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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Fall Getaways a few
hours from NYC!

Dear EscapeMakers – Amtrak’s Dome Car arrives Sept. 29th! Just in time for the leaf peepers, the vintage dome car returns to the Adirondack® service for the fall season through November 1st!

An upper level with windows on all sides, as well as overhead, will provide superb panoramic views all the way from Albany, along Lake Champlain and across the border into Montreal!

The dome will be available on the northbound Adirondack® on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays; and on the southbound Adirondack on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The dome
does not travel on Wednesdays. All passengers traveling between Albany and Montreal are welcome to enter the dome car to enjoy the scenery. Seats in the dome are not reserved and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore upstate New York during the fall! (Terms and Conditions apply)
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Dear EscapeMakers — Join us for Applepalooza on Friday, September 16th in the Union Square Greenmarket – 10am-4pm! FREE apples, cider, donuts, spirits, hard cider, pie, juice and
all things apple! With free tastes from Greenmarket farmers & the New York Cider Association!

Plus, get
agritourism info from EscapeMaker on local vacations and New York Apple Country on pick-your-own orchards in New York State! From the Greater Niagara Region to the Finger Lakes to the Hudson Valley to Long Island, apple picking makes a great family day trip or romantic weekend getaway!

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Dear EscapeMakers — Thanks to all those who came out to our "Berry Jam" events at Union Square and the South Street Seaport!

Presented by Amtrak, our Agritourism
Pop-Up Shop
is in full swing at Fulton Stall Market! Stop in to pick up for free info on great summer getaways or come to our tasting events on 7/24 and 8/14!

Raise a brew and rejoice! We’ve teamed up with Heritage Radio Network’s show "Beer Sessions" to offer craft beverage-themed vacation packages to complement their new podcasts! We’ll be rolling out more packages to the Hudson Valley and the Catskills in the coming weeks.


Our first package includes a 1-night stay at the Rhinecliff Inn, a culinary and beverage crawl with
Hudson Valley Food Tours
, a $50 credit a Daughter’s Fare and Ale for dinner and drinks and a 15% discount on Amtrak tickets for only $199 for two people! BOOK HERE!
Also this week, we are back outdoors in GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets talking all things agritourism!
Stop by to PICK UP OUR FREE Local Agritourism Guide to nearby farm and winery escapes, craft brew trails, apple and berry picking destinations! See below for our schedule:

SUMMER SCHEDULE
7/22
Fri.
Union Square Greenmarket
Manhattan
7/23
Sat.
Fort Greene Greenmarket
Brooklyn
7/24
Sun.
Fulton Stall Market – FREE Local Craft Beverage Tasting Showcase. Sponsored by Amtrak & The New York Apple Association
Manhattan
7/29
Fri.
Union Square GreenmarketCounty Fair Days!
Manhattan
8/6
CookOutNYC: CiderFeast at Solar One! Tix here!
30+ ciders, perfectly paired outdoor grillables and live music
Manhattan
8/11
Thurs.
Tucker Square Greenmarket
Manhattan
8/12
Fri.
City Hall Greenmarket
Manhattan
8/13
Fri.
Greenpoint Greenmarket
Brooklyn
8/14
Sun..
Fulton Stall Market – FREE Local Craft Beverage Tasting Showcase. Sponsored by Amtrak & The New York Apple Association
Manhattan
8/25
Thurs.
Tucker Square Greenmarket
Manhattan
8/26
Thurs.
City Hall Greenmarket
Manhattan
8/27
Fri.
Greenpoint Greenmarket
Brooklyn
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:
Awaken the Dragon in Dutchess County! Form a team with 15 friends or co-workers and compete in our 3rd Annual Dragon Boat Race on Saturday, July 23rd. Participate in an exciting activity for paddlers of all ages! Instruction and equipment provided (one practice session). Alongside the Dragon Boat races, the shoreline hums with energy and excitement at the Asian Cultural Festival! There’s puppetry and story-telling for kids, Dragon face/arm painting and hands-on demonstrations of Calligraphy, wood-block printing and Origami/kite making. HRRA Community Boathouse, Poughkeepsie, 9am – 3pm. Could be the highlight of your summer! 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!
ALL ABOARD!


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EscapeMaker offers getaway ideas within a few hours of New York City by car or by train with a focus on farms, wineries, distilleries, cider and brew trails and culinary tourism! Presented by Amtrak, the EscapeMaker.com Farm Escape Pop Up Shop, located inside the the historic Fulton Stall Market at the South Street Seaport will be open to the public 7 days
a week through August! Visitors can pick up discounts on green travel, guides on farm escapes, apple picking, craft beverage trails and info on local vacation packages!

In addition to the pop up shop, EscapeMaker will host
tasting showcases in conjunction with the regular farmers market:

Sunday, July 24th – FREE Craft Beverage Tasting Showcase
Sunday, August 14th – FREE Craft Beverage Tasting Showcase

Breweries, distilleries & craft beverage trail info

All events run from 11am-5pm and will feature beverage samples
from local producers, live music and information on local vacations,
where to go apple and berry picking and visit a farm!

