The Story of Tradewind: A Spotlight on Eric and David Zipkin

The Story of Tradewind: A Spotlight on Eric and David Zipkin

“Our mother still doesn’t believe that we’re able to work together, because we spend so much time as rivals,” says Eric Zipkin, President of Tradewind Aviation.

He and his brother, Vice President David Zipkin, founded the company in 2001, building on a lifelong passion for aviation. Raised with an entrepreneurial mindset, the brothers had always known that they would work together and embarked on several ventures before identifying the need for high-quality, regional flights in the Northeast.

Both were private pilots at the time, and Eric was working for a charter company (a position he attributes to his wife, who said he should probably get paid if he was going to spend every day at the airport). After learning the ins and outs of the charter business, it didn’t take Eric long to determine that there was a niche opportunity waiting for them.

“When we first started,” he says, “if you needed to go from New York to Nantucket, the options were – put bluntly – not the greatest. They were small airplanes, not necessarily well maintained, very inconsistent quality standard.”

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While larger jets (like those made by Gulfstream) offered a pampered experience for charter fliers, with luxe interiors and exceptional service, the options were very limited for small aircraft. The planes available for travel to Nantucket and similar destinations were outdated, and many offered only a single pilot.

“We used better airplanes,” says David of the company’s first charter flights. “Two pilots, full service, just like you would in a big jet.”

And it wasn’t long after inception that Tradewind clients began asking if they could share a flight, only needing one or two seats each. The Zipkins said absolutely, and the idea for scheduled shuttles with single seat purchase was born.

“That was really the big break,” says David. “That’s where it turned into something that was accessible to a larger portion of people, because it’s a lot cheaper, of course, to buy one seat on a charter plane than the entire plane. The word really got out. One plane turned into two planes turned into three planes, and the rest is history.”

The company expanded to various destinations in the Northeast and Caribbean, with the favorite for both brothers being St. Barth, hands down. A challenging approach – which they will tell you brings out the best in pilots – and the culture of the island itself make it a memorable place to land again and again. (During a stay, David recommends enjoying the secluded Saline Beach, kite surfing Grand Cul de Sac, and indulging in some of the island’s world-renowned cuisine.)

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Today, Tradewind flies 30 to 40 flights to Nantucket alone on a summer day, along with any number of flights to other shuttle and charter destinations. Approximately 70 percent of the flights are shared, and the other 30 percent are private. But with any one of Tradewind’s flights, you will find the quality of service to be the same.

“We are an airline,” says David, “but we consider ourselves more of a charter company than we do an airline. Because everything we do with our scheduled flights is done with an eye for private charter – asking ourselves what would someone expect from a private charter and trying our best to deliver that on an airline flight.”

Throughout the journey, both Zipkins will tell you that the most memorable experiences came during times of struggle – like in the fall of 2017 when Hurricane Irma decimated Puerto Rico, St. Barth, and the surrounding islands.

One day after the storm, Eric and David were in the Caribbean coordinating much-needed relief flights and evacuating visitors and islanders. And St. Barth recovered quicker than anyone could have imagined. David attributes the restoration to the incredible spirit of the people, saying, “In just a short five months or so – besides some of the hotels that are still closed – they’ve really recovered almost completely.”

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Tradewind’s efforts in Puerto Rico and St. Barth closely mirrored another natural disaster years before: the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. “We were delivering relief supplies, landing on a closed road in rural Haiti right at the epicenter of the earthquake,” says Eric. “It’s always good to feel like you’re having an impact, that you can do something.”

“We were in a position to help people who didn’t have anything,” adds David, “and that was really, really rewarding.”

Looking to the future, the Zipkins only see continued expansion for Tradewind in both the Northeast and Caribbean. The concept of high-end, premium short flights is one that would work in many places, they will tell you, as they note the possibility of shuttles to Newport, Montauk, and Cape Cod as well as additional Caribbean islands.

“We’re really looking at an exciting summer season going forward,” says Eric. “We’re looking at a lot more flying and a lot more opportunities for growth.”

Eric and David both joke that running the company together only works because they are only in the same room every two weeks or so, but they also speak about the implicit trust between family. “[The] rivalry bleeds through from time to time,” says Eric. “But more importantly, you know you’re working with someone that always has your back. There is never, ever any question about that.”

