Private Aviation for Pets: When Dogs Fly Tradewind

Private Aviation for Pets: When Dogs Fly Tradewind

Be it the white-sand beaches of St. Barth or the cobblestoned streets of Nantucket, vacation travels are even more complete in the company of your furry best friend. Hence why Tradewind Aviation offers pet-friendly flights to the Northeast, Caribbean, and beyond, ensuring that no member of the family is ever left behind.

Pets of all sizes, including large-breed dogs, are welcome to fly in the spacious cabins of our Citation CJ3s and Pilatus PC-12s. (Note: Limit one party with pets per flight and seats must be purchased for dogs over 100 pounds.) Without the stress and discomfort of the cargo hold, four-legged passengers will arrive at your destination feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy their getaway.

In celebration of Pet Appreciation Week, below are some of our favorite moments over the last few years of pet-friendly travel. Bring your pup for your next vacation and be sure to tag us at @flytradewind to give him or her a share of the spotlight!

Contact our Reservations department for details or questions: [email protected] or 800-376-7922.

Left: @oliverofnyc Right: @ronda320

Cover photo courtesy of:  lindsayhelms / 123RF Stock Photo

The Quintessential Nantucket Retreat

The Quintessential Nantucket Retreat

As you approach The Wauwinet on Wauwinet Road, the land tapers as the bumptious ocean on the right meets the calm bay on the left. Think of a lobster tail, as it's one of the dishes for which the hotel is known. Things taper at the top and The Wauwinet is no exception: You're arriving at one of Nantucket's top luxury enclaves (the island's only Relais & Châteaux property).

The 33-room hotel and its four free-standing guest cottages occupy a cluster of 19th-century shingled buildings that face an unnamed private beach. Across the road—on the ocean side—is Great Point Beach, and just outside that is the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge (so bring your binoculars). People drive all this way—the 17-minute drive from the airport, where Tradewind flights touch down at the center of the island, is lengthy by Nantucket standards—to dine at TOPPER’S, the hotel's lauded-to-the-moon restaurant named for the owners' Welsh Terrier. (Ever had a Nantucket lobster, leek, and basil frittata for breakfast? Didn't think so.)

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In hotel terms, The Wauwinet is a moon shot: a boutique hotel, on a short-season island, with the polish of New England and personality of Provence. Think: rooms with character (antique pine, wicker, and tasteful chintz reign), luxe accessories (Pratesi bed linen), excellent service, a 1,000-label wine list, that unnamed private beach, two clay tennis courts, and locally sourced seafood and produce at TOPPER’S just downstairs (lobster navarin for dinner).

When you're here, you've arrived, and in the best tradition of luxury boutique hotels, you may not want to go anywhere else. Which is one reason to taxi to the hotel from the airport and figure out the rest. (Guests who book the three-bedroom Anchorage House, a stand-alone bungalow, are offered a BMW gratis.)

Not that staying at The Wauwinet means you’re stranded. The hotel shuttle makes the nine-mile trip to and from Nantucket Town almost hourly in-season, and the hotel has a boat that offers a tour of the harbor—Captain Rob McMullen knows these waters like the back of his hand.  

The catch is that most of the rooms are small. Top-floor rooms have the best bay views, and if you're looking for a honeymoon feel, then book one of the four freestanding cottages (cozy gas fireplaces and sundecks). At the end of the day, though, there's an equalizer: that sunset over the bay on the hotel's private beach.  

The only rule?

Come as you are.

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*All photos courtesy of The Wauwinet.

6 East Coast Golf Getaways That Prove Rankings Don't Mean Everything

6 East Coast Golf Getaways That Prove Rankings Don't Mean Everything

Written by David Gould, a former Executive Editor of Travel + Leisure Golf who has authored several books on golf history and course architecture.

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One evening I stood in a tavern among a group of well-traveled golf writers, talking shop. An avid golfer who had joined the conversation floated a query: After all the years and all the trips, which course is your favorite? He seemed puzzled by the answers, likely because “favorite” wasn’t taken to be synonymous with “famous” or “award-winning.” Instead we each named a very fine course we had developed a fondness for, where we’d met great people and enjoyed experiences we wouldn’t ever forget.

Golfers who aren’t fixated on rankings and ratings can develop an instinct for golf destinations that will suit their fancy. There’s nothing wrong with prestige and awards—you just don’t want to be a slave to them. What works best is when you have a hunch you’re going to love a certain golf experience, then you set off and discover your intuition was spot-on.

