Hamburg event venues comprise a surprising diversity of accommodations, conference venues, and activities, in a four-season locale. A laid-back Garden State getaway destination, Hamburg is both rural yet easily accessible to the metro New York area, which gives planners an opportunity to organize a productive conference experience for attendees looking to enjoy Northwest New Jersey's scenic outdoors; or to spend a few days reveling in New York City.
Visitors to Hamburg will find that getting there is often quick and straightforward. Newark Liberty International Airport, which offers a busy slate of direct and nonstop flights within North America and overseas destinations, is just an hour's drive from Hamburg via Northern New Jersey's major highways. Teterborough Airport in Bergen County, popular for private and corporate air travel, is also a convenient one-hour trip to Hamburg by motor coach. Rail aficionados may choose AMTRAK, which features a full schedule of daily train service connecting with Newark and nearby Iselin (Metro Park).
Chief among Hamburg meeting venues, with 100,000 square feet of overall function space, is Crystal Springs Resort, a 4,000-acre complex. Crystal Springs combines hotels, condos, restaurants, retail and recreation; including the 220-room Grand Cascades Lodge, built in the Adirondack tradition of wood, fieldstone, big windows, and high ceilings, comes with over 32,000 square feet of indoor and exterior venue space, including ballrooms and gardens. Another property, the onsite, 175-room Mineral Springs Hotel, features 20,000 square feet of space, with an outdoor pavilion that proves popular for picnics and corporate parties.
Other hotel venues in Hamburg's environs include the 117-room Quality Inn near Mountain Creek, the 79-room Newton Holiday Inn Express Hotel, and Vernon's 15-room High Point Country Inn.
Hamburg and surrounding Sussex County abound in interesting special event venues. The Cava Winery & Vineyard in Hardyston, popular for its Cabernet, Chardonnay and "Ceci Bella" fruit wines, accommodates 40 for dinners in its barrel room; 150 for a catered tasting room reception and up to 500 for a tented event on the winery grounds. Andover's Crossed Keys Inn, a 19th-century estate set in Sussex County's rolling farmland, includes a charming playhouse that holds 20 for meetings and an elegant garden space accommodating 300 for tented catered events. At Mountain Creek's new Red Tail Lodge, the airy, open-concept features stone fireplaces, massive windows, and 12,500 square feet of ski-slope accessible space.
Planners searching for a memorable night out can choose from among several area restaurants catering to groups. Upscale yet relaxed, the Mohawk House in Sparta provides an idyllic setting for meetings, team-building, dinners, and receptions of up to 150, with eight interior event rooms and private estate grounds available for warm weather activities. The Irish Cottage Inn in Franklin features a party room for groups of at least 35 for private luncheons and banquets. The George Inn in Vernon features a wide-ranging menu (salads, steaks, seafood, and ethnic cuisine) and a banquet room that seats 80.