Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield originally started their ice cream business in the late 1970s, built a national brand, and then sold it to a European corporation called Unilever in 2000. Throughout their history, they re-invested their profits into left-wing social causes, which was part of the brand’s appeal among its fans.
As for me, a tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, Vermont seemed like a fun detour on a recent trip through the Green Mountain State. The 30-minute guided factory tour was somewhat underwhelming; I expected something a little more impressive for an international ice cream company.
Tail O’ the Pup, at 1186 New York State Route 86 in Ray Brook, New York, west of Lake Placid, has been serving up BBQ, lobster, and clam bake to Adirondacks visitors since 1927.
Sign for the old Gill House Inn at 13565 County Route 123 in Henderson Harbor, New York. The old inn, dating from the early 1900s, has been opened and closed several times over the past decade.
This sign for the Endwell Motel, at 3211 E Main Street in Endicott, New York, west of Binghamton, is a wonderful example of Populuxe style. I haven’t been able to determine when it opened, but it looks like circa 1960s. Usually you find motels advertising free HBO or Cable-TV, but this sign is so old it thinks TV in color is a draw.
Moore’s Antique Acres along Route 11 (9285 Brewerton Road) in Brewerton, New York. Closed.
The Blue Dolphin Diner, off New York State Route 17 in Apalachin, New York west of Binghamton, has a very unique sign and dolphin statue visible from the highway. This place is a travelers’ favorite and opened in 1989.
Rolando’s, at 140 Court Street (U.S. Route 11) in Binghamton, New York, is not a true diner, but more an old-fashioned cafe. Still, I love this sign.