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Bizarre Souvenirs in New York State

Published: Feb 27, 2014

Finger Lakes

The region's only stand-alone distillery, Finger Lakes Distilling overlooks beautiful Seneca Lake from a hillside in the heart of New York State's wine country. As a New York State Farm Distillery, they use locally grown fruits and grains to produce a range of high-quality, handmade spirits. They offer something for everyone's taste, from aged whiskeys made in small batches, to fun, sweet liqueurs for those who aren't used to drinking high-proof spirits.

The people behind Finger Lakes Distilling are as unique as the spirits they offer. They are proud to be home of "THE ENORMOUS," a gallon size flask for the thirsty traveler. This giant flask has become a conversation piece and photo opportunity in its own right to anyone who has visited the property. People can stop by get their picture taken with THE ENORMOUS, buy one and fill it with your favorite FLD spirit or other beverage.

They also have Whiskey Sour Pickles made by the Brooklyn Brine Company using the Finger Lakes Distilling's White Dog - unaged Rye Whiskey in their brine to make the pickles. They are a wonderful combination of dill pickle with a kick of spice, and you cannot eat just one.  They are irresistibly tasty and popular among visitors.

Long Island

For those who come to Long Island, the region can be so many things. The South Fork gives you the option of nightlife and people watching in a quaint seaside village setting, while vineyards and farms that dot the North Fork give the area a country charm. Still, what almost any part of the region has in common is spectacular beauty, both on land and by sea. One of Long Island's most famous roadside attractions is The Big Duck.

The Big Duck is a ferrocement building in the shape of a duck located in Flanders, New York. It was originally built in 1931 by duck farmer Martin Maurer in nearby Riverhead, and used as a shop to sell ducks and duck eggs. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. It is a principal building on the Big Duck Ranch, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Roadside architecture designed to promote what is sold inside is now commonly known as "Duck Architechture", in honor of the whimsical grand-daddy of them all.

Now the big duck, where a local farmer used to sell eggs, etc., is a popular spot to stop on the way out to the famous Hamptons, and inside you'll find all sorts of duck souvenirs.

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