Escape the City Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us! And experiences as a gift are one of the best ways to show love and appreciation this time of year. For those who deserve a little extra rest, relaxation (and fun!) this year, consider the gift of an escape.

Give the gift of adventure with an Upper Delaware guided fly fishing trip! The Baxter House in the Sullivan Catskills has been a landmark in Roscoe, aka “Trout Town U.S.A.”, for well over a century. Today, Baxter House is the only place in Roscoe where visiting anglers can find a top notch guide staff, fly shop and lodging in one location. Over the last 19 years, their guides have developed a reputation as being the most knowledgeable in the Upper Delaware River System. Baxter House offers guided fly fishing adventures from April through November on the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, East and West Branches of the Delaware and the Main Stem Delaware. Give the fishing-lover in your life a gift card for a fly-fishing adventure in 2019!

Gift your loved ones a weekend getaway to the gorgeous Finger Lakes, breathtaking all year round! Get away to Ithaca for an “Ithaca is Foodies Tour & Overnight Package.” You can experience Ithaca through a foodie vacation with a package that includes two food tour tickets, an artisanal cheese tasting for two at Lively Run Dairy, tasting for two at Finger Lakes Cider House, and a gift bag filled with local eats.

This holiday season, plan a special day for your loved ones in Westchester County, just a quick getaway via Metro-North Railroad outside New York City. Create your own craft beer tour and visit a few of the many local breweries that dot the area. From Yonkers Brewing Co. in Yonkers to Broken Bow Brewery in Tuckahoe to Sing Sing Kill Brewery in Ossining to Peekskill Brewery and River Outpost Brewing Co. in Peekskill, spend your day sampling and sipping some of the best local brews in the region.

Plan a wintry weekend escape to Central New York! Especially for the adventure-seeker on your holiday list, head up to Old Forge, NY in the Adirondacks, known as the “snowmobile capital of the East!” The Old Forge snowmobile trail system connects with all major snowmobile trail systems in Central and Upstate New York. The scenic trails feature the beautiful Adirondack mountains and open powder riding to meet every level and desire. The perfect getaway from the mid-winter blues in the city!

The perfect gift for the locavore, foodie, wine-lover and EscapeMaker in your life is The Hudson Valley Wine Tasting Passport! Experience the variety and diversity of each of the member wineries of the Shawagunk Wine Trail. This is a great way to start off the year, visiting your favorite wineries and discovering new favorites along the way! At each winery, you will enjoy both old vintages and new releases. Click here to purchase your Passport.

You know what they say, the best way to show love is through the stomach! This holiday season, get sweet and personal when you hand out homemade, filled-with-love treats made from local New York apples. This Glazed Apple Bundt Cake is the perfect gift for the sweet tooth on your holiday list.



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