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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Summer/ Early Fall Escapes in MA
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers — Indulge a getaway before summer is over! See below for escape ideas
off Amtrak’s route in Western Massachusetts off "The Vermonter!"

TOMATO FESTIVAL - Aug 22nd - Bring the family to Red Fire Farm. Tomato tasting with 100+ varieties, grilled sausages cook out, wagon rides, chef demos and workshops. More on Lodging.
STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + taxi
(19 min.).

COUNTRY FAIRSept 26-27th – Head to Hancock Shaker Village in North Adams to celebrate the fall bounty. Farmer’s market, horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, food, music, agri-demos. Jump in a pile of hay! More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Northampton + car rental (1 hr.).

FAMILY DAYS! - Sept. 5-7th – Celebrate Labor Day weekend with historical games and handy crafts at Old Sturbridge Village. Tug-of-war, paper marbling, dancing, singing, puppet show and visit the Freeman Farm! More on Lodging. STOP:
Vermonter to Springfield + car rental (35 min.).

JUST WHISTLER! – Sept. 4th – Williams College Museum of Art investigates Whistler’s bravura brushwork and delicate use of line, with which he created some of the most beautiful and most controversial 19th century artwork. Kickoff a long weekend with fine art education and a lovely dinner in historic Williamstown. More on Lodging. STOP: Greenfield + car rental (1 hr.).

THE BIG E! – Sept. 18-Oct. 4th – Don’t miss "The Big E", New England’s autumn tradition and the largest fair in the Northeast; a county fair meets a midway meets an extravaganza of family fun! More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + taxi (10 min.).

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Local CT Escapes via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – See below for great SUMMER escape ideas off Amtrak’s
route through Connecticut! Plus, now you can get 20% off!

PEACH FEST – Aug 15th – Bring family and friends! Enjoy a fun day in the country with live music, great food and a sunflower maze! Go peach picking in the orchards or buy cider donuts and fresh-baked peach pies! Pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, face-painting for kids and more! More on lodging. Stop: New Haven + taxi (25 mins.).

Tomato Tasting Aug 17th – Nothing expresses the bounty of food at summertime like perfectly ripe tomatoes. Visit Ambler Farms for a special tomato tasting, lawn games and BYO picnics. Family-friendly event! Home gardeners are encouraged to share samples of their own tomato varieties. More on lodging. Stop: Bridgeport
+ car rental (22 mins.).

Graveyard Ghost Tours Aug 28-29th -
The Mark Twain House, home to one of the most recognized American writers awaits you. Learn about its haunted history and Victorian traditions during a visit that’s as spooky as it is educational. Tours run all day. More on lodging. Stop: Vermonter to Hartford + city bus 60, 62, 64, 66 (12 mins.).

Wine & Chocolate Pairings Aug 28-31st -
Taste your way through Connecticut’s burgeoning wine region during Sunset Meadow Vineyards chocolate pairing event. Specialty chocolates will accompany regional wine and live music for a delicious long weekend.
More on lodging. Stop: Vermonter to Meriden + car rental (45 mins.).

Hartford BBQ Championships – Sept 5-6th
Fun for the entire family! Enjoy a culinary adventure on the New England waterfront which
will serve as a backdrop to the New England BBQ Championships. Exhibitors, food and live music lead up to the final judging to decide the best BBQ recipes of the region. Over 20 teams will present their recipes. More on lodging. Stop: Vermonter to Hartford +
free shuttle bus (
10 mins.).


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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Local Escapes via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – See below for great escape ideas off Amtrak’s Vermont routes!
Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont discount!

vermont skiing HAY DAY – July 26th Activities for the family include haying demonstrations at Billings Farm, horse-drawn wagon rides, make-your-own scarecrow and more! More on lodging. STOP: White River Junction + car rental (25 min.).

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HORSE SHOW – through August 9th – In its 22nd year, this horse show on Beebe Farm is truly a Vermont treat. Watch Olympic equestrians compete in premier hunter/jumper competitions for up to $750,000 in prizes. More on lodging. STOP: Bellow Falls, VT + car rental (1 hr.)
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ski&stayGOT THE BLUES? – Blueberry season is a special time of year in Vermont and the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival celebrates with weeks of blueberry themed festivities – blueberry parade, blueberry bingo, blueberry pie eating contest and the Blueberry Quest ! Grab your bucket and get out there to pick your own berries. More on lodging. STOP: Brattleboro + MOOver bus (55 min.)
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vermont skiingVT SAMPLER! through Sept 25th
Get the most out of your Vermont weekend by joining a local guide on the the country backroads with Backroads Discover Tour. See mountain valley vistas, an abandoned marble quarry, an alpaca farm, maple sugar preserves and local farms producing delicious products and local artisan goods. Unlike many group tours, this is an an intimate experience as you cruise through the natural beauty of the area in an open air vehicle. STOP: Bellows Falls + car rental (50 min.).


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SWIM VT- With Mount Mansfield towering in the background, the setting for Stoweflake’s outside pool is spectacular. Book a "Get the 3rd Night Free" package from $189/night and soak up the views! STOP: Waterbury+ car rental (20 min.).

