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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
FALL ESCAPES
in Connecticut
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – Color outside the (train) lines in CT!
See below for fall foliage escapes ideas in Western Connecticut
off Amtrak’s route – “The Vermonter!”

CAPTAIN’S COVE CRUISE thru Sept. 28th Visit the quaint shops on the Bridgeport boardwalk or enjoy a fall harbor cruise. The star of the show is the Nantucket floating lighthouse. STOP: Vermonter to Bridgeport + taxi (5 min.)More on lodging.


CT GARLIC FESTIVAL – Oct. 11-12th
Head to the Bethlehem Fairgrounds to enjoy cooking demos, free samples of garlic dips, spreads, cheeses, sausage, deep fried garlic, and even garlic ice cream! STOP:
Vermonter to Meriden + car rental (35 min).



CHOWDAFEST – Oct. 12th It’s a chowder-palooza at the annual event at Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach. Fun for kids, demos and samples galore! $10 advance, $5 for kids, 12pm-4pm. STOP: Vermonter to Stamford + taxi (15 min.) More on lodging.


VINEYARD PICNIC – Gouveia Vineyards is located high atop 140 acres with a spectacular 360- degree panoramic view. Pack a picnic and enjoy one of their 11 award-winning wines. STOP: Vermonter to Wallingford + taxi (10 min.) More on lodging.


CAMP IN CONNECTICUT- thru Oct. 12th
Soak in the crisp fall air! Hike, fish or camp overnight in the American Legion Sate Forest
. Call ahead to reserve a campsite for $17/night or a rustic cabin for $50/night. STOP: Vermonter to Windsor Locks + car rental (35 min).

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Sept. Escapes
in Massachusetts
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – Squeeze in one more getaway — or a few!
See below for escapes ideas off Amtrak’s route in Western Massachusetts!

ARTS FEST! Sept. 6-7 – Stock up on accessories and unique gifts at the longest running fest in the MA Pioneer Valley – the 42nd Mattoon Street Arts Fest. Food, music and 100+ exhibitors. STOP: Vermonter to Springfield. More on lodging.


ROLLER COASTERS! Book the Six Flags New England and Hurricane Harbor package at The Sheraton Springfield – minutes from Amtrak -
includes lodging and 2 admissions to the park from $182/night. STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + walk or/taxi (10 min.)

THE BIG E! Sept. 12-28 You can’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! STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + walk or/taxi (10 min.) More on lodging.

PINK MARTINI! Sept. 20 - Eclectic and worldly, Pink Martini is an international phenomenon. Featuring a dozen musicians, the ‘little orchestra’ from Oregon, finds inspiration in virtually every musical genre. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + taxi (35 min.) More on lodging.

EARLY FALL ROMANCE! The Horace Kellogg Homestead B&B is offering luxurious rooms and a gourmet breakfast for $95/ night. Discover the quaintness of Amherst and spend a little quality time with the one you love. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + Enterprise (10 min.)

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!

Quick Local Getaways
Just 2 hours from NYC!

Dear EscapeMakers — Get your groove on at the Hudson Music Festival,
August 8-10th!

For 3 days, Hudson, NY hosts New York State’s largest FREE 3-day music festival. Musicians from all over the Northeast will convene to perform on the 6 outdoor stages and 20+ hip and happening Hudson venues beginning at 5 pm on Friday August 8th!

The festival is expected to draw an estimated 15,000 people over the 3-day event. Now in its fourth year, the music fest keeps getting bigger and bigger each year!

In addition to all the music genres featured during the festival, this year the visual arts are part of the action at the Columbia County Council on the Arts’ Artist Marketplace. Over 40 artists and vendors will participate on Saturday, August 9th in the marketplace at the Seventh Street Park.

Festival goers can download a free mobile app for an artist listing, performance schedule and a map of music venues.

For more details on the festival line up visit: www.hudsonmusicfest.com

For information on lodging, dining and
a 15% discount on Amtrak train fares to Columbia County,
check out
: ColumbiaCountyTourism.org

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Spring Escapes
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – Spring getaways mean rejuvenating
experiences at affordable prices. See below for escapes ideas off Amtrak’s Vermont routes! Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont discount and $12 tickets on intrastate travel!

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY - Celebrate train travel in Downtown Rutland on May 10th! There will be a special celebration, train equipment and model train exhibits and kid-friendly activities. More info here on event and area lodging. STOP: Ethan Allen to Rutland (onsite).

