Sunrise and sunset—two natural occurrences that happen every day and yet still seem miraculous each time. No two ever feel completely the same, and people travel the world in order to capture the ones that are the most beautiful.
That’s because not every sunrise or sunset is created equal; there are certain places that are known to be extra picture-perfect. Case in point: the sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, and the first spot to catch the sun’s rays in the U.S. throughout much of the year. Before the sun makes an appearance anywhere else in the country, its light can be seen from Cadillac Mountain, 1,532 feet high.
Perhaps this is why the view is just so spectacular; the first sunrise must be the best.
And when it’s time for nightfall, there’s nothing quite like the sunset in Key West. It has inspired poets and playwrights, put the “happy” in “happy hour”, and fashioned the greeting, “see you at sunset”—a decidedly more pleasant way to say “goodbye.” Tennessee Williams regularly enjoyed applauding the Key West sunset with a gin and tonic in his clapping hands.
So if you’re a true lover of the golden orb, and a traveler who wants to have it all, you’ll be delighted to know there’s now a way to begin your day watching the sun make its debut in the mountains of Maine, and end it with a gin and tonic (a la Mr. Williams) alongside the extravagant Key West sunset. In between, you’ll enjoy more than a few creature comforts and some cuisine worthy of the sun gods.
Your solar celebration will begin with a check-in at Bar Harbor, Maine’s beloved boutique West Street Hotel, nautically-inspired and as charming as it is pretty. Enjoy the views of Frenchman’s Bay from Maine’s only rooftop swimming pool, or from the rocking chair of your waterfront balcony, then sink in to the plush bed (following a feast of Maine lobster, of course).
You’ll awaken early the next morning and be whisked away to the top of Cadillac Mountain, where that aforementioned sunrise awaits, and the views really are better from the top.
Instagram those amazing photos you’ve captured over breakfast back at the hotel (more lobster, perhaps?), and then you’ll be on your way—in movie-star style—down to Key West, via an Aura Jets private jet, from which the views are pretty perfect, as well.
Three and a half hours later, you’ll arrive in the land of hammocks and Hemingway, and check in to Sunset Key, an idyllic island resort sitting on 27 lush acres and surrounded by turquoise waters. Take a dip in the palm-tree-lined pool or a stroll through the jasmine-scented gardens, and soak up the southern sun before applauding its magnificent departure.
You’ll bookend your sun-filled day with a night in a private pastel cottage, awakening the next morning to fresh juice and a breakfast basket, best enjoyed on your oceanfront porch. Contemplate whether you prefer the fresh seafood from Maine’s waters or Florida’s, consider the differences in colors between the rising and setting sun, and question how you’ll ever travel without a private jet again. In any case, you’ll have experienced a day like no other.
The cost? $36,000. But when you think about it, it’s a small price to pay for two million-dollar views in one day.
You can learn more about the once-in-a-lifetime Sunrise to Sunset Private Jet Escape here, or call Aura Jets at 888-908-0391 to book it.
Aura Jets is a boutique private jet brokerage offering custom-tailored experiences, 24-hour worldwide operation, and access to over 5,000 aircraft.