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.

After the Storm: St. Barth’s Inspiring Recovery

After the Storm: St. Barth’s Inspiring Recovery

Exquisite beaches, verdant hillsides, and the inviting streets of small-town Gustavia – you will find St. Barth today to be much the same as in years past, especially if you remember the tranquil romance of the island some 15 or 20 years ago.

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the Caribbean in September, St. Barth and many of its neighboring islands were decimated by heavy winds and rain. Roofs were ripped from buildings, the roadways of Gustavia became waterways, and lush landscapes were almost completely stripped of greenery. But within days, the people were beginning to rebuild.

Where oceanfront villas and local businesses had been damaged, communities came together to repair them. Debris was cleared from roads and beloved beaches like Colombier, and within a matter of weeks, palm trees and native plants were rejuvenated across the island.

Tradewind Aviation’s David and Eric Zipkin were in the Caribbean the day after Hurricane Irma to coordinate relief flights filled with water, generators, and other much-needed resources and to evacuate those that needed to get off of St. Barth. And two weeks later, when Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the focus shifted to bringing aid to San Juan.

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Fly to St. Barth with Tradewind today, and your flight will operate out of San Juan as usual.

Despite the widespread devastation across the island – and extensive recovery efforts still underway – Puerto Rico’s airport reopened less than a week after the storm, and airlines were soon flying at full strength. The natural landscape has returned to normal, and many of the hotels, restaurants, and shops in the metropolitan area have resumed business too.

A flyover of St. Barth reveals an island restored. Miles of secluded beaches and the same glamorous exclusivity set the stage for a captivating getaway, albeit with the quieter ambiance that many longtime visitors yearn to experience again.

Although luxury hotels like Eden Rock, Le Guanahani, Cheval Blanc, Le Toiny, and Le Barthélemy will not reopen until summer, most of the island’s elegant villas are welcoming guests for winter. About 60 percent are open, from expansive oceanfront retreats to intimate escapes tucked among tropical gardens, and that number expected to rise to 80 percent by February and March.

Check into your private sanctuary, then travel to your favorite beach by boat. (Jicky Marine is open for rentals.) You will find Gouverneur, Saline, and St. Jean to be as beautiful as ever, and with fewer visitors on the island, you will likely have them much to yourself as you sunbathe, snorkel, and comb through diverse seashells left behind by the storm.

In Gustavia and beyond, more than 45 restaurants are open—from L’Isola, Bagatelle, 25 Quarter, and La Guérite on the harbor to Shell Beach’s Shellona, the gardens of Tamarin, and Jean Claude Dufour’s L’Esprit.

Bakeries like La Petite Colombe and Boulangerie Choisy beckon with freshly baked pastries and confections to enjoy as you watch the yachts drop anchor. And with many high-profile visitors and villa owners contributing to relief efforts, you may even catch a performance from the likes of Jimmy Buffet in the harbor. (He performed a free concert on December 27.)

Among the boutiques that are open for winter, you can shop at your leisure for luxury clothing at Hermes, natural bath and beauty products at Ligne St. Barth, and premier wines at Le Cellier du Gouverneur. Like the beaches, Gustavia has much to offer in terms of seclusion with fewer crowds this winter.

When planning your visit, keep in mind that some of the Caribbean’s most sought-after annual events will go on as planned in 2018, including St. Barts Music Festival in January, St. Barths Bucket Regatta in March, and Les Voiles de Saint-Barth in April. And no matter when you choose to spend time on the island, remember that the best thing that you can do to help the Caribbean is to visit. Tourism is essential to recovery, and Tradewind can get you there with regularly scheduled shuttle flights and private charters to St. Barth and beyond.

Boston Searches for a Seaport Neighborhood

Boston Searches for a Seaport Neighborhood

The architect of New York’s sublime Whitney Museum and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Renzo Piano, once said of his major design projects that, “Each time, it is like life starting all over again.”

An inspiring notion, and yet cities with limited space for large-scale development don’t often get that fresh start. In Boston—the daily destination of Tradewind’s NY-BOS shuttle—urban planners and elected officials are studying their nearly completed Seaport mega-project and asking what contribution it will make to the city’s identity.

In particular is the question of whether this 1,000-acre micro-metropolis within the South Boston Waterfront fulfills the mandate expressed by another celebrated architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, who once said: “All fine architectural values are human values—otherwise not valuable.”