OPEN ART STUDIOS – See VT through its art during the statewide Open Studio Weekend – May 24-25th. This is a unique opportunity to meet artists and craftspeople in their studios. Download a map and search for your next treasure!
STOP: Vermonter to White River Junction + Enterprise.

HIKE INN-TO-INN ! A veteran local naturalist will design an itinerary for you or guide you, pick you up at the train station, shuttle you to trailheads and move your luggage as you hike inn-to-inn over 2-4 nights!STOP: Ethan Allen to Rutland with free shuttle.

CHEESE & DAIRY- Celebrate Vermont’s rich dairy heritage during this two-day event May 24-25th at Billings Farm Museum. Meet New England cheesemakers, sample their delicious artisan cheeses & dairy products, and take part in engaging dairy education programs. Stay at the Inn at Clearwater Pond near Woodstock which provides free transfers from the station when you book a package. STOP: White River Jct. on the Vermonter + (free transfers – 25 min.)


STROLLING OF THE HEIFERS – Visit the historic and very walkable Brattleboro, June 6-8th for a weekend of activities honoring farmers and celebrating local food, all built around the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade! STOP: Vermonter to Brattleboro (2 min. to town).

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Quick Local Getaways
within a few hours of NYC!


Visit www.saratoga.org for Fall events!

Dear EscapeMakers —

Fall in
Saratoga County, New York is action-packed with festivals, music, tours & more! It’s the perfect getaway for a fall retreat surrounded in rolling hills, beautiful farmlands and mountain views, coupled with award-winning restaurants and charming accommodations.

September 28th ushers in the Oktobeerfest, a fun-filled day with 27 different German and seasonal Craft Beers, German and seasonal food, live music and fall foliage. In addition, that weekend, the Saratoga Auto Museum hosts the “7th Annual Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance” with Jaguars to BMWs, 1930s Early Fords to Corvettes – something for all ages to enjoy!

MORE EVENTS…
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Thru October 6th - Saratoga Showcase of Homes
www.saratogashowcaseofhomes.com
October 13th – The Way We Were Car Show

www.ballston.org
October 19th – Fall Family Festival

www.ellmsfarms.com
October 26th – Annual Fall Festival
www.saratogadowntown.com
October 26-27th – Head of the Fish Regatta
www.saratogarowing.com
Thru October 26 – Oklahoma Training Track Tours
www.racingmuseum.org

Follow the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter!


Visit www.saratoga.org for Fall events, lodging & dining info!



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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Local Getaways
within a few hours of NYC!

Dear EscapeMakers – Amtrak’s Dome Car has arrived!

Just in time for the leaf peepers, the vintage dome car returns to the Adirondack® service for the fall season through October 29th. 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 Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and on the southbound Adirondack® on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. 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)
.

For more info visit: Amtrak.com

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Summer Festivals
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – Summer Festivals are in full swing!
See below for escapes ideas off Amtrak’s Vermont routes!

Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont
discount and $12 tickets on intrastate travel!

July 27 – Aug 24th Concert Series! Take in Killington’s “Cooler in the Mountains” Saturday afternoon free concert series with family-friendly outdoor activities, games & BBQ! STOP: Rutland on the Ethan Allen + taxi (25 min.).More.


August 2 – 4th Craftacular! Food, wine, and 160 artists converge on the Southern VT Art & Craft Festival. Get your fix for all things deliciously quaint! Later, explore town or catch NYC favorites “Pearl & the Beard” for their show at The Bennington Center for the Arts! STOP: Vermonter to Brattleboro + car rental (1 hr.). More.

Aug 4th – Train Your Dragon! Over 1600 paddlers race in 41′ dragon boats for a good cause at Lake Champlain’s Dragon Boat Festival. Music, entertainment, food, silent auction, raffles! Considered by Forbes as the “prettiest town in America,” Burlington is the perfect walkable getaway destination. STOP: Vermonter to Essex Jct. + taxi or bus to Burlington (15 min.). More.

August 10th – FREEBIRD! Woodstock, VT is lovely this time of year! Groove out to a day filled with Vermont food, wine, beer spirits, live music, street performers, kids activities, dancing, tastings, and shopping in downtown! Stay at the Inn at Clearwater Pond which provides free transfers from the station when you book a package. STOP: White River Jct. on the Vermonter + (free transfers – 25 min.). More.

August 18th – Bach to the Future! Explore and stay in historic & walkable Montpelier. Then head on over to Randolph for the Central VT Chamber Music Festival, presenting its 3rd Annual Breakfast with Bach. STOP: Vermonter train to Montpelier + taxi (25 min.). More.
















