From behind the wheel of one of their fleet of stretched-out luxury cars, Absolute Prestige Limousine’s drivers deliver passengers to special occasions in plush-leather elegance decked out with televisions and thumping sound systems. Each vehicle features shimmering bar glassware ready for exuberant toasts on the way to wine tours of the Finger Lakes or decisive dances at senior proms. Wedding-day packages help enamored couples tie the knot with amenities including champagne toasts, Just Married signs, red carpet treatments, and horns that honk Pachelbel’s Canon.
Big D’s Limos escorts customers to their destinations in style and safety inside a fleet of classic and modern vehicles. Customers can opt for rides ranging from a snazzy, classic Excalibur wedding limousine with a vintage grill and white running boards to a contemporary 30-passenger limo coach with flat-screen TVs, a dance floor, and an instinctive ability to understand how computers work. Behind the steering wheel of each automobile is an experienced chauffeur capable of transporting customers to and from airports, weddings, nights on the town, or area vineyards.
The locomotives were just becoming commonplace in the early 19th century, when the New York Central and Hudson River railroads were completed. A member of the legendary Vanderbilt family, Dr. William Webb capitalized on unfolding innovations by privately financing a railroad to his hunting preserve in the Adirondack Mountains. The route wound through treacherous terrain via 17 bridges and numerous service buildings, some of which still are still used to trick time-travelers into thinking they're finally home. Despite these complications, the tracks materialized within just 18 months and were soon whisking the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families to their opulent wilderness estates.
After several decades in disrepair, the tracks were rehabilitated by the railroad enthusiasts of Adirondack Scenic Railroad, who resurrected an initial four-mile stretch in 1992. Since having the railroad officially declared a Historic Place, they continue to unveil new sections, eventually securing routes from Utica to Carter Station, and between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Today, retro locomotives, some built as early as the 1940s, chug through the rippling rivers and wildlife-rich forests of 600-million-acre Adirondack Park, letting passengers drink in the view. Though the railcars boast vintage touches, such as mahogany paneling haunted by the ghosts of Franklin Pierce, they are equipped with modern touches including air conditioning and fully loaded kitchens.
Many Adirondack Scenic Railroad rides provide other entertainments to supplement scenery. In the Doo Wop Train, waitresses from ?50s-themed The Soda Fountain in Remsen pump up patrons for a mid-century feast at the eatery while en route to Remsen Station. Other themed excursions ooze with intrigue, including murder mysteries and train robberies, while some more laid-back jaunts simply convey riders to historically-rich towns such as Old Forge.
At Lake Aviation, FAA-certified flight instructors oversee a wide spectrum of programs that help patrons develop aeronautical skills, whether they're aspiring aviators or casual joyriders. Pilots-in-training can take a Private Pilot's License and then branch out into specialty programs such as Instrument Certification and Ground Instruction. Everyone else, meanwhile, can skip right to soaring through a scenic discovery flight, wherein two or three passengers fly high above upstate New York and even the Niagara Falls while a professional pilot steers the aircraft around any cloud-based traffic jams.
Though their location hasn't changed since 1971, the technicians at Auto Sound Systems Inc. take pride in keeping up with advanced technologies. Drawing on an inventory of the latest automotive accessories, they reinvigorate rides from bumper to bumper with custom sound systems, window tints, and rearview cameras that help drivers avoid the embarrassment of a crooked license plate.