Escape to the Perfect: Summer in the Great Western Catskills Dear EscapeMakers — Just about two hours from New York City, find yourself in true farm country in Delaware County. Surrounded by the lush beauty of a rolling mountain landscape, it’s a wonderful place to experience the richness of New York’s agricultural tradition. Farmers welcome you to enjoy their bounty: visit their farmers’markets and farmstands, delight in farm-to-table dining, or experience an authentic farm stay….

Heading into the month of June, berry season is upon us in and around New York State! Plan a day trip or weekend getaway with family and friends and indulge in the juicy, sticky bliss of picking a bright red strawberry or a plump, ripe blueberry straight from the vine. This sweet season is fleeting, so check out a few spots near you in the list below and make your plans via Amtrak or Zipcar today!…

  Dear EscapeMakers — Dutchess County offers 800 square miles of breathtaking vistas; fascinating historic and cultural sites; family-friendly activities; artisanal food and wine offerings; and olorful fairs and festivals. Sunset Sensations Wine & Food Events: Thursday, June 8 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie Now in its 12th year, Sunset Sensations guest chefs rotate creating three treats for you to sample, each paired with wines by area wine merchants. Stroll along the kitchen gardens hearing a…

Hardscrabble Cider is a micro farm-cidery founded in 2014 in North Salem, NY. The cidery, currently the only one in Westchester, is the brainchild of three nature-loving brothers with firm horticultural backgrounds – Alex, Kevin and Ben Covino of Brewster, NY. Farmers, scientists and businessmen all around, the brothers found inspiration in the words of local hero, Theodore Roosevelt, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”; and (Mother Nature willing) apples…

Head up to the Great Western Catskills in Delaware County for the 6th Annual Bovina Open Barn & Studio Tour. Meet the local artists, makers and farmers who make Bovina the perfect environment for creation and collaboration. Visit cometobovina.com to learn about the participating studios and farms, schedules and more. Video courtesy of Mark Foster of Foster Built Coffee. For more information on where to stay, eat and play while in the region, visit //www.greatwesterncatskills.com.

Dear EscapeMakers — Central New York is a great place to spend a weekend or a few days with the family, your significant other or a group of friends. Take the time out of your daily hustle and bustle to visit. Only a 4-hour drive from the city, there’s no excuse to miss out on all of the excitement that is offered in CNY! Take some time to try something different. Experience a unique wine…

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we know what’s going through your mind: breakfast in bed? That book she mentioned she’d like to read? A trip to her favorite nail salon? Family gathering over brunch? Flowers again? While all these gestures are lovely and universally mom-approved, maybe it’s time to switch it up and give the moms in your life something new, like a weekend getaway! Flowers wilt, but experiences create memories that last a lifetime….

Dear EscapeMakers — Dutchess County offers 800 square miles of breathtaking vistas; fascinating historic and cultural sites; family-friendly activities; artisanal food and wine offerings; and colorful fairs and festivals. Beacon Open Studios Weekend, May 13 – 14, Beacon, NY More than 70 Beacon-based artists display their creations for self-guided tours of their private studios. This free citywide event kicks off Friday, May 12th, at Oak Vino Wine Bar on Main Street, with an opening party…

Cows get the best care in Central New York, where the cream (and milk and cheese) rises to the top. Get dairy products right from the farm or at the counter of a country store. Want to find more of the freshest flavors in New York? Fresh fruits and veggies. Unique brews and goodies. Fantastic outdoor markets and food-focused festivals. Take your pick in Central New York, a fresh destination with an endless selection of…

Get excited, Greenmarket goers! Warmer days have arrived, which means EscapeMaker’s monthly market visits are about to commence. We’ll be posted up in markets a few times a month across Manhattan and Brooklyn from April through the end of October. Stop by, say hello and let us help you plan your next weekend getaway! Check out our full schedule below. APRIL: Thursday, April 27th at Columbia Friday, April 28th at Union Square Saturday, April 29th…