Luxury Mountain Retreat: A Winter Weekend Getaway in New Jersey
Leave it to the New Jersey experts to plan the perfect winter weekend getaway with three days filled with non-stop fun and luxurious accommodations.
First stop is a check-in at one of Northern New Jersey’s upscale resorts or hotels. Mountain Creek Resort boasts a choice of slope-side studio, one- and two-bedroom accommodations in The Appalachian as well as rentals in the gated townhome community of Black Creek Sanctuary. Crystal Springs Resort offers your choice of guestrooms or suites in its AAA 4 Diamond–rated Grand Cascades Lodge, as well as the family-friendly Minerals Hotel.
For travelers seeking a more intimate property, the Alpine Haus Bed & Breakfast Inn provides accommodations in less than one dozen guestrooms and suites housed within its Main Inn and Carriage House.
Once you’re settled into your personal oasis, meander over to Crystal Tavern, a farm-to-table eatery located in the clubhouse at Grand Cascades Lodge. Tease your appetite with fresh raw oysters or clams, then move on to the 12 Ingredient Cobb Salad and mouthwatering entrees such as a bone-in pork chop or Tomahawk Steak for Two.
Start your day on the slopes of Mountain Creek, where eight lifts will bring you up to four mountain peaks so you can ski or snowboard down dozens of trails, from easy beginner runs to challenging black diamond routes to freestyle terrain trails with features such as jumps and rails. 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 in 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.
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 brunch at Kites: An American Grille on the second floor of Minerals Hotel, savoring breakfast favorites including chocolate chip waffles, classic eggs Benedict and The Jersey Sandwich.
As always, check out your destination’s official website for need-to-know details before your arrival. Looking for even more wintry adventures and getaways that inspire chilling out? Download our free Official Travel Guide today.