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New Jersey: Vernon, Crystal Springs Resort and Spa, New Trends In Family Vacations. NJCrystalSpringsFamPoolWeekend travel is taking the top spot, as families prefer quick getaways and more frequent trips. Longer stays for a week or more are declining.* This fact comes from a recent study conducted by the Travel Industry Association (TIA). It comes as no surprise, since the average family now has both parents working full-time and they are constantly juggling the many activities that their children are involved in on a weekly basis. This type of schedule leaves little or no time for families to relax.
  
The same study concluded that almost 30% of U.S. adults, nearly 103 million, have taken five or more weekend trips in the past year and 35% of all weekend travelers say they have taken their children on at least one trip.* Visiting small towns was favored by 26% of travelers, second to visiting cities. Mountain areas, beaches and lakes were also among the choices, but to a much lesser extent. Another study by conducted TIA, with 1,500 U.S. adults, found that more that 35% of travelers were interested in children-friendly destinations and more than half of travelers (54%) were interested in going to a spa to relax and rejuvenate.**

This is good news for the spa industry. With these trends in mind, the offerings in the New York Metro area could not be better. Just 47 miles from Manhattan is a premier resort destination that caters to families taking a mini-vacation close to home. Vernon, New Jersey, and the surrounding Sussex Skylands area offer world-class sports and recreation facilities in a preserved mountainous setting. Local hotels and B&B’s offer great weekend deals to help families “relax on a budget”. With just a few days to spare, places like Mountain Creek and Hidden Valley for skiing and snowboarding, Elements Spa at Minerals Hotel, horseback riding in the area, visits to wineries and antique shops in the local towns, all make it easy to enjoy a getaway weekend. 

To make the most of a mini vacation, from relaxing in a hot tub after a day on the slopes, to supervised activities for the kids, four-star dining and rejuvenating spa treatments, Minerals Hotel & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon has a unique advantage as great place for a quick getaway. It is adjacent to Mountain Creek ski area and just a short drive from anywhere in the New York Metro area.
 
“Families love Minerals Hotel and Spa”, said Carole Huettig, a key executive at Crystal Springs Resort. “Everyone enjoys the pools, indoor racquet sports and organized family activities. Moms go right for the spa, and dads head for the ski slopes in winter and to the golf courses in summer”. All overnight accommodations include use of Minerals Sports Club with seven indoor/outdoor heated nature pools, sauna, steam room, indoor running track, tennis, racquetball and a 6,000 sq. ft fitness center with dozens of weekly exercise classes.  

Ski and Stay. As the winter moves along Crystal Golf Resort presents families with the same welcoming atmosphere and snow time activities provided by mother Nature and the beautiful Kittatinny Mountains of Northern New Jersey.  The Ski & Stay Package includes deluxe accommodation; an all-day Mountain Creek ski lift ticket the convenience of slope side ski lift access; unlimited access to Minerals Sports Club, with seven indoor/outdoor heated nature pools, sauna, steam room, indoor running track, tennis, racquetball and a 6,000 sq. ft. fitness center with dozens of weekly exercise classes, easy access to resort amenities. 2 Chamonix Drive & Route 94 Vernon, NJ 07462 or wwwCrystalGolfResort.com

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Content and images provided by Crystal Springs Golf Resort. Copyright 2009. *TIA Research - 1998. **TIA Research - TIA/Synovate Voice of the Traveler Survey, May 2007.
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