It's no secret that upstate New York is prime territory for fall foliage, or as the locals calls it - leaf peeping. We've got some advice for how to best navigate the leaf peeping scene in Cooperstown.
Take the guessing out of when to go. Check out this handy map from I<3NY that will help you sort out the perfect time for a leaf peeping getaway to Cooperstown. Or, simply give us a ring and ask the concierge how the views are looking outside the hotel.
Be as flexible as you can. Fall foliage is fickle. Every year fluctuates and every place is different. Even if you think you've planned the perfect date for your getaway, try to remain open to the idea that adjusting your trip by a day or two may make all the difference when it comes to enjoying the scenery.
Look for a great hike. While driving from place to place is great, nothing beats a little exercise and fresh air. Getting off the road and onto the trails also gives you the opportunity to find some lesser known overlooks and scenery. You can find lots of great leaf peeping hikes at Otsego Outdoors. Plus, a little quiet time helps your body and brain relax - which is the whole point, right?
Forget your phone is a phone. Put the texts on hold and keep your eyes out the window. Snap pictures the whole way and then share one big album with friends and family on social media once you get back to the hotel room. You'll see more, feel more connected with your travel companions, and be able to relax more fully!
Make it about more than the leaves. There are so many reasons to come to Cooperstown in the fall and many go hand-in-hand with falling leaves. Enjoy the season at local attractions, like tasting fresh pressed apple cider at Fly Creek Cider Mill or visit The Farmers' Museum where the harvest season feels like one big, long holiday. Or, make your way across the Cooperstown Beverage Trail sampling seasonal craft beverages.
Otesaga Bonus! Because we are situated right on picturesque Lake Otsego, you can leaf peep all while in the comfort of the hotel. The veranda is the perfect place to settle into a rocking chair with a glass of warm tea and enjoy the blaze of color surrounding the lake.