Living in the New York metropolitan area affords so many opportunities to enjoy some of the best that life has to offer, leaving residents with an absolute panoply of options to get out and enjoy nature. But when so many options are available in one place, the destination becomes clear.

Mountain Creek sits under 50 miles from New York City, in northern New Jersey. There, guests can pick from a diverse array of adventure: night skiing or snowboarding across 167 acres of trails and four mountain peaks, ziplining through a 1,500-foot course (which includes a mountain-top lake), hurtling through any one of the 22 adrenaline-inducing rides in the waterpark, slaloming through the network of 51 mountain bike trails or, simply, settling in for a gourmet dinner and ordering something exotic.

Considering the above, the resort might also be one of the most unique birthday party venues in New Jersey. Mountain Creek social events can be rather grand affairs. The banquet facilities can accommodate up to 2,000 people at a time. Sure, New Jersey event and meeting venues are plentiful, but few are located in such a picturesque setting and none house the level of activity that Mountain Creek does.

For all that energy, perhaps the most enticing quality of Mountain Creek is its ability pull everyone out of their element and immerse them in the splendor of the Northern New Jersey mountains. Booking a conference at Mountain Creek will likely recharge the batteries of those swallowed up in the hustle and bustle of daily city life. Even if guests don’t feel an immediate reconnection with nature, they’ll lapse into their younger selves once they have a taste of a high-speed descent. Oh, right, playing is fun. When was the last time you played like you were a kid? If you need to think about it, it’s been too long.

The Mountain Creek staff is well-schooled in planning for gatherings of all sizes and shapes, from small company retreats to weddings that feel like half the state’s been absorbed in a single banquet hall. Planning a large event is quite a daunting task, so knowing there’s an experienced staff there to walk you through every step of how to plan a party at Mountain Creek brings a peace of mind that may be every bit as valuable as the ever-accommodating destination itself. From a focused, productive luncheon to a vibrant cocktail party, Mountain Creek will transport your guests with an atmosphere the befits the occasion, amplified by the majestic scenery that fills every window.

There, the rest of the world can feel hours away. It’s a mindset that doesn’t take long to settle in. And when it does, it’s transformative. Conferences become HD-focused, celebrations, monumental feasts. And then, as everyone begins to brace for their departure, the marveling begins anew. How can we only be an hour’s drive from New York City? The silver lining: Now it’s all that much easier to find your way back.