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, ONA.com, 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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Grizzly Bear in the Catskills

In August 2017, Grizzly Bear took the stage for the second (and third) time in five years in Kingston, NY. Two nights in a row, the band played new material from their recent album, Painted Ruins, along with the old. Though the band formed in Brooklyn some 15 years ago, like many of us, they grew restless and left. Following their last tour, the band dispersed all over the country: Long Island, LA, and upstate New York–specifically, Cooperstown and Germantown. Moving to upstate New York wasn’t entirely new territory for the band. In fact, Grizzly Bear has recorded much of their catalog at Allaire Studios atop Tonche Mountain, just outside of Woodstock. Now, after moving and traveling all over the world individually, the band is back together again touring their new album. Escape Brooklyn was lucky enough to catch both Grizzly Bear shows in Kingston at BSP, then catch up Chris Taylor, who plays bass guitar, keyboard, wind instruments for the band; he’s also a back-up vocalist and producer. We chatted out what they’ve all been up to, life on the road, and of course, the Catskills. Escape Brooklyn: Welcome back! You guys have had a bit of a sabbatical. Did you do any traveling while on break? What’s the favorite place …

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Finger Lakes Wine Country: Keuka Lake

  Home to both the most populous city in the country, and also the largest protected natural area in the contiguous states, New York is filled with gems from downstate to upstate. One of those gems is the second-largest concentration of wineries in the USA, also known as Finger Lakes Wine Country. Bested only by Napa Valley in California, there are no less than 120 wineries in the Finger Lakes, all within a couple hours of each other. Inspired by our home state’s penchant for wine, Escape Brooklyn paired up with regional tourism website Finger Lakes Wine Country to create a guide for the Keuka Lake region. The history of the Finger Lakes begins some two million years ago, when the unique region was created by continental glaciers, forming a series of long, skinny, deep lakes. (The glaciers are also responsible for the massive gorges that nearby Ithaca is famous for, or more locally, those in Watkins Glen State Park.) Its natural combination of deep water—Seneca Lake is 632 feet at its deepest point—and steep sloping hills create the ideal micro-climate for grape growing. The unique geology and topography protect the growth of hardy native grapes, premium hybrids, and even the more delicate varieties of Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. In 1860, the …

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Attention Craft Beer Lovers: Here’s Your Perfect Weekend in Cooperstown, NY

Cooperstown, New York is known for its baseball. For ___ years, the Baseball Hall of Fame has been _______. But did you know it’s also a craft beer haven? Fellow attendees were from far-flung places including North Carolina, Minnesota, and _____. Others were up from the city. Everyone brought beer from their local breweries to share.

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