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Cooperstown: A Father’s Day Itinerary / A Weekend Getaway

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Weekend getaways are more popular than ever—and why not? You get an overnight and two days of vacation without missing a beat. I recently spent time in Cooperstown, New York. It’s a 4-hour drive from New York City–but well worth the ride. Here, some suggested stops (and Father’s Day freebies):

The Otesaga Resort Hotel (above)
2009 marks the Federal-style grand dame’s 100th year. To celebrate, the hotel is putting its 1909 menu back in service, which means Rob Roys and Old-Fashioneds in the lobby bar; and crab Louie and crepes Suzette in the main dining room. The perfect reward for a round of golf at the meticulously kept Leatherstocking course (below) is an al fresco lunch at the Hawkeye Bar & Grill overlooking Otesego Lake (and the 18th hole).

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
On Father’s Day, 27 former pros will take the field for the Hall of Fame Classic. Beforehand, you and your old man can play a game of catch on Doubleday field (register for a spot by calling (607/547-0397).
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The Farmers’ Museum (above)
Even if you shudder at the thought of living history museums, go. As you ramble through the string of original 19th-century buildings, check out the antique printing press (still going!) and chat up the blacksmith. There's even a hand-turned machine for shucking corn. (Dads get in free on Father’s Day.)

Brewery Ommegang
The Belgian microbrewery’s beers range from the citrusy Hennepin to dark, malty Three Philosophers. Pick up a bottle (they come in 750 ml) and a wheel of Harpersfield tilsit (a cow’s milk cheese made just up the road) at the brewery store, then head to the Fenimore Art Museum, housed in a neo-Georgian mansion. Its grassy backyard, which slopes down to the lake, is a hidden picnic spot, and you can supplement your spread at the museum café. Afterwards you’ll want to check out the recently opened “America’s Rome” exhibit inside (dads free on Father’s Day). A savvy docent will guide you through works by American painters who visited Rome in the 19th century. Don’t leave without eyeing the permanent folk art collection and the American Indian Wing.

Alison Goran is an assistant editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photos courtesy of Cooperstown, NY and Alison Goran (Leatherstocking)

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