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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Elegant Escapes
in Massachusetts
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – Indulge in a getaway this Winter! See below for escapes ideas
off Amtrak’s route in Western Massachusettsoff Amtrak’s route – “The Vermonter!”

ALERT: Due to construction and new development projects,
the Amherst station will be closing December 29th.

THE PERFECT PEAR! Book 2 nights at the cozy Clamber Hill Inn – a secluded 33-acre wooded estate with award-winning pear pancake breakfasts and receive comp snow shoe rentals from $175/nt. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst, or Greenfield after 12/29 + Enterprise (40 min.)

SHOP LATE NIGHTS! thru Dec. 19th
Books, antiques? Find the perfect elegant holiday gift as the shops of downtown and very strollable Amherst stay open late.
STOP: Vermonter to Amherst (10 min. walk) More on lodging.


FANCY NANCY! Dec. 20th Visit the Yankee Candle Village on the annual mother-daughter luncheon at Chandler’s for a reading of the classic kid’s book “Fancy Nancy.” Dress in your fanciest attire! STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + taxi (20 min.)



MASTERPIECE BALL! Jan. 3rd
Celebrate the women of Downton Abbey in an elegant evening of fundraising. Enjoy a five course period dinner, wine, music and dancing to The Masterpiece Ballroom Orchestra, dance demonstrations, awards for best period and character attire, a silent auction, raffles and an advance screening of the first hour of Season 5, Episode 1! $100/pp. STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + taxi (10 min.) More on lodging.

BREW BY THE FIRE! thru Feb. 26th - Cozy up at the Lord Jeffery Inn over the holidays with a pint and their Brewer’s Dinner package from $311! Located on the Amherst Common walkable from the station. STOP: Vermonter to Greenfield + taxi (20 min.)

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Quick Local Getaways
within 500 miles!
The Most Magical Season of the Year

Dear EscapeMakers — In Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes the Holiday Season is kind of a big deal!

Each November you can experience the holiday spirit starting with events like AGLOW in Hornell, where you’ll find carriage rides, and a parade, and a certain jolly fellow with a white beard spreading holiday cheer. In Corning, the season kicks off with the Parade of Lights – an evening parade where everyone is covered head to toe in lights – and it culminates with Sparkle where the streets are lined with vendors and full of holiday good times.

Each of the museums in Corning offers a special Holiday Open House which includes free admission and fun family activities, plus some quality time with old Chris Cringle. In Hammondsport and Bath you can spend Christmas in the Park and join Santa and Mrs. Claus celebrating the season with food, arts and crafts, and live music. In addition to great fun, many of these events also offer special dining and shopping promotions to help you bring in the holidays in style!

Putting The Sparkle in The Holiday Season for 40 Years

Corning’s Gaffer District is excited to invite you all to the 40th anniversary of Sparkle, on Saturday, December 6!

Join us for the celebrated culmination of the Crystal City Christmas Events Season, sponsored by Connors Mercantile. This year’s traditional holiday event features horse and carriage rides, shopping and dining promotions, outdoor entertainment and activities for the whole family! Enjoy craft and food vendors, holiday carolers, snow activities and everyone’s favorite photos with Santa in his Crystal House! The 40th annual Sparkle event begins with the inaugural Selfless Elf 5K, which benefits the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and ends with fireworks, courtesy of Elmira Savings Bank!

The Gaffer District hopes to welcome both locals and visitors alike to the most celebrated event of the holiday season. In its 40th year, Sparkle is an event not to be missed, and we hope to welcome its arrival for many more!

FEATURED EVENTS
Sparkle – December 6, Corning’s Gaffer District

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New Excursions in PA

Dear EscapeMakers — We’ve just added
a NEW winter excursion available
January 10-17th
in Harrisburg, PA!
Join thousands of vendors, exhibitors and farm friends to celebrate agriculture at the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show! Each January, Pennsylvania hosts the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country to highlight the state’s number one industry. This year’s show has something for everyone from farmers to foodies with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, more than 300 commercial exhibits, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and a farm-fresh food court.