3 Caribbean Islands Ideal for Your Next Family Getaway

3 Caribbean Islands Ideal for Your Next Family Getaway

Blending tranquil stretches of white-sand beach with inspiring history, watersports, and spacious villas, few vacation destinations are as attractive for families as the beautiful Caribbean islands.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or both, these three islands, in particular, offer an array of experiences suited for all members of the family, and each is easily accessible with Tradewind’s regularly scheduled shuttle flights and private charters.

Antigua

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Regarded as one of the top sailing destinations in the world, Antigua is known for its ethereal beaches and enchanting historical sites like Nelson’s Dockyard National Park.

Set on four and a half miles of pristine shoreline, Jumby Bay Island welcomes families with an incredible collection of private villas just off the coast of mainland Antigua. And across the main island, Carlisle Bay offers elegant two- and three-bedroom suites and extensive children’s programs framed by verdant rainforest and calm Caribbean seas.

Both resorts serve as jumping-off points for sailing lessons with Ondeck, diving among vibrant coral reefs, and swimming with Southern Stingrays in Stingray City’s interactive eco-tour. On shore, families will find endless opportunities for exploration in natural wonders like Devil’s Bridge and the Pillars of Hercules, the pastel-colored local villages along Fig Tree Drive, and the museum and grounds at Nelson’s Dockyard, which is a beloved UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For family-friendly dining, head to Catherine’s Café to indulge in exceptional French cuisine overlooking Pigeon Beach at sunset.

Nevis

 Photo: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Photo: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

A serene escape that feels entirely removed from the rest of the world, Nevis captivates families with its secluded shorelines encircling the towering Nevis Peak. Along with beaches and lush rainforest, the island has a distinct element of history with its 17th- and 18th-century sugar plantations – some of which have been restored as luxury hotels.

In the green foothills of Nevis Peak, The Little House at Montpelier Plantation & Beach offers two elegant bedrooms and an abundance of Old World charm throughout its century-old structure, while on the edge of the sea, Four Seasons Nevis features luxurious multi-bed guestrooms and one- to seven-bedroom villas with private pools. (The five-star resort also has the Kids for All Seasons program for children and the option of a fully stocked villa kitchen upon arrival.)

Spend your days visiting historic attractions like Hamilton Estate and snorkeling among the vibrant reefs of Herbert’s Beach. In the late afternoon or evening, stroll Pinney’s Beach to choose from an array of rustic restaurants and sip cool drinks while the kids enjoy the playground at Sunshine’s Beach Bar.

St. Barth

 Photo: Antoine Verglas, courtesy of Eden Rock

Photo: Antoine Verglas, courtesy of Eden Rock

Traditionally known as a destination for couples on glamorous escapes, St. Barth is equally suited for families traveling with children. Beaches like Grand Cul de Sac offer calm, shallow waters (with a protective reef circling the bay), and any number of active pursuits from hiking to kite surfing beckon.

Those visiting St. Barth in mid-2018 will find a sumptuous private villa to be the best option, as many of the island’s luxury hotels are still undergoing renovations following last year’s Hurricane Irma. (The island has returned to its quintessential glamour with most restaurants and shops having reopened and annual events going on as planned.) Closer to the holidays, completely restored resorts like Eden Rock, Le Guanahani, Cheval Blanc, Le Toiny, and Le Barthélemy will be open.

The youngest travelers in your group will enjoy sites like the Inter Oceans Museum with more than 9,000 shells from all over the world, while all will delight in snorkeling amongst leatherback sea turtles in Grand Cul de Sac, boating to the iconic Colombier Beach, and indulging in world-class cuisine in Gustavia and beyond. (Try L’Isoletta for thin-crust pizza on the harbor and Sand Bar or Indigo on the Beach for spectacular ocean vistas.)

During your stay, make sure to charter a sailboat for a day to circle the island and watch the brilliant sunset over the Caribbean Sea.

From the Cockpit: 6 Destinations Recommended by Tradewind Pilots

From the Cockpit: 6 Destinations Recommended by Tradewind Pilots

A breathtaking landing on the edge of the Caribbean may define a place for one pilot, while another could be drawn by unforgettable cuisine with a view of the Rocky Mountains. From seaside escapes to late winter respites, here are six favorites from our pilots at Tradewind, along with tips for how to get there and what to do once you arrive.

