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Group Activities

 

GROUP ACTIVITIES

 


THE WINE EDUCATOR
Enjoy 1 ½ hours of wine tasting with artisan cheeses and breads, instruction, a guided tour and wine Q&A with one of our renowned sommeliers in our world-class 75,000+ bottle Wine Cellar. Learn about the top grape varietals, wine regions, styles of wine and the basics of pairing wines with food.
Activity is hosted on property at Grand Cascades Lodge.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


S’MORES
Gather around the outdoor firepit and make some S’mores with Graham Crackers, Chocolate Bars and Marshmallows.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


ARCHERY TAG
Archery Tag® is played similar to dodgeball with their bows and patented foam-tipped arrows. This exciting, action-packed game offers the ultimate family-friendly experience that engages everyone. Don’t miss out on Tag . . . The game you never outgrow! Must be at least 12 years old. Indoor or outdoor in season.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

 

 


HORSEBACK RIDING
Meander along a shaded trail in the Legends' Riding Trail as you and your new four-legged companion spend the hour watching for flora, fauna and wildlife along the way. Guided rides are available for guests of any experience level, from beginner to advanced. For your comfort, we recommend you wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


 


DJ / KARAOKE
Let us know what you need and we will bring the perfect DJ and entertainment.

PHOTO BOOTH
Photo booths come full of props and photos printed on the spot for participants to take home as a keepsake.

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Enjoy movies on the lawn on a star filled night. Or year-round in the indoor pools. It brings back the nostalgia of the drive-in movies.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

 

AVAILABLE IN SPRING / SUMMER / FALL


SWING N’ SIP
Sample and savor what the Resort is known for with this new series – top-rated golf and award-winning wine! This activity includes: 45 minutes of instruction conducted by one of the golf professionals of the Resort Golf Academy, 3 holes of golf in a non-competitive scramble format on one of our spectacular Resort courses, wine sampling and an assortment of delicious hors d’oeuvres.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


FOOTGOLF
Experience the newest and most exciting crossover sport to hit the U.S. – FootGolf! FootGolf is two sports rolled into one, and is played by kicking a soccer ball (on a golf course) into an oversized hole to score – with rules similar to golf. FootGolf takes just 2 hours to play 18 holes, and the best part is, it can be enjoyed by all ages. FootGolf is perfect for a team Fundraiser Event , End-Of- The-Season Party or Just For Fun! FootGolf is offered at Cascades and Minerals. Check out our website for FootGolf Rules at CrystalFootGolf.com. 
AMERICAN FOOTGOLF LEAGUE ACCREDITED.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


MOUNTAIN HIKE
Take an invigorating hike with one of our certified personal trainers up to the top of the 1,500 ft. Hamburg Mountain and back down. You will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Vernon Valley. This hike is of moderate intensity. Please dress appropriately and bring a bottle of water. Weather permitting. Have an extra hour? Add a canoe trip on the mountaintop lake.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


ARCHERY
Located adjacent to the fresh-water quarry at Grand Cascades Lodge, our newly built archery range showcases the finest in guided archery. A unique rustic log construction makes it an ideal place to take pictures and capture memories of your vacation. Bows, arrows, and instruction provide.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposa


FISHING
Discover the beauty of our unique fresh-water 100 ft. deep quarry at Grand Cascades Lodge. Stocked with trout, large-mouth bass, bluegill, chain pickerel, perch, rock bass and sunnys. Rods and bait provided. Our expert fishing instructors will teach you how to identify the various fish species.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


FISHING & ARCHERY PACKAGE
Fishing, Archery, Corn Hole, Horseshoes and Bocce Ball.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE
The Mountaintop Experience at Minerals Hotel includes guided mountaintop fishing and archery, as well as canoeing, stand-up paddle boards, paddle boats, hiking, lake trampoline and swimming.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


OUTDOOR CLUB GAMES:

CROQUET 
A friendly match swinging mallets to maneuver through the field of wickets on our meticulously groomed croquet lawn.

PUTTING COURSE
More than mini-golf, our 18-hole Natural Grass Putting Course is maintained by the same crew that sees to our world class golf courses. Meandering in front of Grand Cascades Lodge with a running stream and beautiful native flora, this unique setting for a game of putt-putt will delight you.

