Waterfalls, wineries, things to do, places to eat…it’s all here! But can you spot the “vintage” Ithaca Commons? Or perhaps one of your favorite artists on the marquee at the State Theatre? See the whole city from your desktop with this fun documentary-style piece on all there is to do in the “GORGES” city of Ithaca, NY. For more inspiration for your next weekend getaway, Visit Ithaca online today!

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and a long weekend around the corner, and Black History Month kicking off on February 1st, now is the perfect time of year to explore some of the incredible black history sites, museums and landmarks the Northeast has to offer. According to New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State was at the forefront of the Underground Railroad movement. It was a major destination for freedom-seekers…

The weather is changing and the scarves and mittens have come out of hibernation. So when it’s too cold to frolic through orchards or hike through the hills and valleys, where should our much needed winter weekend getaways be spent? We’ve got lots of great ideas for fun and cozy trips that will keep you out of the cold!   Hudson Valley Culinary Crawl: The Hudson Valley is known for its abundance of delicious food….

At last, the holiday season is upon us! We’ve composted our farm-picked pumpkins and gourds, cleared off our Thanksgiving tables, and now it’s time to start checking off that December bucket list. First up, picking out and cutting down your very own Christmas tree! It’s not as daunting as it may seem – New York state is filled with Christmas tree farms within a couple hours from the city. Grab some hot cocoa, jump in…

Bring your bike, lace up your boots, grab the bridle for an adventure outdoors in upstate New York. Make the most of the Hudson River Valley landscape. Outdoor recreation in Dutchess County includes biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, archery and skeet shooting. See more EscapeMaker.com videos on our YouTube channel!    

  Dear EscapeMakers — Mmmmmm! Apple season is upon us and New York State apple farmers, growers and cider makers are counting on your support! It’s time to pick, drink, crunch and bake as many apples as you can get your hands on! What’s your favorite apple? For a variety guide, nutrition info and recipes, visit New York Apple Country! Get info info on pick-your-own orchards in New York State! From the Greater Niagara Region…

Autumn, at last, has arrived. And we all know that that means: APPLES! The orchards are swarming with visitors, the apple trees are bountiful with fruit, and the farmers markets are brimming with cider, apple butter, jam, pastries, pies and more. So how can you maximize this delicious time of year near you? There are festivals, tastings and tours galore just outside New York City check them out and share your pictures and experiences on…

  Dear EscapeMakers – Amtrak’s Dome Car arrives Sept. 29th! Just in time for the leaf peepers, the vintage dome car returns to the Adirondack® service for the fall season through November 1st! An upper level with windows on all sides, as well as overhead, will provide superb panoramic views all the way from Albany, along Lake Champlain and across the border into Montreal! The dome will be available on the northbound Adirondack® on Thursdays,…

Dear EscapeMakers — Join us for Applepalooza on Friday, September 16th in the Union Square Greenmarket – 10am-4pm! FREE apples, cider, donuts, spirits, hard cider, pie, juice and all things apple! With free tastes from Greenmarket farmers & the New York Cider Association! Plus, get agritourism info from EscapeMaker on local vacations and New York Apple Country on pick-your-own orchards in New York State! From the Greater Niagara Region to the Finger Lakes to the…

Looking for a fun day trip or weekend activity with family or friends? Celebrate quintessential summer days at a local county or state fair near you! From now through October, there are ferris wheels to be ridden, giant stuffed animals to be won, and outrageous fried food to be eaten. Check out some of the top fairs near NYC below and plan your trip today!   Ulster County Fair, NY 8/2 – 8/7 ulstercountyfair.com  …