Dear EscapeMakers — The fall is all about apples in New York State! What better way to pay tribute to these sweet, juicy jewels than to talk about their delicious characteristics, the endless potential for ways to eat them, and, of course, where you can pick them. Presented in partnership with the New York Apple Association, check out the first in our series of “Apple Spotlights!” Apple variety: “Gala” – A great choice for

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 — 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