OUTDOOR MOVIES 
Enjoy movies on the lawn after dark, reminiscent of those drive-in movies of days gone by.

GLOW GOLF 
Amp up the fun on our 18-hole Natural Grass Putting Course by playing after dark with glow-in-the-dark balls and pin flags.



For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


FLY-FISHING
Designed for the serious fisherman, these guided excursions feature a mix of fly-fishing, spin and bait casting and jigging in an unforgettably picturesque stream, which has been stocked with over 3500 trout this season. Poles, waders and all other supplies are provided. Limited to 2-4 guests per session. Guests MUST have a valid NJ Fishing License AND Trout Stamp. Licenses can be bought online and printed at www.njfishandwildlife.com. Availability limted to trout season, which varies year to year.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


AVAILABLE IN WINTER

SKI & SNOWBOARD
Nearby Mountain Creek has a variety of terrain suitable for every ability level. Cruise the long groomers, light up the evening sky with night skiing or polish your freestyle game in one of their three dedicated terrain parks. A fleet of over 1,000 snow-making guns cover 100% of the mountain's terrain, making sure there’s ample snow on the ground during your stay.
For additional information: Call (844) 774-2733 OR submit a Quick RFP.

SNOWTUBING
A different kind of adrenaline-fueled sliding at nearby Mountain Creek...Experience sliding on snow with no specialized equipment or lessons required! With their magic carpet lift, there’s no need to hike to the top of the hill, just enjoy the ride! They have one of the largest snow tubing parks in the area spanning more than five acres so come race your friends!
For additional information: Call (844) 774-2733 OR submit a Quick RFP.

 

TEAMBUILDING


IRON CHEF COMPETITION
1 Hour Preparation plus Lunch or Dinner Event. Our own team of chefs will guide your group in this unique culinary experience with hands-on assistance. Chef hats and aprons are provided to each participant. A selection of the freshest high quality ingredients will be used, and each team will prepare a meal consisting of an appetizer, entrée and side dish to be judged based on presentation, taste, originality, best name and teamwork. Each member of the winning team will receive a bottle of our private label wine. Our kitchen will serve a delicious meal for all guests after the competition concludes.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

BLIND WINE TASTING GAME
Test your knowledge of wine with a blind wine tasting facilitated by our sommelier. Guests will be broken up into groups and will sample two different wines (a red and a white). The wine bottle will be placed in a brown bag to conceal the label and bottle shape. Guests will have 15 minutes to guess the continent, country, region, grape and year of each wine. After the game, enjoy a tour of our world-class Wine Cellar. Minimum of 12; Maximum of 50. Can combine The Wine Educator Activity with Blind Wine Tasting Game for an extra fee. Activity is hosted on property at Grand Cascades Lodge.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


MIXOLOGY COMPETITION
‘Mix it up’ with mixology! In this contest, teams are challenged to create a signature cocktail using the provided beverages, plus a secret ingredient. Each station will include everything needed, with other ingredients available in the center of the room to share. Teams will be given the instructions and will have 30 minutes to create as well as name their signature cocktail. Each team will be judged on team work, taste, creativity and originality.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


ARCHERY TAG COMPETITION
Archery Tag® is played similar to dodgeball with their bows and patented foam-tipped arrows. This exciting, action-packed competition is an experience that engages everyone. Don’t miss out on Tag . . . The game you never outgrow! Must be at least 12 years old. Indoor or outdoor in season.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal


FARMING WITH GPS
Participants travel around the Resort with a GPS unit to collect ingredients for an appetizer. You can choose your own appetizer or stick with one of our favorites: guacamole or pico de gallo. After collecting all of the ingredients, participants will be briefed by our chef on proper knife handling etiquette and tricks to enhance flavors and presentation. A panel of judges will choose the winner.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


CHILI COOK-OFF
Our team of chefs will guide your group in this unique culinary experience by providing the freshest, highest quality ingredients and hands-on assistance. Chef hats and aprons are provided to each participant. Each team will prepare its best bowl of chili for the judge, as well as a marketing pitch to convince the chef as to why its chili is the most favorable. Ratings will be awarded based on color, aroma, consistency, taste and effectiveness of sales pitch. Each member of the winning team will receive a bottle of our private label wine.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


