Cooperstown is a small town gem that's known all over the world as the birthplace of baseball. But it is so much more.
Classic architecture, tree-lined streets, a beautiful main street featuring fine restaurants, rolling farmland, distilleries, breweries, golf , the Dreams Park, and the remarkably unspoiled beauty of Otsego Lake -- being part of this community is a prize that many covet and few attain.
Three and a half hours from the GWB, one and half hours from both Albany and Binghamton, with a neighboring private airport, it is a practical weekend destination and a home base like few others.
Oneonta, The City of the Hills, which celebrated its centennial in 2008, is home to two colleges, Hartwick and the State University of New York at Oneonta.
Bordered by the Susquehanna River and home to two railroads in the late 19th century, it was an industrial and commerce center. Its Main Street architecture and stately historic homes reflect its history.
Today's Oneonta is enjoying a downtown resurgence with upscale shops, cafes and restaurants. Whether your interest is art, antiques, or brew pubs, Oneonta has a lot to offer.
Best known to historians as the site of the Cherry Valley Massacre in the Revolutionary War, in more modern times Cherry Valley has lured writers and musicians looking for a quiet, creative atmosphere.
Willa Cather wrote O Pioneers during a happy summer there. Alan Ginsberg and a crew of Manhattan artists made their home on a farm right above town. Today, many members of the Glimmerglass Opera Company call the village home every summer.
Visit during the Kite Festival, the Outdoor Games, or dine at one of the town's outstanding restaurants and enjoy upstate village life with an artistic flair.
According to Wikipedia, the county seat of Delaware County got its name, and its strange pronunciation, from a feud. "The town is named after the capital territory of India. The name was in honor of founder Ebenezer Foote, who was known as "The Great Mogul". Another founder, Erastus Root, a rival of Foote, preferred the name "Mapleton." When he learned the town was to be named Delhi, he exclaimed, "Delhi, Hell-high! Might as well call it Foote-high." The name, and the pronunciation, stuck.
Franklin is nestled between Oneonta and Delhi in Delaware County, offering stunning valley views, a charming Victorian era village, the renowned Franklin Stage, dining, arts and antiques. It is a popular summer home for city residents and a wonderful place to settle with a family.
Still rural, Franklin has working farms and a close-knit, welcoming community. Despite a feeling of being far away, Franklin in handy to shopping in Oneonta, and just twenty minutes to Delhi. If peace, nature, and space is what you crave, Franklin is worth a visit.
Recognized by the National and NY Register of Historic Places, Sharon Springs was once a thriving destination for city dwellers looking to escape the summer heat. In its heyday, it was a popular alternative to Saratoga Springs, boasting four different, natural mineral waters.
Several hotels were built in the mid-1800s, and some are now being restored.
The success of the American Hotel and Beekman 1802 have brought this sleepy village international attention.