Oh, say, can you see yourself sitting on the elegant veranda of one of America’s most historic resorts while watching a spectacular fireworks show burst into color over a shimmering lake? Cooperstown is a slice of Americana and the timeless Otesaga Resort Hotel here celebrates big on Fourth of July weekend with a package that includes a star-studded lineup of activities.
“The Fourth of July is our biggest family weekend at the hotel,” says General Manager John Irvin. “We’ve got lots of kids, parents, grandparents, family get-togethers, a wonderful occasion.” They’ll be lots of clown activity and croquet and Wiffle Ball played on the sweeping lawn that curls down to Otsego Lake. Or, why not enter the fishing tournament? If you don’t win, there’s always the watermelon eating contest!
The Otesaga also salutes baseball this weekend with a special lecture by Bruce Markusen on a topic rarely discussed. “While there’s always talk about MLB players who put their careers aside to fight in World War II and even the Korean War,” says Irvin, “there’s never talk about the players who did the same for the Vietnam War.” And so, historian Bruce Markusen will address the topic in an hour-long session at the hotel on Sunday afternoon. Markusen will also tell ghost stories by the lake on Friday evening.
The country’s second oldest Fourth of July parade marches in nearby Springfield Center on Monday but on Saturday night, a grand fireworks display will explode over Otsego Lake, which sits pretty in The Otesaga’s backyard.
And not unlike most family gatherings, The Otesaga’s dining room is a center of activity on the holiday weekend. “We have big tables of families dining together for each meal,” says Irvin. “A trio plays each night and guests spontaneously jump to their feet for dancing right there on the carpeting in the dining room.” An elegant Sunday brunch is also served (at an additional cost.)
A huge hit: Kids make their own red-white-and-blue sundaes (think strawberries and blueberries and sprinkles) on kiddie-height tables in the dining room. They can also decorate cookies to bring home.
Mom and dad can take a cooking class and cocktail making class, as well as clink glasses at the complimentary General Manager cocktail reception on Friday night.
Of course baseball is America’s most patriotic sport and a visit to the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame on this holiday weekend is not to be missed. The nearby Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum are also perfect spots to relax and learn about American culture and history.
For more information or to make reservations, please call (800) 348-6222, (607) 544-2502 or email Reservation1@Otesaga.com.