Dear EscapeMakers — Tackle the corn maze challenge and harvest your perfect pumpkin at the Norz Hill Farm Fall Festival! Don’t miss this family-owned and operated farm of almost 100 years! Every weekend in September and October, visit Norz Hill Farm and pick from over 45 acres of pumpkins, gourds and squash! You and your family will find all the right fall decorations, tour the farm and befriend the animals, enjoy pony rides and visit…

Dear EscapeMakers – Fat Apple Farm presents its 3rd Annual Harvest Celebration Weekend on Saturday, October 12th through Sunday, October 13th! Book an all-inclusive overnight Hudson Valley farm escape (located in Columbia County — only 2 hours from NYC) for only $150/per person. Enjoy the fresh air, delicious food and the breathtaking bucolic views! Your ticket includes a farm walking tour, floral workshop, butchering demo, a kimchi workshop, morning yoga class, a delicious farm-to-table dinner…

Dear EscapeMakers — Who doesn’t love fall – the crisp air, warm cider donuts, cozy sweaters, and leaves crunching beneath your boots? Fall is best enjoyed in Ithaca, the heart of the Finger Lakes: hundreds of gorges, scenic views, winding trails, hidden spots and moments to take your breath away. An enjoyable scenic 4-hour ride from NYC, Ithaca is most well-known for Cornell University, being named America’s Best Wine Region (for the second year in…

  Dear EscapeMakers — It is officially that time of year when summer starts to fade and fall foliage begins to cover the landscape of CNY. Fun fall festivities are underway, and we’ve got you covered. Kicking off the harvest season is Family Farm Day on August 24. Explore local farms in Schoharie, Otsego and Delaware counties taking tours, engaging in activities, getting the opportunity to be up close with the animals and enjoying samples…

Dear EscapeMakers, Grab your friends and flasks and make your escape to Central Jersey, where their craft beverage scene is booming once again! Regulatory changes and sophisticated consumers are powering a boom in craft beverage making, including wines, beer, hard cider, and distilled spirits!   Self-guided bootlegger’s trail! Use the new Central Jersey Canal Region Map to help you design your own Central Jersey craft beverage tour. Stops include: • New Jersey’s farm distillery, Sourland…

Dear EscapeMakers — There’s an arts & culture explosion happening in the Hudson Valley! The eco-friendly Croff House, a gorgeous Victorian inn circa 1875 and just 2.25 hours from NYC (walkable from the Amtrak station), celebrates the diversity and creative spirit that thrives in Columbia County! As the only gay-owned and operated bed &  breakfast in Hudson, NY, The Croff House has supported Hudson Valley’s growing LGBTQ community since 2009. The inn has several common…

Dine on the Iconic Grounds of the Original 1969 Woodstock Festival! Dear EscapeMakers — Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with a farm-to-table feast on the sacred and iconic grounds of the original 1969 Festival. On Sunday, August 11, The Farmhouse Project will partner with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to bring you their newest creation, Terrain & Table. As you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail inspired by the Woodstock Festival….

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 Fairtradition on Wednesday August 7th through Friday August 9th (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 Fair…

Dear EscapeMakers — So, you want to escape the city, try something new, swim in a creek, and remind yourself what stars look like? Well, you’re in luck! Ithaca has what you didn’t know you needed: baby goats to cuddle and bottle feed, Zagat’s #4 Must-Visit Farmer’s Market, CBD farms, and all the farm-to-glass breweries, cideries and wineries you could desire. Let’s get back to basics: how do you plan a trip to Ithaca? Step…

Take a break from the summer inferno to taste the ice cold craft beverages and farm fresh food of  the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands Regions of Upstate New York! The event is FREE and there will be live music & activities for kids, hiking & camping demos, food demos, craft beverage & wine tastings! 40+ farmers & producers will converge on Piers 16 & 17 in the Seaport District to offer samples and sales of…