The Pennsylvania Farm Show
Excursion Includes:
Available January 10-17, 2015
Buy one Amtrak Ticket, get one 40% off
Take 50% off Amtrak Ticket for Kids 2-12
FREE admission to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, a massive 24-acre indoor celebration of agriculture, featuring thousands of live animals
and equipment, competitive events and culinary delights
FREE fountain drink in a collectable 2015 PA Farm Show souvenir cup
Complimentary breakfast
$10.00 flat-rate taxi fare from Sean’s Taxi service



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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!

Quick Local Getaways
Just 2 hours from NYC!


Dear EscapeMakers,

Columbia County, NY rolls out the festive red carpet during the holidays! The county shimmers and shines with special events and candlelight tours at the decked out historic houses. Winter festivals make the season bright with dazzling shop windows, visits from Santa, bazaars, concerts and theatrical performances.


Basilica Hudson kicks off this magical time of year with Basilica Farm and Flea over Thanksgiving Day Weekend. Artisans, collectors and farmers converge to bring food, vintage collectibles and handcrafted gifts to this unique event. The fun continues at the Hudson Opera House’s annual WinterWalk on December 6th. Shop windows sparkle and Hudson shopkeepers are sure to have gifts for everyone on your list. Plan your festive getaway – Hudson is only 2 hours from NYC by car or by Amtrak train!


Visit ColumbiaCountyTourism.org
for a listing of unique boutiques, art, antiques,
and holiday events, 15% discount on Amtrak
train fares to Columbia County!


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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Quick Local Getaways
within 500 miles!
Reality is More Captivating than Fiction


Dear EscapeMakers,

Ripped from the case files of the Guardia di Finanza, stories of grave robbing, high-tech counterfeiting and international smuggling routes will be told during the groundbreaking exhibition Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team. With over 120 works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, “Treasures and Tales” marks the first time many of these pieces have been exhibited outside of Italy.

• 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art
• Priceless pieces, once lost, stolen or smuggled now on view in the U.S. for the first time
• Each artifact tells a story of creation, loss and recovery

Making its only U.S. appearance in Wilmington, Delaware, “Treasures and Tales” is on display now through December 21, 2014 at Wilmington’s famed Grand Opera House and comes on the heels of several successful showings in Italy.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit!

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
New Local Excursions
in Pennsylvania

Dear EscapeMakers — We’ve just added a NEW holiday excursion: Christmas in Hershey, PA!

This overnight excursion, offered exclusively by the Days Inn in downtown Hershey, offers the best way to experience the Sweetest Place on Earth during the most wonderful time of the year. Visit the ever popular Hershey Chocolate World and Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane, experience outlet shopping , plus seasonal shows and activities at The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theater. In Hershey PA, you’ll find endless fun and attractions to enjoy a great winter getaway for the whole family.

Christmas in Hershey, PA Excursion Includes:


Buy one Amtrak Ticket, get one 40% off
Take 50% off Amtrak Ticket for Kids 2-12
Take 25% off your stay at Days Inn Hershey
Free shuttle service to Amtrak
and Hersheypark
Complimentary breakfast
Purchase discounted tickets to Hersheypark and other attractions through hotel




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2014

nyaaFishers, N.Y. – New York City consumers will get better connected to the state’s apple growers and cider makers thanks to a $75,000 grant just awarded from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

New York Apple Association (NYAA http://www.nyapplecountry.com) received the grant from a federal program established by the 2014 farm bill to support producers of specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, nuts and ornamental plants. The funds will be used to educate New York City consumers about the state’s apples and cider, and to encourage and help them to visit local apple orchards.

emsmallWe know consumers want to connect with the people who supply their food, this program will help them do that, said NYAA President Jim Allen.

NYAA will work with EscapeMaker.com, an online guide to local agritourism getaways, to conduct “The NYC Applelooza.” The campaign will provide New York City consumers with information about the health benefits of New York state apples, while also sampling the many apple varieties available from across the state. Information about visiting pick-your-own apple orchards will be provided at GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets (http://www.grownyc.org) across New York City, and at special events such as EscapeMaker.com’s annual Local Food & Travel Expo.

Increasing New York City residents awareness of the state’s apples and cider will help our grownycsmindustry to be more competitive in a crowded food marketplace, said NYAA President Jim Allen. Our industry is grateful to USDA and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for making possible this outreach to an influential cross-section of the downstate public.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced recipients of the 2014 grant awards on Oct. 2. The bipartisan 2014 farm bill provided an historic $118 million for specialty crop block grant funding to states to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and to strengthen U.S. agriculture. USDA allocated a total of $1.4 million to New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for 15 specialty crop projects, including the NYAA project. For more information, read USDA’s press release or view the program’s description of description of funded projects.

