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Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast
-The best rest at John's-

John and Linda Smirk, innkeepers
88 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: (607) 547-2532
FAX: (607) 547-8745

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A local dining landmark: The Cooperstown Diner

The tiny Cooperstown Diner is a true local legend -- the quintessential small town diner that's tiny in size and big in taste, character and friendliness. It is a dining landmark for locals, as well as visitors looking for good food at reasonable prices. One taste of the chicken and biscuits dinner special makes one realize that home style cooking can still be done effectively when eating out. Hearty breakfasts, substantial lunches and a few dinner selections (the pot roast is very good) make the Cooperstown Diner a terrific, family-oriented restaurant. Service is always courteous, quick and informal. A classic diner experience, not to be missed!

Cooperstown Diner 136 1/2 Main Street, Cooperstown - (607)547-9201


Feeling a sense of place in Cooperstown: a visitor's perspective

Every time we visit Cooperstown, N.Y., it is like going home. The irony is, we have never lived in Cooperstown.

Authenticity never grows old, and that is why being in Cooperstown makes us feel right at home. Walking down the tree-lined, toy village-like Main Street, gazing at pristine Otsego Lake from a relaxing wooden bench, chatting with friendly residents and marveling at the presence of their proud, old homes lends a welcome sense of place from a previous generation.

When one is in tune with something that is special, there is no need to constantly be on the run. No big city, and its constituents of high rises, malls, bars, nightclubs, manufactured housing developments and preoccupation with cell phones, laptops and Palm Pilots could ever match the peace of a village that happily rises with the vibrant, daily country sunrise. Cooperstown is just that place, a village where the big sky allows you to see beyond just buildings and other distractions, thus, creating a clear vision for your own personal dreams.

It is always sad leaving a place you love, but knowing it is always there makes one glad to return to one's own community and start looking forward to returning home again. EH, Boston, MA


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Nature's artistry is at its apex in back of the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Otsego Lake and gentle rolling hills provide the perfect backdrop in surely one of America's most scenic backyards. Frank Forte Photography. All work is copyright protected.

No matter what time of year, Cooperstown, NY, beams with community pride, as evidenced by one of the cleanest and visually attractive Main Streets in the northeast United States. Fine tree-lined neighborhoods with beautiful Victorian homes, the shores of Otsego Lake and landmark attractions like the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, and the Farmers' Museum make the Village of Cooperstown a sure-fire way to enjoy a great vacation at any age.

Cooperstown's old-fashioned charm, family values, high fun quotient, and a commitment to locally-owned businesses make the community a model place to raise a family, start a business, or four seasons of vacation fun in grand style. Cooperstown is simply a wonderful place to be.

Community Pride The unspoiled, pure, pristine land with 10-mile Otsego Lake, gentle rolling hills, tree-lined streets and the toy-like-village look of Main Street result in Cooperstown, New York, being one of the most appealing places to visit in the Northeast United States. It's almost as if everywhere you look creates lifetime memories!

Culture How rare it is to be in the rural countryside and have such a high level of culture. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmer's Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, Hyde Hall (a stunning mansion) and the Cooperstown Art Association are just the tip of the iceberg on the cultural opportunities in a Village with a population of just over 2,000. It's simply remarkable how efforts have been made to create a cultural quality of life that surpass many of the highly populated towns and cities that we live in.

Relaxation In a day where many vacation destinations are far too overdeveloped and hectic, Cooperstown remains one of the best places to relax and unwind from the daily stresses of modern life. The beautiful views of Otsego Lake, the fresh air and gentle people who live here create a place that seems to be missing from our very own communities. A few days in Cooperstown and you have no choice but to relax.

Recreation Boating, baseball, biking, hiking, swimming, fishing, tennis snow tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing, golf, miniature golf, batting ranges and more await you when visiting Cooperstown. Kid's City at the Cooperstown Elementary School provides a wonderful playground for the kids, while the Clark's Sports Center offers indoor swimming, a fitness center, running track, basketball court, bowling and more.

Shopping While many perceive Cooperstown to be full of baseball shops and nothing else, the truth is there is something for every family member. Boutiques, arts and crafts, toys, women's clothing, books, quilts, jewelry, home furnishings and a seasonal Farmer's Market are just a few of the retail opportunities to be found in Cooperstown. There's even a place to get a massage!

Attractions Cooperstown is a tourist destination, but never in an obnoxious way. Attractions are well integrated into the town's look, feel and vision. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, Farmer's Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown Art Association, Sam Smith's Boatyard, Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown Funland, the Fly Creek Cider Mill, the Doubleday Batting Range, Abner Doubleday Field (three baseball games a day, free admission, during the baseball season) and Cooperstown Dreams Park are just a few of the opportunities that require an extended stay in this special area.

Dining From the inexpensive Cooperstown Diner and Doubleday Cafe to the more upscale but unpretentious Hawkeye Bar and Grille, Blue Mingo Grill and Hoffman Lane Bistro, there is something on the menu for everyone in the Village of Cooperstown and surrounding areas. DiMaggio's and T.J.'s Grille are fun, family places, great for a burger or special dessert. In nearby Cherry Valley is the Rose "n Kettle, one of the best restaurants anywhere -- they tap into local farming resources, whenever possible, for the freshest meats and produce.

Four season fun While summer is synonymous with a Cooperstown visit, the other seasons provide wonderful travel opportunities. The fall sports some of the best (and most underrated) fall foliage in New York state -- or the northeast for that matter. Winter is active with the February Winter Carnival and the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Snowfest 2007 with snow sculpture competitions, horse drawn rides sledding, cross country skiing and more. Spring is a beautiful time when all the plant life blossoms, the warm feel of the air marries the warm feeling in the Village and maple sugar is to savor.

For a partial list of attractions, visit the Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast Attractions page.  To research and plan a Cooperstown family vacation, we recommend visiting


 Cooperstown Bed and Breakfast

88 Chestnut St.,Cooperstown, NY. 13326 * Tel. (607) 547-2532 * Fax (607) 547-8745


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