October is here and we’re living for all things autumn: apple picking, pumpkin patches, hay rides, cider donuts and, of course, CIDER! For those of you who joined us for our Applepalooza: Craft Wine, Cider & Beverages Fest last month, your taste buds have already been awakened to the amazing ciders that are made just outside the city. But if you just couldn’t get enough – you’re in luck! All of these cider-makers (and so…

  Dear EscapeMakers — The fall is all about apples in New York State! What better way to pay tribute to these sweet, juicy jewels than to talk about their delicious characteristics, the endless potential for ways to eat them, and, of course, where you can pick them. Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the first in our series of “Apple Spotlights!” Apple variety: “Gala” – A great choice for…

Dear EscapeMakers — Make a vibrant connection to history! Visit 30 significant historic sites, all open to the public, free of charge, for special events and activities celebrating the history of Somerset County on their annual Weekend Journey Through the Past! Explore the county’s quaint villages, rolling farmsteads, lively towns and unspoiled natural areas. Witness what life was like 50, 100 or even 200 years ago, from daily work responsibilities and pleasant pastimes to the…

The fall season is all about apples in New York state! What better way to pay tribute to these sweet, juicy jewels of the earth than to talk about their delicious characteristics, the endless potential for ways to eat them, and, of course, where you can pick them this season. Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the latest in our series of “Apple Spotlights!” Apple Variety: Fuji Background: Fuji apples have…

6 Ways to Experience October in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear EscapeMakers – Fall may be here but the Sullivan Catskills is hot! Here are our top 6 picks for experiencing the area in October: 1. Catskills Wine & Food Festival Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7 – 11am-11pm Nestled in the beautiful mountains of the Sullivan Catskills and sprawled across a magnificent campground, the first annual Catskills Wine and Food Festival will be the…

Hi Everyone – thanks for coming to Applepalooza on Sunday and entering to win the raffle for the 1 night getaway and the Farm Fresh tours! First prize of the overnight getaway goes to ticket number 016474! Runner prize up goes to ticket number 010355 for two Farm Fresh Tour tickets! Please call 718-398-5766 to redeem your ticket. Thanks again!  

Dear EscapeMakers — The crisp feeling of Fall is in the air in Ithaca, NY. You can feel the slight hint of it, even as the sunshine still plays on the leaves and lake. You can taste the Fall in the many local offerings tempting your taste buds. Fall is the season for freshly pressed cider and cider donuts. Grab some at the Ithaca Farmers Market, one of the most renowned farmers markets in the…

The fall season is all about apples in New York state! What better way to pay tribute to these sweet, juicy jewels of the earth than to talk about their delicious characteristics, the endless potential for ways to eat them, and, of course, where you can pick them this season. Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the first in our series of “Apple Spotlights!” Apple Variety: Gala Background: A great choice…

Because his parents never said no. Because he found the perfect farm to cultivate his brewery. Because everybody deserves to drink good beer. Chuck Williamson took his hard-earned expertise from a kitchen in Queens to a bucolic brewery in the heart of upstate New York, where Butternuts Beer & Ale has grown national recognition. He was one of the first craft brewers to use aluminum, but the catch is not only his cans. Chuck and…

Hikes in Ithaca and the Finger Lakes are absolutely breathtaking. Buttermilk Falls State Park is one of the most gorgeous. Enjoy blue skies and lush vegetation in the summer, fiery foliage in the fall, breathtaking snowy views in the winter, and blooming, fragrant beauty in the spring. Make a weekend getaway out of your inspiration for a hike and take advantage of all that Ithaca and Tompkins County has to offer. Spend a sunny day…