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 — Wow, it feels like summer! And speaking of summer, we hope you join us for our: DUTCHESS FARMS & WINERIES WEEKEND (2.5 HOURS VIA METRO-NORTH RAILROAD FROM GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL) Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10th NEW THIS YEAR! Take Metro-North Railroad to Dutchess County’s Wassaic Station and we’ll transport you to various farms and wineries – no car needed! Select your own Dutchess farm fresh stops via our hop on/off…

Maple Weekend in the Sullivan Catskills! Dear EscapeMakers – Imagine sipping freshly boiled sap while learning about the age-old process of tapping maple trees. Enjoy New York Maple Weekend in the Sullivan Catskills. Pack up the kids and spend the weekend at Frost Valley YMCA learning about their maple sugaring operation while enjoying all of their on-site activities like archery, cross country skiing, snow tubing and more. Visit Justus Asthalter Maple Syrup, a fourth generation…

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 — Apple season is under way! From the Greater Niagara Region to the Finger Lakes to the Hudson Valley to Long Island, apple picking and fall festivals make great family day trips or romantic weekend getaways! Get info on pick-your-own orchards in New York State to explore on your own! Of course, you can always visit farmers markets in New York State and at Greenmarkets across NYC to stock up on your favorite variety…

Hardscrabble Cider is a micro farm-cidery founded in 2014 in North Salem, NY. The cidery, currently the only one in Westchester, is the brainchild of three nature-loving brothers with firm horticultural backgrounds – Alex, Kevin and Ben Covino of Brewster, NY. Farmers, scientists and businessmen all around, the brothers found inspiration in the words of local hero, Theodore Roosevelt, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”; and (Mother Nature willing) apples…

Dear EscapeMakers — Central New York is a great place to spend a weekend or a few days with the family, your significant other or a group of friends. Take the time out of your daily hustle and bustle to visit. Only a 4-hour drive from the city, there’s no excuse to miss out on all of the excitement that is offered in CNY! Take some time to try something different. Experience a unique wine…

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…

Amtrak.com If you can not view this html email click here GREAT GETAWAY ALERT! Summer Getaway Ideas by Amtrak! Dear EscapeMakers — The perfect Summer Getaways await you off Amtrak’s Adirondack route! Plus, SAVE 15% on Amtrak travel within New York State! FOOD & WINE FEST! – June 25th-26th – Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey at the second annual Adirondack Wine & Food Festival. You will be introduced to some of the…