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Baseball, Beer & Apple Pie

Escape to the heart of upstate New York.

Baseball, Beer and Apple Pie Itinerary

Savor the flavors of the Cooperstown Beverage Trail and experience an insider's view of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. Highlighting this two-day tour is an evening banquet featuring locally-sourced foods paired with beverages from the Cooperstown Beverage Trail. Experience Main Street, Cooperstown, a delightful Norman Rockwell-ish village with one stop light and three blocks of baseball memorabilia shops, small bistros and cafes, art galleries and more. Of course, the crowning jewel is the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. But our surrounding rural countryside boasts craft breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, as well as small farms that produce farm-fresh products. Many local eateries boast farm-to-table menus.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum will host an Artifact Spotlight Experience, a special presentation highlighting three or four artifacts that are not currently on display. Hear the inside story from staff and get an up-close look not available to the general public. Contact: June Dolhun jdolhun@baseballhall.org 607-547-0250

Enjoy a scrumptious buffet luncheon at the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel in the Glimmerglass Restaurant or on its expansive veranda with sweeping views of Otsego Lake. Original artwork adorns the hotel's public spaces, truly a charming, memorable experience. Contact: Gordon Clarkson gclarkson@otesaga.com 607-547-9931

Off to Brewery Ommegang, the first farmstead brewery built in America (1997) in more than 100 years. This popular Belgian-style brewery offers tours and tastings on its 130-acre site, complete with a gift shop and Belgian café. Contact: Sean sean@ommegang.com 607-544-1800

Head out to the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard for a slice of Mill-made apple pie. No visit to the Cooperstown area is complete without a visit to this culinary delight, which offers more than 40 free samples of salsas, cheeses, wines, hard cider, chutneys, fudge and much more. Feed a wide variety of ducks on the Mill Pond and learn how cider is made – the old-fashioned way. Contact: Bill Michaels bill@flycreekcidermill.com 607-547-9692

 Taste of Cooperstown/Otsego County's Bounty Banquet at Templeton Hall. Located in a refurbished church, Templeton Hall's owner and noted local chef will produce an evening meal fit for Kings and Queens, using local cheeses, pates, meats, vegetables and fruits, with condiments like fresh mustards, jellies, breads – all from local producers. Contact: Lucy Townsend NY900@aol.com 607-547-8877

The Cooperstown Bat Company has an impressive retail store on Main Street, Cooperstown; noted for collector and hand-personalized bats, the company is currently making professional-quality game-use bats (some MLB player are using them!) for players of all ages. Enjoy free bat-turning demonstrations at their factory, located about 10 miles from Main Street. Contact: Connie Haney connie@cooperstownbat.com 607-547-2415

Group Lodging Options in Cooperstown

Bayside Inn & Marina www.baysidecooperstown.com 607-547-2371
Best Western Inn & Suites www.bwcooperstown.com 607-547-7100
Cooper Inn (25 rooms) www.cooperinn.com 800-338-6222
Country Inn & Suites www.countryinns.com 607-286-7600
Holiday Inn Express www.hiexpress.com/Cooperstown 607-547-8000
Otesaga Resort Hotel www.otesaga.com 607-547-9931

Group Lodging in Oneonta

Oneonta is 30 minutes south of Cooperstown.
Hampton Inn Oneonta www.hamptoninn.hilton.com/Oneonta 607-433-7000
Holiday Inn Oneonta www.hioneonta.com 607-433-2250