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…

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…

Soak in the Last Days of Summer in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear Escapemakers – Summer may be winding down but the Sullivan Catskills is still hot! Here are FIVE great ways to experience farms, food and fun this August… 1. Farming with Kids – Saturdays August – October Children of all ages, toddlers to teens, can perform farm chores while having a great time and learning something new. Apple Pond Farm is an 80-acre organic…

Dear EscapeMakers — Take advantage of EARLY BIRD PRICING or buy the series at a discount! We’ve brought together local farmers, chefs and producers offering artisanal sips and bites for an evening Local Tasting Showcase Series! Get inspired to visit these great folks in person on your next local getaway!Our series includes 3 evening events and serves as a fundraiser for Fulton Stall Market, a shop that features 60+ local food & beverage producers, a…

Escape to the Perfect: Fall in the Great Western Catskills  Dear EscapeMakers — Just about 2 hours from New York City, find yourself in true farm country in Delaware County.This harvest season, as the stunning fall foliage adorns the rolling mountain landscape, their farmers welcome you to enjoy their bounty in the most literal sense – community events featuring local food, drink and farm life: Taste of the Catskills (Oct. 7-8) is a family fall…

Dear EscapeMakers — Spring may have just arrived, but Ithaca NY is wrapping up the wintery weather in style! Before the snow melts, marvel at one of 150 majestic waterfalls that are frozen in time, and enjoy seasonal tastings at award-winning craft breweries and wineries. Dine at one of Ithaca’s renowned farm-to-table restaurants while relishing their warm and cozy ambiance. Engage in family-friendly, hands-on experiences at local museums and festivals. Enjoy the final frosty days…