Cooperstown in Springtime

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Spring forward to Otsego County

Brewery Ommegang Celebrates 20 Years

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Once the top hop producer in North America, Otsego County has a long history with excellent beers. After decades of little to no hops production, Brewery Ommeganghelped bring about a craft beer renaissance in the region. Now they are celebrating twenty years of brewing fine Belgian-style ales. Opened in 1997, Ommegang brews a variety of year-round ales as well as an imaginative range of seasonal and specialty ales, including a line of Game of Thrones-themed brews. Their beers have won a national following with distribution in 46 states and internationally.
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Help celebrate Ommegang’s two decades of success with a visit to their 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York. Take advantage of the daily tours and tastings, browse the well-stocked brewery store, and enjoy the beer and locally sourced, Belgian-inspired cuisine at Café Ommegang. For a unique brewery experience, check out one of Brewery Ommegang’s featured concerts. Enjoy live music on the picturesque and perfectly sloped lawn behind the brewery while sipping a fine Ommegang brew. Looking to indulge? Onsite camping is available for after the show. Find out more under events at www.ommegang.com.

Fenimore and Farmers’ Museum Open for Spring

Along with longer days, more sunshine and green on the trees, the coming of spring also marks the opening of some of Otsego county’s finest attractions. The Fenimore Art Museum and their sister museum, The Farmers’ Museum, will both reopen with special spring hours on April 1.
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Fenimore Art Museum, one of the nation’s premier art institutions, is home to a rich and diverse collection of art, with a strong focus on American fine art, folk art and Native American art. See treasures from the extensive holdings of The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art—widely recognized as one of the most important collections of its kind in the world and described by the New York Times as “a collection that any museum in the world should envy.” Fenimore’s 2017 season begins April 1 and is filled with a mix of exciting exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists such as Maurice Sendak, creator of the famous book Where the Wild Things Are, a never-before-seen collection of skating art and memorabilia from the private collection of Olympic champion Dick Button, and an intimate look at the life of artist Andrew Wyeth through the eyes of his granddaughter Victoria Wyeth, guest curator of the exhibition Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance.
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Witness American history come to life at The Farmers’ Museum, a living history museum where visitors can experience village life and agriculture in New York State circa 1845 through craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. Much more than a museum, visitors can also ride the Empire State Carousel, see friendly farm animals on the 19th-century farmstead, test their blacksmithing skills, and take a photo alongside the famous Cardiff Giant.
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For a sweet experience, stop by the museum this Sunday, March 26, for the final Sugaring off Sunday. With both contemporary and historic maple sugaring demonstrations, children’s activities and a full pancake breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, and, of course, local maple syrup, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this seasonal event. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with all other activities scheduled 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Otsego County Maple Producers will also be on hand to talk about maple sugaring and demonstrate how to tap trees.
 With so much to see and explore this spring, consider purchasing a combination ticket! Tickets can be purchased at the first museum you visit and are good for one visit to each museum listed on the ticket, which includes the National Baseball Hall of Fame, within a year of the date on the ticket.

Getting Ready for the Glimmerglass Festival

While the warmth of summer is still months away, it isn’t too soon to start planning your visit to Cooperstown/Otsego County. Make The Glimmerglass Festival part of your summer vacation and enjoy their world-class opera and musical theater performances in a magnificent setting overlooking Otsego Lake. Tickets are now on sale for their 2017 season, which features a world-premiere youth opera and these brand-new productions:
If you can’t choose just one show, purchase a multi-show subscription to The Glimmerglass Festival and become part of a cultural and social experience built around music, theater, opera and an unforgettable summer getaway to the scenic Cooperstown region. Subscribers enjoy benefits such as ticket discounts, pre-sale access, a gift shop discount, split payment options, and free ticket exchanges.
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If you can’t choose just one show, purchase a multi-show subscription to The Glimmerglass Festival and become part of a cultural and social experience built around music, theater, opera and an unforgettable summer getaway to the scenic Cooperstown region. Subscribers enjoy benefits such as ticket discounts, pre-sale access, a gift shop discount, split payment options, and free ticket exchanges.
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Where to Stay
Located off Rte 80 north of Cooperstown and directly on beautiful Otsego Lake, guests of Lake ‘N Pines Motel will enjoy indoor/outdoor heated pools, a whirlpool and sauna, a family game room, cable TV/ HBO, and free wi-fi access among other comfort and lifestyle amenities. Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast  overlooking the lake before hopping into one of the motel’s paddle boats for some quiet time on the water. Conveniently located near the Alice Busch Opera Theater and other popular attractions, Lake ‘N Pines Motel is the perfect place for summertime visitors who want to experience it all. Bringing your own boat? Call ahead to reserve dock space!
 
The Best Western Inn and Suites Cooperstown is perfectly located just four miles from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and less than a mile from Cooperstown Dreams Park. The newly renovated hotel features spacious accommodations and complimentary living amenities that ensure a relaxing getaway the whole family can enjoy. Shopping and dining are available within walking distance and many popular visitor attractions are easily accessible from the hotel. Additional onsite amenities include a complimentary breakfast and access to the business center, fitness center, seasonal outdoor picnic pavilion, indoor swimming pool, game room and gift shop.
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Cooperstown & Otsego County
For trip planning resources, including full lists of museums, attractions, events, lodging deals and more, check out ThisIsCooperstown.com.
Contact Information
20 Chestnut Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Phone: (607) 322-4046
info@thisiscooperstown.com

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