Headed home for the holidays and not sure how to bring your pets along with you in a safe and stress-free way? WE HAVE GREAT NEWS! For just $25, Amtrak now allows small dogs and cats aboard the Adirondack, Empire Service, Maple Leaf and Ethan Allen Express trains! Check out the rules and guidelines here.

Dear EscapeMakers — See below for escapes ideas off Amtrak’s routes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont! Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont discount! For a list of overnight packages via AMTRAK, visit Vermont Tourism, click here!  MT. SNOW HARVEST/OKTOBER FEST Oct. 8-9th Features beer from 25+ German and local breweries, food, crafts, pumpkin painting and more – the perfect Vermont family-friendly event for fall foliage season! More on lodging. STOP: Brattleboro

Autumn, at last, has arrived. And we all know that that means: APPLES! The orchards are swarming with visitors, the apple trees are bountiful with fruit, and the farmers markets are brimming with cider, apple butter, jam, pastries, pies and more. So how can you maximize this delicious time of year near you? There are festivals, tastings and tours galore just outside New York City check them out and share your pictures and experiences on

Looking for a fun day trip or weekend activity with family or friends? Celebrate quintessential summer days at a local county or state fair near you! From now through October, there are ferris wheels to be ridden, giant stuffed animals to be won, and outrageous fried food to be eaten. Check out some of the top fairs near NYC below and plan your trip today!   Ulster County Fair, NY 8/2 – 8/7 ulstercountyfair.com  

Local Berry Picking WHERE TO PICK FRUIT & BERRIES THIS SUMMER! Summer is here and now is the perfect time to visit a farm to pick your own fresh, local, juicy berries! Not sure where to go? We’ve compiled a list of some of the top U-Pick farms within a few hours of New York City. Plan your day trip or weekend getaway today! And if you’re really in the berry mood, come to our

Beginning this Spring, EscapeMaker.com, who is celebrating their 15-year anniversary as NYC’s guide to local getaways and farm escapes, will expand its partnership formally with Greenmarket, a Program of GrowNYC. EscapeMaker will not only educate shoppers about agritourism-themed activities, local vacations and weekend getaways to wineries and craft breweries, but also promote farmers already selling in Greenmarket. Drawing a 250-mile travel radius around New York City from New England to the Mid-Atlantic States, EscapeMaker offers getaway

      GREAT GETAWAY ALERT! Quick Getaways within 500 miles! Valid Thurs.- Mon.only for travel Jan. 7- April 28, 2016. Blackout dates apply Up to two children ages 2-15 may ride with each adult at half fare. Reservations 3 days in advance. Visit Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL. See offer page for full Terms & Conditions. Service on the Adirondack® is financed primarily through funds made available by the New York State Department of Transportation.