Ah... fall. Some might say it's the best time of the year in the Cooperstown area – and with fewer crowds, beautiful changing foliage, and autumn events that celebrate the season in style, they might be right.
Try our top five ways to enjoy fall in Cooperstown during your upcoming autumn escape:
1. Like Never Before
Try something new during a fall visit to Cooperstown and experience leaf peeping like never before. Hop aboard the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad and catch a Fall Foliage Train. Or, enjoy a paddle on Otsego, Goodyear or Canadarago Lakes with a rental from Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales.
2. During a Fall Festival
Celebrate the bounty of fall at The Farmers' Museum's Harvest Festival and experience autumnal traditions and celebrations of old, including harvesting potatoes and hand-scything hay, apple cider pressing demonstrations, apple bobbing, rides on the Empire State Carousel, and other fun activities straight out of the 19th century.
3. All 'Hopped' Up
Hop from point to point along the Cooperstown Beverage Trail and sample your favorite libations, including Belgian-style brews from Brewery Ommegang, baseball-inspired spirits from Cooperstown Distillery, and unique, locally made white and red wines from Pail Shop Vineyards, the trail's newest member.
4. On Your Own Two Feet
Next to strolling Cooperstown's Main Street, other opportunities to take in the changing colors of the leaves abound. Love the outdoors? Take a hike in Glimmerglass State Park, or up Mount Wellington, aka Sleeping Lion. Into history? Wander the grounds of Hyde Hall, where you can get in the Halloween Spirit early by exploring the hall's haunted side during a candlelight tour, offered October 23, 24 and 30.
5. At the Museum
Don't miss a trip to the Fenimore Art Museum on a beautiful fall day to explore current exhibitions on display, including Autopsy for a Nation: The Death of Abraham Lincoln or Real and Imagined: The Paintings of Steven Skollar, and afterward, step outside to enjoy lunch among the museum's beautiful gardens while admiring the foliage and the beauty of Otsego Lake, aka Glimmerglass.
Haven't started planning your fall visit yet? Explore lodging options and book your visit today.