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Vol 4, No 18 
 Luxury Takeovers On The Ranch And In New England

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June 2018 - Vol 4, No 18 - Takeovers in Wyoming and New England


Last week we visited the Bahamas, Costa Rica and Panama for three great private takeover resorts. This week we stay in the U.S. going to New England and the Great West. Whether it’s a wedding, celebration, family reunion, business event or just getting your friends together, having the entire place to yourself enables you to customize your experience to an even higher level.

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A.  Private Aviation Headlines
1.  The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek, Wyoming
2.  Twin Farms, Vermont  
3.  Executive Security Reports
4.  Jet Card Insider Reports
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OVERVIEW - for up to 24 people
The Forbes 5-star Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch promises breathtaking vistas, gourmet dining, outdoor adventures with the refinements of a modern boutique hotel, set in the grand landscape of a centuries-old Western ranch. Located on a 15,000 acre working cattle ranch in south central Wyoming’s rolling hills, verdant river valleys, thick forests and majestic rock formations, the Ranch features a 38,000 square foot lodge, a luxury spa, and a collection of new and historically renovated cabins with an array of authentic outdoor adventures in every season.
Ideal for a takeover with its dedicated staff, Magee Homestead at Brush Creek Ranch works well for groups of 10 to 24. Located just five miles from the main Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, the homestead features a private lodge and collection of seven historically restored cabins in a tranquil, creek-side setting tucked amidst rolling meadowlands and natural rock outcroppings in the heart of Wyoming cattle and ranching country.
A former cow camp and hay-producing ranch back in the early 1900s, the property has been transformed to be a luxurious Wyoming ranch by current owner Bruce White who is chairman and CEO of White Lodging, a large operator of various hotel brands.
Guests at the Magee Homestead have access to The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch be it for morning yoga on Falcon Peak Overlook or poker night at the Saloon. In terms of awards, Brush Creek was voted tops in the U.S. four straight years by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and tops last year by Travel + Leisure readers. 

Recently named one of the Top 101 Suites in the World by Elite Traveler magazine, the crown jewel of Magee Homestead is its lodge. The lodge, as well as all of the cabins, was designed by Simeone Deary Design Group, an award-winning interior design firm (The Waldorf Astoria, The Gwen and Michelin-rated Boka in Chicago). Magee Homestead comprises seven historically restored cabins with nine total bedrooms that sleeps up to 24 guests. The large, open club room offers a comfortable living area as well as a game room featuring an elegant bar with antique rifle collection. The walls of the ranch are bedecked with a trophy hunt collection overlooking a Steinway seven-foot grand piano, hand-carved billiards table, poker tables and two indoor fireplaces.
One of the standouts is the three-bedroom TZ Cabin Residence, which includes a full kitchen, dining room and living area. Other cabins vary in size, but each includes an en suite bathroom and unique interior design as well as Antica Farmistica toiletry products.

At typical day at Magee starts with a ranch breakfast before embarking on your day of adventure. Return for happy-hour and gourmet dinner prepared by a personal chef. Enjoy dedicated service staff for daily gourmet locally sourced meals and beverages, including premium beers, wine and spirits. Outdoors, the Magee Homestead Lodge features a spacious outdoor dining and entertainment patio with an outdoor fireplace and expansive views.
Further afield, the Brush Creek Ranch offers a variety of distinct culinary experiences included in the pricing. From casual to sophisticated, dining on the Ranch ensures a distinctly unique and unforgettable event for any group in a variety of venues and settings. Enjoy family-style feasts in the Lodge Great Room, a casual outdoor barbeque at the Chuck Wagon with live bluegrass music, summit a distant ridge by horseback for a mountaintop picnic, or relax over sundowner cocktails on the Falcon Peak Overlook deck. Each day, the executive chef prepares culinary experiences inspired by the Rocky Mountain West and crafted with fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients. And, the open wine cellar features a collection of select vintages for the perfect pairing.
The Trailhead Spa is set in a picturesque location where treatments incorporate traditions of the American West with indigenous ingredients.

