Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort

An all-seasons destination in New Jersey
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.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Golf is the game here — Crystal Springs Resort is the third-largest golf resort in the world.

• 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.

• If you are staying in the hotel you must stop by the café near the Biosphere pool complex. It serves fresh, house-made gelato in a variety of tasty flavors, plus, you can get it blended into a boozy shake for a real poolside treat.

• The resort offers a plethora of activities to keep little ones busy. 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.

• The magnificent stone fireplaces that decorate the outdoor patio elegantly tip the hat to campfires, and the infinity pool gives one the sensation of a mountain lake, in the most modern way possible.
Things to Know
• The resort also has a hand in pushing sustainability, and it’s committed to eco-tourism. The golf courses have even been designated as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System.

• Guests at Grand Cascades Lodge have complimentary access to sister property Minerals Hotel’s state-of-the-art sports and fitness club.

• Make sure you check the calendar ahead of planning your stay as the property hosts some large events where rooms get booked fast — think the New Jersey Wine and Food Festival, New Jersey Beer and Food Festival, and Grand Cascades Lodge’s annual Oktoberfest celebration.
The Rooms
• The rooms at Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort have a homey vibe, almost Jersey-chic, and coupled with the decorations and basic construction of this newly renovated space, it works together to give you a comfortable stay.

• For visiting families, the full suites prove ample space with a washing machine, full kitchen with a large fridge, separate sitting room with a television, one or two large bedrooms, and bathroom with two sinks, a tub, and a shower.

• The studio suites prove a good option for a romantic getaway, as each room has a gas fireplace in the center, perfect for cozying up on a cool night.

• For basic amenities, you can also stay in the 340-square-foot premium guestrooms, which have the Tempur-Pedic mattresses, a flat-screen television, and roomy bathroom.
The Restaurants
• At Restaurant Latour. chef Jean Paul Lourdes focuses on cooking New American cuisine with local ingredients, and he sources a lot of the restaurant’s produce from the property's own nearby farm, making it truly a farm-to-table experience.

• The space is on the top floor, so you can enjoy the view while indulging in the restaurant’s three-course tasting menu, or even better, the chef’s tasting.

• With the meal, utilize the knowledge of sommelier Susanne Lerescu to pair each dish with a vintage from the epic, 135,000-plus bottle wine cellar.

• Grand Cascades Lodge also offers contemporary American spot Crystal Tavern, as well as the Italian-themed Springs Bistro.
Getting There
3 Wild Turkey Way, Hardyston, New Jersey 07419
EWR (1 h 5 min-1 h 15 min)  
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