CUPCAKE CHALLENGE
A group favorite! Each team receives twenty cupcakes to decorate. Chef hats, aprons and towels are provided to each participant. Each will receive frosting, fondant and piping bags. A communal center table will contain additional condiments and a display container that will be used to decorate cupcakes in a way that represents the team, the company, or positions in the company. Teams will have one hour to use condiments, display vessel and cupcakes to form their finished product, and then present. Cupcakes will be judged on teamwork, creativity and originality. BONUS: At the end of 20-30 minutes, there will be a mystery ingredient, or special add-on introduced to the event for even more fun and excitement.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

 


GEO-TREKKING
This high-tech scavenger hunt appeals to groups of all ages. Participants will use team collaboration plus GPS devices to locate various waypoints, all while overcoming numerous checkpoint challenges along the way. This event can take place at your hotel, nearby park, or anywhere around the world, catering to groups of all sizes and time-lines.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

ADVENTURE QUEST
A cognitive and physical competition where groups of two or more work through a variety of puzzles and other adventurous challenges with one goal - to reach the finish line first. Races can cover many miles in the back county or stay on site at your venue. This will be determined by your team’s goals as all races are customized for your group. It’s a great way to increase team collaboration, engagement, and have fun!
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


CUSTOM OBSTACLE COURSE
Come and participate in a unique version of a mud run which includes:
• Customized design for your regional destination
• Your choice of obstacles from the menu of challenges
• Focus on teams and teamwork to complete the course
• Award ceremony following the event
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

TEAM EVENTures
Maximize team benefit with low physical impact. This program will improve communication, trust and/or leadership through a shared bonding experience. Each activity will be determined based on obstacles your company is currently facing and will get participants engaged, thinking critically and having fun.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

BASECAMP
Imagine a small team, equipped with a single headlamp, entering into a pitch-black conference room . . . the light shines into wafting clouds of mist and fog as participants search for scattered pieces of equipment located across the “mountain.” The feeling of rushing wind simulating mountain weather, plus the sound of 100 mile per hour winds are an experience that cannot be forgotten.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


MURDER MYSTERY
The ultimate twist for your dinner party. Pair high-end dining with detective skills for an unforgettable experience. Your group will work together to crack a one-of-a-kind murder mystery staged by our skilled actors; the script is created specifically for your group so every event is different from the last. Your team will be engaged and entertained throughout the evening. This is sure to be a killer event.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


 


INDOOR & OUTDOOR SEASONAL SPORT CHALLENGE OPTIONS (with a coordinator):
 • Softball • Wallyball • Beach Volleyball • Kickball • Horseshoes • Dodgeball • Egg Toss / 3-Legged Race • Frisbee Golf Toss / Sack Races • Hula Hoop Contest • Tug-of-War Competition • Ameba Race / Human Knot • Basket Shoot (Indoors only) • Slam Ball • Corn Hole
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


SCAVENGER HUNT
Everybody’s favorite, tailored to your group. Ranging from traditional to photographic to location-specific and beyond — scavenger hunts are a great source of active fun that gets participants moving around and can be designed within any time-frame. No matter the style, participants will love competing to be the first team to finish!
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


MINUTE MAYHEM
Help your team perform their best under pressure by racing against the clock to compete in short challenges. As short as a minute in duration, each challenge can be a standalone event or incorporated into our Geo-Trekking as checkpoints.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


BEE CAUSE!
Teams will work together to combat the unprecedented dying off of honeybees by building a beehive. We will bring in a local expert to lead teams and the supplies needed to build a beehive. Once the beehives are completed, they will be donated to the local beehive keepers association and become the new home of a colony of bees! Starting at $75 per person (cost of hive additional).
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


CHARITY BIKE BUILD
Armed with wrenches and enthusiasm, teams race to construct the ultimate human-powered, no-gasoline-needed rocket known to many as a “child’s bicycle.” Teams will be faced with the challenge of assembling their “rockets” without any instructions, all while other teammates navigate entertaining, innovative puzzles and challenges to earn enough “money” to purchase that last crucial part needed to make their team’s bike the first produced. Starting at $125 per person (bike cost additional).
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


