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October Events and Activities

Horseback Riding

Open Thursday through Monday

Explore the scenic trails surrounding the Resort on the back of a well-trained horse. Guided rides are available for guests of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. The experienced wranglers at Legends Riding Stables guide every trail ride, fitting each to the level of each individual rider. 

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Daily Wine Cellar Tours

Offered Daily 

Experience our complimentary daily guided tour of our Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning Wine Cellar at Restaurant Latour.

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Trap and Skeet Shooting

Open Friday thru Sunday through October 

Test your skills at our trap and skeet shooting range, located in nearby Wantage NJ. Shuttle service from the Resort is provided.

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Marshmallow Roasts

Friday and Saturday Evenings

Old fashioned marshmallow toasting. Marshmallows and sticks for roasting await!  

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Paint and Sip

Friday Evenings at Grand Cascades Lodge

Saturday Afternoons at Minerals Hotel

Amaze yourself as you create your own masterpiece with hands-on guidance from local artists. Enjoy a stress free enviornment filled with fun, friends, laughter and creativity. We supply everything necessary for your success, including the wine! 

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Holiday Photos!

Saturday Mornings

Stay with us Friday night and enjoy a complimentary family photo shoot on Saturday morning. Our professional photographer will be on site to capture your family for a keepsake portrait or to use for your holiday greeting cards! Guests must make photo session reservations in advance. 

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Visit from the Farm

Saturdays & Sundays

Join us weekends for some good ol' animal therapy! Each weekend local farm animals will visit the Resort to provide a bit of joy and happiness to our guests. Learn about their world from the farmer as you meet their furry and feathered friends and their climbing goats! 

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Pony Rides

Saturdays & Sundays

Delight your little ones with a hand-led ride on one of Farmer Keith's favorite ponies. Come meet Butters and Lily to create a memorable experience for your child!

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Archery Tag

Saturday Afternoons

Join us at Minerals for an exciting round of Archery Tag! Played similar to dodgeball, but with bows and foam-tipped arrows, this action packed game offers the ultimate family-friendly experience that engages everyone. 

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Animal Educators

Every Saturday (plus Sunday, October 7)

Join us for an hour of fun every Saturday at Grand Cascades Lodge with animal experts from Eyes of the Wild, Rizzo's Reptile Discovery and Space Farms Zoo.  

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Pumpkin Decorating

Every Saturday (plus Sunday, October 7)

Get ready to be creative! Every Saturday in October at Grand Cascades Lodge, have a blast decorating the perfect Halloween pumpkin to bring home!

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Cupcake Decorating

Every Saturday (plus Sunday, October 7)

Join us for a fun-filled cupcake decorating class every Saturday. Create seasonally, holiday or nature themed cupcakes that will be the star of any occasion! 

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Caramel Apple Dipping

Every Saturday (and Sunday, October 7) 

Sugar and spice and everything nice! Caramel apples are a fall favorite - let's make our own! Join us in the Lobby of Grand Cascades Lodge to decorate caramel apples just the way you like them! 

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Mixology Educators

Every Saturday

Join our Resort Mixologists to learn how to create the perfect autumn cocktail!  Focusing on a different topic each week, learn the history of the alcohol and how to properly utilize it into a cocktail. You will create the drink during the session and receive the recipe.

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Trap and Skeet Shooting

Fridays thru Sundays and Columbus Day

Test your skills at our trap and skeet shooting range, located in nearby Wantage NJ. Shuttle service from the Resort is provided.

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Fishing and Archery

Saturdays and Sundays and Columbus Day

Join us for at our sparkling Quarry Lake, located on property at Grand Cascades Lodge, for guided fishing and archery sessions every Saturday and Sunday morning. 

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Farm Tours

Every Sunday

This educational tour will take guests to nearby Vernon Valley Farm, where young, modern farmers (Kirk and Christina Stephens) utilize nature's synergies to create a fully sustainable farm. Guests will enjoy a hay wagon guided tour of the farm, interact with various farm animals and harvest fresh fruit or vegetables in season. Vernon Valley Farm consists of over 270 acres, with exquisite views of our area.