Hilton Head, South Carolina

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Abundant in history and natural beauty, Hilton Head is a coastal sanctuary set along 12 miles of scenic beaches. There’s nothing challenging about landing on the island in a Pilatus PC-12 – in fact, it’s the panoramic views that make the destination a favorite among pilots. Landing in a Citation CJ3 requires finesse, but you wouldn’t know it as expertly trained pilots transition effortlessly from sky to runway.

After landing, head to The Westin Resort & Spa. The Atlantic is just steps from your retreat, along with nearby preserves for horseback riding, moss-covered bike paths, and premier golf courses. Dinner takes you to The Jazz Corner for award-winning live music and Southern flavor, Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana for truly authentic Italian cuisine, or the pilots’ choice for fresh-off-the-boat fare, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. (Assistant Chief Pilot Stephen Pustola says, “Get the blackened shrimp, hush puppies, and finish it with some key lime pie.”)

How to Get There: Charter a flight with Tradewind to Hilton Head Airport (HXD).

St. Barth

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“No two landings are the same on St. Barth,” says Pilot John Hepple.

He’s hardly alone in his perspective, with countless aviation enthusiasts recalling the beauty of that perfect landing on the exclusive Caribbean island. Both challenging and rewarding, St. Barth has a short, 650-meter runway capped at either end by mountains and sea. But with a versatile aircraft like the Pilatus PC-12, the breathtaking touchdown is made incredibly safe.

“Stick and rudder, this is the ultimate experience,” says Pilot Derek Schwalenberg. “2,100 feet on a downslope over an obstacle, and there is beautiful terrain around.”

After making your spectacular arrival on St. Barth, ethereal white-sand beaches and stylish hideaways beckon. Stay in one of the island’s most sought-after villas while you hike to Colombier Beach, shop designer boutiques, and indulge in extraordinary French cuisine from the likes of Le Tamarin or Jean Claude Dufour’s L’Esprit. Make sure to stop into the street-food-inspired 25 Quarter too, a favorite among pilots who are always made to feel at home.

How to Get There: Fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to St. Barth (SBH) from San Juan or Antigua, or private charter from Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.

Aspen, Colorado

 Photo: AspenSkiingCompany

Photo: AspenSkiingCompany

Set some 8,000 feet above sea level in the magnificent Rockies, Aspen is one of the world’s most iconic mountain resort destinations. Whether blanketed in snow or verdant green in summer, the luxury retreat is a top choice for pilots for its stunning landing in bowl-like surroundings and outdoor pursuits from skiing to hiking.

“There is so much to do in the mountains in the winter,” says Assistant Director of Operations and Pilot Nickolaus Ogle, “but I particularly enjoy the summers in Colorado because of all of the great hiking, golfing, and biking.”

Landing at Aspen Airport comes with an array of unique challenges that make it a memorable destination for pilots, from the quick descent to the unpredictable winter weather. Once on the ground, indulge in five-star accommodations at The Little Nell or St. Regis, and visit Ogle’s favorite gourmet sandwich shop, White House Tavern.

How to Get There: Charter a flight with Tradewind to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE).

Nantucket, Massachusetts

 Photo: Bobak

Photo: Bobak

New England coastal charm abounds in Nantucket, an idyllic island defined by serene beaches and towering lighthouses. In the quaint villages, you will discover exquisite cuisine from standouts like The Pearl and Straight Wharf, as well as spectacular theatrical performances at Dreamland Theater.

“At Nantucket, you never really know what to expect as far as visibility,” says Hepple, who welcomes the always memorable journey to reach the tranquil island. “The weather literally changes by the minute."

Reserve a waterfront room at White Elephant for your stay, and afterward, consider hopping a quick shuttle to Martha’s Vineyard for equally stunning coastlines.

How to Get There: For trips in March, charter a flight with Tradewind to Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK). Tradewind’s scheduled shuttles to Nantucket begin in April.

Stowe, Vermont

One of the most famous ski resort towns in the East, Stowe invites long days on the slopes during winter and fly fishing, zip lining, and hiking in summer. “Even if you don’t hit the slopes,” says Schwalenberg, “there are quaint cider mills, the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory, [and] local ice sculpting events.”

The landing into the Stowe Airport is smooth on VFR days, in which conditions are clear enough for pilots to visually see the descent, whereas IFR days, where instruments are relied upon, can be more interesting. “Often the weather up in the mountains is much different than it was even before you departed the New York City area,” says Schwalenberg. “It changes that quickly.”

