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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Early Fall Escapes in Vermont via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers — See below for escapes ideas off Amtrak’s routes in Vermont!
Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont discount!

VT STATE FAIR - Through-Sept 7th - In its 169th year, the fair boasts plenty of free demos and agricultural events, horse, pony and ox pulling contests. The midway has over 35 rides, games and concessions. This event is a family-friendly affair with diversions for all ages. More on lodging. STOP: Ethan Allen Express to Rutland + taxi (5 min.).

STEAMPUNK VT! Sept. 11-13th - The past meets the future at the Steampunk Festival! Live music and art installations celebrate steampunk aesthetics all weekend long. More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Bellow Falls + car rental (20 min.).

VT FOOD! – Sept. 19th - Eat by Northeast (EatxNE) celebrates the diversity and deliciousness of food produced in Vermont. Activities include kids music, farmer olympics, natural building challenges, hands-on science experiments, sack races, scavenger hunts, hoola hooping and vendors for a make-your-own picnic. More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Essex Jct. + taxi or CCTA bus (20 min.).

FREE HIKE! Sept. 19th & 26th – Visit the Marsh-Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park. Pack your hiking boots for a 2-hr free 3-mile guided hike. Head first for the Billings Farm & Museum which doubles as the visitor’s center for this beautiful national park. More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to White River Jct.
+ car rental (25 min.).

AG-GETAWAYSept 26-27th – Book your room onsite or simply visit the historic grounds of Shelburne Farms for the harvest festival! This day-long festival features music, storytelling, hands-on activities for children, exhibits on Vermont’s agricultural, environmental, and energy future, plus demos by craftspeople such as rug hookers, woodworkers, weavers, spinners, cheese makers and gardeners. STOP: Vermonter to Essex Jct. + taxi (25 min.).

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Summer Getaway
Ideas by Amtrak!

Dear EscapeMakers — Soak up New York State this Summer via Amtrak!
SAVE 15%
on Amtrak travel within New York State and Montreal!


SUMMER BBQ – July 10-11th. Head to Troy, NY this summer during the 8th Pig Out BBQ festival for chef demonstrations, live music, family fun and of course, the tastiest BBQ in all the state. STOP: Rensselaer, NY + taxi (15 min.).

PEDAL THROUGH THE ADIRONDACK WINE TRAIL July 10-August 30th. Enjoy this region’s burgeoning wine community on bicycle. The trail winds its way through 7 different wineries with stunning views of Lake Champlain. Rent a bicycle at a local bike shop, a 10-min walk from the station. More on lodging. STOP: Plattsburgh + bike.

LATIN AMERICAN FEST – July 19th. Take a quick walk from the station to reach the heart of the fest on Main street! Family-friendly activities, live entertainment and great food! Stay overnight! More on lodging. STOP: Poughkeepsie (3 min walk).

Farm-to-Table Weekend – July 24-26th. Join us for the 2nd Farm-to-Table weekend benefitting the Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm to teach kids healthy eating. Package includes 2 nights, 2 tix to benefit dinner, Hudson River cruise, lunch & farm tour at Hawthorne Valley Farm and wine tasting at Hudson-Chatham Winery. Book here! STOP: Hudson + EscapeMaker Shuttle.

GLAMPING! If you haven’t experienced what has widely become known as "glamping" get out to the Adirondacks this summer and see what all the fuss is about. Posh Primitive offers the perfect balance between the rustic beauty of the great outdoors and all the comforts of a stylish, friendly boutique hotel. Enjoy a meal with ingredients fresh from the garden after a long day spent hiking in the beautiful Adirondacks. STOP: Glen Falls + Enterprise (35 min.).

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!

New Excursions in PA
Dear EscapeMakers,

We’ve been telling you all year about PaTripsbyTrain.com and their awesome local excursions only a few hours from NYC! Have you had a chance to check them out, yet? Not only can you get big discounts on Amtrak® tickets but also save on great attractions and events all over Pennsylvania!

SAMPLE YEAR-ROUND PA EXCURSIONS:
Lancaster, PA Amish Excursion
Experience an authentic look at Amish life in PA Dutch Country on this 1-night getaway! Take a guided tour of the
Amish Village
, an 1840 Amish farmhouse and one-room schoolhouse to learn about today’s Amish lifestyle! Excusrion includes discounts on Amtrak tickets, lodging as well as ground transportation and free cookies and samples! More….

Harrisburg Hershey Wine Country Excursion
P
ack your overnight bag for a great 1-night PA getaway! Explore 3 Hershey Harrisburg Hershey Wine Country wineries by stretch limo, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the wineries situated in the heart of Central PA’s beautiful rolling hills. Excursion includes Amtrak® and lodging discounts, tasting fees, ground transportation, a bottle of wine and souvenir glasses! More…

… And start planning your summer and fall trips!
Visit PaTripsby Train.com and the Amtrak® booths
at our 4th Local Food & Travel Expo on May 2, 2015
at Brooklyn Borough Hall! Admission is FREE but you MUST be registered to attend! Click Here to Register!


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as well as NYC & Brooklyn -bound trips!




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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!

New Local Excursions
in Pennsylvania

Dear EscapeMakers — Lancaster’s
Central Market
, the country’s oldest farmers’ market in the heart of Amish country, occupies a beautiful 120-year-old red brick building chock-full of local character. Regional food specialties include Pennsylvania Dutch sausage, scrapple (a breakfast meat of pork scraps and cornmeal), and headcheese (like scrapple, an acquired taste).

