We're all about exploring the untrodden path, but do yourself (and your bucket list) a favor: make sure you don't miss the 'musts' during a trip to Cooperstown and Otsego County. Here's a sample three-day, four-night itinerary to help keep you on schedule with some room to explore other hidden gems.
3:30 pm Kick off your trip to Cooperstown with a trip to Brewery Ommegang, one of Cooperstown's numerous breweries paying homage to the region's beverage-making tradition – Cooperstown and Otsego County once led the country in hops production until a blight eradicated most of the region's hops crops at the turn of the 20th century. After a brewery tour, head to Café Ommegang for some frites and waffles.
8:00 pm Head back to your B&B or hotel in Cooperstown and enjoy a nightcap – or keep the first-day-of-vacation-woooo! party going and head to the Cooperstown Beverage Exchange for a cocktail creation sure to knock your socks off. Just don't party too hard – big day ahead tomorrow.
7:30 am ...at Doubleday Café. This tiny diner is the perfect place to fuel up for a day of adventures in Cooperstown, baseball inclined or otherwise. Try one of their loaded omelets or keep it simple with a combo order of eggs, home fries, toast, and coffee. You can't go wrong with breakfast here.
9:00 am It wouldn't be a visit to Cooperstown without a stop at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Beat the crowds and get started early on Friday morning to maximize your visit and lessen your drool output as you take in a serious amount of baseball artifacts and memorabilia from your favorite players.
1:00 pm Grab a sandwich from Danny's Main Street Market or the Depot Deli, and head to Council Rock Park to relax over lunch next to Otsego Lake while you download from all of that baseball history and memorabilia you just saw. Also one of Cooperstown's most instagrammable spots.
2:00 pm Head back to Main Street Cooperstown and explore Cooperstown's many Main Street shops, offering everything from baseball wares and curios to arts and crafts from local artists.
3:30 pm During or after your Main Street shopping spree, visit the field widely considered the birthplace of baseball: Doubleday Field. If you're lucky, an exhibition game might be in action during your visit.
6:30 pm Dinner and drinks at the Otesaga's Hawkeye Bar & Grill, a modern-gourmet meal at Mel's 22, farm-to-table fare at Alex's Restaurant, a short trip to the famous Mel's House of BBQ or Red Caboose in Oneonta – you can't make a bad choice for where to eat in Cooperstown.
8:30 am Kick off your day with coffee and a sweet treat at Schneider's Bakery or Stagecoach Coffee. You're going to need it for this busy day...
9:00 am Head to The Farmers' Museum and step back in time to life in Central New York circa the 1840s, complete with an authentic living history experience at the authentic Blacksmith Shop, Pharmacy, Bump Tavern, and Lippitt Farmstead.
12:00 pm Head across the street to the Fenimore Art Museum. Grab a light bite in the Fenimore Cafe to eat in their beautiful gardens before catching their star temporary exhibition Ansel Adams: Early Works, on display through September 18. You'll also find one of the largest collections of American Indian art in the country, The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.
2:30 pm Hop aboard the Glimmerglass Queen for a one-hour tour of Otsego Lake, or take a DIY route and rent a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard from Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales to explore on your own.
7:30 pm Enjoy a night at the opera at The Glimmerglass Festival every Saturday starting July 9 through August 27. This year's festival includes original productions of La Bohème, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible, and The Thieving Magpie.
10:00 am Take it easy Sunday morning and head to the newly expanded Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard for some good old-fashioned family fun. With the Mill Marketplace at your fingertips, it's also a great time to stock up on gifts and goodies to take home with you.