All things Baseball in Cooperstown
Aug 31, 2012
|From Oneonta, New York …
Friday, August 31, 2012
I think our days will be so busy on this trip that I will have to keep my journal entries fairly brief. My main focus is always to update with as many pictures as I can which I’m sure I can do!
Yesterday morning we left Pennsylvania after breakfast. We didn’t leave the hotel as early as we had hoped, but it worked out fine. We were a little worried about the traffic today as it is the start of the Labor Day weekend. But actually, the section of I-81 we traveled on today was not nearly as bad as it was in Virginia on Thursday.
We traveled on I-81 through Pennsylvania and crossed into New York and then hit I-88 for a while. This is a new state for us to explore, and we are enjoying it so far. To date, most of our exposure to the state of New York has been our trips to New York City. I have always heard there were beautiful areas of New York, and we are now finding that to be true.
The weather again was beautiful, warm but there was a nice breeze all day. We traveled around 4 hours before reaching today’s destination, Oneonta, New York. This cute town is about 20 miles northwest from Cooperstown.
We first had a very nice lunch at a place in Oneonta called Sabatini’s Little Italy. There are lots of good Italian restaurants in this area. We shared a chicken dish (the name escapes me at the moment). It was considerably cheaper if you ordered it “family style” which meant it was served in a large bowl, and we served ourselves.
Then we were able to check in our hotel, a Clarion Hotel located right on Main Street in a bustling little area of town. There are lots of little shops and cafes we can walk to. It’s an attractive small town with lots of hills and cliffs and a river flowing through.
We had initially planned to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown tomorrow. But considering it will be Saturday on Labor Day weekend, we decided to do it today instead. The musueum is open from 9 am to 9 pm, so that gave us plenty of time to through it.
Visiting Cooperstown and the Baseball museum has been on Charlie’s bucket list, so he was excited to “check it off.” : )
Leaving Oneonta, we had to get back on I-88 for about 4 miles but then took a very scenic route the rest of the way. There are so many beautiful dairy and cattle farms here, and LOTS of antique shops along the way. As we got closer to Cooperstown, we started to see all sorts of baseball related sights. We passed some type of large baseball related theme park.
The little town of Cooperstown is absolutely charming. The architecture of the homes and buildings is beautifully restored and neat as a pin. It feels very clean and safe, almost idyllic.
We parked in the middle of town and walked to the museum. The streets are lined with restaurants and touristy shops, mostly related to baseball memorabilia. The museum itself was a beautiful large building with three floors. We both really enjoyed it. I’m sure Charlie enjoyed it a lot more than I did though. : )
We didn’t get back to the hotel until about 8:30pm, but it was a fun day.