Dear EscapeMakers — Less than an hour from NYC in Somerset County, New Jersey, Duke Farms will be all aglow at the Firefly Festival! On Friday July 12th & Saturday July 13th, experience the magic of fireflies at the Firefly Festival, one of the world’s most renowned environmental destinations! During this family-friendly event, you’ll meander along a self-guided 1.5-mile loop through woodlands and meadows to get a glimpse of fireflies in action. Stop at over…

SOURLAND MOUNTAIN FEST – LOCAL FOOD & WINE WITH AN AMAZING VIEW! Dear EscapeMakers — Discover the NEW Jersey you haven’t seen yet! This Saturday is the Sourland Mountain Festival – local food, local wines, local tunes and majestic views! Considered the “best kept wilderness secret,” it’s just an hour from New York and Philly. You’ll eat and drink some of Central Jersey’s finest offerings from Brick Farm Market, the Ryland Inn, and Unionville Vineyard…

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Dear EscapeMakers — If you missed our Ithaca Craft Beverage Festival last Sunday to plan a summer escape, it’s not too late! Look no further than the Finger Lakes. From picturesque farm-scapes stretching across the rolling hills, to waterfalls carving through the glacial rock…no matter where you are, Ithaca truly is ‘Gorges‘.  Have you ever seen a bison in real life? How about an alpaca? Well, this is your opportunity! Visit Ithaca for Open Farm…

Dear EscapeMakers — There’s a NEW Jersey you haven’t seen yet! We’re excited to announce that just this week, a coalition of New Jersey farmers, beverage makers and farm-to-table restaurateurs launched a new website, DiscoverCentralNJ.com – a guide to help you find the special places, food, and drink that earned the Garden State its nickname! Central New Jersey is located within 1 hour of NYC, completely accessible by NJ Transit, and is steeped in agricultural…

Dear EscapeMakers — Join us for the Ithaca Craft Beverage Festival on Sunday, June 9th from 11am-5pm, presented by VisitIthaca.com! Fulton Stall Market hosts our event in conjunction with their usual Sunday outdoor market. The event features live music, local food, and craft beverages for sample and sale, such as cider, wine, beer, and distilled spirits. These items are made locally from the area known for its farm-to-fork scene, craft beverage trails, outdoor recreation and…

Dear EscapeMakers — Rock, formal, native, rose, peony, ornamental — whatever garden passion, the beauty and aroma of diverse gardens can be found in Somerset County, NJ! The County is home to five renowned garden experiences for you to explore. Plan a visit to Duke Farms, Leonard J. Buck Garden, Peony’s Envy, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden or Hidden Spring Lavender. Gardens Getaways are ideal during Spring and Summer when many plants…

Dear EscapeMakers – Fat Apple Farm presents its 2nd Annual Spring Celebration Weekend on Saturday, May 25th-Sunday May 26th (Memorial Day Weekend)! Book an all-inclusive overnight Hudson Valley escape on the farm (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 and forage walking tour, floral workshop, butchering demo, delicious farm-to-table dinner feast featuring…

  Dear EscapeMakers – Spring is in the air and so are the birds! Visit Somerset County, New Jersey (minutes from NYC) and experience one of the Northeast’s most remarkable and diverse birding areas! Somerset County offers three remarkable locations to observe wildlife and engage in a new hobby! Important Birding Areas (IBAs): • Duke Farms • Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park • Sourland Mountain Region …and each of these locations is only a…

Join EscapeMaker for an event we’re producing in December in the Seaport District! Stock up on local food, winter provisions, holiday gifts and holiday cheer! NYCEDC Public Markets presents “Deck the Stalls,” a special outdoor holiday market on four Sundays: December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd! Fulton Stall Market hosts the series featuring live music, multi-cultural performances, locally made food, NY wine and craft beverages for sample and sale and a rotating lineup of guest…