Resorts in Vernon NJ

September 12, 2016


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I stayed here with my best friend as her bridal shower gift to her as part of the "girlfriend getaway" package. We arrived early, at 10:30 am, in anticipation of a snow storm (yes, in October!) and although our room was not ready, they allowed us to use the pool and gym facilities until our room was available. We went to the beautiful, very large indoor and outdoor pool and went swimming. The outdoor pool is open year round as it is heated and we were swimming while it was snowing! It was a very exciting experience. The steam was rising all around you as you swam, and only your face is exposed to the cold air which you don't feel due to the steam. You enter the outdoor pool from inside through a flap so you are never really "outside" during the winter. There are 2 large hot tubs, plenty of seating, sauna, steam room and a bar within the pool area. The locker rooms were large as well and very clean. They had showers, vanity areas with blow dryers and plenty of towels. The gym area was a bit small. It seemed there was a lot of equipment in too small an area, but neither of us were there to work out. There was a schedule of classes for the day ranging from yoga to zumba. The receptionist called my cell at noon that our room was available and we had a very nice, clean room on the lobby floor. The room had an updated bathroom and our room had a terrace with a chair overlooking the grounds. They advertise about their special beds in their brochure and we were not disappointed as they were very comfortable. There is only one restaurant/bar on the premises called Kites although there is a shuttle bus available to take you to their other property only a few miles away where you can enjoy their restaurants. We went and looked at the other property (Cascades) and the pool was quite impressive, however, the weather was getting bad and we stayed at our place for dinner. Kites offers all 3 meals and are a bit pricey and the menu is slighty limited but the food is very good. On Sunday morning they offer a breakfast buffet for 13.95 until the brunch buffet starts at 11 am which was 24.95 or higher I believe. Our package included one spa treatment each and the spa (Elements) is well appointed. They greeted us with robes and had us enjoy some hot tea/ice water and a granola mix in a special beaded off area while we waited for our massages. My deep tissue massage was one of the best I had ever had and my friend had the sacred stone massage and said that was great too. Afterwards, they give you a rose petal and lavendar foot bath. We stayed Halloween weekend and they had all kinds of activities planned. We attended a seance (very interesting!), had our palms read and then went to the bar at night for a party with a DJ and lots of dancing and fun. The staff was very accomodating throughout the weekend and when we left there was a foot and a half of snow. The bellboy even went and dug out our car while I brushed it off. I would recommend this place for a quick, quiet getaway without all the frills of a really high end spa/resort.

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