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Dear EscapeMakers — early Summer vacations mean great adventures at affordable deals.
See below for escapes ideas off Amtrak’s routes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont!
Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont discount!
For a list of AMTRAK packages listed at Vermont Tourism, click here!
In addition, Amtrak has just launched limited bike service on the Vermonter line!

International Food MA- Memorial Day Weekend May 26-30th! Transport yourself across the world through food at the Springfield International Food Fest at the Eastern States Exposition. Live music daily and fireworks nightly, plus the featured food this year is Kielbasa – so how can you go wrong? More on lodging. STOP: Springfield on Vermonter + cab (5 min.)

PEONY PALOOZA Traditionally in the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June, the Formal Garden at the Lincoln Family Home, Hildene, signals the start of the season with 1,000’s of peony blooms; many from the original 1907 plants. Enjoy spectacular valley views, the Green Mountains, and the quintessential VT landscapes. More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Brattleboro + car rental. (1hr.).

BALLOONS & BREWS VT July 7-10th – Visit the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival and let your spirit soar as more than 25 hot-air balloons fill the sky. Free admission when you stay at Stoweflake. View breathtaking launches, enjoy live entertainment, all while sitting back and relaxing with offerings in the beer & wine garden. Plus, the Stowe Brewers Festival is July 29th & 30th and features more than 40 brewers and cider-makers serving in excess of 130 beers & ciders. STOP: Vermonter to Waterbury + cab (20 mins.).

CONCERTS IN CT July 7th – Aug. 11th – Visit Stamford, CT for its weekly outdoor concert series Alive@Five! Artists include Shaggy, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Guster and Michael Frante, etc. Go spend the day and enjoy an amazing show in the summer sun for just $10 or make a weekend out of it. With its ArtWalk, great restaurants and breweries, Stamford is a wonderful walkable town. More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Stamford + take #13 bus (8 mins).

WALK VT One of the most independent and relaxing ways to observe Vermont’s natural beauty at close range, these self-guided Inn-to-Inn Walking Tours explore historic sites, swimming holes, antique shops, book stores, covered bridges, farms, lakes and mountain streams along the way! STOP: Ethan Allen Express to Rutland. They offer pick-up service from the station for a small fee.

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NEW TRAIL!
Haunted History Trail of New York State
Discover the United States’ only statewide paranormal tourism trail

Dear EscapeMakers – Apparently, restless souls will not be ignored. The Haunted History Trail of New York State continues to grow with the addition of 11 new locations and experiences for visitors to enjoy. Since 2013, the trail has grown from 13 to 30 New York State counties from Lake Erie to the Hudson River. The trails 70+ locations will educate and possibly cause sleepless nights for those who visit. To request a free 2016 Haunted History Trail of New York State brochure, click here.
You can start making travel plans by requesting the beautiful 24-page Haunted History Trail of New York State brochure. The brochure gives an informative description of each location and activities that guests can participate in at these scary spots. You can find trail locations by region or by activity descriptions such as ghost hunts, guided tours, haunted dining, haunted inns and others. In addition to requesting the trail brochure, you also have the option of receiving visitor guides from the counties in which the trail locations reside.

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Tour a bone-chilling museum of medical devices at the Dr. Best House and Medical Museum in Middleburgh. The 42-room Knox Mansion in Johnstown has consistent reports of children laughing and sightings of apparitions. The past comes alive in Rochester when enjoying a stroll with the Rochester Candlelight Ghost Walks. Outside of the Big Tree Inn in the collegiate town of Geneseo, you just might spot the former innkeeper walking the grounds with a lantern. For many reasons, they say the Capitol building in Albany is a scary place – participate in New York State Capitol Haunted Tours, and you’ll see one of the reasons why. There’s a weird spot in a park by Lake George where you if you talk, the echo of your voice comes back louder. To learn more about these locations, click here!

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Dear EscapeMakers — Thanks to all who came out to our Maple Fest, our Agritourism Pop-Up Shop and Local Tasting Sundays last month at Fulton Stall Market! Click here to see the photos!

