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Fall Festivities Include Harvest Weekends, Golftoberfest and Chili Cook-Off
Set amidst a brilliant mountainscape with amazing views spanning three states, Crystal Springs Resort is Northern New Jersey’s premier fall foliage vacation destination. Just 47 miles from Manhattan, the luxurious Grand Cascades Lodge, family-friendly Minerals Resort & Spa or the recreation-rich Mountain Creek lodging options offer leaf-peepers cozy accommodations and abundant world-class amenities, including seven renowned golf courses, Wine Spectator’s Grand Award-winning Restaurant Latour and 100,000+ bottle Wine Cellar, two full-service spas and tropical Biosphere Pool Complex.
Whether traveling with a friend, loved one or the whole family, Crystal Springs Resort offers guests more autumn activities than they could shake a leaf at, including:
Harvest Weekends at Minerals Resort & Spa
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays now through October 31st
Guests will start their weekend off with a taste of fall at the complimentary apple cider reception on Friday and Saturday evenings, with the Minerals activity director at the ready to assist travelers with day trips to nearby farms for apple and pumpkin picking and tours of local wineries. Recreation-seeking families will enjoy resort-planned activities, including mountain top hikes and canoeing, make-your-own caramel apples, pumpkin decorating, face painting and more.
Now through October 31st
Golfers at all 7 award-winning Crystal Springs Golf Courses will enjoy traditional German beer and Bavarian treats, such as bratwurst, knockwurst, weisswurst, German pretzels and potato leek soup. For a special treat, the Chefs have planned a pig roast every Saturday and Sunday.
Columbus Day Weekend Specials
October 7th – 10th
A long, leisure-filled holiday weekend awaits guests who take advantage of the Columbus Day Special – reserve Saturday and Sunday and receive 50% off Friday or Monday. The savings don’t stop there. The Crystal Springs Country Club will host their annual Columbus Day Sale October 8th – 10th. Golfers, skiers and snowboarders can cash in on huge holiday savings on all the best gear, apparel and accessories.
Autumn Extravaganza Craft Fair at Minerals Resort & Spa
October 16th ~ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
It’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays. Crafters, artists and artisans will display and sell their home-made items, including candles, jewelry, home gifts, clothing accessories and more.
Halloween Weekend at Minerals Resort & Spa
October 28th – 30th
Spooktacular haunted hayrides, pumpkin painting, psychic, scary movies, séance, costume parties and more.
Seasonal Spa Services
Spa goers and hotel guests will delight in a pampering treat at Crystal Springs Resort’s award-winning Elements Spa or Reflections Spa. Fall is the perfect season to indulge in a Pumpkin Aromatherapy Massage, exfoliate with an Autumn Facial Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, rehydrate with a Milk and Honey Moisture Wrap or soften and soothe dry and tired hands and feet with a Milk and Honey Manicure and Pedicure.
We brewed up a weekend of fun, food and beer for our guests at the 3rd Annual New Jersey Beer and Food Festival July 15th – 16th.
The weekend’s events kicked off on Friday with a Sam Adams ‘Meet the Brewer’ tasting seminar at Black Bear. Guests sampled four new styles of Sam Adams beer paired with assorted hors d’oeuvres. Sam Adams brewer, Bert Boyce, was onsite for a Q&A session. The Sam Adams Beer Dinner followed with a four course gourmet menu with beer pairings. At the end of the evening, one lucky guest took home a unique bottle of Sam Adams Utopias.
Saturday morning was a picture-perfect day for the ‘Brews and Birdies’ golf tournament, which combined two favorite universal past times – beer and golf. Golfers enjoyed 18-holes at Ballyowen or Wild Turkey and sampled a variety of craft beers along the golf course.
The Beer and Food Festival continued Saturday afternoon with a Beer Seminar and Tasting in The Chef’s Garden. Executive Chef Michael Weisshaupt and Top Chef Season 7 winner Kevin Sbraga prepared a delicious menu featuring Grilled Lamb Kabob, Smoked Turkey Reuben, Carmelized Onion Flatbread with Savory Peach Confit, Andouille Sliders with Garden Cucumbers and Cilantro, BLT “Chef’s Garden” and Wood Oven Roasted Apricots with Pomegranate Glaze. Beer pairings included Shiner Ruby Redbird, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Blue Moon Honey Moon, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Beach Haus American Pilsner and Cricket Hill Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale.
