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The Resort’s founder Gene Mulvihill fell in love with Sussex County and its lush, mountainous setting as a boy where he spent his summers cooling off at Van Campens Glenn. A visionary with a thirst for adventure, Gene viewed Sussex County as a land, rich in natural resources and beauty, fertile ground to create a unique and exciting year round recreational playground.
In the early 1970’s he invested in New Jersey’s earliest ski resort, Vernon Valley, and pioneered the first action themed water park. A decade later, Mulvihill opened one of the country’s first microbreweries and indoor water park hotels. This spirit of creativity was followed by a decade of high-end golf course development which has culminated in one of the country’s largest and most prestigious golf resorts.
With the passing of time, family members with a shared passion joined in to expand upon the new amenities. Spectacular hotels of the highest architectural standards ensued, followed by luxurious spas, and still, more verdant fairways. The culinary pleasures of food and wine were introduced and celebrated at the highest level. A world-renowned Wine Cellar, now considered one of the finest in North America, as well as 4-star Restaurant Latour, emphasize the family’s quest for gastronomic excellence. The one of a kind Chef’s Garden at Crystal Springs derived from Gene’s love of fresh Jersey tomatoes and corn. Gene would grow all of the garden’s tomatoes from his personal heritage seed collection.
And today, as the family’s traditions and talents soar to a new plateau, the singular dream of creating an exceptional destination grounded in quality, craftsmanship, and the richness of life lives and evolves. Gene loved to build things, and even more, his passion was in seeing people have fun and enjoy themselves. You are invited to share in all the excitement that Crystal Springs Resort offers, just as Gene Mulvihill did years ago in discovering the area’s wonders.