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 & Car-less Travelers — Late fall is the perfect time for a quick weekend getaway to a cozy B&B! The eco-friendly Croff House is a gorgeous Victorian inn circa 1875 and just 2.25 hours from NYC (walkable from the Amtrak station) and right in the heart of town! Let Innkeeper’s Russ & Duncan treat you to their delectable homemade breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients from the Hudson farmer’s market and local…

Fall Fun for Everyone! Dear EscapeMakers — Happy Fall Y’all! The days are getting shorter, the air a bit cooler, and very soon their Insta-worthy Fall foliage will emerge. From festivals to pumpkin parties, here are 12 ways to experience Fall in the Sullivan Catskills. Grab your calendar, reserve a room & escape for the weekend! They’re waiting for you! EXPLORE THE SULLIVAN CATSKILLS Follow at: 1. Sullivan Catskills Farm to Table Week September 20-29 2….

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…

Dear EscapeMakers — Celebrate New York’s Maple Weekend this weekend March 24-25 at Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center! Hilltop Hanover is partnering with White Oak Farm (the closest sugar house to New York City) to provide visitors with a delicious and unique experience. Enjoy pancakes while overlooking the Croton watershed and Manhattan skyline. Then guests can make their way to White Oak Farm, just one mile down the road, for a tour of their beautiful…

Dear EscapeMakers — Winter’s chill has finally made it to the Finger Lakes region, but Ithaca, NY is proud to offer a wealth of memorable food and farming-related events even in the colder months. Ithaca is never short on festivals, and winter is no exception – this year’s Ice Festival on December 9th will feature a Chowder Cook-off, and the weird and wonderful Rutabaga Curl at the Ithaca Farmers Market on December 16th is a…

  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,…

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…

  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…