New York Roadside Attractions

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Every state in the union has its share of wacky roadside attractions. In fact, America’s highways have somewhat of a reputation worldwide for the oddities strewn along their lengths. New York is no exception to this tradition and plays host to some of the, dare we say, oddest roadside attractions you could hope to see anywhere.

Hop in your RV and head out… and while you’re heading there, stop in and see some of New York’s best roadside attractions, like…

Magic Forest – Lake George, New York

A fairy tale themed park, Magic Forest brings the world of children’s fairy tales to life with vivid displays, statues, and dioramas. The park winds through forested paths and leads to such characters as the World’s Largest Uncle Sam (38 feet tall), Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, Smokey the Bear, the Statue of Liberty, the Three Little Pigs, Jack Sprat, Hansel & Gretel, and other displays, about 20 in all. There are also rides, multi-colored cottages, and even a diving horse.

The forest combines a strange and oddly charming mix of woodsy allure and creepiness.

Address: Highway 9 N, Lake George, NY. I-87 exit 21 to Highway 9 North. Just south of Lake George on the east side of the road.

House of Frankenstein Wax Museum – Lake George, New York

This grisly wax museum, also located in Lake George, is full of strange and disturbing dioramas, such as “Strange Planet” where you walk through a blacklit room across wrestling mats while Pink Floyd plays, “Your Host” where a strange and deformed statue babbles dialogue, and the “Megalopolis, Man of the Future”  who looks like the Colossus of New York with glowing red eyes.

Parental discretion is advised, though most of the displays are more bizarre and hokey than frightening.

Address: 213 Canada St., Lake George, New York.

Cardiff Giant – Cooperstown, New York

The Cardiff Giant isn’t just a roadside attraction, but a roadside attraction with history. This might be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, roadside attraction in New York.

Created by George Hull, a cigar manufacturer and atheist, the giant was inspired by a conversation he had with a minister. Remembering a bible passage about “giants in the earth,” he wondered if he could fool people that he’d found a petrified giant. He spent $2600 to create a 10-foot tall stone statue, modeled after himself, then washed it with sulfuric acid and abused it to make it look ancient and had it buried at a friend’s farm before he “discovered” it.

People bought it. So well, in fact, that he was able to accrue $30,000 in admissions at just 50 cents a peek.

It’s now on display again and, even though you know it’s fake, the history behind it is quite intriguing.

Address: 100 Lake St., Cooperstown, New York.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Okay, we’re not really a roadside oddity, but Jim’s RV Center is an attraction in and of itself. Stop by and see us in Nichols, New York, to tour any of our RV models or to schedule some service for your current RV if you’re touring New York’s roadside attractions and need to make sure that your RV is in good enough shape to reach them all!

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A Thanksgiving Entree to Spice Up Your Meal

Whole Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving dinner is all about the entree, and that’s usually a traditional whole turkey. Try this new butterflied turkey with rosemary gravy recipe to wow your friends and family with an innovative twist on that classic turkey taste.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 5 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 12-pound turkey (butterflied)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 sprigs rosemary

For the gravy:

  • Reserved turkey neck, back and giblets
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 garlic cloves (mashed)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour

Cooking instructions

  1. To create the brine, boil 1 1/2 quarts water with salt in a pot big enough to hold the turkey. Stir until salt dissolves.
  2. Stir rosemary, garlic and 3 quarts cold water into the pot and let cool. Add the turkey and let it chill, covered overnight.
  3. For the broth, boil all of the ingredients (except the mashed garlic, rosemary and flour) together. Simmer for 1 hour, then strain and discard the solids. Let chill.
  4. Place a rack in a large rimmed pan and set the turkey on the rack to drain. Pat the turkey dry and rub it with oil.
  5. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees. Turn off one burner and place a large drip pan on it. Fill the pan halfway with water.
  6. Place the turkey on the grill skin side up. Cook until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 175 degrees. Remove from heat and tent the turkey with foil for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, toast the flour in a 6-quart pot until browned. Pour in 3 cups of broth and whisk until smooth. Whisk the rest of the broth, garlic and rosemary into the gravy. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes (whisk often).
  8. Season gravy with salt and pepper before serving.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center before you hit the roads in your RV this holiday season.

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The 2017 Highland Ridge Highlander

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Considering a toy hauler for your next travel trailer? Perhaps the most appealing thing about a toy hauler is the area of the trailer that the class gets its name from: the garage. Not only can you use this as a place to put your toys, like ATVs, bikes, or kayaks, but it can also be used as a flex-space, providing extra sleeping room, living room, or even as a covered eating area if you want to get that patio vibe.

The 2017 Highland Ridge Highlander 31RGR Toy Hauler

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Check out this 2017 Highland Ridge Highlander 31RGR toy hauler, which is a great example of the toy hauler class.

The interior is just like home, with washer and dryer hookups, LED lighting in the ceiling, an 8 cu. ft. fridge, a 29″ bedroom TV, a 39″ garage TV, and optional Dyson vacuum cleaner, linoleum in garage, and HAPPIJAC bed lift with pass-thru dinette.

Exterior options include a BBQ grill, MaxxAir MAXXFAN PLUS in bathroom and bedroom, patio ramp with railing, pull down screen door at the rear, slide-out awning covers, and dual pane windows.

The construction includes a 100″ wide body frame, 30 gallon fuel cell, ACCU-SLIDE slide system, frameless windows, spare tire, PVC roof material, side mount folding ladder, and generator prep.

This unit comes with the Executive and Four Seasons Protection packages.

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Come tour the Highland Ridge Highlander today at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York.

 

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November Events in New York

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Looking for somewhere to go and something to do this month? Check out these fun-filled events and festivals happening across New York this November.

Christkindl Market – November 11-13 in Canandaigua

The annual Christkindl Market is held on the lawn of the historic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum. Market-goers can enjoy the market in decorated and heated tents. The market attracts over 100 regional artisans and food vendors. The market is heavily influenced by German culture, so expect German cuisine, music, and other German-themed festivities.

The market will be located at 295 North Main Street, Canandaigua, New York.

11th Annual Syracuse Wine and Chocolate Festival – November 26 in Syracuse

Wineries and wine enthusiasts from across the region will gather on November 26 for an unlimited sampling of dozens of award-winning wines of all styles and tastes. Buy bottles of your favorites and feel good about doing it: $1 from each bottle sold will benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Chocolate will also be prominently featured, with master chocolatiers showcasing their best and tastiest work. Other vendors, such as crafts and decor, will also be selling their wares.

Set your course for 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, New York. The festival will run between 2-9pm.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Have more fun in your own RV from Jim’s RV Center. No matter your travel plans, they’re sure to be more comfortable and convenient with an RV at your command. Shop today at Jim’s RV Center; tour the models that interest you and get your questions answered by knowledgeable associates.

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