A holiday on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. After the Civil War ended, American’s faced the challenge of how to honor the 625,000 soldiers who gave their lives while fighting for the causes they believed were just and right. Over the following years, decorating the graves of the brave soldiers became a time-honored springtime ritual. Today, Americans salute all fallen soldiers on Memorial Day and delight in the freedoms awarded to them by kicking off the unofficial start of summer with friends and family. This year, celebrate this freedom by chartering a private flight for a mini-getaway.
Memorial Day Destinations to Fly to in a Chartered Jet
Fly a business jet to St. Lucia, for a four-day escape to Jade Mountain. The resort owns and operates a private helipad for exclusive use by guests. This destination offers everything you need to unwind from the daily grind, including a spa, yoga and fitness center, scuba diving, coastal kayaking, mountain biking, and exotic dining. Resort packages cater to the type of vacation you wish to experience, whether it be romance, tranquility, or adventure. Get the most out of your stay by booking the Galaxy, which offers incredible panoramic views, 2000 square feet of space, and a private infinity pool averaging 900 square feet.
At the southeastern tip of South Carolina, decadence and Southern hospitality converge at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort in the quaint town of Bluffton. Rich in history, the getaway is surrounded by forest and water views that connect the island’s legacy of living well. Watch great blue herons and snowy egrets from the private deck of the opulently-appointed Deluxe Village Home, which accommodates up to six guests, as they fish. During your stay, treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the Cottage Spa, delight in farm-fresh meals, play a round of golf, ride horses, paddle along the river, or test your aim at the Shooting Club. With 32 miles of waterfront, you might want to extend your weekend stay.
Explore the Northwest Wine Country
By the end of May, temperatures are comfortably warm in Newberg, Oregon, a rural town in the heart of the Willamette Valley that’s famous for its well-draining, fertile “jory” soil that produces wines that rival those found in France. The only luxury resort in the area, the Allison Inn & Spa places you in close proximity to over 200 vineyards, 80 wineries, and countless tasting rooms. Hire a car service and travel through the expansive countryside on a winery tour. Wander through the resort’s footpaths and landscaped gardens, and salute the sun in a restorative yoga session. After resting your head in the Penthouse Suite, take the 30-minute drive to Portland to check out its hipster culture and snag a coveted delight at Voodoo Donut.
Hit the Water
Memorial Day kicks off the start of boating season on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, giving you the perfect opportunity to soak up the area’s best weather of the year and catch the annual Capital of Texas Triathlon. For a unique experience, head to the Travaasa Environmental Resort in the rolling hills of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. The destination accommodation offers an assortment of experiences, such as culinary classes, cultural encounters, art classes, harmonica lessons, Texas two-step dance lessons, spa treatments, guided adventures and wellness workshops from the Zen-like preserve. Before heading your Canyon View Room, end the evening with a fireside chat with fellow guests to share stories, roast marshmallows and tap your feet to impromptu jam sessions.