Last year Thomas and I promised each other that we will do our best to celebrate Independence Day away from the city. We did this mostly because we usually travel abroad and forget all the awesome towns right in our backyard. For this years trip, we drove to Cooperstown! Cooperstown is mostly known for the Baseball Hall of Fame which I’ve visited when I was younger but didn’t this time around. The town is charming and surrounded by a beautiful lake. After days of researching where we would stay, we decided to try airbnb for the first time and boy did we love our experience! Our host was amazing-him and his wife lived in a farmhouse near the area (which they also rent out) but stayed in their summer home overlooking the lake a few months out of year. The Sleeping Lion (name of the property) had everything we needed and more. Both Greg and his wife were full of recommendations and historical references about the area. During our stay we mostly just hung out by the lake, went out to eat and made sure to do a tasting at the Ommegang Brewery. At night, Thomas and I would sit on the porch for a few hours to talk and look at the stars (fun fact: my husband took astronomy for a year and still likes to figure out constellations lol) while drinking several bottles of Rose. It was honestly pretty great and such a nice break from the city…we hope to be back very soon.
Rose & Kettle We had dinner in this cozy little restaurant our first night in Cooperstown. Sit outside and sip on a French 75! 🙂
Hawkeye Bar & Grill Thomas and I really enjoyed lunch here. Our cocktails and food were delish and the view of the lake was gorgeous.
Blue Mingo Grill We stuffed our faces at this cute restaurant that sits right on the lake (Are you noticing a theme here? We made sure to eat with views of the lake everyday). I am not joking when I tell you that I ate so much that I could barely get up lol. If you go, try the crab cakes! My fave 🙂
airbnb We highly recommend renting Greg’s lake house. You won’t need anything but your bathing suit…:) Trust me..you will feel right at home.
The Inn at Cooperstown A quaint bed and breakfast right in the heart of the town that looks lovely and has great reviews online.
Otesaga Luxury Hotel A gorgeous property on the waterfront-really great for families. Also sits in the main town area with great restaurants inside.
Ommegang Brewery A big attraction for beer lovers and Game of Throne fans (yes, these are the folks collaborating with the show to make a special series of GOT inspired beer) we really enjoyed the tour and tasting. The wait for lunch was very long so we suggest you put your name down before the tour.
Baseball Hall of Fame We skipped it this time around but the number one attraction for baseball fans.
Boat Tour We didn’t rent a boat but had planned to-DEFINITELY do this if you are visiting during the summer months.
Take a dip in the lake– Do it! So refreshing (the water was a bit cold but I couldn’t leave without doing it at least once).
Cooperstown Distillery We didn’t make it but heard really good things!
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