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 their delicious characteristics, the endless potential for ways to eat them, and, of course, where you can pick them. Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the first in our series of “Apple Spotlights!” Apple variety: “Gala” – A great choice for…

Dear EscapeMakers — Make a vibrant connection to history! Visit 30 significant historic sites, all open to the public, free of charge, for special events and activities celebrating the history of Somerset County on their annual Weekend Journey Through the Past! Explore the county’s quaint villages, rolling farmsteads, lively towns and unspoiled natural areas. Witness what life was like 50, 100 or even 200 years ago, from daily work responsibilities and pleasant pastimes to the…

6 Ways to Experience October in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear EscapeMakers – Fall may be here but the Sullivan Catskills is hot! Here are our top 6 picks for experiencing the area in October: 1. Catskills Wine & Food Festival Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7 – 11am-11pm Nestled in the beautiful mountains of the Sullivan Catskills and sprawled across a magnificent campground, the first annual Catskills Wine and Food Festival will be the…

Dear EscapeMakers — The crisp feeling of Fall is in the air in Ithaca, NY. You can feel the slight hint of it, even as the sunshine still plays on the leaves and lake. You can taste the Fall in the many local offerings tempting your taste buds. Fall is the season for freshly pressed cider and cider donuts. Grab some at the Ithaca Farmers Market, one of the most renowned farmers markets in the…

6 Fun Fall Festivals in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear EscapeMakers – Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s much to look forward to this Fall. Here are our top 6 picks for Fall Fun in the Sullivan Catskills: 1. The Farmhouse Project’s Makers Market Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2 – 11am-6pm This Labor Day Weekend, The Farmhouse Project, a lifestyle blog and home goods brand, are hosting a one-of- a-kind market…

Dear EscapeMakers — Travel less than an hour from NYC for a day filled with jazz music at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival – Somerville! Free parking is available in all municipal parking lots as well as on-street. Plus, the festival is only a few blocks from the Somerville train station. Take NJ Transit from Penn Station! Experience the sounds of today’s best live jazz at Somerset County Historic Courthouse Green in Downtown Somerville. The…

Dear EscapeMakers — We have 2 exciting upcoming holiday weekend events to tell  you about from one of our favorite GrowNYC Greenmarket farmers, Ray Bradley! Many of you know and love Ray and his staff and now you’ll have the chance to go visit them in person! See below for more details… Sunday, SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 Lucky Noodle at the Farm 12:30PM – 3:30PM – Enjoy a special Pan Asian feast on the farm.  All…

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…