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…

The coming of fall in New York State not only means apples and cider, but also harvest festivals! There are so many exciting events and special weekends dedicated to celebrating the fruits and beauty of fall happening all around New York City. Hop on a train or bus for a weekend away and take the whole family for an experience they’ll never forget. Check out some fun festivals below and get out of town! Fall…

6 Fun Fall Festivals in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear EscapeMakers – Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s much to look forward to this Fall. Here are our top 6 picks for Fall Fun in the Sullivan Catskills: 1. The Farmhouse Project’s Makers Market Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2 – 11am-6pm This Labor Day Weekend, The Farmhouse Project, a lifestyle blog and home goods brand, are hosting a one-of- a-kind market…

Autumn (apple season!) in New York State is truly magnificent. The air turns crisp, the leaves catch fire with color, the smells of cinnamon float through the air, and the orchards are brimming with juicy New York apples. There are so many delicious and gorgeous orchards ready for U-Pick adventures all along the Hudson River. We’ve listed some of our favorites below. If you’re super busy this time of year (who isn’t?!), before you start…

Dear EscapeMakers — Travel less than an hour from NYC for a day filled with jazz music at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival – Somerville! Free parking is available in all municipal parking lots as well as on-street. Plus, the festival is only a few blocks from the Somerville train station. Take NJ Transit from Penn Station! Experience the sounds of today’s best live jazz at Somerset County Historic Courthouse Green in Downtown Somerville. The…

Dear EscapeMakers — We have 2 exciting upcoming holiday weekend events to tell  you about from one of our favorite GrowNYC Greenmarket farmers, Ray Bradley! Many of you know and love Ray and his staff and now you’ll have the chance to go visit them in person! See below for more details… Sunday, SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 Lucky Noodle at the Farm 12:30PM – 3:30PM – Enjoy a special Pan Asian feast on the farm.  All…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY August 16, 2018  ESCAPEMAKER’S 4th ANNUAL APPLEPALOOZA CELEBRATES LOCAL FARM TRAVEL, NEW YORK APPLES, CIDER, AND LOCAL WINE & CRAFT BEVERAGES Lower Manhattan and South Street Seaport District residents and visitors from everywhere are invited to a special fall apple harvest celebration on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 11:00am-5:30pm on Piers 16 & 17. EscapeMaker.com, New York’s premiere guide to local getaways, day trips and farm escapes, will host its 4th Annual…

DUTCHESS FARMS & APPLE PICKING TOURS (VIA METRO-NORTH RAILROAD FROM GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL + SHUTTLE  OR DIRECT BUSES FROM MIDTOWN – BRYANT PARK) Select weekends in September & October! Dear EscapeMakers — This Fall, let us transport you to Beacon, Fishkill Farms, Sprout Creek Farm, Meadowbrook Farm, Rhinebeck, Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farms, Mead Orchards, Hahn Farm and Kesicke Farm for apple and pumpkin picking, cheese tasting, corn maze explorations and visits with farm animals!…

Here at EscapeMaker, we aim to inspire exploration, education and relaxation via agritourism. We’re constantly searching out scenic spots, farm visits, local eats and more to get all you EscapeMakers out of the city and back to the land. We often put together lists of wineries to visit, trails of farms to check out, must-attend events and festivals, but lately we’ve been receiving requests for specific location guides when chatting it up with all you…

Enjoy a mid-week escape to the country Kaatsbaan Lodge, in Saugerties, is located less than 2 hours from NYC along the western edge of the Hudson River, at the base of the Catskill Mountains. Dear EscapeMakers – go for a romantic escape and relax by the fireside or plan a quick family getaway. Enjoy late summer and early Autumn in the Catskills — swim, hike, paddle, tennis or golf… For the serious tennis player –…