Summer is just around the corner, and there will be the usual rush of vacations long-since planned during the cold days of winter, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to plan a quick weekend getaway.
We offer charters throughout the East Coast, and below we’ve picked 4 romantic destinations that are all within a one-hour flight from New York City on one of our Piaggio aircraft.
Vacationers traditionally think of Stowe, also known as the Ski Capital of the East, for winter activities, but this treasure in the Green Mountain State has plenty to offer in the Summer, too, from zip lining and hiking to golfing at the spectacular Stowe Country Club. Anglers will also be delighted by the opportunity to get on Stowe’s many lakes, hugged by mountains, and fish popular tour guides like Catamount Fishing.
For dinner, try Stowe’s California-inspired restaurant Plate whose award-winning atmosphere and architecture alone have been featured in prestigious magazines around the world. The space is small (just 50 seats), so call ahead to make sure you get a seat.
For a romantic getaway, nothing beats staying at Stowe Meadows on a private, 25-acre estate and with mountain views from every well-appointed suite. A 3-course breakfast is included with all lodging.
Greenbrier Resort, West Virginia
Open since 1778 and surrounded by the Alleghany Mountains, the historic Greenbrier resort truly is a site to behold. It is 11,000 acres of pure luxury, often visited by United States Presidents and visiting dignitaries.
The Greenbrier’s magnificent golf course is by far one of its most popular attractions, but the resort also offers a spa and casino, plus an activities list that includes afternoon tea, aerial adventures, dancing, archery, art, bowling and carriage rides.
A must-see attraction is the Bunker Tour which takes you inside a declassified cold-war era fallout shelter that once was a top-secret relocation facility for the U.S. Congress.
There is a dress code for many of the activities and the resort’s restaurants, so be sure to check the website before packing.
Cape May, New Jersey
Whether you go to Cape May, also known as the Queen of Seaside Resorts, for the pristine beaches or for the architectural history (Cape May has the largest amount of building framed in the 19th century), this seashore town will not disappoint.
The Cape May National Golf Club and Driving Range are popular attractions for golfers, and the Cape May Day Spa is a magnet for those who want to indulge in a bit of relaxation. For those traveling with pets, the Cape May Winery and Vineyard is dog-friendly and offers 70 acres of 16 different varieties of grapes. There is wide selection of Whale and Dolphin watching tours to choose from for a day of sight-seeing, and thrill-seekers will enjoy the Cape’s parasailing opportunities.
Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City is the marriage of romance, history and old-fashioned fun. Add watching the sunrise from the beach on your list of must-dos. Also, explore the historic 3-mile boardwalk which has been delighting visitors since 1902 and is loaded with entertainment (roller coasters, funnel cakes, fudge, and more) no matter the time of day or night.
For those looking for a quieter vacation, Ocean City has calmer attractions outside of the boardwalk. There are 17 championship golf courses, fishing tours (it is the White Marlin capital), and plenty of opportunities to rent kayaks and paddle boards.
The Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites offers a luxurious place to come “home” to after strolling on the boardwalk, and for a romantic dinner, try The Hobbit Restaurant, which has incredible views overlooking the water.