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Crystal Springs Resort
Breaking news: This is in New Jersey.

Booked that long autumn weekend yet? The one in Vermont you swear you?re going to take this year? Yeah, neither have we.

Four hours is a haul. New Jersey, however, is right next door. (Hear us out.) We just discovered a gem of a getaway: Crystal Springs Resort.

Only an hour-and-a-half drive from the city (down a gorgeous winding road, mind you), it?s seriously a slice of Burlington in the Garden State. Think: mountains, trees, fire pits, the usual lodge suspects. Except here, you?re definitely not roughing it. There are three hotels to choose from, two extensive spas, seven golf courses (if that?s your thing), food at every turn and even a glass-encased, heated pool complex. (Did we mention it?s in Jersey?)

Bottom line is, it?s comfortable. Regardless of what you choose to do during the day (apple picking, horseback riding and kayaking are available nearby), by night you?re wrapped in a cozy sweater, sitting on a veranda, breathing crisp air and stuffing yourself with s?mores.

Don?t feel obliged to tour the East Coast in search of that idyllic autumn experience. It?s just on the other side of I-287.

Weekend room rates start at $299; Crystal Springs Resort, 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ; 973-827-5996 or

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