EscapeMaker.com Encourages Wheelchair Accessible Agritourism and Farm Visits in New York State

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As a response to local community requests, EscapeMaker.com created a burgeoning list of agritourism destinations in New York State that are accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.

“It has always been our priority to enable people to make the most of their local vacations," says Caylin Sanders, EscapeMaker.com's President & CEO

EscapeMaker.com, which launched in 2000, is dedicated to inspiring agritourism: local farm visits, day trips to pick-your-own orchards, brewery, distillery and wine trails and weekend getaway destinations within a few hours of New York City by car or train. This dedication is not limited to one single demographic, but rather, constantly evolves to diversify its content to provide getaway ideas that speak to the vast collection of individuals, couples and families living across the New York City area.

Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act and on-going legislation, most newer hotels and inns offer compliant facilities and services and so finding accessible lodging has been made fairly easy on hotel booking sites. But after spending the 2017 spring, summer and fall seasons in the GrowNYC Greenmarkets, the EscapeMaker staff witnessed a growing trend of questions during the hundreds of conversations with local NYC residents: Are there agritourism destinations and farms that are wheelchair accessible or have elevators and ramps to accommodate family members and friends with limited mobility?

EscapeMaker often curates website and blog content based on the needs and requests from the community, so with many people interested in this topic, they relied on help from partner convention and visitor’s bureaus and chambers of commerce as well as their own research to compile an initial list. The resulting wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant locations include visit farms, farm markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and education centers.

“It has always been our priority to enable people to make the most of their local vacations. We always try to suggest agritourism getaways that cater to specific interests,” says Caylin Sanders, EscapeMaker’s Founder & President, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010. “Whether we’re serving parents looking for kid-friendly activities, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, craft beverage aficionados, animal-lovers, education seekers or outdoor adventurers who are either wheelchair users or have limited mobility, we are determined to guide you toward your perfect local escape,” says Sanders.

While some agritourism destinations in the region are difficult to navigate or are still in the process of retro-fitting or getting ADA compliant like with things like adding accessible means of egress and power-assisted doors, many have identified readily-achievable barriers for removal and have made it convenient for everyone to visit and get a taste of New York State.

“Although growing season is coming to an end for 2017, we wanted to make sure people have the resources to start planning their 2018 spring getaways and a few of the suggestions are open year-round or inside,” says Kash Barkeley, EscapeMaker’s Agritourism Manager.

Locations included in the list are Crown Maple Estate in Dutchess County, Muscoot Farm in Westchester County, Catskill Brewery in Sullivan County, The Root Farm in Oneida County, Union Grove Distillery in Delaware County. In addition, the Hawthorne Valley Farmstore is featured as a great place to stock up on Hudson Valley products. Their 18-year-old cow, Kohlrabi, is featured in EscapeMaker's upcoming 2018 Agritourism Ambassador's calendar which benefits the farm. http://www.escapemaker.com/calendar

This is a growing list and EscapeMaker encourages its users to send their own suggestions to add to the round up. For the preliminary list or to add your farm or agritourism destination, visit http://www.escapemaker.com/accessibleinNY

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