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Summer Getaway
Ideas by Amtrak!

Dear EscapeMakers — Soak up New York State this Summer via Amtrak!
SAVE 15%
on Amtrak travel within New York State and Montreal!


SUMMER BBQ – July 10-11th. Head to Troy, NY this summer during the 8th Pig Out BBQ festival for chef demonstrations, live music, family fun and of course, the tastiest BBQ in all the state. STOP: Rensselaer, NY + taxi (15 min.).

PEDAL THROUGH THE ADIRONDACK WINE TRAIL July 10-August 30th. Enjoy this region’s burgeoning wine community on bicycle. The trail winds its way through 7 different wineries with stunning views of Lake Champlain. Rent a bicycle at a local bike shop, a 10-min walk from the station. More on lodging. STOP: Plattsburgh + bike.

LATIN AMERICAN FEST – July 19th. Take a quick walk from the station to reach the heart of the fest on Main street! Family-friendly activities, live entertainment and great food! Stay overnight! More on lodging. STOP: Poughkeepsie (3 min walk).

Farm-to-Table Weekend – July 24-26th. Join us for the 2nd Farm-to-Table weekend benefitting the Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm to teach kids healthy eating. Package includes 2 nights, 2 tix to benefit dinner, Hudson River cruise, lunch & farm tour at Hawthorne Valley Farm and wine tasting at Hudson-Chatham Winery. Book here! STOP: Hudson + EscapeMaker Shuttle.

GLAMPING! If you haven’t experienced what has widely become known as "glamping" get out to the Adirondacks this summer and see what all the fuss is about. Posh Primitive offers the perfect balance between the rustic beauty of the great outdoors and all the comforts of a stylish, friendly boutique hotel. Enjoy a meal with ingredients fresh from the garden after a long day spent hiking in the beautiful Adirondacks. STOP: Glen Falls + Enterprise (35 min.).

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Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) June 17, 2015

Spend a memorable weekend in the Hudson Valley with a Hudson River cruise, wine tasting, farm tour and a Farm-to-Table Dinner at Katchkie Farm. For the 2nd year, EscapeMaker.com, NYC’s guide to local weekend getaways, culinary and farm escapes, is offering a Farm-to-Table Weekend Overnight Package July 24-26th. The package includes The Sylvia Center’s annual Farm-to-Table Dinner fundraiser held at Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY on July 25th.

The 2-night weekend packages are in Hudson, NY and surrounding Columbia County – approximately 2.5 hours from New York City in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Based on double occupancy, the packages include tickets to the benefit dinner, a river cruise from Hudson Cruises, a special tour and pick-your-own lunch from Hawthorne Valley Farm and a custom tour and wine tasting at Hudson-Chatham Winery. Participating lodgings include the cozy Country Squire Bed & Breakfast in Hudson and the historic Vanderbilt House in Philmont. Best of all, ground transportation will be provided for those arriving via Amtrak. Caylin Sanders, President of EscapeMaker.com comments, "we think it’s key to cater to the car-free traveler who lowers their carbon footprint by taking mass transit, which is why we’ve partnered with businesses easily reachable from the train station and will be offering a 15% Amtrak discount plus shuttle service to the benefit dinner, winery and farm throughout the weekend."

The EscapeMaker.com weekend package is designed to give visitor’s a relaxing getaway, an overview of the area and an insight into the local agricultural, food and wine scene in Columbia County — all the while raising money for the The Sylvia Center and benefitting local business. Sanders comments, "we’re excited to offer this experience again, especially since last year we generated over $5000 for both The Sylvia Center and Columbia county’s various lodging, attraction and farm partners participating in the package."

The Farm-to-Table Dinner, the centerpiece of the weekend package and the brainchild of Great Performance’s CEO, Liz Neumark, helps raise funds for The Sylvia Center’s programs in Columbia County, which engage youth in every step of the story of food from seed to plate. The Sylvia Center teaches skills that inspire young people to establish independent healthy eating habits – so that they may lead healthy and productive lives. A portion of the event ticket cost ($100) is tax-deductible.

For more info and to book a Farm-to-Table Weekend Package
with EscapeMaker.com on July 24-26th click HERE!

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Quick Local Getaways
within 500 miles!
All Day Fun!

TIME TO GETAWAY

The best thing about summer is that the fun lasts all day. We know you already have the working hard part down. That's why Radisson Hotel Corning put together a little something to help you slow down, catch up with friends, and get pampered with the AgeLess Spa Getaway Package. We're talking two $50 gift certificates to use toward any of the wonderful spa treatments at AgeLess Spa and a $25 voucher for food and drinks at Grill 1-2-5 or the Steuben Bar. Then there's the heated indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and 10-person outdoor whirlpool spa. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Corning's Gaffer District and explore the shops, restaurants, bars, and two must-see museums.


