Dear EscapeMakers — Spring may have just arrived, but Ithaca NY is wrapping up the wintery weather in style! Before the snow melts, marvel at one of 150 majestic waterfalls that are frozen in time, and enjoy seasonal tastings at award-winning craft breweries and wineries. Dine at one of Ithaca’s renowned farm-to-table restaurants while relishing their warm and cozy ambiance. Engage in family-friendly, hands-on experiences at local museums and festivals. Enjoy the final frosty days…

It’s maple season, Escapemakers! When cold wintry days start to transform into spring, northeasterners know that this short and sweet (yes, pun intended) season is upon us. This rings especially true for the state of Vermont. Vermont maple syrup — rich in flavor, rich in heritage — is a signature agricultural product in the Green Mountain State. The sugar makers of Vermont care deeply for the high quality maple syrup products they create, building relationships…

DID YOU KNOW over half of the country’s maple syrup comes from Vermont and New York State? Celebrate the maple sugaring season this March at a Maple Weekend, Open House or festival near you via Amtrak, Metro-North, Zipcar or bus!   Hudson Valley, New York: Crown Maple at Madava Farm Maple Weekends: 3/18-3/19 & 3/25-3/26 www.crownmaple.com   White Oak Farm + Hilltop Hanover Farm Maple Weekends: 3/18-3/19 & 3/25-3/26 www.whiteoakfarm1.com   Soukup Farms Maple Weekends:…

EscapeMaker.com will partner with Dutchess Tourism Inc. to run popular Farm Fresh Tours program with Metro-North Railroad through 2017. EscapeMaker.com, NYC’s guide to local getaways since 2000, announced today that it has secured a contract with Dutchess Tourism, Inc. to administer the development and operation of their successful Dutchess County Farm Fresh Tours program through 2017. For 10 years, Dutchess Tourism, Inc. has operated the Farm Fresh Tours program, which offers guided day trips to…

Dear EscapeMakers — Got a sweet tooth? BYOW (Bring your own waffles)! Join us for our first event of the season, Maple Fest, at the GrowNYC Union Square Greenmarket on Friday, March 17th from 10am to 4pm. This event is FREE for all ages! Stop by for free samples, live music, maple samples, maple flavored products and more! Sample maple syrup, maple-infused coffee, maple candies, maple yogurt, maple lollipops, and witness maple tree tapping demos…

Shoppers at GrowNYC’s Union Square Greenmarket will be greeted with a special treat on March 17th, 2017 when EscapeMaker.com, New York’s guide to local getaways and farm escapes, hosts its second annual Maple Fest. The event will run from 10am – 4pm on the north side of the square and will feature maple product samples, dancing maple trees, competing pancakes and more. Attendees will get to taste maple yogurt, maple candy, icy local treat “sugar…

It’s the sweetest time of the year, EscapeMakers! Every spring for a few short weeks, maple sugarmakers across the Northeast open the doors of their sugarhouses for maple weekends, inviting visitors to discover the sweet flavors and traditions involved in making maple syrup. Between Vermont and New York State, more than half of the country’s maple syrup production takes place just a train ride away from NYC via Metro North Railroad or Amtrak! And with…

Happy President’s Day Weekend, EscapeMakers! As we celebrate a three-day weekend and great presidents from the past, we would be remiss not to explore the American history right here in our backyard. The Northeast is rich with historic sites and landmarks, and now, perhaps more than ever, it is important to reflect on these great and progressive events and places that have helped define what it truly means to be American. Whether you only have…

On a chilly afternoon in late December in Sharon Springs, NY, a small upstate village located just 180 miles north of NYC, farmer Jay Lavery decided to spice up his daily barn chores at his Permaculture Inn farm. With his goats by his side and his broom in hand, Lavery performed a soon-t0-be-viral dance to Sia’s Cheap Thrills. What was meant as a light-hearted and fun shared video has not only brought smiles to over…

The winter blues have officially set in and we’re all looking for a little something to look forward to. What better time to get away for some R&R than Valentine’s Day? Whether it’s a trip with your honey or a getaway with your besties, we could all benefit from a little cozy weekend escape come February. Or — better yet — give the gift of a weekend getaway this year! Mom, Dad, sister, boyfriend, wife…a…