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,…

Celebrate the history and vibrancy of NYC’s Public Markets and the Seaport at Fulton Stall Market’s festive October 22nd Tuesday “Market Taste & Talk” evening event, taking place from 6pm-8:30pm! Learn about NYC Public Markets history, sip New York State craft beverages, network with the community and enjoy unique nibbles and nosh from the producers at Essex, Arthur Ave., La Marqueta and Moore St. Markets! Vendors include: Riverdel Cheese Cornel’s Catering Maryam’s Yum Yum Turko’s…

Dear EscapeMakers — The fall is all about apples in New York State! What better way to pay tribute to these sweet, juicy jewels than to talk about the ways to eat them, and, of course, where you can pick them. Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check our “Apple Spotlight” on the “Gala” variety. A great choice for snacking, Gala is a variety developed in New Zealand. It’s got the mild…