An all-seasons destination in New Jersey

450 Rooms

Surrounded by the Appalachian and Kittatinny mountain ranges and six golf courses, this northern New Jersey resort has become a destination for people looking to relax and get away from city life (it's just an hour's drive from New York City). Opened by the Crystal Springs Resort, the Grand Cascade Lodge offers rooms with all sorts of amenities, including washing machines, full kitchens, balconies, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and even separate sitting rooms. While these amenities prove useful, one of the best parts about staying here are the property’s pools, including the 10,000-square-foot indoor Biosphere complex — a series of heated pools with live tropical plants, an underwater aquarium, a 140-foot water slide and a roof that allows for year-round tanning — plus, a hot tub and plenty of lounge chairs to stretch out on.

The resort also has a hand in pushing sustainability, and it’s committed to eco-tourism. Here, Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort has been working to make sure its operations are climate friendly, making improvements on the wildlife habitat. The golf courses have even been designated as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System.

The dining venues also follow these ideals, and at Restaurant Latour, the chef focuses on serving dishes made with local products and a farm-to-table philosophy. Gourmands can also sample the resort's epic wine cellar, which features more than 135,000 bottles and has won Wine Spectator's Grand Award since 2006. While this lodge lends itself to quiet couples getaways, it’s also good for families with kids. After all, besides the pool and water slide, the resort also hosts nightly campfires with s’mores, has a glorious chef’s garden to explore and dine in, and offers cooking classes for children. Another perk: Guests at Grand Cascades Lodge have complimentary access to sister property Minerals Hotel’s state-of-the-art sports and fitness club. Though if you want an outdoor workout, golf is the game here — Crystal Springs Resort is the third-largest golf resort in the world.

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