DUTCHESS FARMS & APPLE PICKING TOURS (VIA METRO-NORTH RAILROAD FROM GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL + SHUTTLE  OR DIRECT BUSES FROM MIDTOWN – BRYANT PARK) Select weekends in September & October! Dear EscapeMakers — This Fall, let us transport you to Beacon, Fishkill Farms, Sprout Creek Farm, Meadowbrook Farm, Rhinebeck, Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farms, Mead Orchards, Hahn Farm and Kesicke Farm for apple and pumpkin picking, cheese tasting, corn maze explorations and visits with farm animals!…

  Dear EscapeMakers — Listen to “Gotye the Goat” from Consider Bardwell Farm sing when you support Greenmarket farmers & producers! Purchase the first ever calendar dedicated to LOCAL agritourism: The 2018 EscapeMaker’s Agritourism Ambassadors Calendar!  The $20.00 LIMITED EDITION features the animals you’ll meet when visiting New York & Vermont Greenmarket farmers & producers in person – from honey bees to alpacas!  EscapeMaker designed the calendar to inspire your local travel: family vacations, group day trips,…

 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 — Surrounded by the beauty of the Hudson Valley, Westchester County offers a bounty of activities this fall for your next adventure. For those looking for a locavore-themed tasting experience, several local restaurants and breweries offer handcrafted IPAs, hard ciders and small batch spirits. For the adventurous, try Spins Hudson, the newest 40,000-square-foot sports and entertainment complex. This unique destination overlooks the scenic Charles Point Marina, offering exceptional dining, event space and a…

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…

  Dear EscapeMakers — Dutchess County offers 800 square miles of breathtaking vistas; fascinating historic and cultural sites; family-friendly activities; artisanal food and wine offerings; and colorful fairs and festivals. Beacon Sloop Club Annual Corn Festival: August 13 Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon Enjoy locally-grown and ready-to-eat Hudson Valley sweet corn on the cob, a variety of other great food, family fun, & folk music on the Hudson Riverfront. Jazz in the Valley: August 20 Waryas…

Dear EscapeMakers — There’s a new local FARM TRAIL! Westchester County, in the scenic Hudson Valley, has agricultural roots. Whether visiting for the day or the weekend, the Westchester County Farm Trail gives you the opportunity to visit their beautiful farms while tasting fresh locally made food. Bordering New York City, Westchester has more than 7400 acres of farms that provide high quality, seasonal ingredients – from lettuce to lamb – to the area’s remarkable…