Here at EscapeMaker, we are on a mission to connect all you adventurous, curious, farm- and food-loving travelers to unique local experiences. We’re here to open your eyes to the herculean effort that goes into getting those fresh apples into your farmers market tote, or crafting that crisp, hoppy pint of beer in your hand. In our new “Escape to the Maker” series, we hope you’ll take time to learn a little bit more about…

New York apples are delicious all year long! Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the latest in our series of “Apple Spotlights!” Apple Variety: Golden Delicious Background: Ever hear that Golden Delicious is the yellow cousin of the popular Red Delicious apple? Actually, they are related in name only, but this honey sweet apple is a special treat all on its own. Characteristics: Mild, sweet flavor; Juicy; Crisp, light yellow flesh….

It’s that time of year when we start to feel a sense of hope that spring is, in fact, around the corner. And with spring comes so many sweet weekend getaway opportunities! Every March, maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their sugar houses to see for themselves how local, pure maple syrup is made for annual ‘Maple Weekends‘. Weekend activities include tours, pancake breakfasts, shopping and, of course, tasting. These weeks are…

Fall may be known for apple picking, but there’s nothing like a warm cider donut and cold pint of hard cider in the dead of winter! All of these cider-makers (and so many more) have fabulous farms and cozy tasting rooms that you can visit for a day trip or weekend getaway all year long. Check out a few of our favorite New York Ciders that you can visit in person below.   Brooklyn Cider…

New York apples are delicious all year long! Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the latest in our series of “Apple Spotlights!” Apple Variety: RubyFrost Background: 10 years in the making and developed by Cornell University’s apple breeding program, RubyFrost apples reaching their peak flavor in the winter months. RubyFrost is an excellent choice for warm seasonal dishes, as well as an ideal baking apple thanks to its plump, luscious size….

Central New York serves up one of nature’s sweetest treats in syrups, sugars and more. Grab some off the shelf or see how its made at many farms across the region. Maple season takes place in New York State every March, so start making your plans for a Maple Weekend getaway to CNY! Get to know the Best in Fresh at http://www.cnyfresh.com  

The Everett family has been farming at Stone House Farm since 1964. Tim and Patti Everett took over the farm in 1986, and have been farming there ever since. While maple syrup production has been in the family for several generations, Tim and Patti have slowly expanded their maple syrup production each year since they have been here. They started selling maple products on the farm in 1994. In 2001, they decided to expand their…

(Photo Credit: Glorie Winery) (SPONSORED) Winter is the perfect time for a cozy glass of wine as you take in the magical winter wonderland vistas of the Hudson Valley. Just 60 miles north of New York City lies the gorgeous (and nearest wine region to the city in New York State) Shawangunk Wine Trail. Nestled between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River, the trail features 14 member wineries, which are producing diverse and unique…

New York apples are delicious all year long! Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the latest in our series of “Apple Spotlights!” Apple Variety: SnapDragon Background: A new New York apple characterized by “monster crunch.” One of its parents is the Honeycrisp, and you’ll love the spicy/sweet flavor. Along with RubyFrost®, SnapDragon is one of two exciting new apples that were 10 years in the making and developed by Cornell University’s…

The holiday season is upon us! And experiences as a gift are one of the best ways to show love and appreciation this time of year. For those who deserve a little extra rest, relaxation (and fun!) this year, consider the gift of an escape. Give the gift of adventure with an Upper Delaware guided fly fishing trip! The Baxter House in the Sullivan Catskills has been a landmark in Roscoe, aka “Trout Town U.S.A.”,…