As we sit in our homes scrolling through Social Media wondering when we can finally escape, are you thinking where can we go? Most of us will choose to venture only a few hours from home. Have you always wanted to visit Cooperstown? When we are asked when the best time to visit is, we say before Memorial Day or after Labor Day to avoid the crowds from the Baseball camps. Many of our small businesses are currently open for take out and delivery. They are also feeding our healthcare workers and frontline staff and will greatly appreciate your help this summer by patronizing them.
This summer our loss is your gain since the entire season has been cancelled. This is a perfect opportunity to see the true beauty of the area the way it use to be.
During the summer this view can only be seen before 6:00 AM otherwise it is a Sea of people.
Early mornings are a beautiful time to take a stroll around the empty streets and take in the History and Architecture of the old buildings. From here cross the Street and head down Hoffman Lane and take a left on Stagecoach Lane. Here you will find a spectacular cup of coffee and quick bite to eat before heading down to enjoy the views of the lake. They added a room for roasting and you can see them at work. Stagecoach coffee can also be ordered online to enjoy at home now. They too are doing their part to help the community during this tough time.
Out the front door you will find Pioneer Street which leads down to the lake and park. I love sitting on a bench watching the ducks and drinking my coffee as the sun starts heating up. You may wish to avoid Thursday mornings , it seems every time I have been there my peace and quiet is interrupted by mowing of the lawn in Pioneer Park.
To the right you will see Lakefront Motel and restaurant. Late in the afternoon a cocktail outside on the porch is a great treat. While you are there check the schedule for the Glimmerglass Queen boat ride. Depending on the day there are 3 or 4 times daily that it sails. You can also rent a boat or kayak. Sam Smiths Boat yard has rentals from small boats up to a pontoon boat. Enjoy dinner at their restaurant The Blue Mingo.
From here walk back up to Lake Street and in either direction you will find history whether it’s Council Rock or the Otesaga Resort there is more to Cooperstown than Baseball.
The Otesaga Resort hosts all types of events including weddings and has a wonderful spa.
Guests can also enjoy their pool , golf and dining.
For a more unique take on History , how about an evening Ghost Tour.
Bruce, who is a local does a wonderful job with the tour. If you still want more Hyde Hall also has ghost tours.
We have plenty of wildlife right in town. Here is a Deer heading home after breakfast at the local florist Mohican. They have been enjoying a diet of fresh Hosta in the spring.
If you google deer in supermarket you may find some photos taken by the staff of Price Chopper. A few years back we had a deer walk in the store on two separate occasions; no it was not a pet.
If you are visiting on a weekend you could stop by the Farmers Market on Saturday located in Pioneer Alley just behind the Wax Museum. You can find everything from Fruits and Vegetables to Flowers and Wine. Speaking of Wine, take a short ride out of town and visit the Pail Shop for a glass of their signature Chianti. On the other side of the alley is the Famous Double Day Field , currently under construction.
For the Baseball Fan there is no lack of things to see and do. I recommend saving it for after you have visited all of the other wonderful places and your traveling companion is blissfully happy.
Many of you may know of the Farmers Museum. If you do live within a few hours of here , most likely as a child you visited there on a school field trip.
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits.
The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, the Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, The museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. Its collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows.
The museum presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. ( paragraph borrowed from the Chamber of Commerce )
The Fenimore Art Museum features one of the nation’s finest collections of folk art, American art, and the renowned Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. Enjoy lake view dining on the terrace and unique shopping in the Museum Shop.
HYDE HALL represents an extraordinary vision of 19th-century Anglo-American culture and the establishment of vast agricultural estates in the early years of the American republic. Built by George Clarke (1768-1835), the house is considered one of the finest examples of the neoclassical country house in the United States.
Roger Kennedy of the Smithsonian Institution has hailed Hyde Hall as “a great house, architecturally, and a social document of the first importance.” The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan called Hyde Hall “one of the most remarkable buildings in America,” and Brendan Gill, long-time architecture critic for The New Yorker magazine and an early champion for Hyde Hall’s restoration, declared it one of the “three or four great buildings in America of its time.” ( paragraph borrowed from the Chamber of Commerce)
The map shows the Trolley Lots for Parking if you want a ride.
