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Winter Weekend Getaway: NJ Luxury Mountain Retreat

Enjoy skiing, snow tubing, fine dining, spa pampering and so much more at Crystal Springs Resort and Mountain Creek this winter.


First stop is a check-in at one of New Jersey’s upscale resorts. Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon boasts a choice of slope-side studio, one- and two-bedroom accommodations in The Appalachian as well as rentals in the gated condominium community of Black Creek Sanctuary. Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg offers your choice of guestrooms or suites in its AAA Four-Diamond–rated Grand Cascades Lodge, as well as the family-friendly Minerals Hotel. 

Once you’re settled into your personal oasis, tuck into a delicious dinner at Crystal Tavern, a farm-to-table eatery located in the clubhouse at Grand Cascades Lodge. Tease your appetite with fresh raw oysters, then move on to your choice of large or small plate selections.


Start your day on the slopes of Mountain Creek, where eight lifts will bring you up to the mountaintops so you can ski or snowboard down dozens of trails, from easy beginner runs to challenging black diamond routes to freestyle terrain trails. The snow tubing park offers even more options for dashing down the mountain – no equipment or experience needed.

If you’d rather stay indoors, you’ll find plenty of high-energy activities at Minerals Sports Club. Crystal Springs Resort guests can choose from fitness and yoga classes, swim laps in the indoor pool or keep up their workout regimen on cardio and strength machines.

After a day of active pursuits, get pampered with a relaxing spa treatment at Reflections Spa inside Grand Cascades Lodge. Ease muscle tension with a 50-minute Art of Reflection body massage or enjoy an exfoliating cinnamon brown sugar scrub for silky-smooth skin.

If the slopes, sports or spa aren’t your thing, Crystal Springs Resort guests can find (literally) hundreds of other exciting things to do on the property right here.

For dinner, make your way to the gourmet Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs Resort to take in views of the Kittatinny Mountains while indulging in artful, seasonal dishes paired with exquisite varietals from the expansive list at The Wine Cellar, which has won Wine Spectator’s Grand Award every year since 2006.


On your last day, spend a leisurely morning with breakfast at Kites: An American Grille on the second floor of Minerals Hotel, savoring delectable favorites including chocolate chip waffles, classic eggs Benedict and The Jersey Sandwich.

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