WE LOVE BUBBLES

View the 30th Anniversary Video
Chateau Frank is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Chateau Frank was established in 1985 by Willy Frank, son of Dr. Konstantin Frank. Willy's dream was to make méthode champenoise sparkling wine from the classic Champagne grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. In 1985, Willy released his first vintage and since then Chateau Frank has become one of the most prestigious sparkling brands in New York State. Chateau Frank sparkling wines are served in the Dr. Konstantin Frank tasting room on Keuka Lake where tastings are still complimentary every day.

SAVE MORE AFTER 4

Just because it's late in the day doesn't mean you can't have a great time visiting The Corning Museum of Glass. Introducing the new Save More After 4 program. Now through September 7, visitors can enjoy the relaxed evening atmosphere and a $4 discount off their $18 adult admission when a ticket is purchased online and guests arrive after 4 pm. Did you get to town earlier than expected? No problem! Park at the Museum and take the free shuttle or short ten-minute walk to Corning's Gaffer District to enjoy great food and shopping before your Museum visit. For more information, see www.cmog.org/visit. Take advantage of this great offer and explore their newest exhibition America's Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex.

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Dear EscapeMakers —
Spend family time in the Hudson Valley, enjoying kid-friendly attractions and special events. Take the kids berry-picking, catch a Renegades baseball game, or watch a movie at a retro drive-in theater.

The thrills begin with a water slide plunge, or a kayak ride down the river, and wind down with a stay in a comfortable hotel, inn, or campground. Click here for more info!

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 28:
Beacon Riverfest Music & Food Festival 2015, Riverfront Park, Beacon

July 4: Independence Day Parade, Hyde Park

July 4: Fireworks Display, Waryas Park & Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

July 4-5: Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market, Stormville

July 25: Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Festival, Poughkeepsie

August 16: Jazz in the Valley. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. Jazz festival on the Hudson River
 

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Dear EscapeMakers —
Spend a weekend in the Hudson Valley, exploring the great outdoors with a hike along the Appalachian Trail, or a climb to the top of Mount Beacon. Go horseback camping, or try fishing for striped bass.
Your adventure may begin with a water view, from a kayak in the middle of the Hudson River or the middle of the Walkway Over the Hudson. Let it end around a crackling campfire, under the stars. Click here for more itineraries!

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 5 – 7:
Country Living Fair, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck

June 13 – 14: Rhinebeck National Motorcycle Meet & Machinery Show, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck

June 14: Beacon Sloop Club Strawberry Festival, Beacon Riverfront Park

June 20: HV Craft Brew Fest: Beer, Bourbon & Bacon, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
 

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EAT LOCAL ALERT!
GREAT EVENT IN NYC

Kick off the summer season with our partner Edible Brooklyn at:

Brooklyn Uncorked
Thursday, May 28th, from 6-9 p.m.
at 26Bridge in DUMBO!

Sip wine from award-winning New York State wineries
and nibble on delicious offerings from some of the most celebrated
restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan, featuring…

BAMcafé • Bedell Cellars • Benchmark Restaurant • Bouquet • Bridge Lane Wine
Brooklyn Oenology Winery • Brooklyn Winery • Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
Channing Daughters Winery • Dekalb Restaurant • EMILY • Finger Lakes Wine Alliance
Gramercy Tavern • Green Mountain Energy • home/made bklyn • Hunter’s
Enoteca on Court and Marco Polo Ristorante • Merliance • Macari Vineyard
Mattebella Vineyards • McCall Wines • Palo Santo • Paumanok Vineyards
Pazzi Pasta • Raphael • Rose Water • Runner & Stone • Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse
Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery • Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies
Suhru Wines • TasteNY • The Chocolate Room • The Lenz Winery • VerTerra Dinnerware
Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits/Gotham Project
Whole Foods Market • Wölffer Estate Vineyard

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!



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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Local Escapes via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – See below for great escape ideas off Amtrak’s Vermont routes!
Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont discount!

snowshoeing VT STATE DAY – June 4th – Get out to the scenic Stowe Country Club to play a few rounds of golf on Vermont State Day. Register for a team or build your own. Make a long weekend! More on Lodging. STOP: Waterbury-Stowe + Enterprise (22 min).

vermont skiing WANDERLUST FEST – June 18-21 – Connect with yogis, local chefs and world class musicians. Register for yoga, meditation workshops & dancing away under an outdoor canopy. Places for camping and a variety of options throughout Stratton. STOP: Brattleboro + Avis (55 min.).

ski&stayFORAGE AWAY – Wander the beautiful landscape of the VT Natural Science Institute with a New England Flower Society wildlife expert who will show how to safely identify edible plants and prepare them in your kitchen. More on Lodging. STOP: White River Junction + Thrifty Car (13 min.)
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HIKE VERMONT- We have our eye on Quechee Inn’s "Summer Celebration Package." Includes 2 nights, dinner for two, breakfast, afternoon tea, access to canoes, easy hiking trails and relaxation time on their wrap around porch. STOP: White River Junction + Thrifty Car (11 min.).

vermont skiingAl FRESCO DINING! Enjoy the Inn at Weathersfield’s "Summer Dining Delight" package: locally sourced gourmet dinner, full breakfast for two and afternoon tea. Also, take advantage of their culinary classes with expert chefs and cook book authors. STOP: Claremont + Enterprise (21 min.).

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