The Cooper Inn
Main and Chestnut streets, Cooperstown, N.Y., (607) 547-2567
Cost: Rooms begin at $289, suites $379.
Drive time: 4 hours, 15 minutes.
The scoop: This 15-room converted manor house is decorated in the styleof the early 19th century with museum-quality art. The surroundingdowntown area is filled with boutiques and dining spots.
Amenities: Continental breakfast is included. Guests have access torecreational facilities at the nearby Otesaga Resort Hotel, includingswimming in its Olympic-size pool, fishing and canoeing on Lake Otsego,golfing at Leatherstocking Golf Course, and more.
Don’t miss: Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fameand Doubleday Field, Cooperstown has a lot more to offer visitors—especiallyduring the summer, when it hosts thousands for a two-month-long operaevent. Throughout July and August, the Glimmerglass Festival presentsbeloved, rarely staged and original operas in an open-air theater on theshores of Lake Otsego. Pre-order a gourmet picnic, or create your own with purchases from the on-site vendors.