I spent Thursday and Friday at the Bar Association’s Bench Bar conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The conference itself is hundreds of lawyers and judges and an open bar, and the goings-on are pretty much what you’d expect from that description. They offer plenty of continuing education classes, but since I went to trial college in January, I have so many credits that they max out the carry-over limit. Instead of spending my day in classes I won’t get credit for anyway, I decided to indulge in this rare opportunity to relax.
Seven Springs has upped its game in terms of summer activities. They have hiking trails, fishing, volleyball, golf, a playground, indoor and outdoor pools, the ever-awesome ALPINE SLIDE, and in the last couple years have added on a mountain bike course and a zipline course. If the weather is too hot, they also have a bowling alley, a big arcade and a mini golf course. Pittsburgh Dad has some thoughts on Seven Springs’ summertime activities:
I was tempted to do the ziplines, but opted instead to go on a solo hike. I popped my earbuds in my ears, strapped on my sneakers and hit the trail. Seven Springs offers probably 5 or 6 hiking trail options, ranging in difficulty from beginner to intermediate. Although I have no hiking experience, I opted for the intermediate “Watercress” trail. The trail was fairly flat, there was some mud but really no “rough” terrain, and a few spots where I had to stomp through grasses. I made some rookie mistakes: wearing capri leggings instead of long pants, and wearing running shoes that I did not want to get muddy, but ultimately these dumb mistakes had no consequences. I cleaned my shoes off, and I did not end up with poison oak or poison ivy.
The only wildlife I saw were some birds and a chipmunk, but there were plenty of pretty flowers out in bloom. It was just relaxing to be out amongst the trees and greenery.
The trails were well marked, which is good for a hiking newbie like me. It was still very helpful that I picked up a trail map from the resort desk, because I am bad at paying attention and ended up getting myself a little turned around a couple of times, but never for more than a couple of minutes.
At one point the resort managed to dump a bunch of boulders in the middle of the trail, which was not particularly helpful, but was overcome easily enough by stomping through the grasses.
I followed up my hike with a visit to the resort’s Trillium Spa. It was simply wonderful. I had the Signature Massage, which is a swedish massage with some added aromatherapy treatment and a scrub treatment on your back. The spa was luxurious and incredibly relaxing. Between the hike and the massage, I think I became far more relaxed in one afternoon than I did in an entire 5 day trip to Texas.
I’ve never much considered Seven Springs as a summertime vacation destination, but I really think it would be a perfect place to take Baby Beez for a weekend getaway (and another trip to the spa for me!). It’s the perfect distance (about an hour from Pittsburgh) that the travel prep would be minimal, but the mountain atmosphere and all the recreation activities guarantee that it would really feel like a getaway.