In addition to a spa services in treatment rooms, outdoor specialty experiences — from yoga sessions to unique teepee massage treatments — are available. Additional services and amenities include a steam room and sauna, outdoor hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness center, personal training services, and full-service salon.
Brush Creek Ranch offers 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space and creative planning services, an ideal location for weddings, reunions, corporate retreats and other unique ranch events. Combining refined, rustic spaces with great service, understated luxury and privacy, Brush Creek Ranch’s meeting spaces offer onsite audiovisual, Internet services, picturesque views and flexible floor plans, plus an on-site professional event coordinator. A variety of unique special-event locations across the Ranch include a spectacular natural amphitheater and rock garden for outdoor weddings, presentations, concerts and more, as well as remote dining yurts, mountaintop vistas, group campfire experiences along the banks of Brush Creek, grand dinners in the lodge great room, parties in the authentic saloon and much more.
The common areas at Magee Homestead include expansive manicured lawns, and the guest ranch in Wyoming employs a private concierge to handle every guest’s needs, including scheduling activities and adventures onsite and nearby with access to all of our classic experiences from horseback riding, fly fishing and shooting sports, to yoga and meditation, trail adventures and challenge sports-like paintball, zipline and high/low ropes course-plus our "Lil' Wranglers' program.
Guests at Magee Homestead have access to activities at the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek for an additional fee. From a variety of fully outfitted fishing and hunting programs on the private lands to horseback riding, mountain biking and indulgent spa experiences, Brush Creek Ranch offers a variety of ranch-type, western activities. In the winter, the Ranch takes on a very different personality where guests can enjoy snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and more, and gather around the warmth of our indoor and outdoor fire pits. There is Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge, 20-miles of private waters promise the angler a variety of exceptional blue-ribbon fishing on Brush Creek, the Encampment and North Platte rivers. Ans Equestrian Center features a spacious 28,000-sq.-ft. indoor arena, full stables, observation deck, luxury meeting room, and outdoor riding arena.  The BCR Gun Club features competition-quality skeet, sporting clay courses, archery range, specialty all-season rifle/pistol firing range and unique yurt clubhouse, as well as private big game and wing shooting experiences.
Additional activities include:
• Bocce and horseshoe courts
• Fire pits and outdoor hot tub
• Horseback riding with private stable
• Ranger tours
• Wing shooting
• Bow and Gun Club
• Private water fly fishing
• Spa treatments in a private tee pee
• Hiking and biking on 50 miles of maintained trails

The Ranch is located just outside Saratoga, in the North Platte River Valley of south central Wyoming. The wide-open ranch property backs up against the million-acre Medicine Bow Wilderness Area, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. 

At an altitude of 7,600 feet, the Ranch enjoys mild summers ranging from 70-82 degrees, with slightly cooler temperatures in the fall. Open year round, the Ranch winters are full of snowy adventures, with high temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s. 

Closest airport is Shively Field (8,801 ft. runway) 13 miles from the front gate of the ranch . 

VIP Contact: Schelby Merrill
2. TWIN FARMS, Barnard, Vermont
OVERVIEW - for up to 40 people
A member of Relais & Châteaux, Twin Farms is Vermont’s only all-inclusive luxury 5-star experience with 20 uniquely designed accommodations. Tucked away on a secluded 300 acres of meadows, woodlands and an unspoiled valley in Barnard, Vermont just 10 miles north of Woodstock, Twin Farms is New England’s is ideal for a takeover. 