Not long ago the company that owns one of the project’s final puzzle pieces, a 23-acre parcel called Seaport Square, began publicly discussing design and development plans. An industry journal made note that the company, WS Development, was best known for building successful outdoor malls in the Boston suburbs—perhaps a dubious qualification in this instance. Seaport Square, the publication wrote with a note of urgency, “represents the last chance for the district to save itself from becoming a sea of generic office and condo buildings, and a playground only for those who can afford it.”

It inspires compassion—and perhaps mirth—when a major city undergoes its most traumatic growing pains 400 or so years after its founding. But Boston always resisted the notion of growth based on packing the skyline with steel-and-glass towers. For the old town to tear itself apart and basically grind to a halt during the 20-year ordeal of the Big Dig took fortitude and even fearlessness, but that project was all about roads, tunnels, and bridges. The infamous Dig was really a grid rebuild, centered on removal of a brutal, dysfunctional elevated highway inflicted upon us during the Eisenhower Interstate era—and blessedly gone from the streetscape as of 2004.

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Once that urban engineering miracle was pulled off, America’s most venerable city started to feel its oats and get more global in its ambitions—eyeing Southie’s vast parking lots and crumbling railroad piers and sketching out a vision of tech-meets-commerce at what would become the Seaport—along the way even luring General Electric to become a prime tenant.

In point of fact, the Seaport has been a global proposition in more than ways than one. Russell Preston, a Boston-based architect and urban-planning specialist, says the $12 billion in Big Dig investment that miraculously connected South Boston to Logan Airport via underwater tunnel, plus several billion more in public infrastructure, attracted the attention of investor groups worldwide. These institutions and syndicates, seeing opportunity on the horizon, brought necessary private capital. However, their geographic dispersion and fixation on financial return would unintentionally subvert neighborhood-building as an element of the project.

“From the beginning there has been intense focus on turning those old South Boston parking lots and abandoned wharfs into buildings, such that people failed to recognize the potential of the spaces in between,” says Preston. “There’s a shift now, late in the game, toward finding design elements that might be able to tie the various parts together, in hopes of creating a place people will come to love—a neighborhood with a true soul.”

During the world’s long, slow economic recovery post-2008, vast pools of financial capital gradually formed, and they’ve been competing for a limited array of high-return super-projects to fund, especially in the U.S. and Europe. As Preston explains, this has caused large-scale commercial real estate “to become commoditized and reduced to numbers on spreadsheets for pensions funds and other global capital sources to review, as investment instruments.”

In the locality where a mega-project’s towers will eventually rise, planners and officials can of course task themselves with injecting a sense of community and human connection into the finished product, he hastens to add. But that’s often easier said than done.

Preston helped establish the New England chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, an architectural discipline committed to forging a beautiful balance between the built environment and human sensibilities. The woman credited with co-founding New Urbanism in the 1970s, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberg, was one of Preston’s grad school professors at the University of Miami. The concept’s core tenets included reversing the sprawl-producing, automobile-centric approach that had overtaken planning, zoning, and construction in the U.S. The idea was to pivot toward walkable, human-scale, mixed-use projects and thereby create neighborhood-style patterns of life featuring chance encounters between people as they go about everyday life. The list of New Urbanist projects and districts is long and impressive, but as the years went by it hardly came to represent a revolution.

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

“Why the New Urbanist view did not become the normal course of business for how we build our country is something that a lot of us would ask ourselves, on almost a weekly basis,” recalls Preston. But the CNU folks now pick their spots. Lately a sub-category called Tactical Urbanism has gained prominence, valued for how straightforward its executions can be.

“The term Tactical Urbanism refers to short, very quick interventions,” says Preston, “and it’s happening everywhere.”

An example can be found across the Charles River in Cambridge, where historic Brattle Street outside Harvard Square has a new bike lane created by moving curbside parking spaces several paces into the roadway and letting bikes have the newly created inner lane—when you park, you walk a few yards across it to put quarters in your meter.

Interestingly, while New Urbanism hasn’t become the rallying cry for municipalities and developers nationwide in the generation that it’s been around, enthusiasm for urban living has nonetheless mushroomed.

“Someone with my background and point of view is always going to want any new built environment like the Seaport to be the most vibrant neighborhood possible, and the place Bostonians most love to spend time,” says Preston. “But even if that doesn’t happen, the Seaport will still be a testament to the value of building new urban districts, even new cities altogether.” 

Spoken like someone who sees the next big urban development project as a thrilling example of life starting all over again.

