Cooperstown NY is one of those towns that is almost like Brigadoon, appearing each summer to delight visitors.
The historic Otesaga Hotel sits on the shore of Otsego Lake at the southern end. It has been cosseting travelers since 1909.
Wednesday nights there are often band concerts on the lawn after dinner. Delightful old-fashioned summer traditions thrive at the Otesaga, like tea every day at 4pm on the porch.
Native son, and renowned American author, James Fenimore Cooper called the lake ‘Glimmerglass’ in his “Leatherstocking Tales”, novels of frontier adventures.
These summer days, Glimmerglass also means Cooperstown’s summer Opera Festival, featuring music of another kind filling the concert hall. This summer Mrs. Olana and I delighted in a captivating production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide”.
The Clark family ARE Cooperstown. Their Clark Institute is the mainstay of many of the town’s great institutions. One of the traditions of the Institute is to create lush vibrant horticulture to decorate the town and it’s buildings.
We’re talking beautifully grown and well-tended handing baskets, topiaries and planters. The purple petunias, here at the Fenimore Museum, stretch towards the lakeshore.
This huge (heavy) basket of Bacopia at the Fenimore Museum shows the attention to grooming and lush health.
Blue Mingo restaurant lies half-way up the lake on the west side, and is reached through an active boat restoration yard. We recommend the delicious mojitos (11 kinds) and yummy food in a spectacular setting.
The view is just a beautiful at the northern end at the home of a friend who shared her garden with us on our last day, as we drove back to the Berkshires.
And the Clark’s greenhouses have nothing on the talents of this generous gardener! Are those hydrangeas happy? You bet.