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Discovering Texas’ hidden gems with MERLIN1

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Discovering Texas’ hidden gems with MERLIN1

Planning a getaway in Texas and looking to get off-the-beaten path? This month, we’re exploring some of the top hidden gems and secret spots in Texas that all can be reached by executive jet charter. Whether you’re looking for a desert adventure, a peaceful lakeside retreat or anything in between, you’ll find the best hidden getaways in Texas here.

So why fly private?

As you’ve likely experienced before, flying on commercial airlines can involve considerable inconvenience and hassle. Not only are you standing in long lines at check in and sitting next to strangers once on the aircraft, often you need to make layovers at other airports and wait hours for another connecting flight.

Also, flying by a commercial airline means you need to adjust to the airline’s schedules, which can be frustrating if you’re traveling for something important. When you charter a flight with MERLIN1 there’s no layovers needed, meaning you can explore hard to reach hidden gems in Texas directly and without the hassle!


Perched on the high plains of the Chihuahua Desert just 10 miles from the Mexican US border, Marfa is a hidden gem that beckons art enthusiasts and those looking to escape the urban bustle. The mysterious Marfa Lights are a must, whether you believe in UFOs or not. Since 1883, people have been seeing white, yellow, red, and orange spheres floating above the ground at all hours of the night, year-round – an unexplained natural phenomenon that has intrigued visitors for generations.  

The town’s vibrant art scene, quirky shops and unique creative vibe captivates all who visit. Whether it’s the allure of the arts or the desire for an otherworldly experience, Marfa offers a unique and unforgettable destination within Texas, and it’s easily accessible by private jet charter services, with Marfa Municipal Airport situated just 3 miles north of the town.

Caddo Lake State Park

Located on the eastern border of Texas, Caddo Lake is one of the few naturally-formed lakes in Texas; a tranquil retreat for those looking to unwind and reconnect with nature. Caddo Lake offers opportunities to see wildlife such as gators, mink, wood storks and owls, and the lake’s enchanting maze of centuries old cypress trees draped in Spanish moss creates a magical and peaceful feel.

For those looking for a bit of adventure, kayak tours can take you through the cypress groves, allowing you to soak in the serenity of this unique wetland forest. Visitors can also go hiking in one of the park’s many trails, and stay at a historic cabin or camp, or take a guided boat tour to experience the scenery and enjoy some birdwatching. There are several airports accessible to private jets just a short drive away from Caddo Lake State Park.


Step into the charm of Fredericksburg, a German influenced gem in Texas that exudes a delightful blend of history and culture. Visitors can stroll along historic Main Street, lined with elegant shops and fine dining eateries, offering local crafts and a taste of authentic German cuisine. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum which tells the story of those first German immigrants and is a testament to the town’s rich heritage.

Fredericksburg also has a unique climate and soil comparable to the Mediterranean, meaning certain grape varieties do well. This has resulted in over 100 vineyards and wineries in the area as well as several breweries and distilleries, including a Texas bourbon distillery that provides a great tour and a delicious slushie on hot summer days. You can visit the wineries with a group on a hop on and hop off tour bus or for a more luxurious experience, private tours are available which typically include 2-3 wineries and a distillery.

Discover this delightful destination that seamlessly blends the old world with the new – there’s an airfield close by which can be accessed easily by an executive jet charter with MERLIN1.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

If you’ve ever dreamt of visiting the Grand Canyon without the crowds, just a 30-minute drive away from Amarillo you’ll find the second largest canyon in the United States in Palo Duro State Park. Often dubbed the “Grand Canyon of Texas”, a 16-mile round-trip drive takes you from the breathtaking canyon rim down to the canyon floor – with many hiking, biking and equestrian trails and glamping sites along the way. Hike the lighthouse trail for stunning views of a towering rock formation.

Get in Touch

Interested in speaking with our concierge team? Reach out to us today on 210.777.6839 or leave us a message here and we’ll be in touch soon. What are you waiting for – pack your sense of adventure and get ready to enjoy exploring new parts of Texas by private jet charter with MERLIN1. It’s your time to fly!

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