Cooperstown is a summer visit: some hotels and attractions close in winter. The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are usually held in late July (July 23 this year), and most hotel rooms are booked well in advance of that week.
hotels, inns, and b&b's
The Otesaga 60 Lake St.; 800/348-6222 or 607/547-9931, fax 607/547-9675; doubles $290, including breakfast and dinner.
Cooper Inn Main St.; 800/348-6222 or 607/547-2567, fax 607/547-1271; doubles $175. An 1812 Federal-style manor converted to an inn in 1927, with 20 rooms and suites.
Inn at Cooperstown 16 Chestnut St.; 800/437-6303 or 607/547-5756; doubles from $120. A three-story Victorian with 17 quaintly decorated rooms, a stately front porch, and a lawn shaded by maple trees.
Cooperstown is surprisingly short on first-rate places to eat; the best option is the main dining room at the Otesaga (dinner for two $90, included in room rate for guests), with an American-French menu that changes daily. A summer favorite is the Otesaga seafood salad, with shrimp, crab, and herbed aioli. There's also Gabriella's on the Square (161 Main St.; 607/547-8000; dinner for two $55), for dishes such as pecan-encrusted, pan-roasted salmon with a mango sauce, or mint-glazed rack of lamb. At the edge of the lake on the road to Glimmerglass, Blue Mingo Grill (W. Lake Rd.; 607/547-7496; dinner for two $60) is a good pre-opera dinner spot with an Asian-and-Cuban fusion menu.
Farmers' Museum Lake Rd.; 888/547-1450 or 607/547-1450; open April-November.
Fenimore Art Museum Lake Rd.; 607/547-1400; open April-December.
Glimmerglass Opera W. Lake Rd. (Hwy. 80); box office 607/547-2255, fax 607/547-1257; 2000 season runs July 7-August 29; for schedule see www.cooperstown.net/glimmerglass.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 25 Main St.; 888/425-5633 or 607/547-7200; www.baseballhalloffame.org.