Cooperstown, New York
The Ultimate Destination for Arts, Culture, Antiques, Nature, Food, Wine and Beer
Cooperstown is a wonderful and unique travel destination. The village is set on the nine-mile, pristine Otsego Lake, referred to as “Glimmerglass” in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Leatherstocking Tales. A one-stoplight village, the area is a step back in time, with historic buildings, a charming Main Street and quaint bed & breakfasts.
This summer, stroll through some of Fenimore Art Museum’s exhibitions, several of which directly relate to The Glimmerglass Festival's season. After catching one of the many additional concert performances in The Glimmerglass Festival’s Pavilion, take the family to The Farmers’ Museum and experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits.
Surrounded by nature, enjoy the lake with kayaks or canoes rented from Sam Smith’s Boatyard, or hike through Glimmerglass State Park on the northern end of the lake, stopping at Hyde Hall. Try antiquing in the many shops or barns nestled in the countryside or have a taste of local fare – think maple syrup and organic produce – at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market or one of the plentiful roadside stands. Unwind with an afternoon at the local spa, Essential Elements, after visiting the local art galleries: The Cooperstown Art Association and The Smithy-Pioneer Gallery.
Cooperstown’s beverage tour brings visitors to Bear Pond Winery; Brewery Ommegang, the first farmstead brewery built in America in more than a century and the official brewery of The Glimmerglass Festival; Cooperstown Brewing Company; Fly Creek Cider Mill; Rustic Ridge Winery; and Butternuts Beer and Wine.
With a taste for even the pickiest palate, the area features acclaimed restaurants such as Alex and Ika’s with dishes like their famed Fingerling Potatoes to Danny’s Market with its specialty sandwiches. With the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in town, a hot dog or burger is never too far. Grab an ice cream cone and visit Doubleday Field, featured in the film A League of Their Own, and then take a swing at the nearby batting cages.
Visit Cooperstown for a unique vacation, with something for everyone. Arts, culture and more.