Dear EscapeMakers — It’s the most beautiful time of the year! Whether you’ve been to Ithaca before, or have yet to visit, now is the time to explore! Constantly evolving, the Finger Lakes region always has new opportunities for you to experience. Fall Foliage at peak! There’s still time to catch the last leaf peeping in New York State! Due to the lakes themselves (heat retention and air flow), the Finger Lakes has a more…

Dear EscapeMakers — Fall has arrived at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern with a NEW Fall Menu! Autumn is the season of harvest festivals, crisp morning air and of course spectacular foliage! Leaves are reaching peak color and apples and pumpkins are being gathered. These are just some of the amazing reasons to stay, dine, and celebrate in the Hudson Valley – only 2 hours from NYC! The Tavern at Diamond Mills welcomes Autumn with…

Join us for the 1st Annual “Pooches & Pumpkins” at Stone Ridge Orchard Bring the whole family, including your furry canine for a socially distanced and fresh-air filled day on the farm! And make sure you wear your Halloween costumes! Admission includes the following activities: Blanket Bingo Pumpkin Painting Storytime with children’s iconic literary costumed characters “Llama Llama”, “Curious George,” and the “Wild Thing” from Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” on stage for…

A lot of folks are wondering if New York’s annual traditional of picking apples in bucolic orchards among the fiery fall leaves and baked cider donuts is a safe activity for 2020. EscapeMaker founder & CEO Caylin Sanders joined Heritage Radio Network to answer that question. YES! Supporting local farms and farmers is so important right now, so as long as proper precautions (Wear a mask! Wash your hands! Social distance!) are taken, apple picking…

Crisp Starry Nights, Apple Picking Adventures, Winery Tours Fun Events are Happening at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern! Dear EscapeMakers — Bask in the beauty of the changing foliage and enjoy special savings at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern – only 2 hours from NYC! Whether you are searching for a safe, socially distanced, last-minute getaway to the Hudson Valley, a delightful waterfront dinner for two or planning a special event, Diamond Mills has something…

Saturday, September 26th / 12pm-6pm EscapeMaker’s 6th Annual (socially distanced) ApplePalooza!   Dear EscapeMakers — Come apple picking this FALL! We’re moving our 6th Annual Applepalooza event to Stone Ridge Orchard this year – only 2 hours from NYC! Support Hudson Valley farms, local food and local craft cider. Admission includes access to the orchard for apple picking, cider & apple products for sale, socially distanced 10 ft. field pods and safe kids activities like…

To support local farms and farmland preservation during Covid-19, the “Farm-to-Treble” event series features exclusive experiences in the fall with farm-fresh dinners, apple and peach picking, orchard walks, live music and local NY State cider and beer. STONE RIDGE, NY – This Labor Day Weekend kicks off the first events of “Farm-to-Treble,” a series of socially distanced, exclusive fall farm events at Stone Ridge Orchard, just two hours north of New York City in the…

The land that is now Stone Ridge Orchard has been a productive, diversified farm for nearly two hundred years. Tucked away in the Roundout river valley between the Shawagunk and Catskill Mountains, they raise a wide variety of sustainably-grown gourmet fruits and vegetables.  Two centuries of farming apples, as well as many other crops, is fair proof that the Catskill mountain climate provides the perfect conditions for creating the high quality farm-fresh fruits and vegetables…

Though your Labor Day Weekend plans may look a little different (and more distant!) than normal, there are still endless ways to escape for the weekend and explore the amazing treasures just outside New York City. From cozy B&Bs to sunflower picking to hiking and biking and craft beer tasting, mark the end of summer with an agritourism experience fit for everyone! Need some inspiration? Look no further. Visit Saugerties, NY! A quaint mill town,…

How many of us have secretly dreamed of owning and running our own bed and breakfast inn in some tiny, bucolic town with infinite things to do? I know I have. Loretta Breedveld had the same dream years ago and the courage to see it through. She has never regretted her decision. “Don’t be fooled. It’s a lot of work,” Loretta says. “But the rewards are boundless. Meeting new guests, seeing the delight in their…