Author: Jacqueline White, Otsego County Travel Trade Manager - DMCOC
We all live different lifestyles governed by wildly different priorities, but in today’s world, it’s safe to say that everyone could benefit from a little extra R&R! Adventure with a healthy side of rest & relaxation is key to feeling wholesome and robust. Take a short road trip to Cooperstown & Otsego County. Find balance in the hype of something thrilling, and the gratification of decompression-mode on a safe, not-so-far-from-home, outing in pursuit of some R&R satisfaction. Be sure to double-check date availability and hours as each business has a different season and COVID-19 guidelines to follow.
Escape the stress of everyday life and lose yourself in the arts of Cooperstown. Start out with the Fenimore Art Museum to immerse yourself in the continually growing riches of The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art among other seasonal exhibitions.
Not feeling creative? Cooper Country Crafts has a wide array of hand-crafted gift items - no need to get your hands dirty!
Glimmerglass Festival will soon be releasing their 2021 season tickets... be on the lookout so you don't miss out!
Kick your feet up and stay for a while with the Fall Foliage Getaway. The Fly Creek Cider Mill offers over 40 food and drink samples daily and is a treat in itself. Then, don’t forget to head over to Brewery Ommegang for some nosh and fresh, wide open-air to toss your frisbee around and maybe even catch a yoga weekend class.
Relax on your own or with a bunch of buddies...follow your last putt with some good grub. Find your favorite type of accommodation and spend your days on the course in fresh air and your evenings at nearby restaurants!
Looking for something exciting to do with a friend or your partner? How about an Adventure Date Getaway?
The Guest Engineer Program aboard the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad is an exciting way to begin an adventure weekend with your honey! If they have ever dreamt of being a locomotive engineer, surprise them with the opportunity for a hands-on, 16-mile, round trip as the head Engineer.
Are you both into fishing? No worries if not... book with Canoe & Kayak Rentals so you can both enjoy your favorite part about being out on the water, whether it be the excitement of catching dinner or simply paddling and taking in the scenery.
Then together, make the ultimate tandem leap of faith high in the sky with Just Jump Skydiving overlooking Cooperstown and Otsego County. Head home with a thrilling story and a fun film documenting your flights!
Pack a blanket and grab picnic-style munchies or order your choice of carry-out from area restaurants to enjoy while overlooking Otsego Lake. But, before you settle down for your picnic, be sure to scope out the scenic Council Rock Park, to visit a historic spot and the mouth of the Mighty Susquehanna River. Lakefront Park is the best place in Cooperstown to watch the day’s end as the sun splashes the sky with color just before night settles in.
If the autumn season is your favorite because your curiosity is always piqued by tellings of hauntings, be thrilled and chilled here, in and around Cooperstown!
Fall time offers up the creepiest events and special occasions, like Hyde Hall’s Hyde and Shriek Tours and The Farmers’ Museum’s Things That Go BUMP In The Night...not to mention the family-friendly, Haunted Corn Maze!
...and definitely, try and catch a glimpse of Ichabod Crane at the historical Hyde Hall Covered Bridge.
Finally, slow your heart rate at the end of your day with a Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tour that highlights chilling history of the area. This will surely bring you closer to your beloved travel partner!
2020 Note: many places may have altered their regular hours or may not be open due to COVID-19 and other businesses may be seasonal. Check each by calling ahead. So...no matter how you prefer to chillax, Cooperstown and Otsego County await your visit and have what you seek!