By Ann Shields
Updated: January 20, 2017


Are you ready for some baseball? Tauck Tours has drafted documentary filmmaker Ken Burns to host 4-day trip to Cooperstown, New York, in late June.

Participants will be invited to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame after-hours for some private worship at the high church of America’s favorite pastime. Ken Burns will give a keynote address and then hang around to talk ball during a cocktail reception (I hope the ghost of center fielder and bar-keep Mickey Mantle will not permit any craft cocktails made with Gatorade).

Former players will join the pilgrimage, too, for color commentary—Hall-of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro; former major league outfielder and ESPN analyst Doug Glanville; even a player from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will attend. Other speakers and participants include Daniel Okrent (writer and inventor of fantasy baseball), a former librarian at the Hall of Fame, and other as-yet-unnamed experts.

Guests will stay at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, a lovely historic property with a wide front porch and rocking chairs. All meals and scheduled activities are included during the trip, including tickets to a 19th century ‘town ball’ game and a stroll around Doubleday Field. For a baseball fan, it sounds like a ridiculously fun long weekend. Oh, will you look at that? It falls a couple of weeks after Father’s Day.

For more information or to book the Tauck Baseball Event, please visit Tauck Tours, or call (800) 468-2825.
The date: June 27-30
The dollars: from $3,690 per person, double occupancy
What You Get:
- 3 nights’ accommodations at Otesaga Resort
- All meals and scheduled activities
- Airport transfers and in-town transportation


Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Top photo (Babe Rute): courtesy of Tauck; bottom photo (Ken Burns): courtesy of University of Texas, Arlington.