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Wine Tasting with the Sommelier

Every Sunday

Enjoy an informative wine education discussion with our Resort Sommelier, including Q&A, basic wine and food pairings, tricks of the trade, glassware usage, and decanting. Tasting of one white and one red wine included in the Bordeaux Room of the Wine Cellar.

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Great Pumpkin Festival

Saturdays & Sundays & Columbus Day
September 15 - November 4

Weekdays: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
October 3 - October 26


Meander up Route 94 to Heaven Hill Farm this fall and experience fun for the whole family! Enjoy over 30 fun filled activities including pumpkin patch corn maze, arts & crafts, carnival rides & more!

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Local Apple Picking

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Fall is upon us, which means its time to hit one of the great local farms in our area to pick-your-own apples for the perfect family bonding experience! 

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Goat Yoga

Select Saturdays (October 6 and 13)

1-hour yoga class followed by 30-minute mix & mingle with the goats. There is something about being in nature with the goats that is calming and therapeutic. A special way to bring more joy & play into our lives.

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Apple and Hard Cider Sampling

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Join us for a variety of local apple sampling straight from the orchards at Warwick Valley Winery. An expert from Warwick Valley Winery and Black Dirt Distillery will be on hand to share samplings of Doc's Hard Apple Cider is available for 21+ guests.

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Magic of Salazar

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Minerals Hotel welcomes Anthony Salazar to entertain and amaze with an array of tricks that will keep you on the edge of your seat (if you don't fall off laughing!)

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Kid's Laser Tag

October 6-8, 2018

Tag, you're it! Let loose and laugh your way through this fun action-packed activity at Minerals Hotel. 

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Mentalist John Graham

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Grand Cascades Lodge invites you to join us for an evening of magic, mind reading and miracles with John Graham. 

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Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival is a FREE celebration of agritourism, ecotourism, arts and heritage and will take place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. The Festival will have local artisans, displays and info highlighting northern New Jersey's open spaces and history. There will be activities like pumpkin painting and crafts for the kids and vendors for adults.

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Shaun T

Saturday October 13, 2018

Fitness icon and motivational mastermind, Shaun T is back - Jersey Style! Join us at Minerals Sports Club for an unforgettable morning!

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Warwick Applefest

Sunday, October 14, 2018


Just a short 20 minute drive from the Resort is home to the Warwick Applefest. The festival attracts over 30,000 visitors and features over 200 craft vendors, dozens of food vendors, music, entertainment, children's carnival, farmers' market and more! An event not to be missed!

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Women Connecting Through Golf

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Crystal Springs Resort is hosting the 2nd Annual Women-Connecting Through Golf event at Black Bear Golf Club. They have teamed up with Adaptive Golfers & the “One Handed Lady Golfer” to present a fabulous day for women who are skilled golfers as well as the new golfer who wish to build their business & social contacts through the game of golf. This day will benefit the Adaptive Golfers Organization, a non-profit that provides resources, training, programs and equipment to those who have different ABILITIES (not disablilities) as a way to get out of bed and out of their head using golf as cognative and physical therapy. Join us for an exciting & unique day packed with challenges, networking and a whole different way to do business.

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Magician Jay Mattioli

Saturday, October 20, 2018

As seen on America's Got Talent, Jay brings his hip style to Grand Cascades Lodgel for an evening that will make your mind disappear into the world of magic!

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Murder Mystery Weekend

Friday, October 26 - Sunday, October 29, 2018

Join us for an unforgettably exciting Halloween weekend at Grand Cascades Lodge, as the expert team from Murder Mystery USA take you on one of the most unusual, exhilarating and spine tingling experiences ever! 

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Jack-O-Lantern Walk

Friday, October 26, 2018

Join us for a frighteningly good time!  Crystal Springs Resort has invited talented Art Students from all over our county to participate in our third annual Jack-O-Lantern carving contest.  The students have been hard at work masterfully creating unique pumpkins and now it's time for you to come out and enjoy their work, vote for your favorite and cheer them on!

The Jack-O-Lanterns will remain on display for the Halloween weekend. 

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Halloween Spooktacular sponsored by Bacardi

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Minerals Hotel's Annual Halloween Bash is back!  Dress up and join the party in Kites Restaurant.  Halloween beverage specials and snacks, prizes for sexiest couple, scariest and most creative costumes.   

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