After landing, take up luxury accommodations at Stowe Mountain Lodge no matter the time of year. The only ski-in, ski-out resort in Stowe is also a favorite home base for warm weather adventures.

How to Get There: For trips in March, fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to Morrisville-Stowe State Airport (MVL). Afterward, charter a flight with Tradewind.

Nevis

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One of the most underrated destinations for pilots, Nevis is characterized by serene beaches, verdant rainforest, and an array of historic plantations and sugar mills. The island is much less frequented than adjacent destinations and offers a true escape for both travelers and pilots.

“The view of the stars is incredible at night,” says Schwalenberg, reminiscing on an evening landing – complete with a good crosswind and a shear zone about 50 feet above the runway, although the Pilatus PC-12 handles it beautifully.

While on the island, plan to stay at the intimate Montpelier Plantation, on the beach at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, or the exquisite Four Seasons Resort Nevis – Schwalenberg’s personal favorite. He also recommends Indian Summer and Sunshine’s Beach Lounge for exceptional Indian and Caribbean cuisine.

How to Get There: For trips through April 9, fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV). Afterward, charter a flight with Tradewind.

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The Return of St. Barth's Most Coveted Villas

The Return of St. Barth's Most Coveted Villas

Less than six months after Hurricane Irma struck the Leeward Islands, St. Barth’s poshest villa rentals are once again opening their designer doors to guests. Joining them is a number of the island’s restaurants and hotels, including anticipated spring openings of Manapany, Nikki Beach, Hotel Villa Marie Saint-Barth, and its fabulous French-Caribbean restaurant, Francois Plantation.

As St. Barth places the finishing touches on a global re-launch, now is the time to appreciate a quieter side of the typically see-and-be-seen island and appreciate private moments with its natural splendor—and magnificent accommodations.

Together, Tradewind’s luxury villa rental partners WIMCO Villas, Eden Rock Villa Rental, Sibarth, and St. Barth Properties currently have hundreds of villas for rent throughout 2018—some of which are available during peak Easter week (March 31-April 6, 2018), the 2018 Bucket Regatta (March 15-18, 2018) and Les Voiles de Saint-Barth regatta (April 8-14, 2018).

For a little inspiration, below are six of our favorite villas—small and large, and at various price points—and booking links for your next luxuriant Caribbean getaway with Tradewind.

VILLA CASTLE ROCK

 Photo: WIMCO Villas

Photo: WIMCO Villas

This modernist five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa in Camaruche wows with a tri-level, outward facing floor plan, taking advantage of the ocean views from just about everywhere in the house. This grand feat of transitional indoor-outdoor space includes a rooftop, heated 92° infinity-edged pool and connecting Jacuzzi, and exclusive amenities such as a private fitness area, hammam, second Jacuzzi, and wine cellar. From $25,000 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here, Eden Rock Villa Rental here, Sibarth here.

VILLA DZIR

 Photo: Eden Rock Villa Rentals

Photo: Eden Rock Villa Rentals

There’s no fighting over the master bedroom at this newly constructed three-bedroom, three-bathroom villa high in the hills of Colombier; all three flaunt coveted ‘master’ status, equally large with private balcony and 180° ocean views. Keep fit by swimming laps in the rectangular infinity pool, pumping iron in the private fitness room, or stretching on the water view yoga deck. From $15,000 per week; book through Eden Rock Villa Rental here.

VILLA TI AGAVE

 Photo: WIMCO Villas

Photo: WIMCO Villas

This one-bedroom, one-bathroom mountaintop villa in Vitet is ideal for couples with a penchant for contemporary design (expect a picture-perfect, red-and-white pool area) and dreamy, panoramic island views (see as far as St Martin and Anguilla on a clear day). From $2,800 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here.

VILLA ROXANNE

Tucked into Gustavia’s exclusive residential hillside (within walking distance of the capital’s shops, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife), this snazzy six-bedroom villa doles out unobstructed vistas of the Caribbean Sea—even from the en-suite bathrooms—and impresses with a minimalist black and white aesthetic. A double-story door opens to an aqua reflection pool, a turquoise infinity pool, cacti gardens, and a palm-laced courtyard that splits the villa into one unit with five bedrooms and the other with the master bedroom and indoor common areas. From $30,000 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here; Eden Rock Villa Rental here; Sibarth here.

