Summer perfection.

Cooperstown NY ViewCooperstown NY is one of those towns that is almost like Brigadoon, appearing each summer to delight visitors.

 Hotel Otesaga GatewayOtesaga HotelThe historic Otesaga Hotel sits on the shore of Otsego Lake at the southern end. It has been cosseting travelers since 1909.

 Lake with a band concertWednesday 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.

Lake Otsego view morningNative son, and renowned American author, James Fenimore Cooper called the lake ‘Glimmerglass’ in his “Leatherstocking Tales”, novels of frontier adventures.

GlimmerglassThese 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”.

 Cooperstown Hanging basketsThe 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.

 Fenimore Museum petuniasWe’re talking beautifully grown and well-tended handing baskets, topiaries and planters. The purple petunias, here at the Fenimore Museum, stretch towards the lakeshore.

Fenimore Museum Hanging PlantThis huge (heavy) basket of Bacopia at the Fenimore Museum shows the attention to grooming and lush health.

 Blue MingoBlue 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.

Lake with a ViewThe 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.

Lakeside GardenAnd the Clark’s greenhouses have nothing on the talents of this generous gardener!   Are those hydrangeas happy? You bet.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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2 Responses to Summer perfection.

  1. Susan Wright says:

    Susan, I enjoy each and every one of these posts.(I also forward them religiously!) I know you will miss the Berkshires and assume you are now going to spend most nights in Manhattan.
    We have moved to San Diego and since I know you travel West often, I hope you will contact me when you come. You – and Phil – are welcome to stay here – we live right above the airport in Point Loma so despite the engine roar we are convenient to almost everything and treat most guests as just coffee visitors since they always have an agenda and we ordinarily meet in the morning before we run off. I wonder if you’ll send me your e-mail address. I hope this is an avenue to it since I have lost the one I had earlier.
    Love to you and Phil,
    Susan and Jock

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