This collection of a half-dozen courses along the Eastern Seaboard—each worthy of a chartered golf getaway with Tradewind Aviation—does contain greatness. Yet it’s mainly a sixth-sense kind of list, blending elements of architecture, setting, scenery, and some kind of spirit that holds it all together.

Photo: Courtesy of Cabot Links / Evan Schiller

Photo: Courtesy of Cabot Links / Evan Schiller

Cabot Cliffs, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada: We’re not breaking the intuition rule by including Cabot Cliffs, despite all the acclaim it’s received since coming online two years ago. That’s because the Canadian Maritimes are physically remote and their character is unassuming—you have to feel drawn there. Of course, having a chartered private jet fixes the remote part, delivering you to a jaw-dropping golf landscape overlaid with the strategic subtleties its designers, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, specialize in. They built one hole—the cliff-to-cliff par-3 No. 16—that no golfer has ever played without first photographing it. If you take this trip there is one place to stay, the Cabot Links Lodge—well-designed, comfortable, and just right for its time and place. Time your Nova Scotia getaway for midsummer and you can see classic MGs, Austin Healys, and Triumph TR6s, plus vintage motorcycles, at the Eighth Annual British Motoring Festival, July 14-16.

Photo: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Photo: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Shepherd’s Rock, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA:  You can be sure your sixth sense for sublime golf travel is working when you lock on to a course that isn’t even open yet. Beginning July 12, golf pilgrims can immerse themselves in the pure Pete Dye-ness of Shepherd’s Rock, the newest addition to this luxurious resort on 2,000 acres southeast of Pittsburgh. Modern earth-moving equipment can create landscape perfection; Dye understood this wasn’t desirable and spent a career making sure to exploit the quirks and peculiarities of natural terrain. There’s beauty throughout his courses, but never an overt glamour. Dye has a second course at Nemacolin, and the outdoor activities here are endless. For indoor enthusiasts, there’s a casino and multiple spas, plus a fine array of dining options.

Photo: Stowe Mountain Resort

Photo: Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe Mountain Club, Stowe Resort, Stowe, VT: There’s nothing prettier than your own golf shot suspended in the air against a mountain vista on a long, downhill hole. This high-country course in the shadow of Mount Mansfield gives you several of those moments, most notably on the plunging par-3 16th. It took a design genius like Bob Cupp—he was a book illustrator and a master cabinet-maker, as well as a course architect—to wrangle this sloping, chasm-laced topography into 18 wonderfully playable holes. Lodge guests also have privileges at Stowe Country Club, built on more level ground but with wonderful views nonetheless. A summer highlight for locals and visitors is the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 7-9; it’s a chance to see something almost as pretty as your golf shot, pinned against the ridgelines and peaks.

Note: Tradewind’s Ultimate Golf package can accommodate your entire trip to Stowe, thanks to a new partnership with Stowe Mountain Club. As part of a two-day getaway aboard an eight-person private charter, enjoy unlimited golf access to both Stowe Mountain Club and Stowe Country Club, luxury accommodations at Stowe Mountain Lodge with views of Mount Mansfield, group lunch at The Cottage at Stowe Mountain Club, curated gift bags, and four-packs of Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine local craft beer. For more information or to reserve, please contact [email protected] or 802-760-4703.

Photo: Courtesy of Keswick Hall & Golf Club / Ken May

Photo: Courtesy of Keswick Hall & Golf Club / Ken May

Full Cry, Keswick Hall, Charlottesville, VA: The classic manor-style building on high ground with a green expanse of fairways spreading out below—there’s no combination of those two elements more pleasing than what you’ll find at this stylish resort in fox-and-hounds country outside the university town of Charlottesville. Full Cry (that’s hunt-club vernacular) is an original name for a golf course, and this layout is loaded with originality and character—again courtesy of Pete Dye. Inside the beautifully restored Italianate hostelry, Keswick Hall, are just 48 guest rooms, each individually decorated. The place was in shambles until Sir Bernard Ashley, widower of design queen Laura Ashley, arrived bearing capital and good taste in 1995. Present ownership has taken it far beyond what even his lordship had achieved.

Photo: Omni Grove Park Inn

Photo: Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC: Artsy and outdoorsy, but still with traditional Southern graces, Asheville belongs on any summertime pleasure tour. Guests at the Grove Park Inn return each year for the golf, great dining, and country hospitality. Donald Ross, a Johnny Appleseed of superior course-building, laid out the beloved Omni Grove Park Inn links in 1926, when shovels and mules were all you had to sculpt with—natural, unforced contours are the result. And while the craft beer movement and its bespoke breweries have sprouted all across the country, few cities can compete with Asheville, a suds mecca with more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. There is no end of ways to explore its malty wonders, including a half-day bus tour with many a tasting stop. Cheers.