You’ll also find preserves, including chowchow (pickled vegetables in a spicy mustard sauce), and bread and butter pickles. Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturdays, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm year-round; the market is also a great place to buy souvenirs.


And just right next store, you can stop in for a great meal at Lancaster Dispensing Company, “Lancaster’s favorite downtown venue for affordable light fare and a wide selection of local and imported beers.” Weeknights feature food and drink specials, and weekends showcase live, local, original music. Visit “DipCo” and hang with the locals!

Lancaster Central Market Excursion Includes:
  • Buy one Amtrak® Ticket, get one 40% off
  • Take 50% off Amtrak Ticket for Kids ages 2-12
  • Flat rate taxi transportation offer from Lancaster Train Station
  • 10% off bill at Lancaster Dispensing Company with proof of Amtrak purchase


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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Quick Getaways
within 500 miles!




On sale Jan. 05, 2015. Valid Thurs.- Mon. for travel Jan. 8 – April 27, 2014. Blackout dates apply. 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. 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 January 5th through April 20th, Amtrak® is offering a special $90 round trip weekend fare (Thurs. – Mon.) 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.

$90.00 RT Weekend Fare
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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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
Elegant Escapes
in Massachusetts
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – Indulge in a getaway this Winter! See below for escapes ideas
off Amtrak’s route in Western Massachusettsoff Amtrak’s route – “The Vermonter!”

ALERT: Due to construction and new development projects,
the Amherst station will be closing December 29th.

THE PERFECT PEAR! Book 2 nights at the cozy Clamber Hill Inn – a secluded 33-acre wooded estate with award-winning pear pancake breakfasts and receive comp snow shoe rentals from $175/nt. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst, or Greenfield after 12/29 + Enterprise (40 min.)

SHOP LATE NIGHTS! thru Dec. 19th
Books, antiques? Find the perfect elegant holiday gift as the shops of downtown and very strollable Amherst stay open late.
STOP: Vermonter to Amherst (10 min. walk) More on lodging.


FANCY NANCY! Dec. 20th Visit the Yankee Candle Village on the annual mother-daughter luncheon at Chandler’s for a reading of the classic kid’s book “Fancy Nancy.” Dress in your fanciest attire! STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + taxi (20 min.)



MASTERPIECE BALL! Jan. 3rd
Celebrate the women of Downton Abbey in an elegant evening of fundraising. Enjoy a five course period dinner, wine, music and dancing to The Masterpiece Ballroom Orchestra, dance demonstrations, awards for best period and character attire, a silent auction, raffles and an advance screening of the first hour of Season 5, Episode 1! $100/pp. STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + taxi (10 min.) More on lodging.

BREW BY THE FIRE! thru Feb. 26th - Cozy up at the Lord Jeffery Inn over the holidays with a pint and their Brewer’s Dinner package from $311! Located on the Amherst Common walkable from the station. STOP: Vermonter to Greenfield + taxi (20 min.)

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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!

New Excursions in PA

Dear EscapeMakers — We’ve just added
a NEW winter excursion available
January 10-17th
in Harrisburg, PA!
Join thousands of vendors, exhibitors and farm friends to celebrate agriculture at the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show! Each January, Pennsylvania hosts the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country to highlight the state’s number one industry. This year’s show has something for everyone from farmers to foodies with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, more than 300 commercial exhibits, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and a farm-fresh food court.





The Pennsylvania Farm Show
Excursion Includes:
Available January 10-17, 2015
Buy one Amtrak Ticket, get one 40% off
Take 50% off Amtrak Ticket for Kids 2-12
FREE admission to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, a massive 24-acre indoor celebration of agriculture, featuring thousands of live animals
and equipment, competitive events and culinary delights
FREE fountain drink in a collectable 2015 PA Farm Show souvenir cup
Complimentary breakfast
$10.00 flat-rate taxi fare from Sean’s Taxi service



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GREAT GETAWAY ALERT!
November Escapes
in Massachusetts
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – Squeeze in a Fall getaway this November! See below for escapes ideas
off Amtrak’s route in Western Massachusetts off Amtrak’s route – “The Vermonter!”

MASS CIDER! Oct 31. -Nov. 2 – Round out your Halloween and Fall experience with Cider Days in Deerfield with orchard tours, cidermaking, tastings, workshops and much more. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + Enterprise (30 min.) More on lodging.


MASS HISTORY!
NOV. 1 - Book your ticket to the annual Amherst House Tour offered exclusively by the historical society. Tour 5 private Amherst area homes each selected for its unique architectural and design features. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + Enterprise (10 min.) More on lodging.


MASS DANCE! Nov. 18 - Let your spirit soar by soaking in a performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company. So many B&B’s and inns to choose from! STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + taxi (10 min.) More on lodging.


MASS GIVING! Nov. 26-27Let someone else do the cooking and spend a relaxing & luxurious Thanksgiving at the Cranwell Resort & Spa in the Berkshires with their special package. STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + Enterprise (45 min.)


MASS VICTORIAN! Explore beautiful Amherst and stay at the Allen House Inn – within walking distance of museums and downtown + they will pick you up from the station! Rooms range from $75-$195/night. Bike rentals available. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst.


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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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