Winter Getaway Giveaway with Kaufmann Mercantile

Let’s face it: winter is the worst, and it feels not even close to being over. At this point in the year, all we want to do is hole up and play board games by a fireplace, or wait out the rest of the season in a tub. It’s with this in mind that Kaufmann Mercantile teamed up with Escape Brooklyn to create a winter getaway doing just that at one of our favorite getaway spots, the North Branch Inn. With a beautiful room and $700+ of amazing merchandize hand-picked by Escape Brooklyn, some lucky winners are sure to have the best weekend ever. The prize includes: A weekend stay at the North Branch Inn for two, with breakfast included Liam Alpaca Throw Wood & Canvas Deluxe Folding Stool Redwoods Hand Wash, Body Lotion & Bar Soap Wool Pinstripe Travel Kit Travel Backgammon & Checkers Game Bag Set Misc. Goods Single Leather Playing Card Case & Cards Hinoki Hand Wash, Atmosphere Spray, and Wood Chip Sachet To enter the giveaway, click here. Note that the weekend stay at North Branch Inn excludes holiday and is based on availability; the stay must be redeemed by June 30, 2018.

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The Perfect Winter Escape with Car2Go

Practically every New Yorker is already familiar with the concept of “car sharing.” No doubt, Car2Go has been the go-to for New Yorkers in need of a quick ride to basically anywhere–or even an Upstate escape. But the concept of car sharing just got a major upgrade: Car2Go has just launched a fleet of 180 Mercedes Benz in New York City. Easy escaping just got a lot more luxurious! To celebrate, Car2Go teamed up with Escape Brooklyn to create the ultimate winter giveaway. Enter by filling out the form below. (And yes, we’ll be emailing you! But not annoyingly so.) The lucky winner will receive: A Mercedes Benz for the weekend provided by Car2Go A 2-night stay at Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge, NY. $100 voucher for Butterfield, the on-site restaurant at Hasbrouck House Two pairs of tall Hunter rain boots Two blankets, and two scarves from Woolrich Follow this link to enter. Good luck!

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Turn-key Hotel For Sale: Nest Inn in Narrowsburg, NY

  Nest Inn is a well-known boutique hotel right in the center of the river hamlet of Narrowsburg. This former two-family house has been renovated a couple of times, and in recent years, served as office space as well as apartments. Local shopkeeper (and Brazilian native) Anna Bern—whose Nest lifestyle boutique is one of the key anchor tenants in town—renovated the building in 2014, and received a license to operate as a hotel. She set herself up in one of the smaller apartments, kept an office rental space up front, and then transformed the remaining space into four splendidly chic, en-suite hotel rooms. Four fully renovated en-suite guest rooms | Mixed use commercial/residential building | Prime in-town river hamlet location | Year built: 1860 | Square feet: 2,932 | 1 acre features outdoor seating and firepit | Rooms and lobby on lockboxes | Two additional spaces usable but not renovated: studio apartment with kitchenette, first floor front office / retail space | Off-street parking for 5 vehicles | Town water and sewer | Updated plumbing and electric 2014 | County: Sullivan | Asking price: $350,000 Listed by Country House Realty | For more information, email One of the better owner perks of this quaint setup is the rooms and lobby are on lockboxes—there is …

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Honesdale, Pennsylvania

  Two hours (or 115 miles) from NYC, a small mountain town is the unlikely home to some of the Northeast’s best food, shopping, and scenery. With a slew of new businesses alongside the old, its Main Street is coming back to life. And for once, it’s not upstate New York (!); it’s Honesdale, Pennsylvania. With real estate prices in upstate NY soaring, the entrepreneurs opening breweries, boutique shops, and restaurants are looking to our Pennsylvanian neighbors for opportunity. Artists and creatives are finding the space and communities they crave. Collectively, they’re turning the sleepy town that inspired “Winter Wonderland” into a cool weekend escape. Escape Brooklyn checked it out recently, renting a cozy cabin just outside of town. There were waterfall hikes, shopping trips, a scenic train ride, morning yoga, incredible meals and a step inside one of the coolest art installations ever. All this in PA—who knew? Where to Stay in Honesdale: the Camp Caitlin Cabins There are several options closer to town, but the Camp Caitlin Cabins are worth the few minutes extra drive from Honesdale. Owner Caitlin Cowger is a visual artist and merchandiser; her talent for creating cozy, campy cabin vibes is strong. The original, larger Camp Caitlin cabin sleeps up to ten adults …

