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Under the Radar with XOJET: The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana

It’s not every day you hear the CEO and Chairman of one of the world’s largest private-equity placement firms, say this: “Forget how much money you put in.” Or this: “If I just break even, I’m happy.”

But this is Jim Manley—the unwavering lead of Atlanta Pacific Capital—and money was never going to stand in the way of his childhood dream, The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana.

A 50-minute drive from Butte Mooney Airport—where XOJET clients can fly in and skip the layover-laden commercial flight into Missoula, 90 minutes away by car—The Ranch is a 10-square-mile lifestyle Ponderosa with unique cowboy chemistry. Think of it as part high-end dude resort (with a rodeo arena and a party barn), part hunting-and-fishing preserve (a Blue-Ribbon-designated river actually runs through it), and part roll-back-the-decades play camp for adults. Then add surprise touches like a bowling alley, movie theater, and winter survival challenge.

If it all seems a bit out of the ordinary, that’s because it is. The Ranch is one of the most luxurious ranch-resorts in the Rockies—it was recently voted among the “Top 10 Best Resort Hotels in the West” by Travel + Leisure and is the only one awarded five stars by the Forbes Travel Guide—but that’s just the background music. Really, The Ranch is intent on letting you be a kid again for a good part of the day.

America’s Cup: Where Sailing Meets Science

America's Cup Bermud

A vacation via XOJET is so free of complications you end up pondering little else beyond where to go and what to do. This May and June, clients flying XOJET to Bermuda for the 35th America’s Cup yacht races will encounter an irony: sailboats not so different from the planes they flew in on.

Technology has long been a fixation for designers of America’s Cup yachts, but the most recent breakthrough is particularly stunning. Simply stated, the airfoil principle discovered by a Swiss mathematician centuries ago is what lifts a plane airborne (it’s all about wing shape) while the analogous hydrofoil concept allows America’s Cup Class catamarans to defy gravity, as well.

These yachts are able to elevate their twin hulls clear of the water and more or less fly—only a slender pole with a plank-like foil attached to it connects boat to water. Built with little-to-no natural materials, the 50-foot wonders require a crew of only six sailors. They benefit from the simple fact that air is so much less dense and choppy than water, which means drag is sharply reduced and speeds are nearly double what the previous generation could achieve.

For this edition of the 166-year-old competition, the water in question is that cerulean blue color Bermuda is beloved for, lined by coral sands tinged a dusky pink. Though high-toned in a distinctly British way, Bermuda is not an acquired taste. Travelers of every stripe fall for the island readily—unless their preference runs toward honky-tonk, which is not to be found there. One of the first (of many) celebrities to develop a fondness for the place was Mark Twain. A newspaper clipping from 1907 describes the famed author boarding a Bermuda-bound steamer. “I am in search of rest, British humor, and an opportunity to appear logical in March in a white suit,” Twain said dryly.

Under the Radar with XOJET: Amangiri, Utah

Amangiri Utah Desert

Private aviation clients are accustomed to thinking in terms of flight hours and flight miles.

So let’s get away from the flight plan for a moment: XOJET can take you 50 to 80 million years into the deep American geological past. No flight suit or training required.

Just book a trip to Page Municipal Airport, on the Arizona-Utah border, and a room at Amangiri resort. It lies by the Four Corners—the vast tableland where Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico do-se-do—and takes just 20 minutes to reach from the airport by car.

The resort, situated in a curl of cliff, plays off the eons-old eroded rock with sleek geometrical architecture. From your room you see sand-billows rushing toward a bone-white mesa, and behind that, a fortress of rust-red cliffs. In an eye-instant, you’ve just traveled millions of years, geologically speaking; all that red in the distance is the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, in far southern Utah, and all that sand is probably a teenager in geological time.

Amangiri nests in the midst of spectacular eroded rock formations, a rock opera of violent up-thrusting and relentless weathering that created this vast geological zoo: pinnacles, hoodoos (mushroom-hooded rock towers), benches, terraces like the upper deck of a stadium, and mesas flat as a marine haircut. It’s why the region contains the greatest concentration of national parks and national monuments in America.

XOJET’s Guide to the 2016 World Series

October 24, 2016  |  Events, Gary Walther, Ron Kroichick

Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio - World Series

No matter who wins this year’s World Series, it’s going to be one rollicking party.

