Palisades Interstate Park Commission. Alpine, NJ.
On A Ride – Grab a Citi Bike, and set off on a local adventure. Bike your way out of the city and across the George Washington Bridge’s cyclist-and-pedestrian-only path as you take in the breathtaking cityscape view. Keep left to stay on Henry Hudson Drive, and head for the Palisades Interstate Park bike path. Take in the scenic views and feel the burn as you bike along the mountain roads. Luckily, your ride back will be all downhill. (Flickr). www.njpalisades.org
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley.
In The Shops – There’s no better way to spend a workday than shopping. The Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, the largest designer outlet center (a.k.a. heaven), is just a Port Authority bus ride away. Stop off at the nearby Storm King Art Center or West Point Military Academy, if you can manage to tear yourself away from the discounts at Fendi, Valentino, Burberry, Tom Ford, and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few. (Flickr). www.premiumoutlets.com/woodburrycommon/
New York Kayak Company. 40 North River Piers.
Standup paddle boarding, one of the fastest growing sports, is available at the Hudson River all week long. Play hooky with a class or with your own private lesson. Doesn’t sound relaxing enough? Take a standup paddle boarding yoga class that blends the peaceful experience of yoga with the challenge of standup paddle boarding. $100/2-hour beginner class; $40/1-hour yoga group class and $150/1-hour private yoga. (Flickr). www.nykayak.com
Strong's Marine. 86 Orchard Beach Boulevard , Port Washington.
Off The Coast – On your next “sick day,” head out to Strong’s Marine in Port Washington and rent a boat for the day. A 40-minute LIRR ride away, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Long Island’s Gold Coast as you cruise along the bay. For those new to boating, Strong’s offers a $125, 3-hour on-water lesson with a certified instructor. Strong’s fleet includes Cobalt and Pursuit boat models, starting at $295 a day mid-week. (Flickr). www.strongsmarine.com
The Surf Lodge. 183 Edgemere St, Montauk.
In A Lodge – Take an extended weekend off of work at adult sleep away camp The Surf Lodge in Montauk. This surf spot boasts the commended Surf Lodge Restaurant and has concerts lined up every nearly weekend until the end of August. Take a beach yoga class, or surfing lessons during the day, while you relax 125 miles away from NYC. Mid-week rates from $295 per night. (Photo courtesy of @thesurflodgemtk Instagram). www.thesurflodge.com
Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. One Borgata Way, Atlantic City.
Down At The Shore – The Jersey Shore never looked so good! Drive down the coast to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and The Water Club, and skip the office for the summer’s hottest pool scene instead. Sip cocktails and enjoy Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s treats at the pool in a private cabana or on a plush sun bed, before spending the night at the casino tables and one of Borgata’s nightclubs: MIXX, mur.mur or Gypsy Bar. Mid-week rates from $149 per night. (Flickr). www.theborgata.com
Dover Street Market. 160 Lexington Avenue.
In Avant-Garde Fashion Paradise – Forget the 4 B’s—Murray Hill’s Dover Street Market (DSM) completely transcends the department store. Directed by Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo, DSM boasts exclusively-designed collections in the Louis Vuitton and Prada shops amid artsy kaleidoscopic pillars. There is no separation between the store’s menswear and womenswear, and there is even an androgynous line—1205 by Paula Gerbase—available. Spend the day and eat lunch at the Paris Rose Bakery outpost located in the store. Every 6 to 12 months, the store closes for a few days to reinvent itself, a perfect excuse to keep coming back for more. (Photo courtesy of @dsmny Instagram). www.newyork.doverstreetmarket.com
Trump Soho New York. 246 Spring St.
Up In Heaven – …or really downtown at The Spa at Trump Soho. Instead of sitting at a desk, spend your day laying on a massage bed. This Middle Eastern themed spa exclusively offers a Turkish Hammam treatment, where you’ll be exfoliated with oils in a dome-like steam room ($100/45 minutes), followed by a massage under streaming water as two masseuses relieve you of any and all stresses ($350). Current deals include a 45 minute Classic Trump massage or a Mini LED facial for $99 (regularly $145). (Flickr). www.trumphotelcollection.com/soho/
Brooklyn Oenology Winery. 209 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg.
Drink Yourself Happy – The Brooklyn Oenology Winery is ideal for the perfect afternoon of booze and Brooklyn-cool. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, BOE’s tasting room serves their full line of wines, as well as whiskies, ciders and beers, starting as early as 2 p.m. on weekdays (because you can never start early enough). Join the Brooklyn Oenology Wine Club, and drink for half price on Thursdays from 2-11 p.m. So instead of slaving away at your desk on a hot summer day, head down to Williamsburg for a taste of some of BOE’s locally sourced wines. (Flickr). http://www.brooklynoenology.com
It would be a crime to waste these sunny days at the office, so for the next time you just so happen to be “sick,” here are ten top New York hangouts where playing a teeny bit of hooky, while not actually encouraged, will definitely be ignored.