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…

The first local getaway prize winners have been selected; several more prizes have been announced and winners will be chosen in the coming weeks. JuLy, 7, 2020 — BROOKLYN, NY EscapeMaker.com, a guide to the local farm, food, wine and craft beverage getaways within a day’s drive or train ride from New York City for the last 20 years, is partnering with local Northeast inns and bed & breakfasts to give away free local vacations…

Above image credit: AllSheCooks.com After several months stuck at home due to COVID-19, it’s understandable that you might want to get away for a bit. If you do decide to hit the road, you should take caution. Here’s how to help safeguard yourself from coronavirus while traveling. Consider where you’re going and who you’re traveling with “When planning a trip, it’s important to research the current COVID-19 status in the area,” says CityMD physician, Dr….

EscapeMaker.com, a guide to local farm, food, wine and craft beverage getaways within a day’s drive or train ride from New York City for the last 20 years, is partnering with local Northeast inns and bed & breakfasts to give away free local vacations to healthcare workers and first responders amid the pandemic. The first iteration of this multi-part giveaway included a grand prize of a two-night weekend getaway to Rushmore Estate, a mansion with…

Above photo: Sullivan Catskills Many summer vacations have been disrupted and July 4th celebrations have been canceled for this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out of your apartment and enjoy a day trip or long weekend away from home! Check out some ideas below for escapes you can make while social distancing this upcoming holiday weekend. Please note that businesses may be offering abnormal hours of operation and/or specific rules due to…

Although the EscapeMaker berry-picking tours were canceled this year due to Covid-19, that doesn’t mean you can’t escape to the beautiful farms outside NYC this summer and pick berries on your own. 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…

Greig Farm in the Hudson Valley has been open to the public for pick-your-own fruits and vegetables for more than 70 years. Particularly as we are looking for more activities to enjoy while social distancing, spending time outdoors on a farm is an ideal option this spring, summer and fall. Pick farm fresh fruits and vegetables, shop the farmers market, feed the goats, wander the grounds, and enjoy the bucolic Hudson Valley! The pick-your-own season…