VILLA JAVACANOU

 Photo: WIMCO Villas

Photo: WIMCO Villas

You can quickly walk to the private beach below this contemporary three-bedroom, three-bathroom villa in Marigot Bay, but you may never want to leave the outdoor swing bed or the gazebo-capped daybed, adjacent the infinity pool. After a bit of sun worshipping, explore the protected bay by the canoe, kayak, and paddleboard, all of which come with the villa. From $13,500 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here, Eden Rock Villa Rental here, Sibarth here, St. Barth Properties here.

VILLA BLUE SWAN

 Photo: WIMCO Villas

Photo: WIMCO Villas

This sleek four-bedroom, four-and-one-half-bathroom villa in Lurin is anchored by a massive outdoor deck and an eye-catching, T-shaped infinity pool with sweeping views of the yacht-speckled bays below (and its own swim-up bar, no less).  The villa is centrally located from the islands’ major hotspots, a mere few minutes drive from Gustavia’s “downtown” and the beaches of Gouverneur, Saline, and St Jean. From $14,000 per week; book through WIMCO Villas here.

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Access St. Barth with Tradewind’s regularly scheduled shuttle flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Nevis, and St. Thomas. To reserve your seat, visit flytradewind.com or call 1-800-376-7922.

 

Featured Photo: WIMCO Villas

18 Things to Do with Tradewind in 2018

18 Things to Do with Tradewind in 2018

From soaring above the green mountains of Vermont in a hot air balloon to indulging in unrivaled, Michelin-starred cuisine on the glamorous island of St. Barth, a new year brings new opportunities for unique travel experiences and must-see events.

Below are 18 of our top activities and festivals to add to your list in 2018 – all easily accessible when you fly Tradewind with private charters or regularly scheduled shuttle flights in the Northeast and Caribbean.

Conquer the Infamous Front Four at Stowe Mountain Resort

 Photo: Stowe Mountain Resort

Photo: Stowe Mountain Resort

A staple of east coast skiing, Stowe Mountain Resort is renowned for its sustained vertical and 40 miles of exceptional trails. Head to the Front Four, an acclaimed group of double-black diamonds, to really feel gravity on the slopes.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Stowe

Discover the Rich Flavors of Charleston

 Photo: Minette Hand courtesy of Charleston Wine + Food

Photo: Minette Hand courtesy of Charleston Wine + Food

A world-class culinary experience inspired by the region, the Charleston Wine + Food festival takes place from February 28 – March 4 with more than 100 premier events on schedule. Indulge in signature dinners, mixology classes, and oyster shucking, as well as kayak eco-tours and yoga classes paired with bubbly.

Getting there: Private charter to Charleston

Hike an Active Volcano on Nevis

 Photo: David Broad

Photo: David Broad

Climbing the 3,200-foot volcano at the heart of the island is an all-day undertaking and difficult even for experienced climbers, but the views from the summit are unparalleled. Make sure to hire a local guide for your excursion. (You can also opt for an easier hike on Upper Round Road.)

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Nevis

Explore New England by Dog Sled

 Photo: Natalie Siebers

Photo: Natalie Siebers

Learn to handle, harness, and hitch a team of Siberian Huskies while taking in the spectacular ambiance of New England in winter. When you stay in Stowe, Vermont, Peace Pups Dogsledding can get you out onto the snow.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Stowe

Join the St. Barth Sailing Glitterati

 Photo: Courtesy M Kurtz, Pantaenius, and the St. Barths Bucket Regatta

Photo: Courtesy M Kurtz, Pantaenius, and the St. Barths Bucket Regatta

There’s nothing like sailing in St. Barth, a sentiment perhaps best illustrated by the St. Barths Bucket Regatta (March 15 – 18) and Les Voiles de Saint Barth (April 8 – 14). Bringing together some of the world’s most accomplished sailors, both races pair spirited competition on the water with all-day celebration on shore—including decadent events, exclusive parties, and live music.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to St. Barth

To learn more about both events, read our feature in the February issue of Goodspeed magazine.

