Cooperstown Baseball & Beer, The Perfect Double Play Combination

You don’t need to be an ardent baseball fan to enjoy everything that iconic Cooperstown, New York has to offer. All you need is a love for small town charm along with a thirst for quality craft beverages and a hunger for delectable dining. The Cooperstown Beverage Trail and the wide array of restaurants throughout the county are a foodie’s paradise. But more on that later.

First and foremost, Cooperstown is a baseball lover’s paradise. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, surely the most well-known sports shrine in the world, continues to thrive in the town where baseball’s pulse beats the strongest. The Hall of Fame’s collections contain more than 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts – such as bats, balls, gloves and uniforms – donated by players and fans who want to see history preserved.

The town was a popular summer retreat starting in the mid-1800s, and many of its historic lakeside estates are still used today. The grand Otesaga Hotel, built in 1909, is a local landmark. Experience the exquisite charm of an earlier era with an overnight stay at the elegant Cooper Inn. Located on quiet, park-like grounds in the heart of the village, the Cooper Inn recalls the quiet grandeur of 19th century Cooperstown. Bed and breakfasts and inns throughout Cooperstown offer small-town charm and luxury to those visiting for a romantic escape or just a weekend getaway. Find intimate accommodations at standout properties like the Rose & Thistle Bed and Breakfast, Landmark Inn and Inn at Cooperstown among many others.

Cooperstown offers a veritable smorgasbord of high quality eating establishments that range from quaint cafes to gourmet restaurants. Alex’s World Bistro features such house specialties as Hong Kong pork belly steamed buns with house roast pork belly with pickled cucumbers, hoisin sauce & scallions. Founded in 2011, Bocca Osteria is a small, family-owned Italian restaurant that prepares fresh gnocchi and fettuccine daily, but is best known for its Neapolitan pizzas with toppings like prosciutto, figs and truffles. Fly Creek Cider Mill is a staple here and features all things food and wine. With over 40 food samples available at any given time and a 162 year-old water-powered mill, it should be on every visitor’s “must see” list. Emphasizing fresh, local ingredients, 1909 at The Otesaga Resort Hotel provides a menu that offers something for every palate, including the finest cuts of meats, fresh seafood and salads.

The art of producing finely crafted beverages has been perfected here by such brewing establishments as Brewery Ommegang, Pail Shop Vineyards and Red Shed Brewer. In fact, Cooperstown has a centuries-old history of fine drink, going back well before baseball became America’s pastime. Once the hops-growing capital of North America, it now boasts breweries, wineries, a distillery and an historic cider mill, each one making world-class beverages for all to enjoy. Cooperstown Beverage Trail is New York State’s first official cuisine trail. At nine locations, you can enjoy tastings, take a tour to give you a close-up look at how the beverages are made, or just walk around in the specialty shops.

Perhaps of one of the few remaining places in America where you can truly “step back in time,” the Farmers’ Museum brings American history to the forefront. Whether you’re looking to take in a show or a world-class art exhibition, Cooperstown’s offerings across the performing and fine arts span far and wide.

Brimming with culture, history, sports legacy, outdoor recreation and more, Cooperstown beckons first time and repeat visitors alike to discover – or rediscover – all the activities that await.