Cooperstown

3:55 PM

We just had the most wonderful week visiting my grandparents in Cooperstown, NY. This small village with its one stop light is so quaint but there is so much to do and see. It's claim to fame as the "birthplace of baseball" and home of the Baseball Hall of Fame make it a pretty big tourist attraction in the summer, but as baseball isn't really our thing, we're happy to partake in everything else this wonderful place has to offer.

We had a very relaxing week filled with tennis, boat rides, and great food. Otsego Lake provides a gorgeous backdrop and I'll even take the pretty cold water (it is glacier fed, after all) for the mid-70s highs and zero humidity. Just don't forget your jeans and sweater for evening cocktails on the porch!

We also ate some great meals while we were there. The new chef at Cooperstown Country Club is wonderful and that was probably the best meal we had. Other great meals included dinners at the Hawkeye Bar & Grill and The Blue Mingo Grill. We also ate in one night and not to be biased, but the chef (who is my handsome husband) made a fantastic pork loin. We had dinner at Cantina del Salsa one night were the food was decent, but the service was not. Formerly Alex & Ika's before the real Alex & Ika split which is a shame because it was great before. Lunch sandwiches at Danny's and Stagecoach Coffee (also great coffee) are always great and if you head out to Ommegang, make sure to eat at their restaurant because it's delicious. 
Not a shabby view for our morning workouts

The "Wigwam" -- the house where we stayed our first year here -- in 1999!


Can't get over these gorgeous views

One of our favorite spots to visit is the Farmer's Museum. It is one of the oldest "rural life" museums in the country with historically accurate buildings from the 1800s. They have a working blacksmith, loom, wallpaper maker, and more, but our favorite is all the animals. They do everything as they would in the 1800s except for with the animals. They use all of today's medicine to make sure they are taken care of properly.
Hand-dyed yarn

Hat/storage boxes made of wallpaper









This wallpaper was found under the stairs of my grandparents house when they were doing their historic rehab! They donated it to the Farmer's Museum to showcase in one of the buildings.

The road to Ommegang

Now that everyone's legal, we had to go back to the Ommegang Brewery. It's crazy how much larger it is than the first time we toured! There are also many more rules this time. You stay in a box during the tour in the main building and no open toed shoes or tank tops (or you get to wear some really lovely crocks and a bowling shirt).

Happy boys at the end of their tasting



Grandpa in his favorite spot. Reading the WSJ in the sun


Skipping rocks


Brandon and I drove separately this year in an effort to keep him from being cramped in the back of the Tahoe for hours on end. It was a great decision and we loved getting to spend such quality time in the car together. We made it home in 10 1/2 hours which I really think is a record for us. With only 3 stops in 648 miles and barely over a tank of gas, we'll take it!

It really was just the best week and we can't wait for our next trip. We used to go up for Christmas every few years and I'd love to figure out how to get Brandon up there to see all that snow, but there really isn't any beating the perfect summer weather. 

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  1. So beautiful! My husband is dying to visit there someday because of the baseball hall of fame, but I had no idea that it was so much more than that!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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