I am in hopes that the village will lift the parking restrictions for the time being too encourage visitors.
When it does come time for the Hall of Fame Induction (also Postponed) or Special Events Parking does come at a Premium.
There are many great places to visit just outside of town ,how about miniature golf for the kids at Barnyard Swing.
Premier 18-hole miniature golf and family fun center. Wild-West laser tag in an authentic civil war-era barn, gem panning, ice cream saloon.
Engineered fun built into every hole including water shots, drop-down holes, and obstacles. Beautifully landscaped complete with fountains and stream.
If you like Beer , we have Breweries. Visit the famous Brewery Ommegang known all around the world. They are doing pick up’s at this time.
For some evening entertainment stop by Red Shed Brewery, with two locations and that small town feel. Unable to be open during this pandemic, their original Cherry Valley location is doing pickup’s Friday and Saturday’s, Still wanting more? Nearby Milford, NY is Cooperstown Brewing.
Cooperstown Brewing Company –
We’re a true small batch brewery in the heart of upstate New York. We brew premium English ales, stouts and porters using an original Peter Austin System. Our most notable brands include Old Slugger Pale Ale, Nine Man Golden Ale, Benchwarmer Porter and Backyard IPA.
New for 2017, Bambino American Amber, a true home run classic. Also find our Induction Summer Ale, a Limited Release with Collectors Edition label honoring the years Inductees.
Within view of the Brewery is the Cooperstown and Leatherstocking Railway. They offer rides for different holidays and events as well as a Blues Train during the summer months. We are very lucky to have them and all of the Volunteers that keep it alive. Please check out their website and learn more about them and what you can do to help support a piece of History.
There are many more great businesses, check out the Chamber of Commerce for more details. Sorry I can not showcase them all but I need keep this short.
If you are a local living outside of Cooperstown remember, all Business helps our economy in every town and village. Money spent in their community is your neighbors yearly salary that eventually is spent in yours.
Carnival Cruise Line Takes Delivery Of 26th Ship, Carnival Horizon
March 28, 2018
Line’s Newest Ship to Sail on Inaugural Voyage from Barcelona April 2
MIAMI (March 28, 2018) – In a traditional maritime handover ceremony held earlier today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line officially took delivery of the new 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, the 26th ship in its fleet.
The 3,954-passenger ship will reposition to Barcelona, Spain, where it will depart April 2 on an inaugural 13-day voyage – the first of four sailings from the European port. The ship will then operate a trans-Atlantic crossing before arriving in New York May 23, 2018, for a pierside overnight gala and naming ceremony featuring the ship’s godmother, Grammy award-winning musical artist and acclaimed actress Queen Latifah.
Following a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean sailings from New York, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami for a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22, 2018.
Carnival Horizon offers several unique and exciting features, including a new Dr. Seuss-themed WaterWorks aqua park, part of the line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Bonsai Teppanyaki, the line’s first teppanyaki venue, and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse|Brewhouse serving up “real deal” barbecue favorites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri, as well as four new craft beers brewed on board.
The four new beers on Carnival Horizon will include:
• ParchedPig Smoked Porter – brewed with in-house smoked malt, this robust, full-bodied beer offers big and bold flavors and notes of molasses and hickory smoke, providing the perfect complement to Smokehouse|Brewhouse’s BBQ favorites
• ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale – this lightly hopped beer is distinguished by its blond color, fruity and complex character with mild spice notes that balance the brew’s dry finish
• ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale – highlighted by its rich amber color and notes of toasted caramel and biscuit, this beer is well balanced, smooth and highly drinkable
• ParchedPig West Coast IPA – the embodiment of a traditional West Coast India Pale Ale, this hoppy, intense beer is loaded with bitterness with a bright flavor profile and distinctive aroma of citrus and pine
The second in the line’s highly successful Vista-class, Carnival Horizon also offers fun innovations like the bike-ride-in-the-sky aerial attraction SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, the Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own pool, and Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations and the Family Harbor Lounge. Like its name implies, Carnival Horizon also includes food and beverage outlets offering amazing views with both indoor and al fresco seating options at venues such as Bonsai Sushi, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse and Library Bar.