Experience Quintessential Boston During Marathon Weekend

 Photo: FayFoto / Boston Athletic Association, 2017

Photo: FayFoto / Boston Athletic Association, 2017

You can feel the excitement in the air each spring as the world’s oldest annual marathon draws thousands of participants and spectators to Boston. Spend the weekend before the race catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park and visiting iconic sights like the Freedom Trail, then watch the Boston Marathon from the finish line or Kenmore Square.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Boston

Step Back in Time at the Antigua Regatta

 Photo: Tobias Stoerkle - Photography

Photo: Tobias Stoerkle - Photography

World-class racing and laidback Antiguan hospitality come together at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, held this year from April 18 – 24. From swift Carriacou sloops to multi-million-dollar vintage watercraft, watch the boats race and then discover the island’s vibrant local culture.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Antigua

To learn more about the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, read our feature in the February issue of Goodspeed magazine.

Indulge Your Inner Epicure at the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

 Photo: Melissa Ostrow

Photo: Melissa Ostrow

For 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has drawn acclaimed winemakers and award-winning chefs to Nantucket while remaining intimate in nature. This year’s festival (May 16 – 20) highlights more than 50 prestigious events including an array of wine tastings, seminars, and galas.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Nantucket

To learn more about the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival, read our upcoming feature in the May issue of Goodspeed magazine.

Hang Glide in the Birthplace of Flight

 Photo: Daniel Pullen

Photo: Daniel Pullen

For more than 40 years, the Hang Gliding Spectacular has drawn flight enthusiasts to the Outer Banks of North Carolina where the Wright Brothers first flew. Watch four days of competition above the sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge (May 17 – 20), then learn to fly the dunes yourself with a hang gliding lesson from Kitty Hawk Kites.

Getting there: Private charter to Manteo

Make an Impact at the Greenwich International Film Festival

A celebration of compelling, provocative, thrilling, and empowering films, this year’s Greenwich International Film Festival (May 31 – June 3) features more than 70 film premieres and screenings, parties, and panels discussing important issues from the films that we all face.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to White Plains

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Boston Harborfest

The country’s largest Fourth of July festival is Boston Harborfest, a 36-year tradition featuring hundreds of activities in the days leading up to July 4. Check out the opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, an eclectic art market on the harbor, boat tours of the city, live music, and more.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Boston

Soar Above Vermont in a Hot Air Balloon

 Photo: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

Photo: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

Each July, more than 25 hot air balloons take to the sky for the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival (2018 dates TBD). Climb aboard one of the balloons for 360-degree views of Stowe, or watch the launches from the beer and wine garden at Stoweflake Mountain Resort.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Stowe

Enjoy a Brewery Tour of Vermont

 Photo: Danielle Visco/LuvLens Photography

Photo: Danielle Visco/LuvLens Photography

Recognized as one of the top craft brewing destinations in the world, Vermont has given rise to iconic breweries like The Alchemist and Magic Hat. Take your own brewery tour around the state, or head to the Vermont Brewers Festival at Burlington Waterfront Park from July 20 – 21. (The fest also has a new sister event this year at Killington Resort on March 24.)

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Stowe

Taste Fresh-Off-the-Boat Lobster

 Photo: Tim Sullivan Photography

Photo: Tim Sullivan Photography

A highlight of summer in New England, the Maine Lobster Festival (August 1 – 5) celebrates everything lobster with an array of seafood vendors and cooking competitions, local arts and crafts, and live entertainment in a carnival setting.

Getting there: Private charter to Owls Head

Dance on the Beach at the Anguilla Summer Festival

A time-honored celebration, the Anguilla Summer Festival combines expressions of traditional art with a playful atmosphere featuring live soca and reggae music and boat racing at both Sandy Ground and Meads Bay. The dates for the early August event are TBD.

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Anguilla

Dine with French Culinary Masters at the St. Barth Gourmet Festival

 Photo: St. Barth Gourmet Festival

Photo: St. Barth Gourmet Festival

Among the best culinary events in the world, the St. Barth Gourmet Festival brings legendary figures in the world of French gastronomy to the luxury hotels of St. Barth. Indulge in multi-course dinners each day of the festival, which takes place in November (2018 dates TBD).

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to St. Barth

Celebrate Diversity at Art Basel

 Photo: David Kordansky Gallery, Courtesy Art Basel

Photo: David Kordansky Gallery, Courtesy Art Basel

At the crossroads of North American and Latin American culture, Art Basel Miami Beach (December 6 – 9) showcases the masters of modern art, as well as emerging talent, in a grand exhibition setting and throughout the city’s outdoor landscape.