Starting this week, we are back out in GrowNYC’s outdoor Greenmarkets talking all things agritourism!
Stop by to PICK UP OUR NEW Local Agritourism Guide to nearby farm and winery escapes, craft brew trails, apple and berry picking destinations! See below for our schedule:


GREENMARKET MAY SCHEDULE
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Columbia University Greenmarket
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Union Square Greenmarket
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Greenpoint Greenmarket
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1-2 HOURS FROM NYC
Westchester County is a food lover’s paradise and boasts a surprising blend of experiences. It is home to bustling shopping areas, meandering parkways, forested nature preserves, hiking trails, historic castles, estates and mansions, and – perhaps most surprisingly – thriving agricultural enterprises offering authentic farm experiences. Westchester always puts fresh and innovative on the menu. For more information on area hotels, farms, breweries and agricultural experiences within one hour of New York City, click here for info!
1-2 HOURS FROM NYC
Sullivan County’s breweries, wineries, and distilleries are the talk of the town! Less than 2 hours from NYC there’s a strong farm to table and craft beverage industry brewing in the Catskills. Much to the delight of visitors, there are 16 towns and villages where you can savor a gourmet meal, or grab a grass fed burger. Before you do, check out the sweet scene at any of a number of sugar shacks for great homemade maple syrup. And don’t miss sipping on a hand-crafted Peace Vodka, a Trout Town Amber Ale, or a Cabernet Franc either. Click here for info!
1-3 HOURS FROM NYC
Discover the Long Island Craft Beverage Trail. Along the way you’ll find three dozen wineries for tastings and tours. Breweries featuring complex blends of hops and flavors blended to frothy perfection. And local hand-crafted spirits distilled with local potatoes and water from ancient aquifers. There the ‘catch of the day’ was likely hauled in that morning from the waters off the Island shores and comes paired with vegetables from a nearby farm stand. The passion of place is palpable. Local. Authentic. Delicious. Click here for info!
2-3 HOURS FROM NYC:
Discover what makes Dutchess County "Distinctly Dutchess!" Mark the official start to summer with patriotic events like the May 14th Community Free Day at Dia: Beacon and Hudson Valley Philharmonic Fantastique! at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. On May 21st, attend the 8th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival and May 27 – 30th the WWII Living History, USO Show & Wreathe Laying Ceremony at FDR’s Home, Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park. Memorial Day Weekend showcases the Barn Star Antiques at Rhinebeck Show and Beacon Open Studios Weekend! Click here for info!
4-5 HOURS FROM NYC
People crave more. More flavor. More styles. More of an experience. That’s why craft brewers, hard cider-makers and distillers in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes created "Craft Your Adventure," a self-guided, master crafted beverage tour and collection of craft beverage experiences. Whether you crave beers from NY’s "Best
Craft Brewery," events like the Heritage Village Craft Bev Expo and the Finger Lakes Beer Festival or beer-themed getaway packages, "Craft Your Adventure" is your ticket for fun. Click here for info!
ALL ABOARD!
Take the train from NYC! Whether you’re traveling through New York State on Amtrak’s Adirondack line or on the Vermonter line through Connecticut, Massachusetts or Vermont, traveling via train is a fun, affordable way to get out of the city. Plus, you’ll be lowering your carbon footprint! Amtrak offers a 15% discount on New York travel and a 20% discount on Vermont travel.

Plus, bike enthusiasts …Amtrak just launched a limited bike service to Vermont! Read all about it here! Plan your next local getaway!
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Dear EscapeMakers, we just got the great news to share with you bike lovers! You asked and they delivered! Look for more bike-friendly trip ideas from us using Amtrak along the Vermonter line this Summer and Fall! For now, visit Vermont Vacation for 15% and 20% train travel discounts and start planning your car-less getaway to Vermont by booking one of their packages!






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2016

AMTRAK NOW OFFERS BIKE SERVICE ON THE VERMONTER

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is launching bike service on the Vermonter to provide passengers a more convenient way to travel with their bicycles. Tickets for carry-on bike service are now available for travel beginning May 1.

The Vermonter operates daily between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, Vt., with service to Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Conn., Springfield, Mass. and Essex Junction, Vt., and other intermediate stops.

