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Mountain Creek & Crystal Springs – New Jersey’s Burgeoning Vacation and Real Estate Destination

Recreational activities

Tucked away in the Northwest corner of New Jersey lie two little known gems – Mountain Creek Resort & Crystal Springs Golf Resort (affiliated with the Minerals Resort). Far and away the top ski and snowboard destination in New Jersey, Mountain Creek offers not only fabulous skiing and snowboarding, but a top notch water park for those hot summer months. Being at elevation in quaint Vernon, NJ not only serves the skiers well but helps to keep the temperature an average of ten degrees warmer in summer.

The snow resort is home to classic beginner-through-expert terrain on Vernon and Granite Peaks. First-timers, families and all leisure skiers and snowboarders spend their time playing then choose where to relax for a break. Discount lift tickets are available for much less than the retail price. There are myriad places in nearby Vernon, Warwick NY, and other small towns which offer a tremendous selection of activities for both singles and families. More about this below.

Mountain Creek – formerly known as Vernon Valley or Great Gorge – has long been a fixture in the NJ Skylands region. In the 70’s Action Park was the summer attraction. It has long since been revamped and modernized and is now called the Mountain Creek Water Park, a truly unique park carved into the natural mountainside, and featuring over 26 rides and attractions.

When mountain biking became popular in the 80’s the designers sculpted out an internationally renowned mountain bike course. Diablo Freeride Park has risen to the top of every thrill-seeking mountain biker’s must ride list. Playing host to the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, Diablo features challenging terrain serviced by the open air gondola used by skiers and snowboarders in winter.

If golf is your game, you can experience world class golfing just minutes from Mountain Creek. Choose from six award-winning golf courses, each with its own set of characteristics and challenges. From beginners to experts, the courses offer something for everyone. There are 6 distinct and challenging courses to choose from:
– Crystal Spring Golf Club in Hardyston, NJ
– Wild Turkey Golf Club – Hardyston, NJ
– Great Gorge Country Club – McAfee, NJ
– Minerals Golf Club – Vernon, NJ
– Ballyowen Golf Club – Hamburg, NJ (rated #1 public golf course in NJ)
– Black Bear Golf Club – Franklin, NJ

Real Estate
As urban and suburban areas get more and more congested, people are increasingly moving further and further from NYC and the more congested areas of NJ.

The Village at Crystal Springs is an exclusive, northern New Jersey real estate community in a comfortable resort setting. Nestled in the scenic Kittatinny Mountains, the collection of luxurious New Jersey homes are situated in the Northeast’s premier four-season residential resort.

This choice selection of prime real estate in New Jersey is complemented by Crystal Springs Resort’s 7 award-winning golf courses, 2 luxury spas, world-class dining and wine-cellar – and is just 47 miles from Manhattan.

Whether you’re looking to buy a primary residence, vacation getaway spot or investment property, you’ll find a variety of home styles and floor plans to meet every taste.

Spas

Elements Spa

The Elements Spa is located at Crystal Springs Resort (often called Minerals Resort) is ranked in the top 20 spas in America and #1 in NJ. This Northern New Jersey luxury spa was designed in such a way that the healing powers of the earth have been incorporated into breathtaking design and rejuvenating services.

Reflections Spa
The brand-new Reflections Spa is certain to challenge Elements for the honor of being the # 1 ranked spa in NJ Reflections’ Service Menu includes many themes and elements of the resort and local environment, such as “The Wine Cellar” featuring treatments using wine and grape seed extracts.

Other local attractions and activities in the NJ Skylands region:

There are a plethora of things to do year round in this area. Pumpkin and apple picking, hayrides, wineries, vineyards, and distillers. Experience how wine is made and life on the orchard.

Explore the Appalachian trail through the Kitatinny range in Northern, NJ. You’ll find amazing scenery and you only need a day to hike a portion of beautiful New Jersey. Hot air balloon rides are offered by http://www.abovethecloudsinc.com

They are located just over the border in Harriman, NY.

Warwick, New York

Located fifty-five miles from New York City, The Town of Warwick has a distinctly rural character with rolling hills and farmland dotted with red barns and gracious old farmhouses. The Town of Warwick spans 104 square miles and includes three villages (Florida, Greenwood Lake, and Warwick) and five hamlets (Amity, Bellvale, Edenville, New Milford and Pine Island). Warwick’s natural beauty extends beyond its farmland to mountains, streams and lakes. Greenwood Lake, the closest lake to New York City large enough to accommodate water sports, has long been a popular summer resort of such famous entertainment and sports figures as Babe Ruth. The ten-mile-long lake straddles the New York / New Jersey border.

Trust in Destination

Whenever you board a bus, the destination is always confirmed. You can see people asking, “By what time we will reach there? Or how long will it take to reach there?” Means the destination is there. Reaching there is confirmed.

I have asked a medical student in a medical college, are you a doctor? He replied yes, but for saying so it takes one more year. The day he got the admission in the college, he was sure to be a doctor.

Why don’t in life people are assured of being successful. Reaching the destination. Getting what they want in life. The simple reason is that they do not have the trust in destination. They don’t have a fixed destination. Instead of boarding a bus, they roam about on bus stop, asking which bus will go. How can we reach there? Is it sure that it will reach there?

And many a good people just fascinate or fear of the vehicles and ways, without deciding the destinations.

Are you not one of them?

Congratulations!!! You are not one of them. But do you have trust in your destination?

People don’t have trust in destination for:

1. They don’t choose the right vehicle. This means they do what they don’t like. The work which is not suitable for them or they are not suitable.

2. They start loving and securing the vehicle and seat instead of journey and destination. They focus on job than on work. They always work to secure their jobs and they start feeling it as a life goal, instead of a way to achieve their goals. The way to reach the destination.

3. They don’t feel that working there is their decision. They unable to take the onus or responsibility of the decision of accept the work they are doing. They feel it a force of either circumstance, reference or choose something good to take a skip door from taking responsibility.

4. They do not trust the driver. They take him as incompetent. There is lack of trust, a feeling of responsibility and relationship between organisation (employer) and employee.

5. They always focus on other passengers, not on their own destination. You can evidence best practice humour, where people are running for different destinations but taking all as running in their competition. If not than they keep stranger to co traveler and take them so.

6. They lack patience. There was a person traveling by the bus. He got it confirmed at the beginning that the bus will take four hours to reach his destination. But every five minutes he kept on checking his wrist watch and asking from others by every fifteen minutes for how much is remaining.

7. They don’t aware of the places or mile stones traveled or passed on the way. In school every year we are shifted to next class, which is the acknowledgment of moving higher. But in normal life people unable to mark the miles stones. In absence of it they don’t enjoy and felt achieved for what they got.

8. They always expect the executive class while paying the fare for economy class. Always expecting more than they give or pay.

9. They keep on changing their destination before they reach the first one or unable to acknowledge reaching their in focusing on next one.

To have a successful and enjoyable journey one must have trust in destination; enjoy the journey and milestones in between. Be true and honest to self and run his race with helping others in reaching their destinations. This is winning, winning together.