Not all hunting trips are created equal — especially when you're doing your hunting at the Gilchrist Club. Located in the northern part of the state, not far from Gainesville, this exclusive, private hunting club encompasses 27,000 acres of undisturbed wilderness. While on site, you can indulge in the luxurious accommodations and excellent cuisine and service while hunting for quail, white tail, turkey, boar, and alligator, enjoying some freshwater fishing, honing your skills on the rifle and pistol range, or putting your camera through a workout on one of their photos safaris. One thing's for sure: when you tell your friends you went to Florida on vacation, you'll have far more interesting stories than they're expecting.
Ping-pong is fun no matter where you're playing it, but if you want to take your game seriously, head to SPiN New York. This pong-focused facility boasts 17 courts, Olympic-caliber Teraflex cushioned flooring, a 30-foot bar, pro shop, a host of professional coaches and players to help with your game, and a private room — complete with a polished stainless steel and wood ping pong table. Table rates are more than reasonable for walk-ins, but if you find yourself visiting often, consider ponying up for a membership, which gives you half-price play, priority access to events, and more.
Just like the Kentucky Derby that's held up the road, The Pendennis Club is a true classic. Named to the National Register of Historic places, this private, member's only club has been in operation since 1881, and moved into its current, 78,000 square-foot clubhouse in 1928. Inside, you'll find a historic ballroom on the third floor, two bars, a barber shop, library, athletic facilities, and plenty of marble, natural walnut, and red-carpeted and teak wood floors. Need more motivation? The Pendennis was also the birthplace of the Old Fashioned, making it quite possibly the birthplace of the modern cocktail itself.
It might be hard to get in, but if you're a cigar lover, it's well worth it. The Vertigo Club is a private place for enjoying fine cigars — and maybe even some poker — in the company of like-minded individuals. Included in your membership is a temperature and humidity-controlled Spanish Cedar cigar locker with your own key and name plate, a subscription to Cigar Aficionado, 7-day-a-week access via key card, free Wi-Fi, access to exclusive trips and events, and, optionally, your own custom-tailored smoking jacket. The downside? membership is limited to just 150 and is only offered by invitation — so good luck, and be sure to invite us for a smoke if you make it in. [Scouted by Sam]