EscapeMaker Awards Free Local Travel Getaways to COVID-19 Pandemic Healthcare Workers

The first local getaway prize winners have been selected; several more prizes have been announced and winners will be chosen in the coming weeks.

JuLy, 7, 2020 — BROOKLYN, NY, a guide to the local farm, food, wine and craft beverage getaways within a day’s drive or train ride from New York City for the last 20 years, is partnering with local Northeast inns and bed & breakfasts to give away free local vacations to be taken in 2021 and beyond (or when normal travel resumes) to healthcare workers and first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

EscapeMaker is calling for nominations from the public describing their friend, colleague, family member, or community hero’s impact on the frontlines or a story about who they have helped in 1000 words or less.

Multiple winners will be chosen every few weeks to receive an overnight weekend getaway vacation package to various inns and bed and breakfasts from the regions just outside New York City, including the Hudson Valley’s The Rushmore Estate and The Croff House Bed & Breakfast, Central New Jersey’s Chauncey Hotel, and Diamond Mills Hotel in the Catskills. To nominate a hero visit: //

“No one deserves a relaxing break more than the healthcare workers and first responders once the pandemic is behind us, and local travel restrictions are lifted,” says Caylin Sanders, Founder & CEO of “Their selfless dedication, compassion, and resilience save lives every day, and we, along with our lodging partners, feel this is the least we can do to thank them for going above and beyond in keeping us all safe and healthy during this time.”

The first 2-night getaway sweepstakes to The Rushmore Estate closed last week. Natalie Campisi, a critical care registered nurse at a hospital in northern New Jersey was chosen as the grand prize winner among hundreds of nominations.

The owners of The Rushmore Estate were so moved by the influx of submissions that they also awarded the top five finalists a one-night stay. Finalists included: Todd King, an ICU nurse at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, Ashley Sells, an ER nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Lauren Scheets, an ER nurse who works the night shift at Newark University Hospital, Jennifer Cadiz, a registered nurse in at Mount Sinai Queens Hospital and Alisa Jaganja, a registered nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

Additional local sweepstakes prizes that will be awarded over the coming months include:

– 2-night stay for two at The Croff House, a top-rated Bed & Breakfast in trendy Hudson, in the Upper Hudson Valley just 2.5 hours from New York City. Prize includes a stay in their elegant Chace Suite, luxury bath amenities, towels and robes, a 3-course freshly prepared breakfast made with local ingredients, full use of all areas of the property, including living room, library, porches and fountain patio, 24/7 coffee and refreshments, and $100 from EscapeMaker towards transportation. More info about the property at: //

– A 2-night stay for two at The Chauncey Hotel in Central New Jersey, just 45 minutes from New York City and set among rolling farmland, nearby pick-your-own fruit orchards, canals wineries, and distilleries. Prize includes a king suite, breakfast for two, a $100 food credit to be used throughout the stay, full use of the grounds, including an indoor heated pool with outdoor terrace, bicycles, trails, and outdoor games and complimentary transportation to/from Princeton Junction (NJ Transit). More info about the property: //

– An overnight stay for two at the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, a hidden gem in the Hudson Valley. The winner will enjoy a balcony terrace room overlooking the Esopus Creek. Plush overstuffed duvets, fine natural cotton linens, and a rustic European design all ensure a restful and relaxing stay for you and your guests. More info about the property at: //

To nominate a healthcare worker or first responder hero from the community for a free local weekend getaway around the NYC tri-state area, visit //


About //’s mission is to provide New York City area residents with the information and inspiration to explore the countless farms, wineries, craft beverage trails and local agritourism destinations located within a day’s drive or train ride of New York City. Whether through overnight packages, local tasting events, or farm tours, EscapeMaker advocates lowering one’s carbon footprint and supporting the local economy through unique local food and beverage experiences. Lodgings wishing to participate can send an email to


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