By Linnea Bailey

Something magical happens when spring hits each year in Cooperstown, New York.

Beginning in March, the storied streets of this picturesque village start to hum with increased activity; families on spring break arrive to visit beloved baseball haunts like the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Doubleday Field. The village’s popular seasonal restaurants open annually on Easter weekend, and May brings a vibrant splash of color as maple trees and lilacs bloom. By summer, the buzz swells to a crescendo, thrumming with activity and excitement.

Known as “America’s Most Perfect Village,” this upstate hideaway might just be one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Nestled in a remote valley between the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, the tiny village of 1,800 has it all: a fabulously walkable Main Street, glamorous historic resort, dreamy boutique hotels, sparkling lakefront, lauded restaurants and vibrant arts scene.

“There are so many elements that make Cooperstown special,” said Keith Gulla, Cooperstown resident, Texas native and co-owner of the village’s Landmark Inn. “The people here are welcoming and friendly, the scenery is gorgeous, and there’s an incredible caliber of attractions and outdoor activities.”

North Texans’ interest in Cooperstown might be heightened this year, with the induction of the Texas Rangers’ longtime third baseman Adrian Beltre into the Hall of Fame July 21. While there are plenty of reasons to visit Cooperstown year-round, the warmer months bring sunshine, balmy weather and exciting festivals and events. Just keep in mind that high season runs from June through August, so make reservations early or travel during the shoulder season to avoid crowds.

Here’s our guide to the best offerings in Cooperstown for every type of traveler:

For the History Buff

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For the Romantic

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For an exquisite escape, The Otesaga Resort Hotel offers unparalleled luxury on the southern shores of glacially formed Otsego Lake. Built in 1909, the 132-room historic resort boasts a spa, pool, restaurants, boating, tennis, pickleball, and lakefront and village bicycling. The resort’s Leatherstocking Golf Course draws golf enthusiasts from across the world, and a sun-soaked veranda with rocking chairs provides the perfect spot to curl up with a book or enjoy views of the pristine lake and hills.

“One of the best places to socialize is The Otesaga’s Fire Bar overlooking the lake,” Haney said. “Spring evenings can get chilly in Cooperstown, yet everyone stays warm by the fire.”

In addition to The Otesaga, upscale boutique hotel options near Main Street include The Inn at Cooperstown and The Landmark Inn, known for its chef-prepared breakfast, sumptuous linens and parlor lounge complete with a chandelier.

For the Arts and Culture Fan

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For the Foodie

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Cooperstown has a spirited culinary scene, with a caliber of restaurants more frequently found in large cities. The fanciest fare in town can be found at 1909 at The Otesaga, an intimate seasonal restaurant featuring farm-fresh ingredients, spectacular views of Otsego Lake and specialties like mint and garlic-crusted rack of lamb.

On Main Street, the restaurant NORBU has earned fame for its authentic Nepalese and Indian cuisine, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Peter Beck. Meanwhile, the one-of-a-kind eatery Origins Café offers patrons the chance to dine inside a leafy arboretum, complete with a weekly changing menu, organic ingredients from regional farmers and live music.

Just outside of town, The Horned Dorset Inn’s restaurant in Leonardsville serves superb modern French cuisine, and craft beverage fans will enjoy world-class breweries, wineries and a historic cider mill on the 37-mile Cooperstown Beverage Trail.

For the Adventurer

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