Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Cooperstown, New York

Fri Sep 3, 2010 6:46am EDT
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By Ellen Freilich

COOPERSTOWN, New York (Reuters Life!) - Until someone writes an opera about Babe Ruth, opera and baseball might seem like an odd couple, but one small town in upstate New York offers both -- and more.

Cooperstown, New York, which is located on Otsego Lake, the latter fictionalized as Glimmerglass Lake in the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, is home to The National Baseball Hall of Fame and The Glimmerglass Opera, a festival of opera and song.

Two other attractions are The Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmer's Museum, across the street from each other.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of a short visit to the town where carefully maintained Victorian homes give it its character.


Noon - Arrive in advance of a 3 p.m. check-in at the Otesaga Resort Hotel or at any of Cooperstown's charming and less pricey bed & breakfasts.

12:15 p.m. - Stroll over to Cooperstown's most famous attraction, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum's collections allow visitors to appreciate the historical development of baseball and its impact on American culture. Visit the Hall of Fame, honoring the sport's most distinguished players.

1 p.m. - Attend the Hall of Fame's Authors Series, included with admission.   Continued...

<p>The Museum unveiled a permanent exhibit entitled &iexcl;Viva Baseball! on May 23, 2009 in Cooperstown, honoring the Latin American impact on baseball through a celebration of Caribbean Basin countries and players. REUTERS/Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library/Handout</p>