Fresh Air Favs
The urge to seek out fresh air is a universal desire. Through the power of private aviation, you can venture further and farther to discover (or rediscover) the joys of remote destinations.
Numerous luxurious and remote properties in North America offer boundless opportunities to stretch your legs and take a deep breath. Huffman Travel, a Jet Linx Elevated Lifestyle partner, offers a deep roster of properties that specialize in the great outdoors.
From Forbes Five-Star dude ranches to secluded New England farms, there’s plenty of room for everyone to find their happy place. All Jet Linx clients can reap the rewards of Huffman Travel’s team of Luxury Travel Advisors as part of the Elevated Lifestyle program. Whenever you decide the time is right to spread your wings, we are eager to deliver you to one of these fresh-air favorites – where you can disconnect from the day-to-day and reconnect with family and friends.
Montage Palmeto Bluff
Bluffton, South Carolina
While mountains and forests offer distinct refreshment, there’s nothing like saline ocean air to revitalize the senses. Montage Palmetto Bluff sprawls through Southern Lowcountry. Located between Hilton Head, SC, and Savannah, GA, this 20,000-acre property offers the finest accommodations while also playing host to a dazzling array of wildlife. Part nature reserve, part luxury resort, Palmetto Bluff is comprised of three villages that guests can explore via bike paths and golf carts. Upon arrival, guests are taken back in time to the Genteel South as they pass a clapboard church and arrive at a classic Southern Inn. Even for a larger resort with 200 accommodations, personal touches make it feel like a quiet stay at a waterfront cottage.
If you’re hoping for the most secluded getaway possible, look to the Village Homes, Montage Residences and Cottages. The 50 Cottages dotting the property are one-bedroom rooms (1,100 square feet) that have king beds, fireplaces, large screened porches, and individual entryways with riverfront, forest, or lagoon views. While the Village Homes are in the resort area, they offer two to five bedrooms and 1,700+ square feet. The roomy accommodations allow guests plenty of space to relax without ever feeling crowded by other guests or the lively atmosphere permeating the resort.
Palmetto Bluff nurtures a generous amount of wildlife; white-tailed deer, dolphins, eagles, and gators can all be seen with ease across 32 miles of waterfront. Boat excursions like the historic yacht cruise remain popular with families, but activities run the gamut.
On top of a Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole golf course there is also a shooting club, eight tennis courts, two croquet lawns, four bocce courts, six pickleball courts, a marina, stables, and three pools. Needless to say, families never have trouble finding entertainment. Last but not least, the Spa Montage demands a visit. Set beside serene waterways and moss-laden oaks, there are 13 treatment rooms, redwood saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms and cold-plunge pools. Montage Palmetto Bluff offers everything you could want, but at your own pace.
Brush Creek Ranch
Brush Creek Ranch offers guests an authentic taste of the Great American West. A collection of three different properties form Brush Creek Ranch: The Lodge and Spa, the Magee Homestead (a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel) and the French Creek Sportsmen’s Club. The expansive setting and Old West backdrop allow time to slow to a gentle roll – providing guests a pause to view sunsets and starlit night skies amidst unbridled luxury.
Well-appointed accommodations are far from rustic, as this Wyoming ranch opened in 2010 and is outfitted with pampering in mind. The Lodge and Spa features 13 Trailhead Lodge rooms, 11 two- and three-bedroom log cabin residences, and nine cabin suites. All facilities come furnished with premium bedding, luxury amenities and refined Wild West character. In total, the ranch can cater to 120 guests. A true VIP accommodation comes in the form of the Homestead Cabin Residence. Formerly the ranch owner’s property but now available to guests, the two-story hand-hewn log cabin offers more than 4,000 square feet with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
The Homestead also features a full kitchen and dining area; living area with wood burning fireplace; and private outdoor kitchen, patio and hot tub.
Prairie grass and sagebrush dot the property, but fishing rivers and more than 50 miles of riding trails open up to the Snowy Mountains and Medicine Bow National Forest in the North Platte River Valley. All-inclusive rates cover all meals, drinks, and a long list of outdoor activities. Fly fishing, shooting sports, archery, ATV adventures, rock climbing, horseback riding, golf, and guided ranger tours are only the beginning to what guests can enjoy.
At The Farm, guests experience seed-to-table cooking classes and also have the option to explore an onsite brewery, distillery, cellar, spirit vault, creamery, bakery and greenhouse. Brush Creek Ranch offers tailored experiences to guests, but it’s not a chore to find something that everyone in the family enjoys. It’s no wonder that this getaway consistently earns
‘Best Resort’ awards from Travel+Leisure, Condé Nast, and Forbes Travel Guide.
Raquette Lake, New York
The fresh, cool air of the Adirondack Mountains lured American aristocrats, politicians and finance magnates, among them the Vanderbilt family, to Lake Kora more than 125 years ago, and today it remains an awe-inspiring, all-inclusive escape. With more than 1,000 acres of pristine wilderness, Lake Kora offers the most tranquil setting for truly unfettered luxury and revelry. Lake Kora is but a few of the Great Camps which remain in private hands and open to the public. Until 2015, it was accessible to no one but its owners and friends fortunate enough to receive an invitation. Now, all guests can enjoy the pure distillation of summertime that was once enjoyed only by the modern nobility of the Gilded Age.