Providing this service provides passengers with a way to explore and travel with their bikes. Amtrak partnered with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont Department of Tourism, Adventure Cycling Association, and other bicycle and passenger rail groups to form an advisory bicycle task force to oversee this project.

“We’ve worked with the cycling community to identify solutions and bring new ideas to offer services for customers who travel with their bikes,” said Deborah Stone-Wulf, Amtrak Vice President of Sales and Customer Service. “We look forward to measuring the success of this service with an eye to expansion to additional routes across our national network.”

Passengers traveling with their bikes must arrive at the station 30 minutes before the train’s departure to allow time for boarding. Customers must look for the “bike-friendly” sticker on the train car. Bicycles will go into the luggage compartment, which converts into a bike rack. Customers will need to remove the front wheel of their bike to fit it into the space, and loading instructions will be available in the bike rack area.
If equipped with panniers, large seat or saddle bags, the items must be removed from the bicycle before hanging it on the bike rack and stored as carry-on luggage. An Amtrak crew member will be available to assist.

“We are excited to launch the carry-on service on the Vermonter, the second project for the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force,” said Virginia Sullivan, a task force member and director of Adventure Cycling Association. “Locals and visitors will be able to take advantage of the excellent cycling opportunities all along the Vermonter corridor. This service will be a major benefit and will make trips with a bicycle easier."

Reservations are required and customers must have a ticket for their bikes. The bicycle reservation fee is $20 for service between Washington D.C., and New Haven, Conn., and $10 for service between New Haven, Conn., and St. Albans, Vt. Passengers may reserve their bikes by selecting “add bike” when they book their train travel on Amtrak.com, by calling 800-USA-RAIL, or by visiting any staffed ticket office.
About Amtrak®

Amtrak – America’s Railroad® – is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past five years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Checkout at blog.Amtrak.com, like on Facebook.com or follow on Twitter

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The Perfect Pairing: Art & Wine
Dear EscapeMakers — There couldn’t be a more ideal pairing of one-of-a-kind beautiful artwork and magnificent handcrafted wine. Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes marries the two together in perfect harmony. Immerse yourself in a world of art and wine, and leave feeling more knowledgeable and well-traveled.
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a Make Your Own Glass lamb bead!
Savor award-winning wines from the
top winemakers in the Finger Lakes!
 
Explore the great visual arts that our region has to offer!
Great packages to get you exploring the Southern Finger Lakes!

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Dear EscapeMakers — Women Only Weekends are the perfect opportunity to escape from all of your day-to-day rituals. Grab your friends, sisters, or daughters and explore all of the amazing things that Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes has to offer like savory wineries, delicious dining, and fantastic shopping. Let them be your go-to get away destination!
Relax with a spa treatment or make a whole day of it!
Savor award winning wines from the
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Great variety of shopping for
all styles and tastes!
Great packages for your next
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Dear EscapeMakers – Visit us starting this Thursday, March 31st! We’re opening the first ever
pop up shop within the historic Fulton Stall Market at the South Street Seaport dedicated to local farm, winery and brewery getaways!

Presented by Amtrak, the EscapeMaker Pop Up Shop located inside the Fulton Stall Market on 207A Front Street, will be open to the public Thursdays and Fridays (12:00pm-6:00pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (11am-5pm), March 31st through April 24th. Visitors can pick up info on green travel, farm escapes, apple picking, wine and craft brew trails and local getaway packages to inspire them to start planning their vacations.

Drawing a 250-mile travel radius around New York City, EscapeMaker offers getaway ideas within a few hours of New York City by car or by train with a focus on farms, wine and brew trails and culinary tourism. The shop and events presenting sponsor is Amtrak, encouraging taking mass transit to local destinations to lower one’s carbon footprint. Agricultural sponsors include The New York Apple Association, Vermont Tourism of Vermont and Dutchess Tourism, Westchester Tourism, Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes, Sullivan County Visitor’s Association and the Long Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau – all within New York State.

