The modern craft beer connoisseur carries a sophisticated palette, so Jason Gardner and Kristen Lyons have to make great beer. The two engineers build their brews on that simple philosophy, bringing together science, art and a close community of patrons who frequent Binghamton Brewing Co. Jason and Kristen created their precise process as home-brewers aspiring to produce Belgian-style ales on par with esteemed beer makers like Brewery Ommegang. The inventive pair boosts their own efficiency…

Dear EscapeMakers, Grab your friends and flasks and make your escape to Central Jersey, where their craft beverage scene is booming once again! Regulatory changes and sophisticated consumers are powering a boom in craft beverage making, including wines, beer, hard cider, and distilled spirits!   Self-guided bootlegger’s trail! Use the new Central Jersey Canal Region Map to help you design your own Central Jersey craft beverage tour. Stops include: • New Jersey’s farm distillery, Sourland…

Dear EscapeMakers — Golden leaves, crisp apples and pumpkin pie. It might be the heat of the summer, but autumn is fast approaching. Of all the seasons, fall is most magical in Ithaca — the heart of the Finger Lakes. Plentiful in vibrantly hued leaves, agriculinary experiences, and copious amounts of fruits and vegetables, the harvest season is called that for a reason! As the agriculture season nears its end, it calls for celebratory times:…

Dear EscapeMakers — There’s an arts & culture explosion happening in the Hudson Valley! The eco-friendly Croff House, a gorgeous Victorian inn circa 1875 and just 2.25 hours from NYC (walkable from the Amtrak station), celebrates the diversity and creative spirit that thrives in Columbia County! As the only gay-owned and operated bed &  breakfast in Hudson, NY, The Croff House has supported Hudson Valley’s growing LGBTQ community since 2009. The inn has several common…

Dine on the Iconic Grounds of the Original 1969 Woodstock Festival! Dear EscapeMakers — Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with a farm-to-table feast on the sacred and iconic grounds of the original 1969 Festival. On Sunday, August 11, The Farmhouse Project will partner with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to bring you their newest creation, Terrain & Table. As you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail inspired by the Woodstock Festival….

Dear EscapeMakers — Travel less than an hour from NYC for some good old-fashioned fun! Somerset County New Jersey will continue their annual 4-H Fairtradition on Wednesday August 7th through Friday August 9th (10am-10pm) at North Branch Park located in Bridgewater NJ. This is a FREE family-friendly event with no admission or parking fees and no fees on midway or carnival rides. All day professional & amateur entertainment can be enjoyed as well! The Fair…

This past spring, the US Department of Agriculture released results from the 2017 Farm Census, which is taken every five years. For the first time, the survey allowed farming families to list more than one “principal” farmer. Couples who own farms no longer must designate one person—usually a husband—as the principal farmer. As a result, women as a percent of farmers has risen by 26% nationwide and by 36% in New Jersey. Some of this…

Dear EscapeMakers — So, you want to escape the city, try something new, swim in a creek, and remind yourself what stars look like? Well, you’re in luck! Ithaca has what you didn’t know you needed: baby goats to cuddle and bottle feed, Zagat’s #4 Must-Visit Farmer’s Market, CBD farms, and all the farm-to-glass breweries, cideries and wineries you could desire. Let’s get back to basics: how do you plan a trip to Ithaca? Step…

Take a break from the summer inferno to taste the ice cold craft beverages and farm fresh food of  the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands Regions of Upstate New York! The event is FREE and there will be live music & activities for kids, hiking & camping demos, food demos, craft beverage & wine tastings! 40+ farmers & producers will converge on Piers 16 & 17 in the Seaport District to offer samples and sales of…

You don’t have to be into wine to enjoy your time at Owera Vineyards. You just have to be up for an experience, one that includes great food, amazing views and good conversation. That’s the vision of the founding family that planted their vineyard outside the village of Cazenovia in 2008. It was an adventurous endeavor for Nancy and Peter Muserlian at the time. While this is a lakeside community, it falls outside of New…