Dear EscapeMakers — Join us this July! DUTCHESS PINTS & POLITICAL FIGURES TOUR (VIA DIRECT BUS TO THE HUDSON VALLEY FROM BRYANT PARK) Saturday, July 21st & Sunday, July 22nd — Included: Lunch & dinner, tours of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val Kill Cottage, the FDR Home “Springwood Estate” and Hyde Park Brewery, plus a beer sampler and a crash course in brewing! RESERVE NOW! DUTCHESS FRUIT FARMS & BERRY PICKING (VIA METRO-NORTH RAILROAD FROM GRAND CENTRAL…

Dear EscapeMakers — Check everything off your summer bucket list with the ultimate vacation to the Central New York Vacation Region. Creating your own outdoor adventure has never been easier, whether you’re reaching for the beach bag or a hiking pack. With eight counties of excitement to explore, there truly is something for everyone in CNY. Find solace in spending a night under the stars at one of many private campgrounds throughout the region. Set up…

When the weather heats up, nothing cools us down quite like a crisp, chilled, local beer. With a surplus of brewery options these days in and around New York, it’s impossible to pick just one hoppin’ spot to visit. Check out a list of some of our favorite breweries – new and old – below and plan your weekend getaway to hit one, two or ALL of these delicious spots this summer! The Hudson Valley…

June has ARRIVED! We are celebrating summer in the best way we know how around here…and that is with endless orchard visits and berry-picking/eating. Check out some of the juicy farms near you and plan a berry-picking weekend escape (see below). Or, if you’re looking for a berry-picking escape all packaged up for you, hop on our Dutchess Fruit Farms & Berry Picking Weekend with hop on / hop off shuttle! Explore the culinary mecca and…

Dear EscapeMakers — Less than an hour from NYC in Somerset County, New Jersey, Colonial Park Gardens is the place to be on June 9th! Their annual Rose Day Festival celebrates one of the first signs of summer. Roses in Bloom! In the heart of the park, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden displays thousands of roses of many varieties, with both modern and historic significance. Stroll through the gardens, enjoying music and…

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Dear EscapeMakers – Looking to learn a new skill, get outdoors and stay at an all-inclusive Catskills lodge committed to sustainability, solar energy, composting and sourcing local food, beverage and ingredients from their organic farm? See the Kaatsbann Lodge’s offer below! Kaatsbaan Lodge is the home of Total Tennis, The Northeast’s only year round tennis camp. They are located in Saugerties, NY — 100 miles north of NYC. Total Tennis is ranked the #1 Tennis…

Thank you to the hundreds of people who entered our Dutchess Farm Fresh Tour raffle during yesterday’s Metro-North Getaway Day at Grand Central Terminal! We loved meeting you all and we hope to see you again soon. See below for the winning ticket and let us know if you are the winner at info@escapemaker.com. WINNING TICKET: 0009566    

When Memorial Day comes around each May, the excitement is palpable. Summer is here and our lists of plans and dreams for the warm months ahead bounce from pool parties to vacations to summer Fridays to sandy beaches and BBQs with friends. But the true meaning of the holiday is sometimes buried by the summer season kick-off. This Memorial Day, take some extra time to remember those who have selflessly served their nation, those whose…

 Dear EscapeMakers — If you’ve got spring fever, it may be time for your next weekend getaway. And what better place to escape to than the scenic Central New York Vacation Region? As you make your way up and out of the city, enjoy the views of mountainous landscapes and beautiful greenery along meandering roads.In just a few short hours, you will have arrived. Relax and practice your golf swing. You don’t  have to play…