Traveling regionally can be a chore if you drive or fly commercial. For the discerning traveler, helicopter charters can be immensely convenient and surprisingly affordable. Imagine going through the airport process without the nightmare of security lines and flight delays… getting on a climate-controlled, comfortable, private helicopter that’ll take you directly to your destination… no annoying fellow passengers… just a smooth experience all the way!
Unlike airplanes, helicopters have the wonderful ability to land on private properties such as clients’ backyards, fields or parking lots (all limited to daylight hours for safety). Similarly, many luxury hotels operate helipads or designated landing zones for the convenience of their patrons. On site helicopter landings, although subject to local ordinances, are completely safe if performed by a reputable and experienced operator.
Here are 4 luxury hotels located in the Northeast region of the United States where helicopter landings are allowed and performed regularly for guests on a tight schedule:
Located in the Lower Hudson Valley in Chester, NY, Glenmere was once the Gilded Age retreat of the Goelet family. Today it’s a premier luxury hotel and a member of Relais and Chateaux. With just 18 guest accommodations, 2 superb restaurants and a full-service spa facility, Glenmere embodies luxury. Helicopters land right in front of the lakeside estate, on the manicured lawn, where guests are welcomed by a butler upon arrival.
Mohonk Mountain House
Mohonk Mountain House, located in the Hudson Valley, has been operated by the same family since its inception in 1869. The Victorian castle resort offers a wealth of year-round outdoor recreational activities, a nine-hole golf course a 30,000 square-foot Spa wing. Over 40 theme programs are presented annually, including culinary classes, music festivals and meditation. Helicopters land on site after a spectacular approach around the mountaintop watchtower.
This romantic country hotel in The Berkshires (Lenox, MA) was once owned by a private family in what was called “the Switzerland of America”. Today it offers luxurious suites and rooms full of history and charm as well as self-contained residences. Dinners are a culinary ritual accompanied by candlelight and live music. Guests arriving by helicopter enjoy the convenience of landing right on the estate.
The Sagamore Resort
This historic AAA Four Diamond resort located in The Adirondacks (Bolton Landing, NY) dates back to the 1880s. The Sagamore offers elegant lakeside accommodations, award-winning dining, a full-service spa and salon and an 18-hole golf course designed by Donald Ross. On site helicopter landings are reserved for guests staying one night or more and take place on the golf course (subject to golf event schedule).
Anna Macsai is Director of Finance and Marketing at Wings Air Helicopters.
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