*Featured image: John Hoey

8 Places to Go in 2018: A Destination Gift Guide with Tradewind

8 Places to Go in 2018: A Destination Gift Guide with Tradewind

For the travel enthusiast in your life, memorable gifts are less about the materials and more about the experiences. Hence why this holiday season, we are proposing eight inspiring trips to surprise your family and friends as alternatives to material items.

Whether you are searching for a gift for a loved one or making your own holiday wishlist, here are our top choices for discerning travelers in the coming year:

Nevis

Photo: Don Riddle / Four Seasons

Photo: Don Riddle / Four Seasons

Miles of secluded beaches, lush rainforest, and centuries-old plantations and sugar mills set the stage for a relaxing getaway on the island of Nevis. Abundant in natural beauty, the Caribbean destination has much to offer from snorkeling the vibrant reefs of Herbert’s Beach to visiting the beloved hot springs of Bath Village.

Plan to stay at the five-star Four Seasons Resort Nevis, the romantic Montpelier Plantation, or Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn on the beach. For exquisite cuisine, Bananas Bistro & Art Gallery provides a charming garden setting near the ruins of the Hamilton Estate sugar plantation, while Coconut Grove offers a local, sustainable menu and Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

How to Get There: Fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV).

Stowe

Photo: Stowe Mountain Resort

Photo: Stowe Mountain Resort

Fresh powder and world-class skiing await this winter in Stowe, one of the most acclaimed ski destinations in the Northeast offering 40 miles of beginner-to-expert trails. Stowe Mountain Resort’s Mt. Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont at 4,395 feet and home to the renowned Front Four double-black diamonds.

After a day on the slopes, retreat to luxurious accommodations at Stowe Mountain Lodge, the only ski-in, ski-out resort in Stowe, then partake in winter favorites from ice skating to snowshoeing. Should your visit fall during January or February, check out the family-friendly Stowe Winter Carnival or the Stowe Derby, the oldest downhill ski race in North America.

How to Get There: Fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to Morrisville-Stowe State Airport (MVL) from mid-December through March.

Bluffton

Photo: Montage Palmetto Bluff

Photo: Montage Palmetto Bluff

In the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry, Bluffton’s Montage Palmetto Bluff spans 20,000 acres along the May River, encompassing a verdant nature preserve, walking trails, a marina, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Stay in Southern-style accommodations ranging from elegant guestrooms to entire village homes, and enjoy an array of activities from horseback riding to clay shooting. On the water, you can fly fish for redfish, paddleboard, or explore the marshlands by boat. And at just 30 minutes away each, Hilton Head and Savannah beckon.

How to Get There: Charter a flight with Tradewind to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) or Hilton Head Island Airport (HXD).

St. Barth

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In the wake of Hurricane Irma, St. Barth has experienced an incredible revitalization. Restaurants and boutiques have reopened, beaches like Colombier have returned to their natural states, and annual events like the St Barths Bucket Regatta and Les Voiles de Saint-Barth are scheduled to go on as planned. There’s no need to be wary of planning a trip. In fact, tourism is essential to recovery, and the best thing you can do to help the island is to visit.

Most of St. Barth’s luxury hotels are slated to reopen in summer of 2018, so you should reserve your stay in one of the island’s exquisite villas – from expansive beachfront estates to intimate retreats tucked among the hills. Le Tamarin with its lovely garden and Jean Claude Dufour’s L’Esprit are both open, and Bonito is expected to welcome guests again by early 2018. Although recovery is ongoing, the island still offers the same stylish exclusivity that longtime visitors have come to love.

How to Get There: Fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to Gustaf III Airport (SBH).

Asheville

Photo: Omni Grove Park Inn

Photo: Omni Grove Park Inn

Tucked among the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, Asheville is an elegant mountain getaway with a vibrant arts and restaurant scene. Miles of hiking trails leading to rushing waterfalls and scenic overlooks surround the city, while downtown and in the eclectic new River Arts District, you can find sculpture and painting galleries alongside farm-to-table dining experiences, breweries, and quirky live music venues.

Stay at the authentic Omni Grove Park Inn, built in 1913 on the western slope of Sunset Mountain, and dine on local, sustainable cuisine at chic eateries like Nightbell, Zambra, and Posana. Before your trip comes to a close, make time to visit the immense Biltmore House, a 175,000-square-foot French Renaissance-style home built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt.

How to Get There: Charter a flight with Tradewind to Asheville Regional Airport (AVL).

