Tupper Lake, New York
A 6,000-square-foot medieval castle -- made entirely of cinderblocks on 20 acres of pristine and remote land in -Adirondack Park. The castle also is situated so that the view stretches 100 miles in every direction.
Renaissance-themed game room called a "Fungeon."
Wood craftsman Matteo Bartolotta, made a hand-carved ornate kitchen. The kitchen leads to a library, with a wall of books.
Pull the correct book and the wall will swivel to reveal
a secret passage leading to a powder room.
The stairway opens to a 20-foot-high great room.
King and queen's master suites will each consist of a large bedroom with a bathroom and a balcony overlooking the great room. The queen's room will also have a drawbridge at its entrance, should invaders try to capture her.
On the fourth floor are four more bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, each named and designed after a chess piece..
The roof will be outfitted with a wood-heated hot tub, a greenhouse, and an outdoor fireplace. Guests can climb the
60-foot-high turret and look out over the 20-acre property.
1911 Established Distillery
Lafayette, New York
Beak & Skiff is one of the largest and highest-profile
apple operations in New York, with 700 acres of land,
of which 400 are farmed.
It opened in 1911 when onion farmer George Skiff and dairy farmer Andrew Beak joined forces. It helped pioneer onsite retail apple sales and u-pick with its original Apple Hill buildings, on Lord's Hill Road (Route 80), back in 1975.
It has since broadened its operations to include a destination visitors center, a line of hard ciders and distilled spirits (1911 Established), and a big-time concert venue.
It has twice been named the best orchard in the United States by USA Today readers in 2015 and 2017.