The resort pays homage to American folklore from its hand painted murals, rich maple and pine woodwork. Dining experiences that are local and tailored to the seasons. 
Twin Farms offers 20-distinctive accommodations ranging from four large suites in the property’s Main House to 10-freestanding cottages, enabling your group to have the entire place but still allowing for privacy. All accommodations feature king-size feather beds with separate sitting areas and wood-burning fireplaces. The interiors draw inspiration with works by Donald Roller Wilson, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Frank Stella, David Bates, Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Milton Avery, Ed Ruscha, Sean Scully, Cy Twombly, Nam June Paik, and Donald Sultan.
History and legend envelop all four rooms, nestled in the Main House near the dining room while featuring the spacious interiors of suites.
Elegant yet whimsical cottages are tucked away in the property's woodlands. An ideal setting for and romance or just peach and quiet, each cottage features a fireplace, a screened porch, and lots of privacy. The largest is Chalet (above), encompassing 3,000 sq. ft. with two bathrooms, a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, fine art, decks, a screened porch and granite hot tub, and soaring views. Another favorite is Aviary, a two-story house made of glass, stone and cedar timber created by architect Peter Bohlin (New York’s Apple Store, Newport Beach Civic Center) and interior designer Thad Hayes. A sunken tub, field stone fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows add to its allure.
The Lodge consists of two large bedroom suites (each at 680 sq. ft.) connected by a beamed great room filled with antique leather club chairs, a Scottish plaid wool rug, and plush couches. Perfect for two couples traveling together, these suites are located next to the Main House.
Four suites with private entrances, approximately 1000 sq. ft. each, are connected by a lounge and library, providing an ideal gathering place for up to four couples or a family. Located next to Copper Pond, the Cabana, and the tennis court, Farmhouse at Copper Hill’s expansive patio also features a hot tub.
Menus don’t exist at Twin Farms. The kitchen led by Chef Nathan Rich and his team create individual profiles in the back of the house based on your dietary preferences and tailor each meal to your wishes. Meals, wine pairings, and spirits are part of the all-inclusive rate and customized for each guest. Rich’s dining philosophy revolves around the changing seasons and locally sourcing produce, herbs, meats and cheeses at nearby farms.
Guests enjoy meals in a variety of places from the main Dining Room, the Barn Room, the Pub, the 20,000-bottle Wine Cellar, the terrace beside the garden, or your cottage or suite. During the day, there is afternoon tea and evening cocktails. Favorites include lemon soufflé pancakes filled with fresh Vermont strawberries. Lunch includes pre-arranged wine pairings. Enjoy porcini poached Vermont turkey and wild mushroom lentil ragout in the dining room or a picnic on property with cold poached Maine lobster with lemons, tamarin grilled Cavendish quail and ginger apple slaw, Fable Farm heirloom tomatoes with ricotta, pine nuts, and opal basil leaves. Dinner is set at eight o’clock in the candle-lit main Dining Room where the menus are customized according to your preferences.
The Out of Woods Spa features two treatment rooms and a private cottage dedicated to in-room couples’ therapy. Featuring glass brick steam rooms with treatments including hydrotherapy, facials, exfoliating body scrubs and full salon services. There is also a traditional Japanese furo located in a separate private structure. Its wooded interior and soaring 104-degree water temperature create a relaxing sauna-like atmosphere. Developed exclusively for Twin Farms, Out of the Woods is a collection of 100% vegetarian bath and body products using natural botanical ingredients and pure essential oils inspired by Vermont’s rural setting.
The fitness center, located in the same building, is equipped with treadmills, two Pre-Cor EFX bicycles, a Flex Circuit System, and a broad spectrum of free weights.
On-site activities include hiking, biking, tennis, swimming, fly fishing, croquet, picnicking, and canoeing during the warmer months. Golf and hot air ballooning is available nearby. In winter, guests enjoy private downhill ski slopes, trails for cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing as well as ice skating and sledding, with all equipment provided. A well-stocked library includes movies, Stave puzzles, music, and games.

Twin Farms can be reached by helicopter via a helipad on property. Lebanon Municipal Airport with a 5,406 ft. runway is 45 minutes away.


VIP Contact: Vanessa Valenti


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