Our signature Beer Festival took place on the 9th hole of Cascades Golf Course at Grand Cascades Lodge. The event featured over 100 varieties of beer from over 40 breweries. Guests received souvenir pint glasses and enjoyed unlimited beer sampling, delicious BBQ food and live music by North Jersey-based rock cover band, Likely Story.
For more photos of the 3rd Annual NJ Beer and Food Festival, visit our gallery on Facebook.
Save the date! Next year’s 4th Annual NJ Beer and Food Festival will take place June 22-23, 2012.
The pairing of Crystal Spring Resort’s top-caliber golf facilities with David Leadbetter, the number one golf instructor in the world, is a milestone in Crystal Springs’ golf history. A partnership of this magnitude is rare and greatly enriches the resort’s stellar portfolio of golf offerings.
Golfers have a course to play every day of the week – yes, seven award-winning layouts – designed by some of the game’s best architects including Roger Rulewich, George Fazio, Robert von Hagge and Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Leadbetter is known throughout the world for his innovative and creative teaching techniques. Over the past 30 years, his students have amassed more than a dozen major championship titles and more than 100 individual worldwide tournament victories. Notable students include Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas and Michelle Wie. We’re looking forward to welcoming David and his team this spring.
Weather was the star – sunny all day with hardly any wind. With the reflecting sunshine off of the snow, we probably should have worn sun screen on our faces! When the golfers started at 12:30, we were all extremely excited to be on the golf course especially after this intense winter we have had. Even though the snow was almost completely covering the ground high fives and excitement were in the air.
We had 12 finalists, but the fight for the top three spots came down to Dave Campbell winning the bronze medal, Eve Sorace winning the silver medal and George Diaz as grand champion won a $3,900 membership to the resort.
The 9 foot tall snowman was hit once by Hannah Pekarck. She was given a free round of golf for hitting the shot of the day!
Brad Sparta, Golf Course Superintendent at Crystal Springs, takes us through the process of keeping our courses in prime condition. Here we see Ballyowen undergo some necessary maintenance.
For more behind-the-scenes info on our golf courses, visit us on Facebook at: facebook.com/CrystalSpringsResortGolfCourses
Our 1st Annual Sussex County Long Drive Championship competition attracted more than 200 competitors to qualifying events held every Friday and Saturday since July at the Black Bear Golf Club to identify the finalists. On Friday, September 3rd, the top ten men and women came together to determine who would be crowned the 1st Annual Sussex County Long Drive Champions. Below is a short recap video from this year’s event.
Our congratulations go out to women’s champion, Dawn Carley for her drive of 253 yards and men’s champion, Dan Sauter driving a distance of 323 yards. We appreciate everyone that came out and participated, and we’re looking forward to next year’s competition!
Happy almost Summer! I hope you have all been enjoying the gorgeous weather as much as we have here at the Resort. It has been a crazy month with the Food & Wine Festival, NY Jets visiting for the FORE! Jack & Jill Foundation Golf Outing, Memorial Day, the opening of the Chef’s Garden as a dining venue to the public and our recent purchase of Mountain Creek Resort (view full press release)!! We are extremely excited for all of the new changes and events going on. I have posted some pics below for everyone to check out. We are finalizing all the details for the 2nd Annual Beer Festival at Grand Cascades Lodge and it looks like we will be holding it August 13-15, 2010 with the big Beer Festival event happening on Saturday, August 14th. We are also thrilled to unveil our new website! We are still working on some kinks to get it just right but so far everyone seems to love it. Feel free to share any comments or feedback below!
Enjoy the photos and thanks for checking in! We will be posting the beer festival details very soon!
Have a good night!
I hope you have all thawed out from the brutal end of winter! Thankfully it looks like Spring weather is here to stay and you know what that means GOLF SEASON! Black Bear will officially open this Friday, March 19th!
In other news… tickets are now on sale for the New Jersey Food & Wine Festival! We are very excited for the schedule of events, great chefs & wineries participating and our Charity Partner – Share Our Strength! Check out the schedule of events and book your ticket today! Don’t forget tickets are only $95 until Friday March 19th and afterwards they go back to their regular price – $125. We will keep you updated as we receive additional information regarding Chef’s, wineries, etc!
Lastly – tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to swing by Crystal Tavern or Kites to celebrate and beat the crowds while enjoying traditional Irish fare, great drink specials and AWESOME entertainment!! http://crystalgolfresort.com/DiningWine/StPatricksDay.aspx
Happy Spring All!