Spring always makes a body itch to get out and do something. This year, with relentless news scrolls and endless dreary weather, the need to get out of the apartment is greater than ever. Adventure-travel outfitter Austin-Lehman leads terrific multi-sport trips to North America’s classic nature-nut destinations. Most of the six-day itineraries explore the great national parks, and all include hiking and biking. These aren’t your cookie-cutter hike-and-bike tours. Each trip incorporates an adventure sport suited to the destination: kayaking in Nova Scotia, rafting in Yellowstone, rock climbing in Yosemite. Austin-Lehman co-owner Paul Lehman recommends the Vancouver trip, where you’ll bike the rolling hills of Vancouver Island’s wine country and kayak among sea otters, whales, and porpoises. “Plus, it’s our foodie trip,” he says. “We’ll be hitting some of the best restaurants in Canada.” Austin-Lehman’s season runs from May to October; groups are limited to twelve. Accommodations are carefully selected and promise a comfortable night’s sleep after long, (way)-out-of-the-apartment days. (Call 800-575-1540; trips from $1,898.)
Whether you’ve been inspired by Sheryl Crow and Blue Crush or have always harbored longboard fantasies, Hawaii is the place to rip, even for first-timers. Legendary pro surfer Hans Hedemann has just opened a new branch of his surf school at the recently revamped (and ultraluxe) Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. Sign up for private or group classes and learn the secrets of riding waves. If you get waterlogged, Turtle Bay offers golf, tennis, oceanfront hiking and riding trails, and, of course, a spa. (Rooms from $295; surfing lessons from $50 per hour; 808-293-8811; turtlebayresort.com.)
Why waste precious vacation time falling down? You can learn the basics of many sports right here in New York.
Surfing: Learn to hang ten with wobble-board lessons at Clay spa. (25 W. 14th St., second fl.; 212-206-9200.)
Kayaking: Manhattan Kayak Company will have you plying the Hudson in no time. (Pier 63, at W. 23rd St.; 212-924-1788.)
Waterskiing: Tribeca Bodywork’s trainers use Pilates to strengthen legs and help you stay on your feet. (177 Duane St.; 212-625-0777.)
Rock climbing: Test your vertical limits with beginner lessons at the Chelsea Piers climbing wall. (Pier 60, at W. 23rd St.; 212-336-6000.)
Mountain biking: Gear up with the Sports Club/LA’s “Rev Pro” intense cycling class. (45 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-218-8600; 330 E. 61 St., 212-355-5100.) AARON RASMUSSEN
Deal Of The Week
Jackson Hole’s rustic Spring Creek Ranch offers everything the Wild West should: climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, riding. Book two or more nights in May, and get a room with Teton views, plus breakfast and dinner and two massages, for $340 a night (800-443-6139; springcreekranch.com).
FOR A SONG
Watch out, JetBlue: Delta wants a slice of the low-fare pie. Song, Delta’s new discount carrier, launched last week at JFK, will serve all three New York–area airports by the end of the year, offering amenities like pay-per-view movies at personal TVs, mp3 tunes, and good food—for a fee. (Flysong.com; flights from $79 to $299.)
South Beach’s Astor Hotel has just reopened with freshened-up rooms and a new restaurant, Metro, whose eclectic menu has attracted Gisele, Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, and Luke Wilson (305-531-8081).
On April 25, Tokyo’s $4 billion Roppongi Hills complex opens with 115 shops and 70 restaurants, plus a hotel, a museum, a movie theater, and an observation deck with 360-degree city views (mori.co.jp).