announces the launch of a unique local getaway guide focusing on travel destinations within 500 miles of New York City that are accessible both by car and
public transportation.

Escapemaker is making its debut by blanketing the city with a butterfly-outfitted troupe passing out butterfly magnets and encouraging Manhattanites to “make their escape through the net.”

The locations to be covered will be blitzed from 12:00 pm ­ 2:00 pm according to the following schedule: Wall Street and World Trade Center: Wednesday 9/13, Radio City/Rockefeller Plaza Area: Thursday Sept. 9/14, Bryant Park: Friday 9/15, Union Square: Wednesday 9/20, Columbus Circle: Thursday 9/21.

Any changes due to inclement weather will be announced on the website. is not a travel agency but rather, a free detailed local travel information guide for New Yorkers wishing to take a vacation from the city.

The web site offers up-to-date information on local getaways, provides travel alerts on last-minute specials, and suggests trips matching traveler’s specified interests. Custom itineraries can be planned and printed along with weather information, pricing, contact numbers and directions.

Initially, Escapemaker will launch with 25 travel destinations and will add new locales every month. Recognizing that travelers often encounter logistical difficulties, the Escapemaker staff personally visits each featured destination and provides valuable tips to vacationers traveling with or without a car.

Caylin Sanders, Escapemaker’s President, comments, “I have discovered many little known gems throughout my travels. For instance, who would guess that you could take a romantic cruise to a deserted island in Connecticut? Did you know that within a couple of hours from Manhattan, you can kayak with the dolphins at sunset or that you can become a dwarf for a day at a giant sculpture garden?”

The site is sensitive to the needs of travelers using public transportation, listing timesaving travel tips and links to transit schedules. By making these trips personally, the staff learns and recommends ways to avoid lengthy layovers and travel snafus.

“When I arrive by bus, train or car, I approach the town as if I have never been there before,” continues Caylin, “How far is my lodging for the night and how do I get there? What is there to do here and where should I eat? Where can I get toothpaste, cigarettes, a disposable camera, contact lens solution or an ice-cream cone? These are questions I ask the locals and provide the answers to on”

Ann Ivan, Escapemaker’s VP of Advertising, remarks, “We find fantastic deals that you can’t get anywhere else and update them on a regular basis. It’s a tremendous timesaving service for New Yorker’s who like to get away and enjoy all the unique experiences that the surrounding areas have to offer.”

Additional information about Escapemaker can be obtained by visiting