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 — 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 — 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 — Last chance! The season was extended due to the warmer weather this year, so there’s still a few pick-your-own orchards with apples to be harvested. Get out this weekend before they are all gone! Those Thanksgiving pies are counting on you! Plus, it wouldn’t be fall without apple cider doughnuts and hot apple cider. Stock up at farm stores across the state – you deserve a treat! And of course, if you…

 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…

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 — 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 — Stop at a local farm, meet the farmers, tour the crop fields, and visit with the animals. On Open Farm Days, August 12th & 13th, participating farms in Tompkins County will be opening their doors (and barns, and pastures, and more) just for you! Experience life on a local farm and learn about how your food is grown and the people in the community who help bring the farm to your fork!…