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…

  Dear EscapeMakers & Car-less Travelers — Late fall is the perfect time for a quick weekend getaway to a cozy B&B! The eco-friendly Croff House is a gorgeous Victorian inn circa 1875 and just 2.25 hours from NYC (walkable from the Amtrak station) and right in the heart of town! Let Innkeeper’s Russ & Duncan treat you to their delectable homemade breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients from the Hudson farmer’s market and local…

Dear EscapeMakers – Only 1 hour away from NYC, Central Jersey not only offers a plethora of farms and fall festivals to visit but also a booming craft beverage scene! Unleash your inner bootlegger or farmer and hop on over the Hudson River for a quick and affordable getaway! Check out the new Central Jersey Canal Region Map to help you design your own Central Jersey craft beverage tour, including stops at Sourland Mountain Spirits,…