Dukes has arranged some epic backcountry holidays. Among them: a small-ship cruise to the remote Haida Gwaii archipelago, known for its distinctive subspecies and ancient spruce trees, and a visit to a private whale-research center in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. “The ability to go where few others have is the most valuable gift we can offer,” she says. Thanks to her close relationships and vast network, Dukes can orchestrate experiences that are off-limits to other travelers. Consider the private tour of a small city in Wyoming she arranged, led by the town’s mayor. Then there was the dinner on top of a butte in Lake Powell, Utah, that she pulled off for some clients. Over the years, she’s noticed an increased demand in multi-day kayaking programs as well as educational holidays. A new property that’s caught her eye is the revamped Mustang Monument resort in Wells, Nevada. Spread over 25,000 acres, the ranch comprises standalone wood cottages and teepees and offers outdoor adventures ranging from horseback riding to archery.
ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: The Arctic, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands, and Peru
Languages Spoken: English
Minimum Daily Spend: From $1,200 per day
Trip Planning Fees: None
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