Photo: Courtesy of The Sea Pines Resort / Rob Tipton

Photo: Courtesy of The Sea Pines Resort / Rob Tipton

Atlantic Dunes, The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC: The concept of the resort golf community originated with Sea Pines, which retains a vague ‘60s-era imprint even as it continually updates and renovates itself. One of the courses was recently plowed under to make way for Atlantic Dunes, which opened last year and brought yet another round of acclaim to the course design group of Davis Love III (who as a player won the PGA Tour event at Sea Pines five times). Atlantic Dunes is visually sleek and stylish, with large greens, new and restored sand dunes, and little touches like crushed coquina shells and waving seaside grasses to frame the holes. For all the dozens of trips I’ve made to this resort, I’ve not yet had a chance to experience Atlantic Dunes. And yet I know instinctively that I would have a great time playing it.

 

*Featured Image: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

On Deck with Sail Boston Executive Director Dusty Rhodes

On Deck with Sail Boston Executive Director Dusty Rhodes

Flying into Boston in mid-June? Make sure you look down.

A fabled fleet of tall ships with billowing spinnakers and streaming pennants, some that logged thousands of miles from across the seven seas, converge for Sail Boston in a glorious gam.

Part of the international Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, the six-day festival from June 17th through 22nd is the closest you can get to nautical nirvana without weighing anchor and embarking for distant ports.

“It’s the greatest show on surf,” says organizer Dusty Rhodes, and she should know.

Rhodes, Executive Director of Sail Boston 2017, is a prime architect of Boston’s vibrant, maritime spectacles. With an irresistible siren call, she began attracting processions of tall ships into Boston Harbor in 1992.

Dusty Rhodes, President of Conventures, Inc., joined by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Capt. John O'Connor.

Dusty Rhodes, President of Conventures, Inc., joined by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Capt. John O'Connor.

Back then, the harbor, with its famed “dirty water,” was the city’s neglected and undervalued backyard. Today it’s more coveted than the Back Bay. High-wattage events like Sail Boston, and a heavy dose of real estate investments, have turned the harbor into the Boston’s shimmering front yard—a new nexus of vitality.

At the helm of Sail Boston, Rhodes has prodded and wooed the most regal ships to sail into Boston Harbor this summer. As President of Boston event planning and communications company Conventures, her command of the harbor provides juice to her juggling act.

“There are only a handful of ports in the world that can handle these ships,” says Rhodes of the stately armada of two-masted schooners, square riggers, barques, ketches, and cutters—50-plus ships in all—dropping anchor here.

“They come from multiple countries. Some are floating embassies,” she says.

Hence, it’s no simple feat to coordinate their convergence.

Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta by Boston Sail

The Chilean ship took perseverance and persuasion. Nevertheless, she persisted.

“We had to lobby to get them to change their sailing schedule to come on a special time and date. It takes years of lobbying and political influence,” says the confident Rhodes.

It sounds a bit like staging the Olympics, but with a difference: “The Olympics is easier,” says Rhodes. “They have an organizing committee.”

Similar to a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, these magnificent ships from another age inspire a child-like awe when they emerge from the deep, sailing into town under nothing but wind power.

So when one of the most influential women in Boston suggests the best way to experience the biggest draw this summer, take her advice. (This is on your bucket list; you just don’t know it yet).

Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta by Boston Sail

“You want exclusivity?” she asks. Sign up for a deck reception to land that skittish client.

“It’s like the Kentucky Derby on steroids,” says Rhodes. Hats optional.

Imagine boarding a historic schooner, as the ship’s whistle heralds your arrival. Relax on the deck and entertain like an admiral.

Instead of sipping a mint julep at Churchill Downs, you could be enjoying a dark and stormy on a tall ship in Boston Harbor.

“It's a once in a lifetime experience; you don’t find that on the 19th hole of a golf course," says Rhodes.

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Most of the events are free, but you can buy tickets to the Parade of Sail grandstand on June 17th for $125 each at http://www.sailboston.com. To book a deck party, email [email protected].

 

*All photos courtesy of Sail Boston

9 Places to Eat this Summer on Martha’s Vineyard

9 Places to Eat this Summer on Martha’s Vineyard

There’s nothing quite like summer in the Vineyard. The island’s coastal charm extends from tranquil, lighthouse-flecked beaches to six seaside towns, and its thriving culinary scene attracts high-profile celebrities and residents alike to stylish-yet-casual local restaurants.

