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

Sherburne, New York, is a one-stoplight town. But, that red circle isn’t the only reason for pause. It’s not unusual for drivers to make a U-turn when they see the large sign that reads “BEER” on the side of Bullthistle Brewing Co. And those otherwise passers-through are rewarded for their efforts. There’s nothing trendy about the craft beer Charlie Anderson makes here or the creative dishes Co-Owner Brad Taft creates. It’s simply food and beverage

It’s almost fall, y’all! This quintessential New York season brims with changing leaves, steaming cider, crumbly donuts, and apple picking galore. There are endless farms and orchards that you can escape to from NYC, whether you’re looking for a quick day trip or a relaxing weekend getaway. Check out the list below and make sure your next getaway includes a visit to one of these fabulous farms. U-PICK FARMS AROUND NYC Please note that hours,

Summer can’t come soon enough! Escape to the beautiful farms outside NYC this summer and pick fresh, local berries. Right now is prime strawberry season and soon the farms will be booming with blueberries, raspberries, cherries and more. Check out this list below of some berry-picking favorites and make plans to escape this weekend for some farm fresh fun. Please note that U-Pick is available at farms until the crop runs out, so please check

No Car? No Problem! The new “Sip & See Somerset Craft Beverage Trail” stops are ALL accessible by train and within 90 minutes of NYC! Check it out! Here are THREE mass transit-focused itineraries we’ve put together to visit three breweries, a cidery, and a distillery. Participate in their Passport Program, stay overnight and make a weekend out of it! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO           Sip & See Somerset was

‘Tis the season for hot cider, warm fires, giving thanks and, of course, decking the halls. Don’t miss out on a favorite winter agritourism activity, cutting (or digging up to replant!) your own Christmas Tree. There are endless farms around NYC that are perfect for a pre-holiday day trip or weekend getaway. Check out a handful of our favorites below. Please note that hours, offerings and closures may vary. We recommend checking out farms on

Learn about the history of Fulton Stall Market – once the annex to the famous Sloppy Louie’s Restaurant and the Fulton Ferry Hotel. Watch FSM’s Chef Paul Dorr recreate Louie’s famous Fish Stew recipe decades later in the same space that was once occupied by the restaurant. Recipe: Ciuppin di Pesce INGREDIENTS: 1 medium Carrot, sliced 2 medium Onions, sliced 1 clove Garlic 4 Tbsp Olive oil 3 lbs Fish in season, cooked and boned

Hello, EscapeMakers! Welcome to another edition of Plate & Escape! We are thrilled to share this digital cooking series with you, which aims to connect the dots between shopping locally, cooking seasonally, forming relationships with your local farmers, and ultimately taking a trip to see for yourself where your food comes from. Follow along as we shop for fresh ingredients from NYC Greenmarkets, cook and share simple and delicious recipes, and provide information on when

As flight cancellations plagued international summer travel, many cooped-up locals took to the road and rails to explore, despite gas prices and fee surges., a veteran local travel marketer since 2000, rolled out its AR (Augmented Reality) development and content production services to its longtime agritourism, craft beverage, and special event clients this summer to help them get the edge on attracting their share of the increasing local travel market. EscapeMaker’s AR clients will

Above photo: Vermont Tourism Fiery leaves, crisp air, cozy sweaters, road trips….ah, the beauty of fall. There’s no better time to get out and explore the gorgeous regions around NYC. Grab your pals, pack up the car and escape for a day trip or weekend getaway to one of the endless agritourism destinations within reach. Don’t sleep on the endless breweries, vineyards and distilleries that dot the area! Sitting around a fire pit sipping a