Artie and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on 10/6. To celebrate, we vacationed upstate to Cooperstown, NY and had a blast. Cooperstown, known as the Birthplace of Baseball, is actually a lot more than that. We enjoyed our time with some baseball history, art, apples, beer, farmland and beautiful autumn colors. If you love baseball or just want to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the scenery, make a trip of it, especially in the fall!
Here are a couple of our recommendations if you’re ever in the Cooperstown area:
Where to stay:
- The Gateway Inn & Suites – The owners Eric and Lynn offer relaxation and privacy with the comforts of home. A few short minutes away from downtown, it’s off the somewhat beaten path, but still close to everything. We stayed in Babe’s Nook with a comfy king-sized bed and sofa! They also provided coffee for us to brew, a microwave and a mini refrigerator. So if we decided to just be hermits, we could do just that. A perfect place to get away!Also have to mention that Eric is an artist. When he greeted us, he actually gave some cards and a print of his work. Really awesome stuff, and super nice of him to do
Where to Eat:
- Stagecoach Coffee (31 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown) – A toasted bagel with peanut butter with a hazelnut soy iced coffee or a soy iced caramel macchiato is a yummy way to start the day. They also have a good-sized menu, and offer a variety of roasts of coffee at reasonable prices
- Doubleday Cafe (93 Main Street, Cooperstown) – Delicious hummus sandwiches and veggie burgers in downtown Cooperstown
- The Autumn Cafe (244 Main Street, Oneonta) – Vegan-friendly spot about 30 miles south of Cooperstown in Oneonta. The Tempeh Burger and Hot Open Tofu are tops!
- The Green Earth (4 Market Street, Oneonta) – Health food store in Oneonta which carried many of the products we get at home. They have a little eatery/cafe inside the shop if you want a quick bite
Where to Shop:
- Shoeless Joe’s All Star Hall of Shame (70 Main Street, Cooperstown) – Baseball memorabilia and autographs
- Tin Bin Alley (114 Main Street, Cooperstown) – Candy, fudge, collectibles, home accents and other cool tchotchkes, and not just baseball-themed!
- Green Toad Book Store (198 Main Street, Oneonta) – Awesome independent bookstore that takes pride in print! They have a great selection of titles from local, indie and well-known authors. Nice cookbook section too!
What to See
- The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (25 Main Street, Cooperstown) – Baseball history is alive and well here
- Doubleday Field – The Birthplace of Baseball – Where the first game was placed
- The Cooperstown Beverage Trail – A cider mill, 2 breweries and a winery make for a perfect day or 2, 3, or 4 of eats and treats. Starting at the top from Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard in Fly Creek to Brewery Ommegang and Cooperstown Brewing Company in Cooperstown and down to Bear Pond Winery in Oneonta, The trail will take you to some of the best local foodie finds and thirst quenchers around
- Middlefield Orchard (2274 State Highway 166, Middlefield) – Right next door to Cooperstown. A family-owned pick-your-own farm with a variety of apples, berries and other produce. The owner’s super-friendly and is very proud of his farm and fruits. They also make their own jams and jellies which are for sale
- The Farmers’ Museum (5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown) – A learning experience on the history of farming and its contributions to society. It offers a lot for the family, including a cool indoor carousel!
- The Fenimore Art Museum (5798 State Highway 80, Cooperstown) – A great collection of Americana art and contemporary works