In addition to the pop up shop hours, EscapeMaker will host three FREE tasting showcases inside the market and spilling outside onto Front street, which are scheduled for:

Sunday, April 10th – Local Craft Beer, Cider & More
Sunday, April 17th – Local Wine, Cheese & More
Sunday, April 24th – Local Farms & Family Getaways

All events run from 11am-5pm and will feature food and beverage samples from local producers, live music, presentations by local farmers, winemakers and brewmasters and information on local vacations, where to go apple picking and visit a farm.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, NY

March 22, 2016

ESCAPEMAKER OPENS
AGRITOURISM POP UP SHOP
AT THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT


EscapeMaker.com, NYC’s guide since 2000 to
local getaways, opens the first ever pop up shop dedicated to local farm, winery and brewery getaways, running March 31st-April 24th within the historic Fulton Stall Market at the South Street Seaport.

Presented by Amtrak, the EscapeMaker Pop Up Shop located inside the Fulton Stall Market on
207A Front Street, will be open to the public Thursdays and Fridays (12:00pm-6:00pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (11am-5pm), March 31st through April 24th. Visitors can pick up info on green travel, farm escapes, apple picking, wine and craft brew trails and local getaway packages to inspire them to start planning their vacations.

Drawing a 250-mile travel radius around New York City, EscapeMaker offers getaway ideas within a few hours of New York City by car or by train with a focus on farms, wine and brew trails and culinary tourism. The shop and events presenting sponsor is Amtrak, encouraging taking mass transit to local destinations to lower one’s carbon footprint. Agricultural sponsors include The New York Apple Association, Vermont Tourism of Vermont and Dutchess Tourism, Westchester Tourism, Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes, Sullivan County Visitor’s Association and the Long Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau – all within New York State.

In addition to the pop up shop hours, EscapeMaker will host three FREE tasting showcases inside the market and spilling outside onto Front street, which are scheduled for:

Sunday, April 10th – Local Craft Beer, Cider & More
Sunday, April 17th – Local Wine, Cheese & More
Sunday, April 24th – Local Farms & Family Getaways

All events run from 11am-5pm and will feature food and beverage samples from local producers, live music, presentations by local farmers, winemakers and brewmasters and information on local vacations, where to go apple picking and visit a farm.

After five years of hosting a one-day Local Food & Travel Expo that focused on green getaways, the first of its kind in the country, EscapeMaker’s founder, Caylin Sanders, wanted another challenge. “A pop up shop was a natural transition for us. Our annual expo in Brooklyn drew thousands of people and was very successful, but we decided that the 1-day format of a consumer food and travel show was too limiting, ” says Sanders. “People want to sample food and wine and to support their local producers, but they also want to connect and share their travel experiences, bring their kids and families, as well as actually book weekend getaways with knowledgeable experts. This new venue gives us the opportunity to create that community dynamic,” comments Sanders.

EscapeMaker’s Pop Up Shop serves as a promotional program of the Fulton Stall Market, an initiative of the South Street Seaport District. Fulton Stall Market is a marketplace for local foods connecting farmers and producers with the growing Lower Manhattan community. Located in the historic district, where the City’s markets began in the 1700’s, it’s a first step toward development of a year-round indoor public market for New York City featuring local products and educational programming celebrating the Seaport District’s vibrant market history. Already the market has been offering educational programming and a CSA to local residents through partner Local Roots.

Passersby can also tour the new photography exhibit, “Organic,” based on the book by Francesco Mastalia. Twenty-one striking black and white 10-foot daguerreotype oversized photos of Hudson Valley farmers line the building around Beekman and Front Streets. Each photo features a scannable QR code that links viewers to EscapeMaker.com and more information on how to visit or buy from them.

Bob Lewis, Fulton Stall Market’s lead consultant comments, “It’s exciting to not only put our farmers and producers in the context of agritourism but also to be able to offer quality family-friendly events to our neighbors and Seaport community."

After April 2016, EscapeMaker’s agritourism tents can once again be found stocked with local getaway information in Union Square and various outdoor Greenmarkets in Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of a marketing partnership, solidified earlier this year with GrowNYC to promote Greenmarket farmers with on-site farm stores and experiences and local agritourism destinations. EscapeMaker’s new website is also slated to launch in Summer 2016.

For more info, visit: http://www.escapemaker.com/agritourism
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