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

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Though traditionally regarded as summer destinations, Massachusetts’ iconic islands are peaceful, welcoming respites even during the cooler months. Plan a winter getaway filled with long walks on windswept coastlines, uncrowded dining experiences, and leisurely shopping.

On Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company and the Scottish Bakehouse are just a few of the restaurants that remain open year-round. You can find live music at The Wharf, and for shopping, head to Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, and Tuck & Holand Metal Sculptors – renowned for their weathervanes that have been designed for the likes of Steven Spielberg.

To the east, Nantucket welcomes visitors with snow-covered beaches and a harbor often completely covered in glistening ice. Visit Sankaty Lighthouse on the beach, the Dreamland Theater for movies and theatrical performances, and Cisco Brewers for local craft beer.

How to Get There: For trips in early 2018, charter a flight with Tradewind to Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY) or Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK). Tradewind’s scheduled shuttles begin in May for Martha’s Vineyard and April for Nantucket.

Antigua

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One of the Caribbean’s top boating destinations, Antigua is home to endless stretches of white sand and turquoise waters with an estimated 365 beaches. Shorelines like Jolly Beach (among the widest on the island) and Half Moon Bay (an isolated snorkeling destination) tempt beachgoers, and weekly boat races and annual regattas like the spring Sailing Week draw experienced sailors from all over the world.

While the neighboring island of Barbuda was decimated by Hurricane Irma, Antigua was spared the worst of the storm. Luxury hotels like Jumby Bay Island, Carlisle Bay, and Hermitage Bay are open, along with exquisite restaurants from the oceanfront Catherine’s Café to the clifftop Sheer Rocks.

How to Get There: Fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU).

Fisher Island

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Located three miles from mainland Miami, Fisher Island is an exclusive enclave for residents and few visitors that was once the home of the Vanderbilts. The destination is awash with exquisite, Spanish-style architecture from the residential mansions and apartments to the luxurious Fisher Island Club, the island’s only hotel. Reserve a room amid a lush, tropical landscape to enjoy the hotel’s beach club and marina, world-class spa, and seaside golf course with views of the Miami skyline.

How to Get There: Charter a flight with Tradewind to Miami International Airport (MIA).

 

*Featured Image: Starus

Boston: America’s New Foodie Destination

Boston: America’s New Foodie Destination

In a plot twist we never saw coming, old-fashioned Boston is earning destination status as a new-fashioned, culinary hotspot. As part of its evolution into a true metropolis, the New England capital has solidified a star role in the global foodie movement with a surge in new, chef-driven restaurants helmed by both established and rising talent. From a pan-Asian restaurant by Top Chef royalty to a fast-casual seafood eatery by James Beard award-winning chefs, here are some of the places throwing a Red Sox’s curve ball into Boston’s formerly predictable restaurant scene.

Tiger Mama

Photo: Tiger Mama

Photo: Tiger Mama

At her uber-popular pan-Asian restaurant, Top Chef alum Tiffani Faison, who trained under Todd English, wows with small plates inspired by her personal travels throughout Southeast Asia. Neon lights, a massive mosaic elephant, and a jungle chic setting replete with lush gardens lend to a fun and festive atmosphere for an eclectic, gastronomic voyage through Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. You really can’t go wrong with any dish, but don’t pass up an opportunity to try the crispy blowfish with sherried black bean sauce or Faison’s sweet-and-savory, modern take on Pad Thai.

www.tigermamaboston.com

Bar Mezzana

Photo: Andrea Merrill

Photo: Andrea Merrill

After three decades working under celebrity chef Barbara Lynch and her eponymous restaurant group, Chef Colin Lynch (no relation to Barbara) and two of his colleagues branched off in 2016 to open their own coastal Italian restaurant. Specializing in seasonal crudo dishes, generously topped crostini, and handmade pastas, Bar Mezzana impresses with its fresh—and delicious—simplicity. Add to the mix a snazzy mid-century modernist design, a superbly curated wine list, and Italian cocktails perfected, and you have a winning recipe for one of the city’s hottest tables.

www.barmezzana.com

Eventide Fenway

Photo: Zack Bowen of Knack Factory

Photo: Zack Bowen of Knack Factory

2017 James Beard Foundation award-winners Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley bring a fast-casual version of their iconic Portland, Maine-based Eventide Oyster Co. to Boston’s burgeoning Fenway neighborhood. Step up to the counter and order from a menu board which features many of the original’s top—and best—items, including the Eventide Brown Butter Lobster Roll™, the tuna crudo with ginger-scallion, tare, and radish, and local oysters on the half-shell.