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

The shop presenting sponsor is Amtrak, encouraging taking mass transit to local destinations. 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. The media sponsor is Edible Manhattan


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Looking for a fun day trip or weekend activity with family or friends? Celebrate quintessential summer days at a local county or state fair near you! From now through October, there are ferris wheels to be ridden, giant stuffed animals to be won, and outrageous fried food to be eaten. Check out some of the top fairs near NYC below and plan your trip today!

Ulster County Fair, NY 8/2 8/7 ulstercountyfair.com

New Jersey State Fair, NJ 8/5 8/13 njstatefair.org

The Vermont State Fair, VT 8/16 8/20 vermontstatefair.org

Steuben County Fair, NY 8/16 8/21 steubencountyfair.org

Dutchess County Fair, NY 8/23 8/28 dutchessfair.com

The Great NY State Fair, NY 8/25 9/5 nysfair.ny.gov

Little Worlds Fair, NY 8/19 8/21 grahamsvillefair.com

Durham Fair, CT 9/22 25 durhamfair.com

Long Island Fair, NY 9/24, 25, 30 & 10/1, 2 lifair.org

Bloomsburg Fair, PA 9/24 10/1 bloomsburgfair.com

The Big E, MA 9/16 10/2 thebige.com

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Dear EscapeMakers — Summer means festivals and outdoor adventures galore!
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, visit Vermont Tourism, click here!
In addition, Amtrak has just launched
limited bike service on the Vermonter line!

8TH ANNUAL CHEESEMAKERS FEST – July 17th. Hosted by The VT Cheese Council at Shelburne Farms on the shores of Lake Champlain near downtown Burlington. Over 40 VT cheesemakers sampling 150+ cheeses and 80 local food & beverage artisans. This Festival with tix $20-$60 is not to be missed! More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Essex Jct. + taxi (15 min.).

STAR TREK SUMMER FEST – July 21-24th
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Positive Geek in Brattleboro, VT presents The Star Trek Summer Fest. The free 4-day celebration features special events, games, cosplay, prizes, panel discussions, and a chance to be among the first people to see Star Trek: Beyond in the beautiful Latchis Theater! More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Brattleboro + walk (2 mins.).


VT MOUNTAIN BIKE FEST – JULY 22-24th.
The Vermont Mountain Bike Association will be holding their annual festival featuring bike demos, games & great food. The festival will have guided rides throughout the Mad River Valley and up to Waterbury. More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Waterbury + cab (20 mins.)
or bike 19 miles (AMTRAK recently launched bike service!)
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NEW HAVEN CHALK ART FEST – AUG. 20th.
The Shops at Yale invites all artists to the 1st New Haven Chalk Art Festival. The fest will feature local artist Michael Micinilio and 3×3 squares for others to create their own masterpiece. Compete to win $500. STOP: Vermonter to New Haven; walk 1 mile or bus to downtown.

B&B FOR HIKERS Named "Best B&B Getaway" for 2016 by Yankee Magazine, this historic 1910 home with
7 fireplaces and a stone billiard room is located on a basalt ridge within 11 private wooded acres overlooking the Connecticut River valley and miles of hiking trails. STOP: Vermonter to Greenfield + cab (7 mins).

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Summer Getaway
Ideas by Amtrak!

Dear EscapeMakers — The perfect Summer Getaways await you off Amtrak’s Adirondack route!
Plus, SAVE 15% on Amtrak travel within New York State!

FOOD & WINE FEST! – June 25th-26th
Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey at the second annual Adirondack Wine & Food Festival. You will be introduced to some of the best wineries, breweries, distilleries, local artisanal food vendors, crafts and food trucks in NY State! STOP: Fort Edward + cab (21 mins.)

STRAWBERRY FEST & CLASSIC CARS June 26th – Visit the beautiful Lake Champlain region and stop by Crown Point Methodist Church, hosting its annual Strawberry Fest & Classic Car Show in Crown Point, NY. Enjoy live music, crafts, classic cars, and an abundance of strawberries! STOP: Port Henry + cab (5 mins.)

I LOVE BBQ & MUSIC FEST – July 2nd-4th – Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the best show on barbecue returns to Lake Placid. This festival attracts competitors from across the country and continues to grow. Event days are filled with free samples, concessions, children’s activities, live music and more! STOP: Westport, NY + shuttle (25 mins.)

CHIP FESTIVAL – July 16th – Prepare your tastebuds for a legendary experience. Salty? Spicy? Cheesy? Potato? Corn? Thuck-cut? Razor-thin? No matter how you slice them, people love chips. Check out the 1st Annual Chip Festival in the birthplace of the potato chip: Saratoga Springs, NY! STOP: Saratoga + cab (10 mins.)

BREW FEST – August 6th – The 2nd annual Plattsburgh Brew Fest will be held on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain. 40+ breweries, wineries and local restaurants. Grab some friends, grab some beers and enjoy the sunshine! STOP: Plattsburgh + cab (5 mins.)

