Fall is one of Cooperstown’s best kept secrets. The air is cooler, and the fall foliage makes Lake Otsego stunning, surrounded in red and gold, and there’s plenty to see and do besides taking in the scenery. Here are 4 events that make take a fall Cooperstown getaway from good to simply fantastic.
4 Fall Events You’ll Love
September 16th & 17th, 2017
There is no time like fall on the Farm and Harvest Festival is The Farmers’ Museum’s biggest event of the year. In addition to exploring a working 19th century farm, tour The Village, where artisans and shopkeepers will demonstrate life before cars, cell phones, and fidget spinners. For this event, there’ll be crafts, games, face painting and live music amongst agricultural activities like corn shelling and potato harvesting. Oh, and amazing food - roasted corn, pulled pork, homemade pies and more.
Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine
September 16th - December 31st, 2017
Immerse yourself in the work of the father of American Documentary photography, Lewis Hine, with this very special exhibit of rare, vintage prints at Fenimore Art Museum. Examine three overarching themes of Hine’s three-decade career: the immigrant experience; child labor; and the American worker, culminating in his magnificent studies of the construction of the Empire State Building. This is just one of several temporary exhibits at Fenimore Art Museum this fall.
Bonus! Fenimore Art Museum and Hawkeye Bar and Grill at The Otesaga have teamed up to make a great day out of a museum trip. For a limited time you can get $2 off a regular price admission and then 15% off at Hawkeye Bar and Grill. Download a coupon here.
Baseball Film Festival
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the twin traditions of baseball and film. Watch a variety of films that feature baseball as primary or secondary theme no matter the length or genre. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Museum members can reserve tickets starting September 11th by calling 607-547-0397. Any remaining tickets will be made available to the general public starting September 18th.
Things that Go Bump in the Night
October 20th & 21st, 27th & 28th
Experience The Farmers' Museum during the most haunting time of the year. Join museum guides as they lead you about the shadowy grounds and recount the many mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the Museum’s historic village. At the tour's end, hold your breath for one of Edgar Allen Poe's classics. Tickets are required and this popular event sells out fast!
Where to Stay
Central to the Cooperstown experience is The Otesaga Resort Hotel, a historic and grand hotel that sits right on the shores of Lake Otsego. With a spa, golf course, and amazing food - this is hands down the best place to stay in any season. They are always offering detailed packages and specials, like this year’s Autumn Harvest Package and their November to Remember special. Prefer something a little more quaint? Then The Cooper Inn is perfect. A sister property to The Otesaga, you can enjoy all the same amenities but in a smaller setting right in the heart of The Village.
While summer is spectacular, fall in Cooperstown has equally as much to offer. The beauty of the turning leaves, delicious New York apples, pumpkins and other produce, and fall festivities that make getaways meaningful and memorable. For more ideas and to start planning your Cooperstown getaway, check out our blog, sample itineraries and events pages.