Getting there: Private charter to Miami

Get into the Holiday Spirit on Martha’s Vineyard

Well-known as a summer destination, the island of Martha’s Vineyard can be equally charming during the month of December. Experience the holidays with horse-drawn carriage rides, seasonal shopping, caroling, and Christmas in Edgartown (December 6 – 9).

Getting there: Scheduled shuttle to Martha’s Vineyard

 

*Featured Photo: Natalie Siebers, Courtesy of Peace Pups Dogsledding

Nevis: Keeping History in Style

Nevis: Keeping History in Style

On Nevis, the past very much lives in the present, thanks to a colorful history and some highly clever adaptive reuse projects. From a 200-year-old sugar mill converted into a romantic private cottage, to the Caribbean’s oldest wooden home (c. 1670) transitioned into a boutique hotel and restaurant, here are five places where Nevis keeps history in style.

Alexander Hamilton Birthplace

 Photo:  Daniel Farrell

American history doesn’t get much cooler than Alexander Hamilton. The Founding Father’s life story inspired Broadway’s biggest hit show of 2016 (garnering a record-setting 16 Tony nominations), and, believe it or not, this icon’s story begins on the small island of Nevis. Hamilton was born in Charleston, Nevis in 1755, where he lived with his mother until the age of nine, when they packed up for St. Croix. Today, it’s possible to walk in the footsteps of a young Alexander by visiting a rebuilt version of the c. 1680 two-story, lava-stone Georgian-style home where he lived (and perusing bona fide Hamilton memorabilia). Outside the Hamilton hoopla, the building is officially maintained as the Museum of Nevis History on the first floor and the Nevis House of Assembly on the second.

Mill Privée

 Photo: Montpelier Plantation & Beach

Photo: Montpelier Plantation & Beach

Cast over 64 acres high in the hills of Nevis, Montpelier Plantation & Beach is a Relais & Chateaux-pedigree hotel built within the relics of a 300-year old sugar plantation. Plantation cottages have been reinvented as guest suites while ancient sugar-mill machinery, such as the iron wheels, now serve as garden decor. Undoubtedly the most spectacular element of this adaptive reuse is the original sugar mill itself, which has been transformed into a private restaurant, Mill Privée (translating to “Private Mill.”) With advance reservations, diners can delight in a five course-tasting menu designed by Montpelier Plantation’s Executive Chef Dimitris A. Zouka. A recent dinner included the likes of fresh salmon tartar with shallots and pine nuts as well as bison wellington with garlicky smashed potatoes.

Sugar Mill Cottage

 Photo: Golden Rock Inn

Photo: Golden Rock Inn

Artists Helen and Brice Marden have adapted a 19th-century estate plantation property into a lovely 11-room hotel, Golden Rock Inn, leaving no stone unturned—literally. The main house has been painstakingly restored to its original stone-hewn grandeur with the addition of colorful wooden panels and contemporary art pieces. Housed within the walls of the estate’s original sugar mill is the highly requested Sugar Mill suite, a one-of-a-kind, artsy and edgy, bi-level cottage linked by a winding staircase.

The Hermitage Verandah

 Photo: The Hermitage, A Plantation

Photo: The Hermitage, A Plantation

The oldest wooden house in the Caribbean (which dates to 1670) is nowadays the top spot for experiencing Nevisian cuisine. The historic home’s verandah is the restaurant arm of The Hermitage, A Plantation Inn and a place where even locals head for a breakfast of pumpkin pancakes and coconut crispy French toast. For dinner, anticipate an ever-changing selection of just-caught fish—perfectly spiced—and prepare to wash it down with the sinfully delicious house-made rum punch (a potent mix of local dark rum, brown sugar, and island citrus fruits.)

The Bath Hotel

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Few realize luxury tourism in the Caribbean can be traced to Nevis, specifically to The Bath Hotel, the region’s first luxury hotel c. 1778. Word of the hotel’s therapeutic hot-spring-fed pools quickly spread back to Britain, prompting countless British elite to sail for months to reach Nevis to experience The Bath’s famed pools and tour the island’s capital, Charlestown, by horse and carriage. Though what remains of The Bath today is a dilapidated building in need of major TLC, the actual pools have now been reopened for public use, allowing visitors to thoroughly soak in the historic scene.

*Featured photo courtesy of Photo: Montpelier Plantation & Beach.

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Access Nevis with Tradewind’s regularly scheduled shuttle flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Antigua. To reserve your seat, visit flytradewind.com or call 1-800-376-7922.