Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

The Crystal Springs Resort offers so much more than just the perfect weekend golf getaway for dads – it’s a place that an entire family can love. Offering a connected indoor-outdoor pool, enormous eucalyptus steam room, sauna, whirlpools, tropical fish and basketball, this resort is only two hours away from New York City, and has luxurious suites with kitchens and a fireplace. When you add a world-class spa and gourmet food, you’ve discovered an ideal weekend and summer destination.

The Biosphere is akin to being inside of a humungous terrarium: completely encased in glass, this round dome enables guests to swim and tan year round, since the glass warms the pool area and tropical foliage. Guests swim within caves and grottos near tropical fish and under waterfalls, and children delight in the multi-story, twisting water slide. The adventurous in winter, spring and fall also swim outside, where steam rises from the pool and cool winds offset the warm water. When raining, this is especially thrilling. And of course, in the summer there’s an array of outdoor swimming and romping options.

For those who love horseback riding, a stable near the resort caters to guests. Other activities at this expansive resort are plentiful: children’s movies, numerous outstanding restaurants, racquetball, tennis courts, fitness center, wine cellar, fishing and hiking trails complete the experience. Kids Camp permits parents to relax or enjoy the spa or fitness center while children are engaged with others their age. The accommodations are upscale; marble-lined kitchens, plush bedding and roomy beds, and gigantic showers and tubs leave families feeling pampered and with sufficient space.

Crystal Springs is also a memorable setting for a family reunion or elegant wedding, or even a pre-wedding party. Visit for booking information and photos this spectacular destination. You can be there in just a few hours, yet it feels as though you’re in another world — another world where stress is a foreign concept.

Originally published April 2010
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