Finding the right lodging in Cooperstown, NY
In search of the best hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and inns for your Cooperstown vacations in one of America's most beautiful villages.
The greatest aspect of staying in a Cooperstown bed & brekafast, inn, hotel or motel is the friendliness of the owners. If the owners were any nicer to the customers, they might displace Barney and Friends as the world leaders in getting along with other people.
Rarely does a vacation destination have such a high number of down-to-earth hotel owners. They contribute greatly to the overall special feeling of Cooperstown which has so many people returning again and again -- and others deciding to make "the move" to this peaceful and lovely village.
These owners aren't just nice -- they offer first-class hotel accomodations, sure to meet every tourists' needs. Some great Cooperstown Village homes of yesteryear are now bed and breakfasts and inns, our favorites being the Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast, the Inn at Cooperstown, Nelson Avenue Pines and Landmark Inn.
The Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast (pictured above and left) is advertised as "a warm, comfortable 1902 Victorian home filled with delicious homemade breakfasts, scones and cookies welcomes you, only three blocks from the Hall of Fame." Just a short walk to Main St., the Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast certainly lives up to its billing, and beyond. Owners John and Linda Smirk represent what makes Cooperstown such a special place. They are warm, kind, caring people, and that is well relfected in their sparkling, three-story Victorian. We particularly enjoy the great conversations with the Smirks and their guests. The second floor porch is quaint and romantic, a perfect place to sip a cup of tea and read a book. The back room is perfect for children, with a nice stretch of space and plenty of toys. When staying at the Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast, one realizes that people like the Smirks are a reason Cooperstown is so special. Businesses come alive when the owners care about their product. From the well-maintained rooms to the delicious chocolate chip cookies, the Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast is an instant Cooperstown memory. It is our top lodging choice when staying in Cooperstown.
The Inn at Cooperstown is the perfect lodging destination. The rooms, so classy but informal, make for a great night's sleep. The dining and living room area evoke a more elaborate version of the old-time feeling of your grandparent's house. Everywhere you look there is a nuance that sticks in your mind, long after returning home. The Victorian furnishings, antiques, a fireplace, the comfy couches, and old-fashioned chairs make one want to stay indoors all day long. The long front porch, with its wonderful rocking chairs, gently puts everything in perspective by allowing you to unwind in the grand Cooperstown Village atmosphere. Perspective can be gained here as everyday life -- high-rises, rush hours, cell phones and other aspects of the ironic use of the word, "civilization" --seems secondary to the slower pace and grace of this Chestnut St. location.
The Nelson Avenue Pines is close to Otsego Lake and all Cooperstown Main Street activities. A stunning 1870s Victorian set to Country French decor and antiques, the Nelson Avenue Pines is located on a street (Nelson Ave., of course) of magnificent large homes, close to Main St. The Nelson Avenue Pines is spotless on the inside with some very pleasant rooms, including a full third floor for families and others wanting more space. Owner Penny Gentile is a gracious host and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She knows how to run a bed and breakfast, and more, importantly she truly loves the work she does -- that makes the stay delightful. The Nelson Avenue Pines is kid-friendly, and offers perhaps the best breakfast in Cooperstown, with incredible aromas of freshly roasted coffee, daily baked delicacies, and house specialties of crepes, Belgian waffles, or French toast a l'orange, as well as a great tropical fruit salad.
The Landmark Inn is a great example of stately Victorian architecture, residing on a large (and pretty) Chesnut St. lot. Recently remodeled (it was great before that), the Landmark Inn, built in 1856, offers first-class accomodations set to high ceilings, exposed cherry and chestnut floors in the living room, dining room, and guest rooms, a grand staircase, internal and external flourishes with every step, a wonderful backyard perfect for outdoor receptions, and a short walk to the downtown. We have not been to the Landmark under its new ownership, but look forward to doing so. Past owners Linda and Bob Schuermann ran the Inn beautifully with warmth, grace and professionalism. Word is new ownership has kept that magic combination and an eye for restoration, which is good news for those looking at staying at, pardon the pun, a true "landmark" in Cooperstown.
The Barnwell Inn is a true hidden gem t 48 Susquehanna Ave. in the Village (Tel. 607-547-1850). Tara and Mark Barnwell own this elegant yet informal and friendly 1850 Victorian home with furnishings and antiques that match the era. With freshly brewed coffee in the morning, sherry in the afternoon, an apple tree to sit under and some very charming first and second-floor rooms, the Barnwell Inn feels like a relaxing getaway, yet it's just a few minute's walk to the heart of Cooperstown Village. What's more, the breakfast in the beautiful, old-world dining room is memorable with fresh fruit, quiches, meats, breads and juices that help start your special day off on the right foot. Tara and Mark are really special and unassuming people, the ultimate bed and breakfast hosts who just might remind you of your favorite relatives!
Those preferring a chain hotel near Cooperstown Dreams Park on Route 28 and yet close to the village would do well with Best Western Inn and Suites at the Common, Howard Johnson's Inn and Suites Cooperstown or the Holiday Inn and Suites Cooperstown All have indoor pools, are situated beautifully amongst the rolling hills of the Susquehanna Valley and within proximity to all Cooperstown attractions. Although we have not stayed at these hotels, we have heard nothing but great things about these lodging establishments, even with the overflow of Cooperstown Dream Parks families and Hall of Fame weekend. They may have the standardized feel you'd expect in a hotel chain, but the Cooperstown graciousness makes already reputable lodging places even that much better!
Bayside Inn and Marina
There's nothing quite like a traditional, family-oriented lake motel
vacation, especially when it's in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The Lake 'n Pines is also a worthy contender when it comes to lake motel vacations in the Cooperstown area with its gorgeous views of Otsego Lake. With well-kept motel rooms and cabins, a swimming area, boating and an indoor pool, the Lake 'n Pines is a great family lodging choice and less than 10 minutes to the Village of Cooperstown. The mix of tall pines, the glistening lake, nice rooms and a pleasant staff make the Lake 'n Pines the top lodging choice outside the Village.
Editor's note: There are many other fine lodging establishments in Cooperstown. Please visit the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Web Site for a complete list. We also encourage you to read an article on our anticipated visit (somewhere down the road when the occasion calls for it) on the Otesaga Resort Hotel. Additionally, CooperstownForKids.com, a Web Site dedicated to helping families plan a Cooperstown vacation, offers additional perspectives on some of the Cooperstown area lodging establishments mentioned above, as well as other Otsego County hotels.
Cooperstown lodging addresses and contact info:
88 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY - (607)547-2532
16 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY - (607)547-5756
64 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY- (607)547-7225
7102 St Hwy 80, Cooperstown, NY - (607)547-2790
20 Nelson Avenue, Cooperstown, NY - (607)547-7118
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