Dear EscapeMakers — What a crazy winter but as soon as the last snow melts, you’re going to want to hightail it to Somerset County, NJ! It’s just across the river from NYC and home to six internationally recognized garden experiences. Make plans to discover them all! Rock, formal, native, rose, peony, ornamental, whatever your garden passion, the beauty and aroma of gardens can be found in Somerset County. See below for a list of…

Dear EscapeMakers — Celebrate New York’s Maple Weekend this weekend March 24-25 at Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center! Hilltop Hanover is partnering with White Oak Farm (the closest sugar house to New York City) to provide visitors with a delicious and unique experience. Enjoy pancakes while overlooking the Croton watershed and Manhattan skyline. Then guests can make their way to White Oak Farm, just one mile down the road, for a tour of their beautiful…

Maple Weekend in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear EscapeMakers – Imagine sipping freshly boiled sap while learning about the age-old process of tapping maple trees. Enjoy New York Maple Weekend in the Sullivan Catskills. Pack up the kids and spend the weekend at Frost Valley YMCA learning about their maple sugaring operation while enjoying all of their on-site activities like archery, cross country skiing, snow tubing and more. Visit Justus Asthalter Maple Syrup, a fourth generation…

The Catskill Mountain Sugarhouse is an 800-acre farm nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County in Upstate New York. On average, their maple trees produce 8,000 gallons of purely delicious maple syrup a year. The farm prides itself on its unique location and access to clean air and pure water, which leads to the production of pure, golden deliciousness. All of its maple syrup is produced in the award-winning sugarhouse, filled with modern…

Wellspring Forest Farm & School, located in Trumansburg, NY in Tompkins County (in the Ithaca region) is a farm and homestead regenerating the landscape to be healthy, diverse and resilient. The farm demonstrates techniques that restore forest ecosystems, build soil, and preserve water quality while producing food, medicine and materials. Each enterprise on the farm is designed to be economically profitable, yet no system works in isolation, as all things in nature are connected. The school is…

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. Weekend activities include tours, pancake breakfasts, shopping and, of course, tasting. These weeks are absolute treats for the whole family! So mark your calendars for March 17-18 and March 24-25 and make your escape up to one (or several) of these sweet destinations. Need a ride? Download the ReachNow app, grab a…

Say “I do” in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear EscapeMakers – If you’re newly engaged, congratulations! Since there’s so much preparation that goes into your big day, we’d like to help by telling you about the Sullivan Catskills – a perfect place to say “I Do”. Your guests will be treated to a weekend celebration they’ll never forget… Imagine fresh, local food reflecting your palette, craft spirits and a natural back drop that begs to be…

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that by the time we’ve endured the long and frigid month of January, we NEED A VACATION! Even if we’re still shivering into February across the Northeast, there are so many warm and cozy getaways just a short train ride or road trip away. If you’re anything like us, you might agree that Valentine’s Day in and around NYC is (ahem) overrated. The crowds, the…

Dear EscapeMakers — Take advantage of EARLY BIRD PRICING or buy the series at a discount! We’ve brought together local farmers, chefs and producers offering artisanal sips and bites for an evening Local Tasting Showcase Series! Get inspired to visit these great folks in person on your next local getaway!Our series includes 3 evening events and serves as a fundraiser for Fulton Stall Market, a shop that features 60+ local food & beverage producers, a…

  Join us THIS Thursday 2/8! Use code: FSM2018 for $10 OFF! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS Local Food & Wine Tasting Showcase Thursday, February 8th (6:00pm – 9:00pm) Fulton Stall Market, 91 South St., New York, NY 10038Dear EscapeMakers, join us for a wonderful evening featuring: TheTuck Room’s Chef Greg Power & Chef/Bartender Adam Seger serving roast pig appetizers and custom cocktails, Cascade Mountain Winery, Millbrook Winery, Mysto Mead, Balsam Vermouth, Om Champagne Tea, Riss’…