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Last Minute Escaping with One Night

You’re in need of an impromptu escape from the city. You heard it’s going to snow upstate today, and you’re dying to ski. You’ve just arrived at your Airbnb upstate and it’s horrible. You’re a freelancer in need of a change of scenery. Or maybe you just need to get the hell out of Brooklyn. Enter One Night, the app that books spontaneous getaways at the most interesting places in Upstate New York. The app was created by the folks at The Standard, who developed an earlier version of the app—One Night Standard—as a booking agent for same-day deals on hotel rooms. Every afternoon, any empty rooms at The Standard are released to the app at heavily discounted rates. After much success, the company decided to expand their horizons, developing sister app One Night. Similar to One Night Standard, One Night books rooms in like-minded boutique hotels in 13 U.S. cities. (Not just Standard Hotels.) It’s also just launched in Escape Brooklyn’s getaway of choice: Upstate New York.     No doubt users should be in the mindset of spontaneity, but that’s the best part. Everyone knows the best experiences happen unplanned! At 10 a.m., Upstate New York rooms are released to users, who then have plenty of cushion time …

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Cool Stuff Alert: The Hudson Backpack

Here’s a cool stuff alert: creative studio Zio & Sons paired up with ONA Bags to create the perfect backpack for travelers. And Escape Brooklyn really likes it. A year in the making, the collaboration was led by stylist, photographer, interior designer, and constant traveler Anthony D’Argenzio of Zio & Sons. As the bag was being designed, Anthony was simultaneously gutting and renovating a rentable weekend space called This Old Hudson (pictured below.) His constant travel between New York City and Hudson drove the design of the bag, which was created with his upstate/downstate commutes in mind. The bag features a dedicated area for a 13” laptop, plus a fully-removable padded camera insert that fit seamlessly inside the backpack. The insert can accommodate 1 DSLR camera with a lens attached and 1-2 additional lenses. It’s handcrafted from premium un-dyed waxed canvas, full-grain leather, and solid brass hardware. The bag will be sold at This Old Hudson, the new space owned and operated by Zio & Sons,, and Hudson-based boutique Hawkins New York for $469 while supplies last. $10 from every bag purchased on ONA’s website supports grants for emerging storytellers through their Storytelling Fund.

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Join Escape Brooklyn in Cuba This Winter

Last September, Escape Brooklyn hosted our first group travel event in years in Livingston Manor, NY. (Did you know we’ve hosted group camping trips in the past, too?) That weekend, ten complete strangers came together for a weekend of fishing, exploring the woods, swimming, bonfire hanging and dining under the stars. Even better, the ten strangers left as new friends. It gave Escape Brooklyn the warm fuzzies, so much so that we’re doing it again. But this time, we’re forgoing New York altogether, and escaping winter. To Cuba. Co-hosted with our Brooklyn-based friends from Bridges Cuba, during our six day guided excursion, we’ll be making the absolute most of the trip and packing in as much Cuban goodness as possible. If you’ve followed Escape Brooklyn for some time, you already know we go above and beyond to ensure that our travelers don’t get stuck in tourist traps. Instead, we’ve worked closely Bridges Cuba and their team of incredible guides to create memorable experiences that are authentic, immersive, informative, and best of all: hella fun. First, let us address the elephant in the room: yes, travel restrictions to Cuba are once again very tight for Americans. Current restrictions prevent all Americans from traveling to Cuba except as part of an …

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