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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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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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GREAT NEWS! EscapeMaker.com’s FARM ESCAPE POP UP SHOP within the historic Fulton Stall Market at the South Street Seaport again 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

SPECIAL FREE EVENT at Union Square Greenmarket:
Friday, June 24th – "Berry Jam"
GrowNYC Greenmarket hosts our Berry Jam with berry-flavored products like jams, jellies, PB&J sandwiches, muffins, and gin in the middle of Union Square, NYC! Plus, there will be a strawberry shortcake eating contest!

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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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!

Quick Local Getaways Within
a Day’s Drive or Train Ride!
 

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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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GETAWAY ALERT!
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.

All you have to do is click
here!
 
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
5/5
Thurs.
Columbia University Greenmarket
Manhattan
5/6
Fri.
Union Square Greenmarket
Manhattan
5/7
Sat.
Greenpoint Greenmarket
Brooklyn
5/12
Thurs.
Columbia University Greenmarket
Manhattan
5/13
Fri.
Union Square Greenmarket
Manhattan
5/14
Sat.
Greenpoint Greenmarket
Brooklyn

PICK UP OUR NEW FREE GUIDE!
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!
ALL ABOARD!


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