Above photo: Nina White, Farmer & Master Baker at Bobolink Dairy Farm & Bakehouse As a business founded and run by women for 20+ years, nothing brings us greater joy than celebrating the many other successful women-led businesses that surround us. This Women’s History Month, we wanted to share some exciting news, upcoming events and ideas for how to support and celebrate the women in food, farming and agritourism in the region. Thanks to the…

Above photo: visitithaca.com We’re cold, we’re cooped up, we’re worn out….who else needs a change of scenery this winter? Clear your head, reset your relationships, escape the noise, and breathe in some fresh air! Surprise your loved ones with a romantic (and socially distanced) escape for Valentine’s Day and reenergize in the beautiful, snowy outdoors. Need a couple ideas? Look no further. Embark on a craft beverage journey through the Sullivan Catskills! Travel through the countryside…

Above photo: Eve’s Cidery 2020 has sure been a wild ride. The holiday season is looking a little different this year, as we all know. But long after Small Business Saturday has passed, as we close out the new year and embark upon a new 2021 chapter, we encourage you to continue supporting the small local businesses, farmers, producers, and craft beverage makers who have kept you fed, happy, and well all year long. They…

Join us for the 1st Annual “Pooches & Pumpkins” at Stone Ridge Orchard Bring the whole family, including your furry canine for a socially distanced and fresh-air filled day on the farm! And make sure you wear your Halloween costumes! Admission includes the following activities: Blanket Bingo Pumpkin Painting Storytime with children’s iconic literary costumed characters “Llama Llama”, “Curious George,” and the “Wild Thing” from Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” on stage for…

A lot of folks are wondering if New York’s annual traditional of picking apples in bucolic orchards among the fiery fall leaves and baked cider donuts is a safe activity for 2020. EscapeMaker founder & CEO Caylin Sanders joined Heritage Radio Network to answer that question. YES! Supporting local farms and farmers is so important right now, so as long as proper precautions (Wear a mask! Wash your hands! Social distance!) are taken, apple picking…

Though your Labor Day Weekend plans may look a little different (and more distant!) than normal, there are still endless ways to escape for the weekend and explore the amazing treasures just outside New York City. From cozy B&Bs to sunflower picking to hiking and biking and craft beer tasting, mark the end of summer with an agritourism experience fit for everyone! Need some inspiration? Look no further. Visit Saugerties, NY! A quaint mill town,…

How many of us have secretly dreamed of owning and running our own bed and breakfast inn in some tiny, bucolic town with infinite things to do? I know I have. Loretta Breedveld had the same dream years ago and the courage to see it through. She has never regretted her decision. “Don’t be fooled. It’s a lot of work,” Loretta says. “But the rewards are boundless. Meeting new guests, seeing the delight in their…

Above image credit: AllSheCooks.com After several months stuck at home due to COVID-19, it’s understandable that you might want to get away for a bit. If you do decide to hit the road, you should take caution. Here’s how to help safeguard yourself from coronavirus while traveling. Consider where you’re going and who you’re traveling with “When planning a trip, it’s important to research the current COVID-19 status in the area,” says CityMD physician, Dr….

EscapeMaker.com, a guide to local farm, food, wine and craft beverage getaways within a day’s drive or train ride from New York City for the last 20 years, is partnering with local Northeast inns and bed & breakfasts to give away free local vacations to healthcare workers and first responders amid the pandemic. The first iteration of this multi-part giveaway included a grand prize of a two-night weekend getaway to Rushmore Estate, a mansion with…

Above photo: Sullivan Catskills Many summer vacations have been disrupted and July 4th celebrations have been canceled for this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out of your apartment and enjoy a day trip or long weekend away from home! Check out some ideas below for escapes you can make while social distancing this upcoming holiday weekend. Please note that businesses may be offering abnormal hours of operation and/or specific rules due to…