“Carnival Horizon is an absolutely stunning ship offering so many ways to ‘Choose Fun’ both inside and out,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “In addition to the many exciting innovations previously introduced on Carnival Vista, Carnival Horizon offers some new one-of-a-kind features and attractions that make this ship truly special allowing our guests to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories,” she added.
Story compliments of Carnival , contact me to Book your Cabin on Horizon or any Carnival ship.
Who is planning on visiting Cooperstown? October 10th 2015 you will find Cooperstown on Tap
COOPERSTOWN ON TAP
Cooperstown on Tap on Main Street in Cooperstown – Between Pioneer & Fair Street! Saturday, October 10th from 5pm to 8pm with VIP beginning at 4pm. This three hour premium event will showcase over 150 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries! Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. VIP tickets are $50 and include an extra hour of sampling beginning at 4pm, a souvenir tasting glass and access to rare Ommegang beers! General Admission tickets are $35 and include 3 hours of sampling and a souvenir tasting glass! Must be 21 years or older VIP – $50.00 General Admission – $35.00
Cost: 35.00 to 50.00
We also have a new business this year called HOP ON Tours aboard the ” Beerslayer” 18 passenger bus check our website
There a dozens of reasons to visit. It’s not just Baseball, Beautiful Otsego Lake waiting on the fog to burn off, , Ommegang Brewery, Council Rock Brewery, The Cooperstown Distillery, The Historic Otesaga Resort Hotel, The Farmers Museum , Glimmerglass Opera just to name a few. Cooperstown is centrally located in Upstate New York. Before beginning our day we must stop for coffee at Stage Coach Coffee Roasters.
If you want to take photos your best option is between 7:00-8:00 am, this little tour around town for all of these took about 5 minutes. At this hour of the day you are nearly alone on the street and the paid parking is not valid at that hour.
It’s never to early to start planning for next years trip. Most repeat visitors for the really special events have standing reservations making space for newcomers very limited. www.atouristlifetravel.com
Heading to The “NEW” Niagara Brewing in Niagara Falls, Canada. I’m always excited to try new Beer. I have seen an app to track brands you have tasted but not an app for visiting Breweries. I think someone should get on that. I will post the tasting results soon.
One of my favorite summer trips is Burlington Vermont. Much of Vermont I find boring. Our first day trip there was to Bennington area where they make pottery. This was a very long drive and unless you are an antique enthusiast not much else to see. I knew there were a lot of Breweries in Vermont so I kept looking until I found a spot I liked. Burlington is a college town most of the year. The first time we stayed at the Holiday Inn, a reasonable priced hotel off 89 just a mile out-of-town. There is a mall just across the street if you need something to eat or want to kill time.
Take a couple of hours and head out to Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream and Cabot Creamery they belong to co ops and believe in supporting their local farmers. Unfortunately they’re in the middle of nowhere but its Vermont and everything is.
Let’s head back down town, you will pass through the college along the way. I suggest printing a parking map ahead of time; a lot of the streets are one way. Parking is paid mostly but it depends on what day of the week it is. On the weekends there is a huge farmers market.
Along the streets in the center of town are lots of cute shops. There are many choices of food with outdoor dining to. Usually you will also find street performers. It reminds me of Seattle on a much smaller scale and cleaner. Mostly everyone walking is accompanied by a dog. Near the waterfront you will find bicycle paths and a place to rent bikes also a beach and a few seafood restaurants. Lake Champlain is a big attraction with the Lake Monster. There are several options for cruising the lake as well as a ferry up at Grand Isle that crosses to Plattsburg New York.
There never seems to be enough days to hit more than one brewery at a time so I decided to sign up for the Brew Bus. There are several tour options, some include food. We were picked up at our hotel (Holiday Inn Express) and we went to three breweries and two pubs. It was a long night; it was good we had a ride. There are over 29 breweries in Vermont. This is the best way to see a lot of them at once if you are planning to taste along the way. Lake Champlain Chocolates has a free tour at the factory at the edge of town, samples are included.
Whatever your interest, I am sure you can find something fun to do.