SKI CHAIRS
Build and donate a New England classic - the Adirondack ski chair! Built from retired skis, these chairs are comfortable and stylish. All necessary materials and tools are provided, but it’s up to your group to design and build the chairs. They can be donated to area non-profits or taken back to your company.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


HANDS OF GRATITUDE
Imagine life without one of your hands . . . it’s hard to fathom the daily hardships faced. Together, we can provide much needed prosthetic appendages for those who are unable to purchase their own. All materials, tools, and information needed to build functional high-end prosthetic hands are provided. In small teams, your group is tasked with turning the pieces into fully-functioning hands. Completed prosthetics will be donated to those who need a “helping hand”.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


CORPORATE PICTIONARY
This fun, competitive activity involves several rounds where one team member will be provided with a word (which can be either corporate jargon or company specific language) which they will then need to draw, act or sculpt out of putty for their team to guess. As the rounds progress, challenges will be incorporated such as drawing with your eyes closed or only being able to hum. A winner will be awarded based on the most correctly guessed words in the fastest amount of time.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


CANVAS CONNECT
Let art bring your group together. We will craft an event to strengthen your group dynamic and spark creativity, drawing out the inner artist in all. Work with us to create something totally unique. No matter what you decide, this event is sure to build lasting relationships.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

AVAILABLE IN SPRING / SUMMER / FALL


SWING N’ SIP WITH 3-HOLE SCRAMBLE COMPETITION
Sample and savor what the Resort is known for with this new series – top-rated golf and award-winning wine! This activity includes: 45 minutes of instruction conducted by one of the golf professionals of the Resort Golf Academy, 3 holes of golf in scramble format on one of our spectacular Resort courses, wine sampling and an assortment of delicious hors d’oeuvres.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


FOOTGOLF
Experience the newest and most exciting crossover sport to hit the U.S. – FootGolf! FootGolf is two sports rolled into one, and is played by kicking a soccer ball (on a golf course) into an oversized hole to score – with rules similar to golf. FootGolf takes just 2 hours to play 18 holes, and the best part is, it can be enjoyed by all ages. FootGolf is perfect for friendly competitive teambuilding experience. FootGolf is offered at Cascades and Minerals. Check out our website for FootGolf Rules at CrystalFootGolf.com. 
AMERICAN FOOTGOLF LEAGUE ACCREDITED.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.




WATER WARS
In this kayak challenge, teams of two will paddle the open waters through a slalom course to successfully deliver their treasure chest. Teams will experience a series of obstacles along the way. For instance, one paddler will be blindfolded and must rely on their teammate for directions to navigate the course. This activity will certainly challenge your group while improving communication and trust skills in the process.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


 

 

 

OUTDOOR CLUB COMPETITIONS:

CROQUET COMPETITION
A friendly but competitive match swinging mallets to maneuver through the field of wickets on our meticulously groomed croquet lawn.

PUTTING COURSE COMPETITION
More than mini-golf, our 18-hole Natural Grass Putting Course is maintained by the same crew that sees to our world class golf courses. Meandering in front of Grand Cascades Lodge with a running stream and beautiful native flora, this unique setting for a putting competition will delight you.

GLOW GOLF COMPETITION
Amp up the challenge on our 18-hole Natural Grass Putting Course by playing after dark with glow-in-the-dark balls and pin flags.

For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


FARM TO TABLE TEAMBUILDING
At Crystal Springs Resort, we put an emphasis on Farm-to-Table dining. Now, your team will have the opportunity to become the chef, harvesting ingredients from our local farm and turning them into a feast. First, the group will meet with one of our esteemed chefs for a quick discussion about the activity. Then, a quick 5-minute shuttle will transport participants to a local farm for a brief orientation. The group will then go into the field and harvest ingredients for their assigned dish with assistance from the farmer and chef. Once all ingredients are harvested, the group will return to the Chef’s Garden to prepare their dishes. After one hour, each group will present and explain the dish prepared to the group, followed by all of the dishes served as a fresh farm-to-table meal. Minimum of 12; Maximum of 20. Availability: 2nd week in July through 3rd week in September (weather permitting).
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

 

AVAILABLE IN WINTER

 

SLALOM SLED TEAM RACE COMPETITION
This event is a blast! Teams gather at the race course to design and build their own sled with miscellaneous items and some extra “bling” to decorate with. Up to two riders and a team of human power ‘mushers’ pull the team sled as teams weave their way through a slalom course. This event includes permits, private space at the golf course, all sled supplies, judges and timers.

