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.”,…

The local apple orchards may be fruitless with changing leaves, but if you’re anything like us, you still have pounds of the delicious fall fruit on your counter, in your crisper and ready to be cooked, stored and eaten. So…what to do with them? The holidays are upon us and they’re calling for cakes, pies, cocktails, and more. So here are a few ideas to satisfy those apple cravings all through the holiday season, courtesy…

We all know that this time of year is filled with holiday festivities. Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, holiday parties, cookie exchanges, cocktail parties, etc. But this year, consider treating yourself to your own festive escape to get in the spirit while enjoying the crisp country air! Sip warm local cider, cut down your own tree, shop for gifts from artisanal local vendors, and enjoy time with friends and families outside the hustle and bustle of the city…

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: Empire Background: With the popular…

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 13 member wineries, which are producing diverse and unique wines to share with locals and visitors in the bucolic Hudson Valley region. The trail winds amid stunning landscapes and a range of attractions, including hiking, kayaking, spas, antique…

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: Honeycrisp Background: Sometimes the name…