Baseball’s annual Fall Classic drips with a distinctive brand of history in 2016. The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians share a common bond, through decades of ineptitude – all forgiven now, because they both stand one step from the mountaintop.

But those long years of losing offer context to this year’s Series, starting October 25th in Cleveland. These are two of the sport’s oldest franchises, dating to 1876 for the Cubs (when they were known as the Chicago White Stockings) and 1901 for the Indians (then the Cleveland Blues). All this history, so little joy – that explains why Chicago and Cleveland are bursting at their seams in excitement.

Fly Faster, Farther, and Brilliantly: The XOJET Citation X

October 7, 2016  |  Aviation, Private Aviation, XOJET

Up-and-Coming Designers to Know at NYFW

September 6, 2016  |  Events, Hayley Phelan, Luxury

There are few things more satisfying than being the first to know about a new talent. While New York Fashion Week always brings fresh tidings from American icons like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, there are a number of exciting new names on the calendar that deserve a closer look. So as you descend on the Big Apple aboard one of 50 XOJET New York-bound aircraft in the coming week, here is a list of the designers you need to know to stay ahead of the curve.

Visitors flying with XOJET to NYFW can land at a wide variety of New York airports, including Teterboro, White Plains, LaGuardia, JFK and Newark.

Adam Selman

Adam Selman New York Fashion Week Designs

Photo: Adam Selman

When you can already count Rihanna as a fan, the rest of the world can’t be too far behind. After styling the pop star for a few years, 33-year-old Adam Selman launched his eponymous line to rave reviews. Since then, his cheeky and feminine designs have been seen on celebrities, fashion editors, and, of course, Bad Girl RiRi. This summer, the designer got the official stamp of approval from the industry, when the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) named him as a 2016 finalist for the organization’s Fashion Fund.

Golfing with a Challenger 300

August 30, 2016  |  Golf, Ron Kroichick

If there’s a common thread to the destinations on this list – ten great golf courses only accessible (or more easily accessible) by private jet – it’s probably this: An inviting, middle-of-nowhere flavor, safely removed from civilization as we know it.

I’ve covered nearly 40 major championships over the years, and countless other big events, and idle chatter among tour pros and writers often veers toward tantalizing golf escapes. The design of the course matters – it takes a deft touch to seamlessly carve a challenging layout into the land – and so does the environment, ideally a mix of invigorating scenery and welcome tranquility.

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XOJET Now Official Partner of Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort

July 19, 2016  |  Gary Walther, XOJET Partnerships

Today, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort, the luxury collection of Vail Resorts, as the official private aviation partner.

Our best-in-class partnership pertains specifically to Signature Club Guests of Vail and Beaver Creek Resort and XOJET’s Preferred Access™ and Elite Access™ clients. For the former, the partnership will make the getting there an experience in itself—”the jet as a living room,” as Gregg Slow, Executive Vice President of XOJET Sales and Client Services, puts it—and for the latter, it will up the luxury quotient of being there.

The XOJET 10: Tony Chambers, Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper* magazine

October 23, 2012  |  XOJET 10

Most people love receiving the red carpet treatment everywhere they go. Not Tony Chambers, the Editor-in-Chief of luxury design/fashion/travel/lifestyle magazine Wallpaper*. When he wants to check out a new building or hotel, Tony prefers to slip in unnoticed so that he can have the same experience as any other visitor. An Englishman, a gentleman and an expert in the field, who better to discuss the state of the art of travel with the XOJET Blog. And of course we couldn’t help sharing a few choice words about Tony’s other great…

The XOJET 10: Kylie Wright-Ford, Founder, TouchInvest.com

July 27, 2012  |  XOJET 10

Considering that Kylie Wright-Ford holds a MBA and studied at the University of Oxford (where she helped launch Clickstream Technologies, later sold to Microsoft) and then went on to senior management roles at Goldman Sachs JBWere and Gerson Lehrman Group (where as co-head of global research she oversaw a team of 400 professionals), you might be surprised to learn that she grew up on a sheep farm in Australia!

That might seem a long way from home, now that Kylie lives in Bronxville, New York, but she doesn’t mind flying halfway around…