No one could have predicted the explosion in hard cider production and cideries in New York State over the last few years! That is except for a few visionaries that took a gamble with a dollar and a dream. In 2013, an inspired young man from Columbia County had a dream to support New York agriculture by crafting quality hard ciders using apples grown in Hudson Valley orchards — those that he explored, harvested and…

The modern craft beer connoisseur carries a sophisticated palette, so Jason Gardner and Kristen Lyons have to make great beer. The two engineers build their brews on that simple philosophy, bringing together science, art and a close community of patrons who frequent Binghamton Brewing Co. Jason and Kristen created their precise process as home-brewers aspiring to produce Belgian-style ales on par with esteemed beer makers like Brewery Ommegang. The inventive pair boosts their own efficiency…

Dear EscapeMakers — Golden leaves, crisp apples and pumpkin pie. It might be the heat of the summer, but autumn is fast approaching. Of all the seasons, fall is most magical in Ithaca — the heart of the Finger Lakes. Plentiful in vibrantly hued leaves, agriculinary experiences, and copious amounts of fruits and vegetables, the harvest season is called that for a reason! As the agriculture season nears its end, it calls for celebratory times:…

This past spring, the US Department of Agriculture released results from the 2017 Farm Census, which is taken every five years. For the first time, the survey allowed farming families to list more than one “principal” farmer. Couples who own farms no longer must designate one person—usually a husband—as the principal farmer. As a result, women as a percent of farmers has risen by 26% nationwide and by 36% in New Jersey. Some of this…

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…