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Dear EscapeMakers – just a quick
reminder about our next BERRY JAM! this Friday, June 24th at the Union Square GrowNYC Greenmarket,
10am-4pm!


Pick up free info from us on where to go berry picking locally this summer! Our tourism partners include 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!

Come hungry and thirsty! We’ll have mini snow cones with blueberry syrup by Beth’s Farm Kitchen, plus her berry chutneys paired with sweet italian turkey sausage from DiPaola Turkey, free tastes of cranberry and blueberry cheese from Vermont Farmstead Cheese, pb&j sandwiches, jam, spreads and butters from Wildwood Berry Farm, strawberry yogurt from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, berry-infused gins from Hudson Valley Distillers and Dennings Point Distillery, berry muffins from Body & Soul Bakeshop and berry juices from Red Jacket Orchards!

Not to mention, we’ll have free strawberries from Samascott Orchards, Tiogo Orchards and Phillips Farms and to top it all off, there’s a Greenmarket Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest at 1pm – free to enter and hilarious to watch! Groove to music by Mama Juke! See you Friday!


p.s. don’t forget to visit us down at our pop up shop at Fulton Stall Market this summer ….


GREAT NEWS! Edible Manhattan is sponsoring EscapeMaker.com’s FARM ESCAPE POP UP SHOP within the historic Fulton Stall Market at the South Street Seaport again! The shop has been extended through the Summer!

Presented by Amtrak, the EscapeMaker.com Farm Escape Pop Up Shop, located inside the Fulton Stall Market on 207A Front Street, will be open to the public 7 days a week (12pm-6pm Monday-Friday and 11am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays). Visitors can pick up discounts on green travel, guides on farm escapes, apple picking, wine and craft brew trails and info on 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 event’s presenting sponsor is Amtrak, encouraging taking mass transit to local destinations. The media sponsor is Edible Manhattan and 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.

FREE EVENTS at FULTON STALL MARKET: In addition to the pop up shop hours, EscapeMaker will host FREE tasting showcases in conjunction with a regular farmers market:

Sunday, June 19th – "Berry Jam" –
Local berry flavored products, wine and u-pick farms!
Sunday, July 24th – Craft Beverages –
Local wineries, breweries, distilleries & producers
Sunday, August 14th – Craft Beverages –
Local wineries, breweries, distilleries & farms

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 and berry picking and visit a farm!

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


WHERE TO PICK FRUIT & BERRIES THIS SUMMER!


Summer is here and now is the perfect time to visit a farm to pick your own fresh, local, juicy berries! Not sure where to go? We’ve compiled a list of some of the top U-Pick farms within a few hours of New York City. Plan your day trip or weekend getaway today! And if you’re really in the berry mood, come to our Berry Jam events on Sunday, June 19th at the South Street Seaport and on Friday, June 24th at Union Square for live music, free food and all things berry. For more information, visit our Facebook page!

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1-2 HOURS FROM NYC: Sullivan County
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Neversink Farm (Raspberries)
www.neversinkfarm.com / 845-985-2519


1-3 HOURS FROM NYC: Long Island
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Hank’s Farm Stand and Pumpkintown
(Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)
www.hankspumpkintown.com / 631-726-4667

Lewin Farms
(Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
www.lewinfarm.com / 631-929-4327

Patty’s Berries & Bunches
(Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
www.pattysberriesandbunches.com / 631-298-4679

Wickham’s Fruit Farm
Strawberries, blueberries, cherries)
www.wickhamsfruitfarm.com / 631-734-6441

2-3 HOURS FROM NYC: Dutchess County
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Fishkill Farm (Strawberries, cherries)
www.fishkillfarms.com / 845-897-4377

Greig Farm (Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
www.greigfarm.com / 845-758-1234

Mead Orchards
(Strawberries, cherries, blueberries)
www.meadorchards.com / 845-756-5641


4-5 HOURS FROM NYC: Corning & The Southern Finger Lakes
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Stan Rathbun U-Pick Strawberries (Strawberries)
585-534-5163

Parkland Berry Farm

(Raspberries, Blueberries)
http://bit.ly/1UbdUhK / 607-368-3021

 

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!

Quick Local Getaways
from NYC by Bus!

Dear EscapeMakers — Find your happiness in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania! Leave the rush behind and plan a visit to the peaceful foothills of the Pocono Mountains.

Take the family for an adventure rafting on the Lehigh River, rent a bike and ride along the picturesque Lehigh River. Swim at Lake Jean
at Ricketts Glen State Park and view the magnificent waterfalls. Kayak the Susquehanna River. Ride the rails at Steamtown National Rail Museum or at the Electric City Trolley Museum.

Wilkes-Barre is the perfect family getaway
from New York City with numerous brand new hotels, transportation from Port Authority directly into Wilkes-Barre by Martz Trailways.

For more info on packages, visit: www.tournepa.com or call 888.905.2872 for a free Family Itinerary Brochure and start planning your trip!



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