Dear EscapeMakers — It’s the most beautiful time of the year! Whether you’ve been to Ithaca before, or have yet to visit, now is the time to explore! Constantly evolving, the Finger Lakes region always has new opportunities for you to experience. Fall Foliage at peak! There’s still time to catch the last leaf peeping in New York State! Due to the lakes themselves (heat retention and air flow), the Finger Lakes has a more…

Dear EscapeMakers — Fall has arrived at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern with a NEW Fall Menu! Autumn is the season of harvest festivals, crisp morning air and of course spectacular foliage! Leaves are reaching peak color and apples and pumpkins are being gathered. These are just some of the amazing reasons to stay, dine, and celebrate in the Hudson Valley – only 2 hours from NYC! The Tavern at Diamond Mills welcomes Autumn with…

Crisp Starry Nights, Apple Picking Adventures, Winery Tours Fun Events are Happening at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern! Dear EscapeMakers — Bask in the beauty of the changing foliage and enjoy special savings at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern – only 2 hours from NYC! Whether you are searching for a safe, socially distanced, last-minute getaway to the Hudson Valley, a delightful waterfront dinner for two or planning a special event, Diamond Mills has something…

Saturday, September 26th / 12pm-6pm EscapeMaker’s 6th Annual (socially distanced) ApplePalooza!   Dear EscapeMakers — Come apple picking this FALL! We’re moving our 6th Annual Applepalooza event to Stone Ridge Orchard this year – only 2 hours from NYC! Support Hudson Valley farms, local food and local craft cider. Admission includes access to the orchard for apple picking, cider & apple products for sale, socially distanced 10 ft. field pods and safe kids activities like…

Celebrate the women of New York City Public Markets during Women’s History Month! This FREE 5-event series presented by NYCEDC takes place on consecutive Saturdays: • Saturday, February 29 – Essex Market, 2PM- 5PM (Kick-Off), Manhattan • Saturday, March 7 – La Marqueta, 2PM – 5PM, East Harlem • Saturday, March 14 – Moore Street Market, 2PM – 5PM, Brooklyn • Saturday, March 21 – Arthur Avenue Market, 2PM – 5PM, Bronx • Saturday, March…

Dear EscapeMakers — As the temperature goes down, Ithaca heats up. The city and region intentionally create events to keep the community engaged in the colder months: food, music and wine festivals, educational walks through botanic gardens, and winter celebrations at the children’s garden! Check out the Ithaca Events page to find your activity! Chili Cook-Off – 2/8 This annual foodie festival featuring  over 40 chilis prepared by 30+ restaurants from across the region as…

Fire & Ice Getaway Packages! Dear EscapeMakers – If you’ve been meaning to explore the Catskills, now is the time. Under 3 hours from NYC, the Sullivan Catskills feels a world away and there’s a ton going on! Check this out… Their Fire & Ice Getaway Packages offer special savings you can’t miss! Get 15% OFF, or a nightly special rate, or free meals or upgrades or some very cool swag! Every lodging offers a…

Dear EscapeMakers – Tis’ the season to support independent makers, artists and artisans. Lucky for you, the Sullivan Catskills is a holiday shoppers dream come true! Plan a weekend shopping trip; make your list, check it twice. There’s something unique, one-of-a-kind, and made with local love waiting for you… The Farmhouse Project Pop-up Shop Friday-Sunday thru December 22 – 11am – 7pm Shop The Farmhouse Project Pop-Up Shop in Livingston Manor for their new winter…

Dear EscapeMakers — As Ithaca’s annual fall foliage display ends, it’s now time to begin planning that peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush. Plan to spend your holiday in a cozy home-away-from-home retreat, or wind-down before or after your typical celebrations by getting away. Either way, between the snow-blanketed hills, frozen waterfalls, and agriculinary-focused festivities, Ithaca is interesting all winter. Ithaca is quirky, and will happily admit to that. How…

Dear EscapeMakers – Take out your apron, dust off your rolling pin – it’s time to elevate your baking and cooking skills in the Sullivan Catskills! On Saturday, November 16, Red Barn Studio will host a Thanksgiving Pie Hands-On Baking Class at Henning’s Local. Learn how to perfect a flaky pie crust; you’ll be baking Double-Crusted Apple Pie, a Bourbon Pecan Pie and a Rich Chocolate Pie with Chantilly Cream and Chocolate Crumbs. This class…