Best known for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown New York is one of Upstate New York’s best kept secrets. Located in Otsego County, the town also plays host to The Farmers’ Museum, The Fenimore Art Museum, Glimmerglass Opera and the New York State Historical Association. The peaceful lifestyle found here has served many notable writers, including famed writer James Fenimore Cooper as well as his daughter Susan Fenimore Cooper and his great-grandson, Paul Fenimore Cooper. Modern author Lauren Groff is also a native of the area and has written many stories about Cooperstown legends.
There are many historical residences still around dating back to the Cooper and Clarks families, the two most prominent families in the history of Cooperstown. But that’s not all, the architecture found in this niche area is simply outstanding and represents a lot of historical wealth.
If historical architecture and museum living isn’t your thing, you can always take a dip in Otsego Lake. The 7.8 mile lake is landmarked by a large boulder, Council Rock, that can be seen well when the water level drops. It is around this rock that the Council Rock Park was established, allowing the public to access the lake through concrete stairs leading to a lakeside terrace. The aquatic amenities include swimming, fishing, boating and more. Or perhaps you can find inspiration in the same way some of the local notable authors did, and quietly sit on a bench overlooking the peaceful serenity of the calm, clean waters to get your muse.