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On Luxury Hunters’ scavenger hunts, sleuths use smartphones—which participants must provide themselves—to nab photos and videos of luxury goods that they uncover throughout New York City. At each event's kick-off, adventurers gear up for competition by reviewing the sponsor’s upscale goods and visualizing the high-end dinner prizes up for grabs. Next, vagabonds rush out to numerous trendy restaurants, shops, and bars to hunt down luxury products. Prey includes items from high-end brands such as Alma Tequila, Perugina Chocolate, The Film Annex, and more, representing a wide range of interests and vowel combinations. At a complimentary concluding soiree, guests may receive prizes based on the quality of their photos, and all guests depart with swag.

10 East 21st Street
New York,
NY
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Today’s Groupon lets you step outside your shell, just like a naked turtle. For $75, you’ll get a one-year membership (a $198 value) and a $75 credit toward outdoor and urban excursions with Adventure Society. Featuring more than 67 different activities on nearly every weekend of the year, this game-changing organization is the first of its kind in New York. Navigating the perks that come with your membership is an adventure in and of itself.

48 W 21st St
New York,
NY
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The reputations of ION Studio co-owners Marco Santini, Pasquale Ferrante, and Leonardo Manetti aren't exactly a secret. Hairdos that have appeared in Vogue, Glamour, and Elle are emblematic of decades spent establishing themselves as international visionaries. And their clientele is fiercely loyal—according to New York Magazine, "don't be surprised to spot a model getting an agency-sponsored makeover in the next chair." But that shouldn't intimidate anyone from stepping through the door. At ION Studio, the goal of these luminaries is to make upscale, runway-quality haircare available to the public. Lynden Volpe from Vanity Fair praised how the stylists were able to put guests at ease, even calling a simple introductory rinse "the most comfortable hair-washing I’ve ever experienced."

On top of this people-first philosophy is an environment-tied-for-first philosophy. Filling ION Studio's open, multi-tiered space is furniture custom-made from recycled materials and shelves brimming with eco-friendly products by companies such as Davines, Rahua, and Oribe. The building is even powered wind energy and heated by models' smoldering glances.

41 Wooster St
New York,
NY
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Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.

59 Chelsea Piers
New York,
NY
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Click above to buy tickets for the August 9 adventure. If you prefer to go on August 23, click here for tickets.

8th Ave. & W 43rd St.
New York,
NY
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Destination Backcountry Adventures’ licensed guides help civilians explore the wilderness, providing remedies to nature deficit disorder with beginner-appropriate expeditions into the Catskill and Adirondack Mountain preserves. The guides lead adventurers through landscapes and waterfalls legally protected for more than a century, and along the way, they enlighten hikers with facts about the area’s natural history and ecology, and in some cases, the opportunity to pick wild berries. Tours are dog-friendly. All levels of nature enthusiasts from novice to expert, can challenge themselves with activity options such as hiking, backpacking, back country yoga, and many more activities for both single- and multi-day adventures in the authentic, challenging wilderness. Visitors can opt for single-day excursions, on which they summit a Catskills peak, or multi-night trips, during which they trek to higher peaks and spend the nights sleeping amid a tranquil forest. On all outings, hikers nosh on gourmet fare such as cheese and sausage plates and upscale trail mix, rather than the original trail mix, assorted gravel. The center also hosts in-store classes, workshops, and more to provide its future adventurers with all the tools necessary for an exciting expedition.

420 Lexington Ave.
New York,
NY
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