How a Fashion Insider Does Upstate New York

There’s a reason (or three) so many Big Apple residents flock to upstate New York this time of year: Think autumnal leaves, crisp air, and blossoming apple orchards. But getting there can be a bit daunting, especially if you don’t have an insider to offer up a travel itinerary, not to mention that most New Yorkers don’t own vehicles. (Unfortunately it’s not just like riding a bike when it comes to muscle memory.) Luckily for us (and, by extension, you), we do have an expert serving as our willing guide to the region: Erica Choi, digital art director at Barneys New York and the blogger behind Egg Canvas.

Aside from her blog, Choi’s role at Barneys keeps her unthinkably busy, overseeing the iconic department store’s websites, apps, and social media accounts. So to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, Choi often finds herself making the drive upstate, with her new beautiful aluminium TUMI suitcase in tow. And it’s not just a fall tradition, the New Jersey native explains: “In the summer, it’s a great place to take a short road trip to go hiking and explore a bit of the wilderness, but in the milder seasons and winter, it’s great to enjoy the numerous farms for apple picking, strawberry picking, and enjoying the quiet that you can’t really find in the city.” Sounds like the ultimate getaway to us.

Keep scrolling to learn more about Choi, her TUMI suitcase, her career, and her travel stops for the ultimate upstate getaway.

Where will your next weekend getaway take you? Tell us in the comments below.