Every March, maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their sugar houses to see for themselves how local, pure maple syrup is made. Weekend activities include tours, pancake breakfasts, shopping and, of course, tasting. These weeks are absolute treats for the whole family! So mark your calendars for March 17-18 and March 24-25 and make your escape up to one (or several) of these sweet destinations. Need a ride? Download the ReachNow app, grab a…

This time of year, I run into two cooking woes. 1) What to make when I’m too tired and lazy to chop and prep and use every one of my pots and pants, and 2) what’s a quick and easy bite to make/bring to one of the many holiday parties popping up on my calendar? This quick, easy, farm-fresh dish is the perfect solution to both! It takes 10 minutes, makes very little mess, and…

The holiday season has arrived and it’s time for giving, joy and festivities! There are tons of festivals and celebrations taking place just outside NYC this season. Spend a little extra quality time with your loved ones this year sipping cider and spirits, participating in icy competitions, shopping for local gifts, and more! Check out some of the featured events coming up in December and have yourself a merry little weekend getaway. Taste fresh Wassail…

Dear EscapeMakers — Last chance! The season was extended due to the warmer weather this year, so there’s still a few pick-your-own orchards with apples to be harvested. Get out this weekend before they are all gone! Those Thanksgiving pies are counting on you! Plus, it wouldn’t be fall without apple cider doughnuts and hot apple cider. Stock up at farm stores across the state – you deserve a treat! And of course, if you…

The Halloween season is upon us and that means it’s time to pick pumpkins, carve jack o’ lanterns, devise creative costumes, visit haunted houses and celebrate all the warm harvest feelings that emerge this time of year. What to do, where to go, and how to get there? We’ve got some ideas for you! For all you thrill-seekers, New York is your oyster when it comes to haunted experiences. The Haunted History Trail of New York…

Dear EscapeMakers — it’s apple season in the Big Apple! Come and get your free apples, apple pie, apple cider, cider donuts and more at our special agritourism event: Apple Palooza at the GrowNYC Union Square Greenmarket Friday, September 15th from 10am-4pm! FREE! ALL AGES! Free samples, live music, apples, cider, baked goods and more! Sponsored by the New York Apple Association! Plus, pick up free info from our local travel getaway partner agritourism destinations…

Take any road through Dutchess County, head in any direction, and eventually, you’ll pass a farm. More likely, several. Agriculture is a driving economic force in the Hudson Valley, and a way of life. To get the complete Hudson Valley Farm Fresh experience, avail yourself of the many opportunities to enjoy its bounty. Many family-owned farms welcome you to pick-your-own produce, make purchases from their farm stands, or join them during family-oriented festivals. Vineyards will…

EscapeMaker HQ had the best day last Thursday: we officially *took over* the Heritage Radio Network Instagram in preparation for our very own agritourism episode on HRN Happy Hour! We had too much fun chatting with the HRN gang – Kat Johnson, Caity Moseman Wadler and Hannah Fordin – about our upcoming Dutchess County Farm Fresh Tours. Dutchess Tourism‘s Mary Kay Vrba and Dutch’s Spirits‘ Lydia Higginson joined to provide a little history, travel inspiration,…

There’s no better time than summer to get out there and plan an outdoor adventure! Did you know that exciting treasure hunts await just outside your door? One amazing way to get out there and explore your surrounding areas — the Hudson Valley, Catskill Mountains, Finger Lakes and more — is geocaching. Haven’t tried geocaching before? Geocaching.com, guide to all things geocache, defines the game as a “real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices….