Dear EscapeMakers — It’s the most beautiful time of the year! Whether you’ve been to Ithaca before, or have yet to visit, now is the time to explore! Constantly evolving, the Finger Lakes region always has new opportunities for you to experience. Fall Foliage at peak! There’s still time to catch the last leaf peeping in New York State! Due to the lakes themselves (heat retention and air flow), the Finger Lakes has a more…

Dear EscapeMakers — Fall has arrived at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern with a NEW Fall Menu! Autumn is the season of harvest festivals, crisp morning air and of course spectacular foliage! Leaves are reaching peak color and apples and pumpkins are being gathered. These are just some of the amazing reasons to stay, dine, and celebrate in the Hudson Valley – only 2 hours from NYC! The Tavern at Diamond Mills welcomes Autumn with…

No one could have predicted the explosion in hard cider production and cideries in New York State over the last few years! That is except for a few visionaries that took a gamble with a dollar and a dream. In 2013, an inspired young man from Columbia County had a dream to support New York agriculture by crafting quality hard ciders using apples grown in Hudson Valley orchards — those that he explored, harvested and…

Dear EscapeMakers — Golden leaves, crisp apples and pumpkin pie. It might be the heat of the summer, but autumn is fast approaching. Of all the seasons, fall is most magical in Ithaca — the heart of the Finger Lakes. Plentiful in vibrantly hued leaves, agriculinary experiences, and copious amounts of fruits and vegetables, the harvest season is called that for a reason! As the agriculture season nears its end, it calls for celebratory times:…

Dine on the Iconic Grounds of the Original 1969 Woodstock Festival! Dear EscapeMakers — Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with a farm-to-table feast on the sacred and iconic grounds of the original 1969 Festival. On Sunday, August 11, The Farmhouse Project will partner with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to bring you their newest creation, Terrain & Table. As you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail inspired by the Woodstock Festival….

Dear EscapeMakers — So, you want to escape the city, try something new, swim in a creek, and remind yourself what stars look like? Well, you’re in luck! Ithaca has what you didn’t know you needed: baby goats to cuddle and bottle feed, Zagat’s #4 Must-Visit Farmer’s Market, CBD farms, and all the farm-to-glass breweries, cideries and wineries you could desire. Let’s get back to basics: how do you plan a trip to Ithaca? Step…

 Dear EscapeMakers — If you’ve got spring fever, it may be time for your next weekend getaway. And what better place to escape to than the scenic Central New York Vacation Region? As you make your way up and out of the city, enjoy the views of mountainous landscapes and beautiful greenery along meandering roads.In just a few short hours, you will have arrived. Relax and practice your golf swing. You don’t  have to play…

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…

Dear EscapeMakers — The perfect Summer food and beverage getaways await you off Amtrak’s Empire Service route! Plus, SAVE15% on Amtrak travel within New York State! RIB FESTIVAL – 7/28-7/30. Head to the Buffalo Rib Fest, a 3-day food & music festival featuring award-winning NY State rib vendors, cold beer and live music. More on lodging. STOP: Empire Service to Buffalo + walk (10 min.). THE GREAT AMERICAN IRISH FESTIVAL – 7/28-7/30. Tap into your…