As stunning fall colors settle into the leaves of Saratoga County, beer lovers gather at the Malta Drive-In to celebrate the changing of the season with 27 different German and seasonal fall craft beers. Traditional German food complements a wide selection of American seasonal favorites, such as the Fall Summit ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company and the traditional Oktoberfest beer produced yearly by the Spaten brewery. The organizers endeavor to entertain more than taste buds, arranging live musical performances throughout the day from German accordion player Herb Liebenhagen, Saratoga favorite Headband Jack, and the Bluz House Rockers. Visitors also partake in games and contests such as Best Brat Costume or Who Smells the Most Like Cabbage.
Razzles, Sky Bars, Zotz, Bull’s Eyes. The sisters who co-own The Village Sweet Shoppe purposely stock a section of nostalgic candies whose names leave most contemporary youths scratching their heads. Nonetheless, visitors of all ages grow wide-eyed over rows and rows of bins filled with colorful gummy bears, sour watermelons, malt balls, nonpareils, espresso beans, and taffies, and many find themselves sneaking a bite the moment their self-served scoops are rung up. Like Proust's madeleine cake or George Washington's boyhood wig, the candies transport visitors back to their childhoods, which was the ultimate goal of proprietors Joie Smith and Kate Mayer. When they're not tracking down hard-to-find sweets, the sisters take their goods on the go, stocking candy buffets or chocolate fountains at local weddings and birthday parties.
BubKat Bounce! fuels hours of airborne festivities with bright, neon bounce houses and whimsical treats. Their staffers deliver and set up three styles of inflatables that range from a simple castle with a drawbridge entryway to a bounce house outfitted with an interior slide, basketball hoop, and springy mortgage agreement. BubKat also assembles 10-person party packages complete with cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and candy, which they can customize with everything from monkeys and dinosaurs to princess wands.:m]]
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Home Style Caterers whip up hearty Italian breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes for parties across upstate New York. An array of platters offers something appealing to all manner of partygoers, offering dishes that range from swedish meatballs to antipasto and kebabs. Pasta dishes are served alongside chicken available in 15 varieties, including marsala, parmigiana, and cordon bleu. Services range from prepping the food for pickup, dropping off comestibles at a party, offering a limited buffet, or treating guests to white-glove butlered service and hand-feeding them each piece of food.
It begins as the slightest ground rumble. Then there’s a knock at your front door, where OCD's team of cleaning professionals breaks into song: "We obsess so you don't have to!" After crossing “epic musical introduction” off the list, cleaning techs set to work following a strict 40-point obsession checklist, designed to rid fixtures, floors, and finicky tiles of dust and grime. Once the house is in shipshape condition, homeowners can solicit OCD's personal-assistant services to plan a party, finish grocery shopping, or throw a grocery-themed party.
• For $13, you get a single kayak rental and return shuttle (a $25 value). • For $18, you get a Lazy River Tubing Adventure for two (up to a $36 value). • For $79, you get a whitewater rafting adventure for two on the Hudson River (up to a $160 value). Beaver Brook Outfitters opens the window to the great outdoors by leading expeditions and adventures in the heart of the beautiful Adirondacks. Explore the scenic Upper Hudson River with a single kayak rental, which plants paddlers on a private launching point before they float from Thurman Station to 1000 Acres Ranch on a five-mile trip. Take in the views of surrounding flora and fauna before a complimentary shuttle whisks you back to civilization. The tubing trip allows two people to relax in harmony during a leisurely 2.5 mile float down the Hudson. Lasting approximately two hours, or the time the average American spends watching cat videos per week, this tranquil trip provides serene surroundings and calming conditions for bonding or splash fights.