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Clasped between Saguaro National Park and the Ironwood Preserve, Double R Ranch appears as though it were plucked straight from the frames of an old Western movie. The windswept grounds stand as a gateway to the thousands of untouched acres that quietly stitch together the Northwest side of Tucson. The ranch gives visitors a chance to explore that land with horseback rides and birthday parties. It also offers weekend getaways and RV hookups to city-dwellers in need of an escape from the crowds and door-to-door minivan salesmen that come with urban living. Double R also accommodates guests who have their own horses with overnight stabling services.

3390 Eager Rd
Jamesville,
NY
US

Since its founding by William Bright Sr. and William Dunk Sr. in 1927, Dunk & Bright Furniture has grown from a modest storefront to a 100,000-square-foot showroom. The store's staff—accredited by the Interior Design Society and American Society of Interior Designers—leads visitors through a maze of bedroom and living room sets, mattresses, and other pieces by brands such as Ashley, Harden, and aspenhome. A separate 1,000,000-cubic-foot warehouse stores the bulk of the shop's inventory, which also includes wall-to-wall carpeting, area rugs, shutters and blinds, and enchanted mirrors. Dunk & Bright delivers purchases free of charge within 200 miles of Syracuse.

2648 S Salina St
Syracuse,
NY
US

Established: 2010

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less

8888 Brewerton Rd
Syracuse,
NY
US

Don and Donna Maines opened Green Thumb Markets in 1971, where they began cultivating buds alongside their young son, David. Though Don and Donna have retired, visitors can still spot David, his wife, and his four boys working in their greenhouse. They tend geraniums, prune roses, and discuss customers’ gardening concerns and methods for keeping lazy poets from using their roses as similes. Giant hanging baskets dangle from the ceiling, the electrically hued, trumpet-shaped blossoms of petunias spilling forth and tangling with ivy geraniums. On the ground, colorful rows of perennials, annuals, and vegetables thrive alongside a variety of topsoils, compost, and environmentally friendly mulches.

The Maines family also runs an onsite bakery, which they stock with their own homemade ice cream, cookies, and pies.

3321 US Route 11
La Fayette,
NY
US

Established: 2002

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours, duration may vary

5860 Ike Dixon Rd
Camillus,
NY
US

As a child, Louis DiCrescenzo wandered between rows of vines, toddling along behind his grandfather as he walked through the family vineyard in the Italian countryside just south of Rome. Today, DiCrescenzo is following in those footsteps in a more figurative fashion. With four generations of winemakers behind him, DiCrescenzo and his peers craft wines in the European style at Altamont Vineyard & Winery. There, more than 20 types of grapes flourish on the vines before being transformed into a handful of carefully curated reds and whites. Visitors can take meandering tours of the picturesque winery and vineyard, cruising through the vines, heading to the wine room to see how it's all made, and sipping samples of the final result: adult juice boxes.

3001 Furbeck Rd.
Altamont,
NY
US