No matter what time of year, Cooperstown, NY, beams with community pride, as evidenced by one of the cleanest and visually attractive Main Streets in the northeast United States. Fine tree-lined neighborhoods with beautiful Victorian homes, the pristine shores of Otsego Lake and landmark attractions like the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, Brewery Ommegang, and the Farmers’ Museum make the Village of Cooperstown a sure-fire way to enjoy a great vacation at any age.
How rare it is to be in the rural countryside and have such a high level of culture. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmer’s Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, Hyde Hall (a stunning mansion), The Ommegang Concert Series, and the Cooperstown Art Association are just the tip of the iceberg on the cultural opportunities in a Village with a population of just over 2,000.
Boating, baseball, biking, hiking, swimming, fishing, tennis snow tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing, golf, miniature golf, batting ranges and more await you when visiting Cooperstown. Kid’s City. The Clark’s Sports Center offers indoor swimming, a fitness center, running track, basketball court, rock climbing, bowling and more.
While many perceive Cooperstown to be full of baseball shops and nothing else, the truth is there is something for every family member. Boutiques, arts and crafts, toys, women’s clothing, books, quilts, jewelry, home furnishings and a seasonal Farmer’s Market are just a few of the retail opportunities to be found in Cooperstown.
From the inexpensive Cooperstown Diner and Doubleday Cafe to the more upscale but unpretentious Hawkeye Bar and Grille, Blue Mingo Grill, and Hoffman Lane Bistro, there is something on the menu for everyone in the Village of Cooperstown and surrounding areas. DiMaggio’s and T.J.’s Grille are fun, family places, great for a burger or special dessert. In nearby Cherry Valley is the Rose & Kettle, one of the best restaurants anywhere — they tap into local farming resources, whenever possible, for the freshest meats and produce. This is only a smattering of your many dining options in and around Cooperstown, please see Cooperstown Getaway.org for a comprehensive list.
While summer is synonymous with a Cooperstown visit, the other seasons provide wonderful travel opportunities. The fall sports some of the best (and most underrated) fall foliage in New York state — or the northeast for that matter. Winter is active with the February Winter Carnival with snow sculpture competitions, horse drawn rides sledding, cross country skiing and more. Spring is a beautiful time when all the plant life blossoms, the warm feel of the air marries the warm feeling in the Village and maple sugar is to savor.
Please visit the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Events Page for a full list of this year’s events.