Lake Kora is only available to be reserved on an exclusive basis. Twelve bedrooms accommodating 24 people are spread across seven buildings, each home to remarkable craftsmanship. Much of the furnishings are original, bestowing a great sense of history and elegance. Vaulted ceilings, immense wooden beams, boulder fireplaces, bearskin rugs and log-framed beds are peppered throughout the camp. The property has a “playhouse” — a sprawling building that houses an all-wooden bowling alley, a squash court, ping pong tables, and a full commercial kitchen. Elsewhere on the property is a tennis court, a two-story spa, an outdoor roller rink, and a boathouse on the camp’s private, 500-acre lake. Adult guests often revel in a nostalgic return to summer camp – but with the finest comforts possible.
A sense of uncommon merriment permeates the entire compound. As at any “house party,” guests dine together – one of the most beloved aspects of a stay at Lake Kora. Meals are enjoyed at a 20-foot-long dining table in the Dining Room, lakeside barbecues on the lawn, luncheons on the terrace, picnic lunches on a mountaintop or on a Boathouse deck, cocktails in the Pub, or a casual dinner in the Playhouse. Guests can work off meals with complimentary activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing and boating. The property boasts well-groomed hiking trails, tennis and basketball courts, a baseball diamond, croquet, badminton, and a host of other sporting equipment to use.
Families, business partners or friends will find Blackberry Mountain a pristine landscape to retreat, relax and explore. Most accommodations are built with local materials and diners can enjoy produce that was plucked from the forest floor just hours prior to being served. Blackberry Mountain provides adventure every step of the way, from the activities program to breathtaking views at dinner from the astonishing Firetower restaurant. This rustic retreat provides hardy options for activities, but luxurious pampering can be provided on a whim.
Blackberry Mountain accommodations include six Watchman Cabins, 18 Stone Cottages and a variety of multi-bedroom Azalea Gap and Mountain Homes. The Azalea Gap Homes (two and three bedroom) introduce modern comfort with natural Great Smoky Mountain views in a completely private setting. The Mountain Homes (four bedroom) run larger but also offer privacy complemented by eye-opening natural views. Each Mountain Home evokes the ultimate in comfort, ambiance, and space, featuring dual master bedroom suites with deep soaker tubs and two guest bedrooms.
While the comfortable accommodations tempt guests to relax all day, the heralded activity program attracts many guests to the property. Rooted in nature, Blackberry Mountain’s outdoor and fitness offerings emphasize movement, adventure, enriching experiences and deep relaxation. Activities include sunrise yoga, creekside meditation, endurance climbs, trail running, paddle boarding, rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, hiking, tree climbing, foraging, fly fishing, aerial yoga and more. After a day of adventure, guests can find solace at Nest, the onsite spa that offers eight treatment rooms, a tranquility lounge, sauna, steam showers, salon and an outdoor, year-round heated pool with scenic infinity edge.
Blackberry Mountain stands out with an uncommon commitment to preserving local heritage and the environment while offering unique experiences and top-quality services in exceptional settings. From relaxing spa treatments and naturopathic consultations, to outdoor adventures and complimentary fitness classes, activities abound on the mountain.
Twin Farms serves as a natural wonderland in any season. Wildflowers flood the hillsides in the summer, and winter provides an alpine wonderland for guests. The secluded setting, Vermont’s only Forbes Five-Star experience, is perfect for couples seeking an all-inclusive hideaway, as well as activities like hiking, biking, canoeing, fly fishing and cross-country skiing. The property even maintains its own ski slope with six groomed trails and an ice-skating rink. With a gem such as this, it’s no wonder it earned Hotel of the Year honors (2020) from Forbes Travel Guide.
Guests at the property indulge in Chef Nathan Rich’s renowned dining program. Seasonal herbs and vegetables grow just outside the kitchen in an organic garden and are served to guests just moments after being plucked from the ground. Seasonality and freshness
of ingredients mean that you may bite into a Maine lobster for lunch and quail for dinner, or perhaps a beef tenderloin with bone marrow butter. Regardless of the season, dining at Twin Farms provides an experiential pleasure like none other – especially when Chef Rich pairs the meals with world-class wines from deep in the farm’s cellar.
This intimate, adults-only resort offers 20 rooms and cottages, each carefully decorated in a unique and individual style. Rooms run the gamut from a rustic retreat with a fishing motif to a sumptuous Moroccan hideaway with painted ceilings and ornate tilework. Each guest room is elaborately stocked with whimsical items such as custom-made puzzles that are prone to cause sleepless nights.
With each season, a new blend of activities emerges. Summer guests enjoy swimming, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, cookouts, croquet, fishing, tennis, and even a bee tour. All activities can be tailored; why not have a champagne picnic midway through your mountain hike? Last but not least, the spa and fitness center offer state-of-the-art equipment around every corner. From Peloton bikes in the gym to glass-brick steam rooms and seasonal treatments in the Forbes Four-Star Bridge House spa, guests have plenty of opportunity to breathe deep and unwind.