FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RECORD HIGH GAS PRICES CREATE SHORT DISTANCE
DESTINATIONS AS TOP GETAWAY TREND FOR 4th of JULY WEEKEND
Pain at the Pump and a Weakened Economy Fuel Demand for ‘Staycations’
Hardyston & Vernon, NJ – With rising gas prices and an ever uncertain economy, many consumers find it
more important than ever to find great travel deals close to home for the upcoming 4th of July holiday
weekend. According to Clem Bason, Vice President of Merchandising and Travel Expert for discount travel
authority Hotwire.com, “Today’s price-savvy consumers are attracted to close-to-home destinations with a
wide range of free events and celebrations where they can make the most of their travel dollar.”
Just 47 miles from Manhattan and less than a tank of gas from most Tri-State Area locations is a premier multi-
property resort that caters to both couples and families who wish to take a mini-vacation close to home. The
Resorts at Crystal Springs, with hotels in both Hardyston and Vernon, offers world-class sports and recreation
facilities in a preserved mountainous setting. The new Grand Cascades Lodge in Hardyston features 250
spacious guest rooms with gourmet kitchens, balconies and outdoor fireplaces, in addition to the four-star
Restaurant Latour with its 54,000 bottle + Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine cellar and chef’s garden.
A distinctive Biosphere indoor pool features a translucent retractable roof that allows for a natural year-round
tan, and includes exotic freeform pools, underground aquarium, vortex pools and caves set amidst lush tropical
foliage. The Lodge’s 14-treatment-room Reflections Spa, scheduled to open early fall 2008, will offer a full
menu of spa services and therapies in a glamorous yet tranquil setting.
Sister property Minerals Resort & Spa in Vernon offers attractive comfortable accommodations, ideal for
family-friendly getaways. Highlights include Minerals Sports Club, which includes seven indoor/outdoor heated
nature pools, 6,000-square-foot fitness center, a family-oriented golf center, multiple sports courts and an indoor
running track. The luxurious Elements Spa offers pampering treatments infused with bounties of the earth,
including indigenous regional mineral sources. Guests at both resort properties can enjoy the 7 championship
golf courses at Crystal Springs, highlighted by Ballyowen, the #1 ranked public course in the state.
There will be planned events taking place throughout the 4th of July weekend at The Resorts at Crystal Springs.
Guests at Grand Cascades Lodge are invited to enjoy BBQ celebrations either at the outdoor pools of Grand
Cascades Lodge or the beautiful Fire and Water Terrace , while guests at Minerals Resort & Spa will be able to
attend an All American BBQ with live music and frozen drinks at the on-site Tiki Bar and Grill. Both
festivities offer something for everyone including activities for children of all ages, delicious food, exotic
libations, phenomenal live music from local performers, and the beautifully landscaped outdoor pools providing
some of the most spectacular views of the Kittatinny Mountains.
As an added value, both Resort properties are now offering an exclusive deal for overnight accommodations.
Guest who book both Friday and Saturday nights during the 4th of July weekend can stay either the Thursday
prior, or Sunday after, at an attractive 50% savings.
Other local area attractions such as Mountain Creek Waterpark, horseback riding stables, numerous state and
federal parks, wineries and charming antique shops can readily be visited. With new travel trends in mind, these
overnight choices in the New York Metro area provide convenient holiday weekend escapes at a budget that
won’t break the bank.
For information and reservations, call 973.827.5996 or visit www.ResortsCrystalSprings.com.
For information on all the attractions in the New Jersey’s Sussex Skylands, visit sussexcountychamber.org.
The Resorts at Crystal Springs, located in Vernon and Hardyston, NJ, is an upscale residential resort complex which includes:
• Hotel accommodations at the luxurious Grand Cascades Lodge and family-friendly Minerals Resort & Spa
• Seven award-winning golf courses
• Four-star Restaurant Latour with its Wine Spectator Grand Award-wining 54,000 bottle wine cellar
• Elements Spa at Minerals Resort and Reflections Spa at Grand Cascades Lodge (opening Summer 2008)
• Sophisticated venues for meetings, weddings and catered events
• 1,000+ elegantly designed homes
For more information, visit www.ResortsCrystalSprings.com
Media Contact: Natasha Wright
The Resorts at Crystal Springs