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…

One of the most special parts about living in New York is the quick access to so many different Northeast regions, famous for their fresh air and utter beauty. Spend the weekend in Central New York, where you can take off on a rare adventure below ground at the Howe Caverns! 156 ft below the earth’s surface, your journey will wind through limestone corridors, cavernous galleries, under massive boulders, until you discover a subterranean riverbed…

Oh, sweet summertime, how we’ve been longing for you! With your bright shining sun, long days and – most importantly – your seasonal produce! Is it just me, or does your diet automatically become healthier come warmer months? I’m just constantly surrounded by fresh ripe berries, bright leafy greens, colorful summer squash, and more. The raw deliciousness is a no-brainer. So while perusing the market this week, I was inspired by an abundance of colorful…

Summer is here and we all know what that means: FESTIVAL SEASON! Whether it’s rock music, our nation’s independence or BBQ, there’s always something to celebrate come summertime. Check out a roundup of fests coming up just outside NYC, perfect for a weekend getaway! Bethel Lakeside Summer Concert Series: Pack a snack and a blanket and cozy up on the lawn for weekly Thursday concert series at Kauneonga Lake Gazebo Park in Sullivan County. From…

June has ARRIVED! We are celebrating summer in the best way we know how around here…and that is with endless orchard visits and berry-picking/eating. Check out some of the juicy farms near you and plan a berry-picking weekend escape (see below). Or, if you’re looking for a berry-picking escape all packaged up for you, hop on our Dutchess Fruit Farms & Berry Picking Weekend with hop on / hop off shuttle! Explore the culinary mecca and…

Thank you to the hundreds of people who entered our Dutchess Farm Fresh Tour raffle during yesterday’s Metro-North Getaway Day at Grand Central Terminal! We loved meeting you all and we hope to see you again soon. See below for the winning ticket and let us know if you are the winner at info@escapemaker.com. WINNING TICKET: 0009566    

When Memorial Day comes around each May, the excitement is palpable. Summer is here and our lists of plans and dreams for the warm months ahead bounce from pool parties to vacations to summer Fridays to sandy beaches and BBQs with friends. But the true meaning of the holiday is sometimes buried by the summer season kick-off. This Memorial Day, take some extra time to remember those who have selflessly served their nation, those whose…

From quick trips to the Hudson Valley to a leisurely road trip far upstate, the options are endless around here when it comes to finding beautiful vineyards and amazing wine. Particularly this time of year, these weekend getaways are filled with sunshine, surrounded by colorful blossoms, and doused in rich, local wine. The perfect relaxing, yet adventurous (and oh-so-delicious) escape awaits! Of course, don’t forget to bring along a designated driver if you’re partaking in…

After what has felt like the world’s longest winter, we are so excited that SPRING IS FINALLY SPRINGING! Trees are budding, birds are chirping (and we’re not talking about pigeons!), flowers are poking up out of the ground, and the farms are preparing for the warm arrival of fresh produce and fur babies. There are endless festivals, special events, and locavore celebrations just outside NYC this season, so pull out your calendars and save the…

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…