You don’t have to be into wine to enjoy your time at Owera Vineyards. You just have to be up for an experience, one that includes great food, amazing views and good conversation. That’s the vision of the founding family that planted their vineyard outside the village of Cazenovia in 2008. It was an adventurous endeavor for Nancy and Peter Muserlian at the time. While this is a lakeside community, it falls outside of New…

A trip to Cooperstown, NY, with its classic Main Street and iconic Hall of Fame, is like a trip back in time. And the trip to get there is timeless – rolling hills and sparkling waters far from the interstate. Whether it’s across the country or in your own backyard, this quiet corner of New York state will transport you. Nestled in the bucolic beauty, you’ll find Brewery Ommegang. The hop bines that line the…

Summer is here and weekend getaways are calling! Spend a few days out of the city and get back to the land. Whether that’s on a guided wine tasting and berry picking tour or at a New York bagel festival, the gorgeous regions just outside NYC are beckoning with beauty, excitement and relaxation. Need some inspiration? Look no further. June 22: Hudson Valley Wine & Strawberry Tour. Join us on a wine and strawberry farm…

Duke Farms is a leader in environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region. Through the beauty of its natural setting, the diversity of its wildlife, and the scope and quality of its educational programs, demonstrations and research, Duke Farms inspires people to transform their approach to conservation and to start building a more…

Spring has sprung and with it comes celebrations of gorgeous spring produce and heading outdoors for the foreseeable future! Check out this festive list of agritourism experiences happening just outside New York City all spring long, from wine tastings to floral workshops to farm-to-table meals! Start planning your next weekend getaway ASAP. 27th Annual Wine & Herb Festival: The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail in the Finger Lakes invites you to get your garden started early!…

Here at EscapeMaker, we are on a mission to connect all you adventurous, curious, farm- and food-loving travelers to unique local experiences. We’re here to open your eyes to the herculean effort that goes into getting those fresh apples into your farmers market tote, or crafting that crisp, hoppy pint of beer in your hand. In our new “Escape to the Maker” series, we hope you’ll take time to learn a little bit more about…

It’s that time of year when we start to feel a sense of hope that spring is, in fact, around the corner. And with spring comes so many sweet weekend getaway opportunities! 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 for annual ‘Maple Weekends‘. Weekend activities include tours, pancake breakfasts, shopping and, of course, tasting. These weeks are…

Fall may be known for apple picking, but there’s nothing like a warm cider donut and cold pint of hard cider in the dead of winter! All of these cider-makers (and so many more) have fabulous farms and cozy tasting rooms that you can visit for a day trip or weekend getaway all year long. Check out a few of our favorite New York Ciders that you can visit in person below.   Brooklyn Cider…

(Photo Credit: Glorie Winery) (SPONSORED) Winter is the perfect time for a cozy glass of wine as you take in the magical winter wonderland vistas of the Hudson Valley. Just 60 miles north of New York City lies the gorgeous (and nearest wine region to the city in New York State) Shawangunk Wine Trail. Nestled between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River, the trail features 14 member wineries, which are producing diverse and unique…

The holiday season is upon us! And experiences as a gift are one of the best ways to show love and appreciation this time of year. For those who deserve a little extra rest, relaxation (and fun!) this year, consider the gift of an escape. Give the gift of adventure with an Upper Delaware guided fly fishing trip! The Baxter House in the Sullivan Catskills has been a landmark in Roscoe, aka “Trout Town U.S.A.”,…