Beyond the art of the game, Otsego County is home to big culture in a small-town setting. Here, museums and galleries, sculpture trails and vintage trains—as well as two different opera experiences— are nestled among the Catskill Mountain foothills.
Art Meets History
On one hand, there's the Fenimore Art Museum, home to one of the nation's most eclectic collections of American Indian Art as well as American Folk Art—all set in a neo-Georgian style mansion at the shore of Otsego Lake. On the other hand, find the rustic Farmers' Museum, with its exhibitions of more than 23,000 farm tools and artifacts, and a hops trail tour that reveals the art and history of brewing. In between, galleries such as The Art Garage and Bobby Sharp Glassworks feature diverse exhibits, classes and programming. Outside of Cooperstown, in the small communities of Cherry Valley and Gilbertsville, sculpture trails showcase dozens of pieces crafted by local and international artists.
From historic farms to early 19th century mansions, Cooperstown and Otsego County also offer a peek into the American past. The 50-room Hyde Hall mansion, built in the early 1800s, is among the nation's finest examples of neoclassical architecture. Its grounds are also home to the Nation's oldest wooden covered bridge.
Railfans can explore the historic American, four-wheel Little Red Caboose in Oneonta, then tour the Susquehanna River Valley aboard the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad that travels from Milford to Cooperstown.
Festivals and Events
From opera scenes to the silver screen, Otsego County is home to dozens of seasonal festivals and exhibits. Come summer, librettos ring across Otsego Lake with the arrival of the Glimmerglass Festival at the Alice Busch Opera Theater, which runs July through August. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents concerts from award-winning classical musicians at a range of venues, including The Otesaga Resort Hotel and Hyde Hall. The Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta features performances by artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Amy Schumer, as well as live showings of The Metropolitan Opera. In early November, Glimmerglass Film Days showcase documentaries, indie films, and conversations with award-winning filmmakers.
Located on Otsego Lake. Their guests can enjoy our small sandy swimming beach or explore the beautiful lake with our free Canoes and kayaks.
Cooperstown Stay will simplify your search for private homes, apartments, or lakefront cottages in the Cooperstown area.
Oneonta is a college town with historic sites, bohemian attractions and events composed of college students and a constant influx of area visitors exploring the beautiful Otsego County.
A family motel with all individually decorated rooms that have cathedral ceilings and picture windows facing the lake. It is conveniently located near all major attractions.
Beautifully restored manse: right in the heart of historic Cooperstown, steps from Main Street, the Hall of Fame, and fine dining. Come experience the warmth and elegance of the Landmark Inn.
Newly renovated, with complimentary wifi and breakfast, less than 1 mile to Cooperstown Dreams Park.
Located at the Ballpark, this inn and conference center has 60 guest rooms.
Location: Cooperstown Milford
Huge selection of vacation lodging in private homes, waterfront properties, apartments, bed & breakfasts, and luxury inns.
Providing quality weekly housing since 1973. Come home to our city or waterfront locations, ranging from studios to houses.
Location: Oneonta / Cooperstown
This 276-acre campground offers tent sites, RV campsites, one- and two-bedroom log cabin trailers, and more.
Location: Milford, NY
Mountaintop B&B on 22 acres with panoramic views of Lake Otsego. Jacuzzis & fireplaces in most rooms.
Accommodates families or groups vacationing at any of the several local area youth little league baseball tournaments, camps, and resorts.
Location: Cooperstown/Oneonta area
The Courtyard by Marriott Oneonta is the premier hotel in the greater Oneonta area. It is home to 95 well appointed rooms.
Picturesque country views, elegance and sophistication are part of the package of Holiday Inn Express.
Welcome to the newest hotel in the Oneonta-Cooperstown area, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains!
A full service Real Estate and Rental company serving buyers, sellers and visitors in and around Cooperstown and Otsego Lake.
Old World charm and new world luxury in a cozy B&B with a wraparound porch near Main Street.
This award-winning historic hotel was built in 1874, fully restored in 1985, and is thoughtfully improved upon each year.