24 Feb Crystal Springs Resort:
My only regret upon entering our room in the Grand Cascade Lodge at the Crystal Springs Resort was that we were only staying one night. The Grand Cascade Lodge is a rustic hotel with beautiful clean rooms. Our one bedroom suite was equipped with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable-and more. In addition to our comfortable room, spacious bathroom with both a shower stall and Jacuzzi tub we had a clean kitchen area with a full sized refrigerator/freezer, a dishwasher, ample counter space and a washer/dryer. Just off the kitchen area was a nice-sized table and a cozy living area with a fireplace. The balcony outside our suite offered magnificent views of the snow covered golf courses the resort is so famous for.
Crystal Springs is also especially well known for the 10,000 square foot Biosphere pool (and the Minerals Pool at the Minerals Hotel). The Biosphere pools is designed as a tropical oasis with tropical plants growing all around. There is a 140 waterslide and an indoor tropical aquarium just beside the pool. What I found the coolest, even though I didn’t get to try it during this stay, is the outdoor heated snow pools which are comfortable to enjoy even in the winter. The Biosphere Pool has a café on site as well.
Since we only stayed one night, we didn’t get to experience all the amazing activities the Lodge offers but the one thing I made sure to book was a massage at their spa. The full body massage was the best I’ve had in a while. The staff was courteous and professional. The massage was customized to my preferences.
We tried the Glice Skating which we found out is a special synthetic material imported from Switzerland rather than ice. It was an experience trying to figure out how to glide. One thing is for sure, if we ended up falling it wasn’t painful because it wasn’t ice. For those that prefer skiing and snow tubing, Mountain Creek Mountain is just a few minutes from Crystal Springs Resort.
There are so many activities to choose from at both the Grand Cascade Lodge and the Minerals hotel on any given day. There are all types of workshops, sports clubs, axe throwing and more. We chose to try Goat Yoga. It was our first experience trying this but we couldn’t get enough of it. It was so much fun interacting with the goats. We couldn’t stop laughing when the goats used our backs as their playground. The experience staff was all over to help lure the goats away if anyone was uncomfortable.
The underground wine cellar is open most of the day for self-guided tours. It is fascinating to see all the types of wine that is stored there.
Since we eat only kosher we did not try the restaurants but we’ve heard from other guests that the food is great with many different options. The Crystal Tavern which has magnificent views of the surrounding area and the Champagne Chalets really caught my attention. The outdoorheated glass-surround private lounges are a great place to enjoy a meal.
Posted: February 24, 2021
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1 Wild Turkey Way
Hamburg, NJ 07419