To experience it for yourself, take one of of Tradewind’s regularly scheduled shuttles or charter flights and make a reservation at one of these must-try island eateries.

Larsen’s Fish Market

Larsen's Fish Market, Photo: Betsey Larsen

Larsen's Fish Market, Photo: Betsey Larsen

Just steps from the fishing docks in the little village of Menemsha, Larsen’s Fish Market exudes a modest but charming ambiance with its makeshift lobster trap tables and sweeping sea views. But on the menu, you won’t just find raw, fresh-off-the-boat cuts of fish. This market-meets-restaurant serves succulent lobster and stuffed scallops cooked to perfection, and you have to try the shellfish straight from the raw bar. Make sure to bring your own beverage.

Don’t Miss: Littleneck and cherrystone clams

Red Cat Kitchen

On your way through Oak Bluffs, look for the “Ken ‘n’ Beck” sign to find Red Cat Kitchen, an intimate, artistic restaurant with an ever-evolving menu. Chef-owner Ben Deforest’s soulful cuisine has recently included elegant presentations of Atlantic halibut with lobster-black-eyed-pea succotash, grilled barrel-cut grass-fed NY strip steak with Red Cat bordelaise, and a serious vegetarian showdown – all featuring ingredients sourced on the island.

Don’t Miss: Nightly offerings

Back Door Donuts

The secret is officially out on Back Door Donuts, the nighttime pop-up shop located at the actual back door of M.V. Gourmet Café & Bakery. From mid-April to mid-October, the Oak Bluffs bakery serves house-made pastries and coffee by day and hot, fresh donuts (along with a few other must-try sugary offerings) by night. Standing in line is always a social experience — it seems like the whole island comes out for bite — but once you receive your butternut crunch, coconut, or maple bacon donut, you won’t regret your late-night craving.

Don’t Miss: Apple fritters

Little House Café

Little House Café, Photo: Shannon Rynd-Ray

Little House Café, Photo: Shannon Rynd-Ray

The cozy little restaurant with the bold menu is Little House Café, located in Vineyard Haven. From a curried mango chicken salad sandwich to roasted butternut squash with red quinoa pilaf, the menu abounds with innovative dishes that are often vegetarian and gluten-free. On Thursday nights, head to Little House for their infamous tacos like the shrimp taco with mango salsa, beer battered avocado, and creamy cilantro lime sauce.

Don’t Miss: Fish tacos

The Newes From America Pub

At the base of The Kelly House in Edgartown, The Newes Pub harbors an abundance of colonial character in its authentic rough-hewn beams, ballast brick walls, and warm hearth. While the menu features classic American and British pub food, it all comes with some local flavor, so try their take on fish and chips, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, and ribs with root beer barbecue sauce. (Speaking of, there is a micro-brewed root beer as well as a great selection of New England microbrews on tap.)

Don’t Miss: Fish and chips

Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company

Chowder may be a winter staple, but a visit to the island during any season just wouldn’t be complete without dinner at Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company. The cozy Oak Bluffs bar and restaurant serves delectable offerings such as grilled local swordfish, braised short rib ravioli, and blistered Padrón peppers. But the headliner has always been the award-winning chowder, which is made from scratch daily and absolutely packed with clams. (It’s also gluten free.)

Don’t Miss: Martha’s Vineyard Clam Chowder

Atria

Photo: Atria

Photo: Atria

Local ingredients and global inspiration define the savory cuisine at Atria, an elegant dining experience reopening for the season on May 7 in downtown Edgartown. Reflecting the seasonality of local New England ingredients, the menu changes nightly with offerings like crispy wok-fired lobster – and in the stylish basement Brick Cellar Bar, an array of gourmet burgers await. Make sure to order a bottle from the unique wine list, which Beverage Director Sam Decker says is inspired by his fascination with the stories behind each wine.

Don’t Miss: Pay Day burger

Scottish Bakehouse

Scottish Bakehouse, Photo: Jocelyn Filley

Scottish Bakehouse, Photo: Jocelyn Filley

You can still find Scottish shortbread on the menu, but the Scottish Bakehouse has come a long way since opening in 1961. Today, the focus is on health and local ingredients, many of which are grown onsite at the Bakehouse Farm. The West Tisbury bakery serves gluten-free breads along with quinoa burgers, coconut tofu, Cuban pork, and a famous breakfast sandwich that you can eat outside while taking in sweeping views of the farm.