SNOWSHOE RACE
Participants will follow an obstacle relay course on snowshoes and race against other teams. Along the way, there will be various winter activities each member of the team will have to complete. The first team to get everyone from their team through the obstacle course will win the challenge.

WINTER OLYMPICS
Go for the Gold as teams compete in a series of fun winter activities. These could include: • Snow Sculpting • Ice Carving • Broom Ball • Ice Skating • Skiing or Snow Tubing

SEARCH & RESCUE
Someone has been buried under several feet of snow from an avalanche and your job as a team is to rescue the victim. Participants will be taught how to use avalanche beacons and probing poles and be shown how the ski patrol organizes their rescue efforts. This event can stand alone or can be a great add-on to the Teaming with GPS or Amazing Race Adventure.

For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.


 

GROUP WELLNESS ACTIVITIES

 

GOAT YOGA
A one-hour yoga class for all levels of experience, where we incorporate our miniature goats with a ratio of goats to guests that no one else can provide. The goats are free range and unleashed, and will climb on backs, socialize and will get up close and personal with everyone in the class. Following the one-hour class is a 30 minute social where pictues can be taken holding our little stars. For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

THE HIKE TO BEAVER LODGE
Enjoy a guided hike to the mountaintop lake where you will view an actual beaver lodge. This invigorating trek will provide a glimpse into the local flora & fauna.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

JUICING: MYTHS, FACTS & FUN
Resident Nutritionist Taryn will give a talk on juicing. She will demonstrate healthy recipes and provide tastings.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

COOKING WITH PLANT-BASED PROTEINS
Our Nutritionist will discuss the benefits of plant-based proteIns, which tend to be lower in calories and fat but higher in fiber and essential nutrients. Demonstration, recipes & samplingsFor additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

THE ART OF THE LOW CALORIE COCKTAIL
Our resident Mixologist will delight you with these beautiful & delicious low calorie cocktail options. Demonstration, recipes & samplings.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

AERIAL YOGA
Perform basic yoga poses while suspended from fabric "slings". This form of yoga allows for more stability and lengthening of the spine - plus it's great fun!
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

KETO TALK
Resident Nutritionist Mike will conduct this talk on the Keto diet, including discussing the debate over its potential benefits, potential harm and inconclusive studyFor additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

INTERMITTENT FASTING
Participate in this discussion of one of the world's most popular diet trends. People are using it to lose weight, improve their health and simplify their lifestyles.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS & MUSCLE MASS
Resident Nutritionist Mike will present this discussion on training and the role of supplements in building muscle mass.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

INTRO TO YOGA
For the benefit of beginners, learn breathing techniques, basic poses and variations for those still working towards better flexibilityFor additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

INTRO TO BOXING
We have more stress in our lives than ever before. This boxing class can help you manage your stress and get those endorphins pumping!
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

INTRO TO MEDITATION
Take the first steps towards Mindful Meditation. We'll show you how to start, feel better, reduce your stress, and enjoy life a little more.
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

SPINNING TOUR OF SOUTHERN FRANCE
Motivate your indoor cycling as you virtually travel to the South of FranceFor additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.

SPA SERVICES
The Most Indulgent Of Luxury Spa Retreats, Featuring Two Award-Winning Day Spas In Northern New Jersey - Ranked Top 100 Spas in America! Break free from the stress and toil of everyday life. Restore your body and mind in these celebrated spa resorts conveniently located within 5 minutes of one another. Elements Spa and Reflections Spa
For additional information please Email Group Sales, call (844) 774-2733 or Request a Proposal.