Situated two hours north of the Big Apple in a historic red barn built in 1864, the 800-acre Black Horse Farms grows florid fruits and vegetables to sate patrons' stomachs while supporting environmental stability. The sun-ripened earth treats—such as beefsteak tomatoes and sugar sweet corn—are only sold during the seasons in which they are most wholesome and undergo a rigorous quality inspection that includes washing, grading, and skin exfoliating before going to market. Black Horse Farms' gardening center yields equally vitalizing vines, including sweetly scented house plants, annuals, perennials, and remarkably sprightly bicentennials ($1.99+).
77kids, a new children's clothing brand by American Eagle, swaddles newborns and youths up to size 14 in rock ‘n’ roll–inspired duds featuring stylish retro details. The pink Rock Sparkle hoodie ($39.50) adds an urban edge to the animal print of the Flowy ruffle-front dress ($34.50). The Rad to the Bone graphic tee ($16.50) launches playground debates about skeletal system ethics and complements a pair of Destroyed loose-fit jeans ($34.50). A baby bedecked in an All Good! footed one piece ($16.50) gets a head start on learning rock ‘n’ roll vocab such as "rad," "awesome," and "check check, one two, one two."
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.
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.
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.