www.eventideoysterco.com/eventide-fenway 

Bastille Kitchen

Photo: Bastille Kitchen

Photo: Bastille Kitchen

In September 2017, Executive Chef Brendan Burke was tapped to revamp and reinvent the menu at French-inspired Bastille Kitchen in Boston’s trendy Fort Point neighborhood. Mission accomplished—and in a major way. Look forward to Burke’s iteration of Parisian-style gnocchi (tossed with fresh crab, sweet potato, and baby Brussels sprouts), dreamy black truffle and mushroom duxelles flatbread, and almond-crusted halibut on a bed of fresh corn and baby lima bean succotash.

www.bastillekitchen.net

Strip by Strega

Photo: Benjamin Joel

Photo: Benjamin Joel

Dress to impress at this celebrity-frequented, modern Italian steakhouse, where Boston’s calorie-conscious ‘in’ crowd unapologetically feasts on a menu that includes house-made ricotta with honey, truffle butter-basted prime cuts, 3-pound lobsters with bacon and goat cheese, and twice-baked potatoes. The dimly lit, seductive dining room—anchored by white leather, semi-circular booths and celebrity black-and-white photos—oozes a decidedly Vegas nightlife vibe, and unsurprisingly, dinner typically evolves into a wild, all-night affair.

www.stripbystregaboston.com

Bar Boulud

 

Photo: Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Photo: Mandarin Oriental, Boston

At the Boston outpost of his famed bistro and wine bar, celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud mingles traditional French fare with New England’s prolific farm-to-table assets and ocean-to-table riches on a menu that changes seasonally. In fall, for example, indulge in the likes of duck confit with Lyonnaise potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and huckleberry, followed by a dessert of maple pear coupe (whole, spice poached pears, biscoff crunch, and maple foam).

www.barboulud.com

Row 34

Photo: Morgan Yeager

Photo: Morgan Yeager

Boston’s seafood dream team—oyster farmer Skip Bennett, chef Jeremy Sewall, and restaurateurs Garrett Harker and Shore Gregory—take us on an unforgettable epicurean journey under the sea at this much-buzzed-about restaurant. Sip on craft beer and savor a lobster roll, piled high (with thick, hand cut fries, no less), after polishing off a half-dozen of the restaurant’s namesake oysters—the most mature bivalves from Bennett’s Island Creek Oyster Farm in Duxbury Bay, positioned along the 34th row of cages onward.

www.row34.com

Doretta Taverna

Photo: Doretta Taverna

Photo: Doretta Taverna

James Beard award-winner Chef Michael Schlow and chef de cuisine Brendan Pelley bring the sublime flavors of Greece to life at this lively Back Bay restaurant. From its bustling kitchen, Doretta delivers hearty plates of cold mezze (we recommend the spicy whipped feta and smoked eggplant), hot mezze (don’t miss the baklava-inspired, pan-roasted shrimp with honey), and even larger mains such as the fresh whole Mediterranean Sea Bass, served with red quinoa, ouzo fennel, and roasted peppers.

www.dorettaboston.com

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Fly into Boston with Tradewind’s regularly scheduled shuttles, offering four daily flights Monday through Friday from New York (White Plains).

 

*Featured Image: Bar Mezzana via Brian Samuels

Ski the East: A Guide to New England Resorts

Ski the East: A Guide to New England Resorts

Fresh powder and challenging terrain are not reserved solely for the West. With inspiring natural landscapes and impeccable snowmaking and grooming techniques, Eastern mountains have given rise to the some of the best competitive skiers and snowboarders in the world.

Below are six resorts that define skiing in the East, organized by category from family-friendly retreats to the best in expert trails. All are easily accessible when you fly Tradewind with private charters or regularly scheduled shuttle flights in the Northeast.

Sustained Vertical: Stowe Mountain Resort

Photo: Stowe Mountain Resort

Photo: Stowe Mountain Resort

Regularly named the best ski resort in the East, Stowe Mountain Resort stands out from the region’s more stepped mountains with a sustained vertical. 40 miles of ski trails and 12 high-speed lifts – including more mile-long lifts than any other Eastern ski resort – are headlined by the Front Four, a group of steep double-black diamonds (National, Liftline, Starr, and Goat) that really allow you to feel gravity as you descend Mt. Mansfield.

“Better skiers tend to enjoy the terrain more,” says Doug Veliko, Chief of Stowe Mountain Rescue. “There are parts of the mountain where the novice can be perfectly comfortable, but to fully enjoy the mountain, you’ve got to be in good shape.”

