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…

Chris Harp is an organic beekeeper, “Bee Doctor”, beekeeping teacher and co-founder of HoneybeeLives.  He has been tending his own hives in New Paltz, NY for twenty-six years.  He has expanded his naturalist and biodynamic approach to tend approximately 200 colonies in locations in New York and Connecticut for both individuals and organizations.  Harp is a consultant on hive health for troubled colonies and concerned beekeepers. Harp’s naturalist and biodynamic methods, and unique hive designs,…

Waterfalls, wineries, things to do, places to eat…it’s all here! But can you spot the “vintage” Ithaca Commons? Or perhaps one of your favorite artists on the marquee at the State Theatre? See the whole city from your desktop with this fun documentary-style piece on all there is to do in the “GORGES” city of Ithaca, NY. For more inspiration for your next weekend getaway, Visit Ithaca online today!

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and a long weekend around the corner, and Black History Month kicking off on February 1st, now is the perfect time of year to explore some of the incredible black history sites, museums and landmarks the Northeast has to offer. According to New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State was at the forefront of the Underground Railroad movement. It was a major destination for freedom-seekers…

When January 1st arrives, we often make resolutions to focus on health in our lives. But just because you’re eating cleaner, and looking to be more active and increase wellness, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your cravings for travel and adventure! With so many spas, wellness centers, and active winter sports just a short drive or train ride from NYC, you can still plan your weekend escape while staying true to those resolutions. So for…

Peace and Carrots Farm is a 4-acre, 75-member, non-certified CSA in its fourth year. The farm has been a dairy operation for four generations and Peace and Carrots’ parcel takes up only 3 of about 200 acres that composes the farm as a whole. The farm is located in the Hudson Valley, which is known for its natural beauty. Laura Nywening grew up on C.F. Johnson and Son Farm, making forts in the surrounding woods,…

The weather is changing and the scarves and mittens have come out of hibernation. So when it’s too cold to frolic through orchards or hike through the hills and valleys, where should our much needed winter weekend getaways be spent? We’ve got lots of great ideas for fun and cozy trips that will keep you out of the cold!   Hudson Valley Culinary Crawl: The Hudson Valley is known for its abundance of delicious food….

At last, the holiday season is upon us! We’ve composted our farm-picked pumpkins and gourds, cleared off our Thanksgiving tables, and now it’s time to start checking off that December bucket list. First up, picking out and cutting down your very own Christmas tree! It’s not as daunting as it may seem – New York state is filled with Christmas tree farms within a couple hours from the city. Grab some hot cocoa, jump in…