Mixing alcohol with guns makes perfect sense, so long as the guns fire nothing more dangerous than a beautiful rainbow of colors. Achieve this pleasant combination with today's deal: $79 for a Paintball & Beer Tasting excursion with Urban Escapes (a $119 value). This tour includes round-trip transportation, certified guides, paintball entrance fee, gun, tank, mask, 500 paintballs, unlimited air refills, access to private fields, private referees, a picnic lunch, and a brewery visit with four beers for your tasting pleasure. Bring comfortable sneakers and thick old clothes you don't mind debauching with a bit of the old paint-based ultraviolence. See sidebar for available dates.
Your excursion will depart from the north side of 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, at 9:00 a.m. Because Urban Escapes doesn't like to wait around for latecomers, make sure to get there 20 minutes early. During this time you can make combat buddies in line and give each other cool tough-guy code names such as Iron Steel and Millard Fillmore. A bus will pick up your newly formed militia and transport you to New Breed Paintball in West Milford, NJ, about an hour away from the city. After checking in, you'll spend about two hours traversing private fields under the unblinking eye of watchful referees, dodging airborne paintballs as if they were so many rabid butterflies.
After a morning of Pollock-inspired battle, you'll be given a picnic lunch consisting of a sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit, and water. Once you are fed and watered, the bus will take you and your paint-flecked comrades to Cricket Hill Brewery in Fairfield, NJ, about 30 minutes away from the paintball facility. After a session with the brewmaster, who will teach you the ins-and-outs and what-have-yous of brewing, you'll get to sample four different kinds of beer. Urban Escapes will have you back in New York between 5–6 p.m., so no one in so-called civilized society will have to know that you're a secret gun-slinging, beer-swilling maniac.
CNN.com's Nkechi Nneji had a lot to say about a hiking excursion organized by Urban Escape's NYC branch:
- Throughout the day, there was lots of laughing, squealing and helping each other over rocks and through slick patches of mud. I was surprised how quickly a team mentally developed among the group. We were all strangers, but after a day of hiking, I knew everyone's name, profession and a good deal more. And this was no accident—the guides were deliberately networking and bonding us together...I realized why Urban Escapes NYC was defying the recession. With a plethora of affordable outdoor excursions, cheerful guides and a youthful mindset, the company was the ideal destination for an urban professional with a slim wallet. – Nkechi Nneji, CNN.com
Though most Urban Escapers are too busy fleeing the cold and impersonal world of the Internet to write online reviews, 13 Yelpers give Urban Escape a solid 4-star average:
- I love the community that they are building with the young professionals in the city. The guides are professional and experienced and I've enjoyed the trips that I've participated in! – Diana N.