Like many children, Tim McCann learned how to clean clothes from his grandmother?his education was just much more involved than most. His grandparents founded the original Best Cleaners in 1957, and it was after them that Tim and his wife Catherine named their company and modeled their business. With a lifetime of dry-cleaning education embedded in their fibers like so much starch, the McCanns boast impeccable cleaning services driven by eco-friendly technology. Each of its locations are inspected, tested, and certified by America's Best Cleaners, a third-party organization that vets the garment-care industry. Best Cleaners Dry Cleaning offers free delivery for clients in the area, as well as extra services such as bridal-gown care, tailoring, and rug cleaning. For their efforts, Best Cleaners Dry Cleaning is a perennial presence among the top 30 cleaners nationwide.
In the mid-18th century, distillers at Albany's first distillery, the Quackenbush Still House, crafted rum from Caribbean molasses, Hudson River water, and wild yeast. Instead of Quackenbush's large wooden fermenting vessels, The Albany Distilling Company's distilling duo, Matt Jager and John Curtin, rely on sleek, modern equipment to create their Quackenbush Still House rum. Updated gear, yeast, and water aside, Matt and John stick to Quackenbush's original recipe to yield the rum's smooth, butterscotch-flavored finish.
Their other small-batch spirits likewise pay homage to recipes of old, from the slowly processed Coal Yard New Make whiskey to Ironweed, a Prohibition-style whiskey aged in oak. Available throughout New York state, The Albany Distilling Company's libations are also served twice weekly at the distillery's very own tasting room.
Combine Yellowstone, Glacier, and Yosemite National Parks, and you still come short of Adirondack Park's six million acres. The protected terrain is home to mountains peaking at more than 4,000 feet, nearly 3,000 lakes, and rivers and streams flowing for thousands of miles. Since 1970, Adirondack Life magazine has covered the region's people, places, history, and issues in pieces by acclaimed writers such as Bill McKibben, Andrea Barrett, and Russell Banks.
Along with its bimonthly issues, Adirondack Life publishes two special issues each year. As spring turns into summer, the Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors exclusively focuses on outdoor recreation such as hiking, canoeing, and befriending bears with backrubs. In autumn, the At Home in the Adirondacks issue turns reader attention to topics such as architecture, gardening, and interior design.
A 17-foot-long red oak bar stretches along one of the rustic wooden walls inside Brookview Station Winery. Here, guests can sample vintner Ed Miller?s award-winning wines, which he makes from red and white grapes and locally grown fruits. Located at Goold Orchards, Brookview Station is perhaps best known for its apple wines, including Whistle-Stop White, a semi-dry white wine named 2007's Best Hudson River Region Wine by the Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association. However, according to the Times Union, the winery has recently trended toward the use of other fruits, producing notable ferments such as The Conductor?s Cassis, a black-currant cordial handcrafted in the traditional style of French artisan winemakers. Visitors can graciously waft Miller?s wares at wine tastings held seven days a week.
With more than 3,300 square feet of eclectic gifts and home wares, The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop can seem a bit daunting to first-time visitors. The store’s quirky charm and welcoming staff quickly dissipates that initial sense of trepidation, however, and one is left to fall in love with unique gifts and home accessories from brand names such as The Naked Bee, Robert Rothschild Farms, and Beanpod Candles. The wide variety of products—including stuffed animals, home décor, and gourmet foods—means that you can select a gift to convey any message, from "happy birthday" to "sorry I shrunk your Lego set." Every aisle throughout the store nearly overflows with comfy pajamas, baby outfits, wedding gifts, and wall art.:m]]
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.