22 Classic Pilot Getaways for Pilots on the East Coast

Bill “Dr. Marchetti” Vitale responded to a nice review of my book in General Aviation News (Fifty Classics Review) and I’ve included it here as 22 east coast classic pilot getaways. I think I counted 22 here. Now if I only had 15 years on the east coast to explore and write a book.  Thank you Bill for the list!

I would love to just name some of the many wonderful flights and destinations here along the East Coast if I may:

Beginning with the Acadia National Park and Swans Island, Maine,
THE HUDSON RIVER CORRIDOR, NEW YORK, for the pure shock and awe of MANHATTEN,
Newport, Rhode Island, for the Jazz Festival and the Baronial Mansions,
Martha’s Vineyard, to hob-nob with the celebrities,
Nantucket, for the peace and serenity,
Atlantic City, New Jersey, for Bader Field and Black Jack,
Cape May, New Jersey for just caught 5 pound lobsters,
Ocean City, Maryland, for the beach and bikinis,
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Airport, Maryland, for steamed crabs,
Tangier Island, Virginia, for a trip back in time,
North Myrtle Beach, Carolina for Southern Hospitality,
All of Florida for pure sunshine, golf and pleasure:
Amelia Island, St. Augustine, Ormond Beach for the real Dover Sole at Cafe Crepe en Haute, Daytona for the 500 races, Spruce Creek Fly-In for everything aviation and fellowship, Orlando with the kids for Disney World, Lake Wales for the sod air strip to Chalet Suzanne, Sebring for the races and sheer nostalgia of Hendricks Field where I was stationed in WWll, Palm Beach for the elegant New England Grand Dames “down for the season” at the celebrated Breakers Hotel, the rustic Cedar Key, Sanibel and Captiva Islands on the Gulf of Mexico, the grandeur of Naples and Marco Island and any of the mystical Keys from Key Largo to Key West.

And none of this even begins to describe our many lovely and easily accessible resorts of The Bahama Islands, Nassau on New Providence Island and the entire magnificant Caribbean.


  1. Marc Rodstein says

    Nice list, but be advised that Bader Field closed years ago, and the restaurant at Chalet Suzanne was reported to have closed about a year ago.

    I would add Block Island, R.I. for serenity, beauty and laid back seashore ambiance, Charleston, S.C and/or Portsmouth, NH for ambiance & history, and Titusville Florida, to visit the Space Center.

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