Stowe Mountain Resort is now part of the Epic Pass; read all about it in Goodspeed Magazine

Where to Stay: Stowe Mountain Lodge provides luxury accommodations, spa experiences, and activities from sleigh rides to snowmobiling as the mountain’s only ski-in, ski-out resort.

How to Get There: Fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to Morrisville-Stowe State Airport (MVL).

Family Getaway: Smugglers’ Notch

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Affectionately known as Smuggs, Smugglers’ Notch in the same mountain range as Stowe is the place for families to enjoy extensive children’s programs and a diverse network of trails for all skill levels. “As a family resort, Smugglers’ Notch is fantastic,” says Veliko. “They have a wealth of really good intermediate terrain and a great ski school program.”

Morse Mountain offers easy slopes for learning, while a scenic lift ride to the top of Madonna will reveal more advanced terrain at nearly the same elevation as Mt. Mansfield’s lifts. (It is there where you can also find the only triple-black diamond trail in Vermont.) Off the slopes, partake in snow tubing, ice skating, and snowshoeing with the entire family.

Where to Stay: There are cozy, family-style accommodations right at Smuggs in the resort’s five distinct condominium communities.

How to Get There: Fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to Morrisville-Stowe State Airport (MVL), located about 30 minutes from the resort.

Challenging Terrain: Whiteface Mountain

Photo: ORDA / Whiteface Lake Placid

Photo: ORDA / Whiteface Lake Placid

Spanning 288 acres in New York’s Adirondacks, Whiteface Mountain is known for its rugged intermediate and expert terrain. Skyward and Paron’s Run offer spectacular views from Whiteface Summit and thrilling, technical rides, while Wilmington takes you down 2.1 miles of mountain in the longest single intermediate run in the Northeast. Nearby, the town of Lake Placid has wonderful off-hill activities including bobsledding, ice hockey, and Nordic skiing at the Olympic venue Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

Where to Stay: The Whiteface Lodge offers a luxurious stay amidst the woodlands surrounding Lake Placid, while Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa sits directly on the water.

How to Get There: Charter a flight with Tradewind to Lake Placid Airport (LKP).

Fresh Powder: Jay Peak

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349 inches of average annual snowfall make Jay Peak one of the best destinations in the East for powder (and one of Veliko’s personal favorites). Located in Vermont near the Canadian border, the isolated northern resort is famous for great tree skiing, encouraging skiers and snowboarders to get off the beaten track of its 78 diverse trails. “The mountain is laid out quite nicely,” says Veliko, “and they get really good, consistent snowpack up there.”

Where to Stay: Discover The Pump House Indoor Waterpark at Hotel Jay, or take in the impressive design of Tram Haus Lodge, built with locally crafted materials. The lodges offer easy access to the resort’s championship golf course, hockey rink, and the nearby slopes.

How to Get There: Fly Tradewind’s scheduled shuttle to Morrisville-Stowe State Airport (MVL), located about 45 minutes from the resort.

Après Ski: Killington

Killington lives up to its nickname as the Beast of the East with an impressive 1,509 acres of skiable terrain across six peaks. Consistently great conditions and accessibility make the resort a popular retreat, but you can easily escape the crowds by cutting over to Outer Limits or taking a break in the après ski scene for which the destination is known.

Despite its location between two sleepy Vermont towns, Killington has more than 100 restaurants, bars, and shops near the slopes, making for lively entertainment during a midday break or well into the night. Check out Lookout Tavern for casual light bites or The Foundry at Summit Pond for exquisite entrées like arctic char and rack of lamb.

Where to Stay: The Red Clover Inn provides a picturesque setting and locally sourced cuisine just minutes from the mountain.

How to Get There: Charter a flight with Tradewind to Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport (RUT), located about 30 minutes from the resort.

Cross Country Skiing: Acadia National Park

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Snow-covered trees and spectacular vistas of the wintery Atlantic coastline await in Acadia National Park. The beautiful Maine destination has incredible scenery year-round, but during the winter, you can explore some of the park’s 47,000 acres with 45 miles of groomed roads for cross-country skiing.

Where to Stay: Check into Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina or West Street Hotel in Bar Harbor for close proximity to Acadia National Park. Just minutes from the park, the coastal town is renowned for its fresh-off-the-boat lobster and outdoor experiences.

How to Get There: Charter a flight with Tradewind to the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB).

 

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