Over the weekend, Bryan and I packed up the car and headed towards Crystal Springs Resort, a 4,000-acre getaway far removed from the hustle and bustle we’re accustomed to in our tiny corner of New Jersey. Though it took us less than an hour to get there, we were quickly transported to a world of star-filled skies and a multi-colored sunset over the mountains. I also saw a bat, which might not be noteworthy for many of you, but it was kind of exciting in a what-the-crap-was-that? kind of way.
It was very easy to forget we were still in New Jersey.
Though our romantic staycation was short, the resort’s proximity makes it an easy weekend getaway for many in the tri-state area and we have already discussed planning a return (primarily for the food, which is incredible, but more on that shortly). During our overnight stay, we toured the premises, played pool and ping-pong under the stars, ordered drinks from the wicker chairs that lined the fire pits (guests are even invited to make s’mores at night—perfect for families!), and dined in two of the resort’s restaurants. We also maybe tried to crash a wedding.
But we’re classy so obviously we didn’t do that.
We stayed at the Grand Cascades Lodge, known for its 10,000 square foot Tropical Biosphere Pool Complex and 135,000-bottle wine cellar at the world-famous Restaurant Latour. Bryan and I debated eating there but as vegetarians we found we had more dining options at the Springs Bistro.
Okay, let’s talk about food.
For dinner, Bryan and I ordered a flatbread with Gorgonzola, radicchio, and figs (and quickly realized that we’re simply not crazy about this kind of cheese) as well as a side garden salad (I should also note here that all of the ingredients are locally-sourced from surrounding farms and are unbelievably fresh). At this point, I was already stuffed as I was housing the basket of warm bread with olive dipping sauce, so by the time the polenta fritters came I almost rolled off the table.
But then dinner arrived.
Goat cheese ravioli and saffron risotto.
I mean, I can’t even.
For good measure, we decided to order the cannoli dessert. You know, because I have no business fitting into my pants this summer.
I am still dreaming about this dinner, you guys. And also the French toast I had for breakfast the next morning. Om nom nom.
There’s more to do here than just eat, if you’re into that kind of thing: hiking, canoeing, fishing, golf (this property features six award-winning golf courses), kayaking, horseback riding, archery (I really wanted to try this but I kept having visions of a bow sticking through my head), paddle boarding, and hiking. Reflections and Elements, their two luxury spas, are listed among the Top 100 Spas of America.
Crystal Springs is offering an exciting incentive for My Pixie Blog readers—stay 2 nights and receive the 2nd night at 50% off OR stay 3 nights and receive your 3rd night FREE! If you stay mid-week, you can enjoy up to $225 in resort-wide credit:
- Stay one night at Grand Cascades or Minerals and receive $50 in resort credit
- Stay two nights at Grand Cascades or Minerals and receive $150 resort credit
- Stay three nights at Grand Cascades or Minerals and receive $225 in resort credit
I honestly can’t rave enough about this place. It’s romantic, it’s gorgeous, well maintained, staff is friendly and helpful, and there is flavored water (lemon or cucumber) in the lobby.
I mean, even the butter is fancy.
Mention that you saw this discount at My Pixie Blog when calling to book your stay at (877) 899-5287. Click here to find package information and let me know if you decide to book!