustic yet relaxing place to be pampered. My husband and I each scheduled facials, an hour-long indulgence of steam, creams, massage, and serenity. Our skin glowed from the treatment, which left us both relaxed and almost ready to return to reality.

Disclosure: My stay at the Seven Springs Resort and Spa, breakfast, and two spa treatments were hosted by the resort. All views expressed are my own.

Teresa J. Shaw write about work and travel for Traveling Mom. Visit her blog Working Traveling Mom and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaShaw.