Dear EscapeMakers — As the temperature goes down, Ithaca heats up. The city and region intentionally create events to keep the community engaged in the colder months: food, music and wine festivals, educational walks through botanic gardens, and winter celebrations at the children’s garden! Check out the Ithaca Events page to find your activity! Chili Cook-Off – 2/8 This annual foodie festival featuring  over 40 chilis prepared by 30+ restaurants from across the region as…

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 — Stop at a local farm, meet the farmers, tour the crop fields, and visit with the animals. On Open Farm Days, August 12th & 13th, participating farms in Tompkins County will be opening their doors (and barns, and pastures, and more) just for you! Experience life on a local farm and learn about how your food is grown and the people in the community who help bring the farm to your fork!…

Celebrate in #corningflx this holiday season! Dear EscapeMakers — The holidays are a magical time in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes. Charismatic small town store shelves are lined with the perfect gift for family and friends. Sparkly lights line snow covered streets while families are out celebrating the season at various traditional and unique events. Christmas cheer can be felt throughout the region at events where families and friends can visit with Santa, build…