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For more information
, contact: Julia Stewart, (703) 729-3194, New York Apple Association or Caylin Sanders, EscapeMaker.com, (718) 398-5766, caylin@escapemaker.com or http://www.escapemaker.com

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
November Escapes
in Massachusetts
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – Squeeze in a Fall getaway this November! See below for escapes ideas
off Amtrak’s route in Western Massachusetts off Amtrak’s route – “The Vermonter!”

MASS CIDER! Oct 31. -Nov. 2 – Round out your Halloween and Fall experience with Cider Days in Deerfield with orchard tours, cidermaking, tastings, workshops and much more. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + Enterprise (30 min.) More on lodging.


MASS HISTORY!
NOV. 1 - Book your ticket to the annual Amherst House Tour offered exclusively by the historical society. Tour 5 private Amherst area homes each selected for its unique architectural and design features. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + Enterprise (10 min.) More on lodging.


MASS DANCE! Nov. 18 - Let your spirit soar by soaking in a performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company. So many B&B’s and inns to choose from! STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + taxi (10 min.) More on lodging.


MASS GIVING! Nov. 26-27Let someone else do the cooking and spend a relaxing & luxurious Thanksgiving at the Cranwell Resort & Spa in the Berkshires with their special package. STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + Enterprise (45 min.)


MASS VICTORIAN! Explore beautiful Amherst and stay at the Allen House Inn – within walking distance of museums and downtown + they will pick you up from the station! Rooms range from $75-$195/night. Bike rentals available. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst.


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New Local Excursions
in Pennsylvania


Dear EscapeMakers — We’ve just added a NEW local overnight trip for wine lovers:
Hershey, PA Wine Excursion!

Explore 3 Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country wineries by luxury stretch limo, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the wineries situated in the heart of Central Pennsylvania’s beautiful rolling hills. These boutique wineries have perfected a wide variety of handcrafted white, red and blush wines for you to sample in beautifully appointed tasting rooms. Visitors have an exclusive opportunity to sample wines and learn from winemakers about the characteristics of each wine unique to this up and coming wine region.


Hershey, PA Wine
(Year-Round) Excursion Includes:

Package priced for two people
Buy one Amtrak ® Ticket, get one 40% off
2 Panera Bread Box Lunches
Tasting fees at 3 Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country wineries
5.5 hours luxury sedan transportation from train station, wine tour, dinner, and to hotel and back to train station the next morning.
Fenicci’s of Hershey Special Menu Dinner
1 Night at the Sleep Inn & Suites Hotel with breakfast for two
1 bottle of wine, corkscrew, 2 glass and 2 wine cooler bags



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New Local Excursions
in Pennsylvania


Dear EscapeMakers — We’ve just added NEW local Fall excursions, including the Lancaster Amish Tour!

Experience an authentic look at Amish life in PA Dutch Country. Take a guided tour of the Amish Village, an 1840 Amish farmhouse and one-room schoolhouse to learn about today’s Amish lifestyle, their centuries-old heritage and religious beliefs and traditions. Sample seasonal treats on a private, customized back road tour with stops at local hidden gems, and shop for traditional Lancaster County crafts and gift items in a festive, quaint country atmosphere!


Lancaster Amish Tour
(Year-Round) Excursion Includes:
Buy one Amtrak Ticket, get one 40% off from NYC to Lancaster, PA
Take 50% off Amtrak Ticket for Kids ages 2 through 12
Private luxury SUV transportation to/from Lancaster Amtrak Station
Customized private farmlands tour with stops at local Amish crafts stores, quilt shops, pretzel bakery or bake shop, barn with farm animals and blacksmith shop
Visit to Kitchen Kettle Village, featuring hundreds of locally-made items along with national brand names in the more than 40 specialty shops
Personal greeting and host in the Kitchen Kettle Village Jam & RelishKitchen.
Learn about the heritage and art of canning and preserving – with free sampling
Kids under 15 decorate a free gingerbread man cookie at the Bake Shop



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