No one could have predicted the explosion in hard cider production and cideries in New York State over the last few years! That is except for a few visionaries that took a gamble with a dollar and a dream. In 2013, an inspired young man from Columbia County had a dream to support New York agriculture by crafting quality hard ciders using apples grown in Hudson Valley orchards — those that he explored, harvested and…

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 — Stroll through orchards rich with glistening fruit, gaze at the hills blanketed with autumnal-colored trees, and sip a golden, effervescent glass of goodness – Ithaca is the epicenterof craft beverages and culinary explorations! Plan that leaf-peeping, fall getaway around Finger Lakes Cider Week (September 27-October 6). Located at the base of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca is home to Cornell University, over 150 waterfalls, a booming craft cider scene, and jaw-dropping scenic views. With…

Fall may be known for apple picking, but there’s nothing like a warm cider donut and cold pint of hard cider in the dead of winter! All of these cider-makers (and so many more) have fabulous farms and cozy tasting rooms that you can visit for a day trip or weekend getaway all year long. Check out a few of our favorite New York Ciders that you can visit in person below.   Brooklyn Cider…

  APPLE SPOTLIGHT: The EMPIRE APPLE! Dear EscapeMakers — We’re smack dab in the middle of the tastiest week all Fall! Find out about events all around the city during Cider Week NYC – November 2-11, 2018! Fall foliage is at its peak in the city but it’s not too late to head north through New York State to pick remaining apples off the trees, or buy apples from farm stores, or visit a cidery…

  Dear EscapeMakers — The fall is all about apples in New York State! What better way to pay tribute to these sweet, juicy jewels than to talk about their delicious characteristics, the endless potential for ways to eat them, and, of course, where you can pick them. Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the first in our series of “Apple Spotlights!” Apple variety: “Gala” – A great choice for…

  Dear EscapeMakers, Make your New Year’s resolution to explore some craft beverage trails! And if you enjoy hard cider, New York State is the epicenter! Book a cozy weekend in the Hudson Valley, the Catskills or the Finger Lakes or even beyond! And be sure to check out the New York Apple Association’s statewide map of cider locations! Click here for a few local winter travel ideas!    

 Dear EscapeMakers — Step away from “busy” and fall into relaxation, served up with fresh food and the craft brew scene this season in Central New York. There is so much to do, see and experience in Central New York and fall is a great time to take advantage of it all! Always a classic family trip, Central New York offers dozens of patches where you’ll find gorgeous gourds and other goods. You might also get…

Dear EscapeMakers — Mmmmmm! Apple season is upon us and New York State apple farmers have been busy growing the best tasting apples. In fact, did you know New York is the 2nd largest apple-producing state in the U.S.? That’s a lot of flavor right there! It’s almost time to pick, drink, crunch and bake as many apples as you can get your hands on! What’s your favorite apple? Download a variety guide, nutrition info…