Word of Mouth: Windham, New York

A Scandinavian influenced hotel, New York's tallest waterfall and others stops make this town more than a ski destination

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains two-and-a-half hours outside of NYC lies Windham, a quaint town where, as the locals have it, the legend of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle is said to have taken place. With 285 acres spanning 54 ski trails and six terrain parks, Windham’s allure often stems from its winter sports offerings, but the scenic destination rewards those looking for outdoor adventures …

New York Plans To Open First Marijuana Dispensaries With Licenses Reserved for People With Drug Convictions

New York State’s first outlets for retail marijuana are slated to open by the end of the year with officials planning on providing those with early licenses access to stock from local farmers as well as storefronts leased by the state. The first 100 to 200 of these licenses, however, will be reserved for people who have been convicted of marijuana-related offenses, or their relatives. …

Rootstock Spirits’ New York State Apple Jacks + Apple Brandies

Head distiller Collin McConville explains the old-world techniques behind their delicious spirits

Apple Jack, a high-proof liquor distilled from apples and aged in American oak—predominantly former whiskey barrels—is one of a handful of spirits that can carry its name only if it has been produced in the US (like bourbon). Apple brandy, the broader category Apple Jack falls within, can be made the world over (with the most famous being Calvados from Normandy), but only Apple Jack …