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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Eco Getaway
Ideas by Amtrak!

Dear EscapeMakers — Lower your carbon footprint! Check out these ECO getaway ideas via Amtrak! SAVE 15% on Amtrak travel within New York State and Montreal!

ADIRONDACK SPLENDOR! Book a package at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in the very walkable town of Lake Placid, NY. This resort sets the the gold standard in eco accommodations and sustainable practices; from recyling to roof gardens to organic cuisine. Plus, Spring in the Adirondacks is simply sublime. STOP: Westport + shuttle (45 min.).
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MAPLE IN APRIL! April 26-28th is your last chance to get your maple fix at Hadley’s Maple in April Festival! While you’re there, stay and explore the very eco-friendly Saratoga Springs. More on area lodging here. STOP: Saratoga Springs + taxi to Hadley or Enterprise (30 min.).

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WOODLAND EXPLORATION! April 28th, explore a woodland pool with the Columbia Land Conservancy on foot. Learn about the ecology and soak in some fresh air! Afterwards, stop in for lunch or a glass of wine at one of Hudson’s amazing local-sourcing restaurants. Registration required. STOP: Hudson + taxi (25 min.).
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CATSKILLS WINE & CHEESE! May 11th, support the local economy and enjoy a day of local wine and cheese tasting while overlooking the scenic Hudson River at the Rip Van Winkle Wine & Cheese Festival! Local crafters and music round out the experience! STOP: Hudson + taxi (15 min.).
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NY BY RAIL DAY! May 16th, grab your FREE copy of New York by Rail Magazine – chock full of escape ideas off Amtrak’s routes! EscapeMaker will be there in the Penn Station rotunda with tourism reps from NY State resorts, bed & breakfasts & attractions to help plan your next eco trip! STOP: Penn Station, NYC.
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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Vermont Maple
Escapes via Amtrak

BIG NEWS! The Vermonter train has completed their track upgrades, allowing for faster travel time and smoother rides. Get to Vermont even quicker! Vermont has declared March 23-24th an Maple Open House at farms all across the state. You deserve a sweet getaway! See below for more ideas off of Amtrak’s routes!

HEY THERE, SUGAR! March 17th Enjoy the 25th Annual Middletown Maple Festival. Early maple sugarmaking demos, sugar-on-snow treats and raffles all day! Stay in walkable Rutland. AMTRAK STOP: Ethan Allen Express to Rutland + Car Rental or taxi (25 min.)
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SWEET THANG! On March 23rd Whitingham hosts their 17th Annual Maple Festival with sleighrides, a craft fair and pancake breakfast. The area is dripping with quaint B&B’s!
AMTRAK STOP: Brattleboro on Vermonter + Car Rental (40 min.)

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TREAT YOURSELF!
Visit Bragg Farm & Sugarhouse for the maple trail March 23-24th. Candy, tours and live music! Stay in walkable Montpelier. AMTRAK STOP: Vermonter to Montpelier + taxi (10 min.)
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TAP INTO NIRVANA!
The pedestrian-friendly St. Albans transforms itself into a maple-lovers mecca on April 26-28th for the 47th Annual Maple Festival! From kids activities to antique shows, from maple product contests to parades, you’ll never want to wake up from this maple dream! Maple events take place all over the city. Be sure to book your accommodations soon, as area lodgings fill up fast! AMTRAK STOP: Vermonter to St. Albans

 

 

 

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Quick Getaways
within 500 miles!




On sale Jan. 07, 2013. Valid Thurs.- Mon. for travel
Jan. 10 – April 29, 2013. Up to two children ages 2-15
may ride with each adult at half fare. Reservations
3 days in advance. Visit Amtrak.com or call
1-800-USA-RAIL and ask for discount code X609.
See offer page for full Terms & Conditions. Service
on the Adirondack® is financed primarily through
funds made available by the New York State
Department of Transportation.

Dear EscapeMakers,

Cozy up to Montreal and escape across the border on a magical train ride! On sale now and good for travel January 10th through April 29th, Amtrak® is offering a special $89 round trip weekend fare (Thursday to Monday) between New York City and Montreal.

Zoom through a winter wonderland on the Adirondack® –one of the ten most scenic train rides in the world! Whether you go for the culture, the nightlife the food or the adventure, the Adirondack® will get you there rested, relaxed and ready to enjoy the city.

$89.00 RT Weekend Fare
Use code x609
BOOK YOUR
GETAWAY TODAY!

For hotel and tour packages in Montreal visit Amtrak.com or call
1-800-USA-RAIL and plan your escape!



 

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