Don’t Miss: Egg sandwich

The Right Fork Diner

Set in Edgartown alongside Katama Airfield, The Right Fork provides the perfect vantage point to watch classic biplanes take flight. Dine on the patio or step into the classic diner’s bright and airy dining room for traditional diner fare in Martha’s Vineyard style. The menu changes regularly, but you can always expect incredible breakfast dishes along with lobster rolls, grilled peach salad, and other creative entrées. The restaurant opens for the season on May 19.

Don’t Miss: The Aviator

 

*Featured Image: Atria

Stowe, Vermont and the Art of Fly Fishing

Stowe, Vermont and the Art of Fly Fishing

If traditional fishing blends seasoned discipline with a touch of luck, fly fishing contrasts with a unique element of its own: artistry. Unfurling like brush strokes on a canvas, a fly fishing line appears almost effortless in flight — assuming graceful curves that show the angler’s skill even before the lure finds its target and attracts a bite.

“It’s more of a rhythmic casting stroke as opposed to a power stroke,” says Bob Shannon, owner of The Fly Rod Shop in Stowe, Vermont. Unlike conventional fishing, “when you fly fish or fly cast, you are casting the weight of the fly line, not the weight of the fly.”

A timeless pastime for anglers, fly fishing utilizes a tapered rod and line along with a hand-tied fly, or lure, that is designed to resemble natural foods in the water.

The sport reaches its peak in Stowe during the spring and fall seasons when the climate is perfect for days spent wading in rivers and casting leisurely from drift boats. And with Tradewind’s direct shuttles or charters into Morrisville-Stowe State Airport, those river days are just a quick flight from home.

For adept fly fishermen and those new to the sport, the beauty of fly fishing in Stowe lies both in the tranquility of the outdoors, which Shannon attributes to the town’s low population, and in the actual number of rivers and lakes nearby. (There are seven rivers within 10 miles of Stowe, from small, upland brook trout streams to large drift boat rivers, and to the south, Waterbury Reservoir is known as one of the best bass fishing lakes in the state.)

“It’s a sanctuary,” says Shannon, while relaying fishing tales of Stowe. “It’s peace, it’s solitude.”

Shannon himself has been fly fishing for most of his life, having taken over The Fly Rod Shop 18 years ago. He originally began instructing to supplement his winter job on the ski patrol, and today the thriving 45-year-old business is the preferred vendor of Stowe Mountain Lodge and other top-tier hotels in the area.

Beginners can benefit from The Fly Rod Shop’s free casting clinics held each Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning starting in May. The hour-and-a-half lesson covers all the basics of fly fishing and fly casting, from the anatomy of streams to the equipment to two types of casts. (According to Bob, the roll cast is the easiest to perfect, and the false cast requires more practice and timing.)

The casting clinic is recommended, but not required, for those who plan on taking a half- or full-day guided trip either on foot or by drift boat, because those that already know how to cast can head straight nearby rivers such as Lamoille, Winooski, Dog, and Little River. Says Shannon, “It’s a way to sweeten the deal as far as getting out on the water sooner.”

Throughout each trip, hand-tied flies are used, which you can purchase at any local fly shop or make yourself as you excel in the sport. There are no machine-tied flies in fly fishing. As Shannon will tell you, “The art of fly fishing is not only learning how to cast and how to outsmart the fish, but it’s also about how to make the flies that you use to catch the fish.”

Once you have reached your fishing destination, The Fly Rod Shop instructors can help you perfect your technique as you fish for rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, and smallmouth bass. The choice of catch-and-release or take home to eat is yours (as long as the law allows for the type of fish you have caught).

In the Lamoille River – Shannon’s personal favorite located 10 miles north of Stowe – you can find all three species of trout. “It’s an awesome fish to eat,” says Shannon, “and The Fly Rod Shop guys are more than willing to share their secret trout recipes.”

The Fly Rod Shop fishing tours run from May 1 through October 31. Spring and fall trips take place during “banker hours,” while summer fishing trips take place at sunrise and sunset to take advantage of the cooler hours of the day.

“Spring and fall, with the cooler water temperatures, are typically the best, most productive time of the year,” says Shannon. “However, because Stowe is located at a higher elevation, the dog days of summer still allow for excellent brook trout fishing all season long.”

And if you are looking for even more of a challenge, ask the team at The Fly Rod Shop about fly fishing for the predatory pike.

 

*Featured Image: Heikki Immonen via Wikimedia Commons