DUTCHESS FARMS & APPLE PICKING TOURS (VIA METRO-NORTH RAILROAD FROM GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL + SHUTTLE  OR DIRECT BUSES FROM MIDTOWN – BRYANT PARK) Select weekends in September & October! Dear EscapeMakers — This Fall, let us transport you to Beacon, Fishkill Farms, Sprout Creek Farm, Meadowbrook Farm, Rhinebeck, Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farms, Mead Orchards, Hahn Farm and Kesicke Farm for apple and pumpkin picking, cheese tasting, corn maze explorations and visits with farm animals!…

Enjoy a mid-week escape to the country Kaatsbaan Lodge, in Saugerties, is located less than 2 hours from NYC along the western edge of the Hudson River, at the base of the Catskill Mountains. Dear EscapeMakers – go for a romantic escape and relax by the fireside or plan a quick family getaway. Enjoy late summer and early Autumn in the Catskills — swim, hike, paddle, tennis or golf… For the serious tennis player –…

Soak in the Last Days of Summer in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear Escapemakers – Summer may be winding down but the Sullivan Catskills is still hot! Here are FIVE great ways to experience farms, food and fun this August… 1. Farming with Kids – Saturdays August – October Children of all ages, toddlers to teens, can perform farm chores while having a great time and learning something new. Apple Pond Farm is an 80-acre organic…

Dear EscapeMakers — Beat the heat and make a splash! Your summer adventure awaits just a short trip from New York City in the Central New York Vacation Region. Skip the long rides to the ocean, hop in the car and let your journey begin — and don’t forget to pack your swim suit! Plan your perfect outdoor adventure, complete with stand up paddle boarding, a scenic hike to one of CNY’s gorgeous waterfalls or…

Dear EscapeMakers — In the land of gorges and waterfalls, while hiking among some of the most scenic state parks in NYS, one can certainly work up an appetite! What better to satiate that hunger than local and delicious farm fresh foods. Ithaca is home to one of the most renowned farmers markets in the country – the Ithaca Farmers Market! This waterfront market, on the shores of Cayuga Lake, offers a surprise around every…

Dear EscapeMakers — Travel less than an hour from NYC for some good old-fashioned fun! Somerset County New Jersey will continue their annual 4-H Fair tradition on Wednesday August 8th through Friday August 10th (10am-10pm) at North Branch Park located in Bridgewater NJ. This is a FREE family-friendly event with no admission or parking fees and no fees on midway or carnival rides. All day professional & amateur entertainment can be enjoyed as well! The…

Summer in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear Escapemakers — Summer is officially here! Take a week or weekend and head to the Sullivan Catskills this July for FIVE small town events you won’t want to miss… 1. Scenic Sips – July 14 Enjoy a no hassle, round trip, luxury ride of tastings, tours, and souvenirs. You’ll start at The Western Supper Club & Inn and work your way to Roscoe Beer Co., Prohibition Distillery and The…

Dear EscapeMakers – Escape to the mountains! Kaatsbaan Lodge, in Saugerties, is located 100 miles north of NYC along the western edge of the Hudson River, at the base of the Catskill Mountains. Mid-Week rates for an all-inclusive* double room are up to $200 less for a 2-night stay than weekend rates! *(lodging & all meals included) Kids under 3 stay FREE! Kids 4-12, add only $25 per night/child Kids 13-17, add only $50 per…

Dear EscapeMakers — Less than an hour from NYC in Somerset County, New Jersey, Duke Farms will be all aglow at the Firefly Festival! On Friday July 13th & Saturday July 14th, experience the magic of fireflies at the Firefly Festival – at one of the world’s most renowned environmental destinations! During this family-friendly event, you’ll meander along a self-guided 1.5-mile loop through woodlands and meadows to get a glimpse of fireflies in action. Stop…

Dear EscapeMakers — Join us this July! DUTCHESS PINTS & POLITICAL FIGURES TOUR (VIA DIRECT BUS TO THE HUDSON VALLEY FROM BRYANT PARK) Saturday, July 21st & Sunday, July 22nd — Included: Lunch & dinner, tours of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val Kill Cottage, the FDR Home “Springwood Estate” and Hyde Park Brewery, plus a beer sampler and a crash course in brewing! RESERVE NOW! DUTCHESS FRUIT FARMS & BERRY PICKING (VIA METRO-NORTH RAILROAD FROM GRAND CENTRAL…