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The Otesaga: A Timeless Cooperstown Destination

By: The Otesaga / 03 Mar 2016

The Otesaga Resort Hotel has offered gracious hospitality to travelers in central New York since 1909. In its conception, visionaries teamed with architect Percy Griffin, well known for his modern engineering, a splendid match for the ambitious plan - executing a state-of-the-art hotel in Cooperstown. The grand opening included modern marvels like 400 windows, a refrigerator that was cooled with 30 tons of ice, telephones in each room and central heating that could be individually adjusted. Although, most impressive, noted the local newspaper, was "the carriage drive, where the largest touring cars may pass each other with perfect convenience."

Today, the Otesaga has held onto the charm of that bygone era and encapsulated it among the latest in contemporary amenities. The carriage drive is as impressive as ever and a favorite pastime of guests is still enjoyed; afternoon drinks on the veranda, overlooking stunning Lake Otsego. Those who sculpted the Otesaga experience knew exactly what they were doing when they chose the name "Otesaga". A Native American word meaning, "a place of meeting" couldn't be a better phrase to describe the activity of the property, even today. Steeped in tradition, guests have enjoyed rest and relaxation at the hotel for decades, meeting with friends and family for vacations and celebrations.

Expanding on the idea of "a place of meeting", the Otesaga began to evolve, adding key amenities to the property, a practice that has continued ever since. The first, Devereux Emmet's brilliant design, came to fruition as the Leatherstocking Golf Course - praised as one of the East's most scenic and challenging courses. Golfers have long applauded two spectacular finishing holes and the award-winning course is still a top attraction to the resort. Additions like the golf course and many to come after have created the perfect hybrid of old world charm and modern convenience the Otesaga is known for.

The Otesaga is always looking for new ways to make stays more enjoyable and with that, Hawkeye Spa opened in 2015, offering rejuvenating spa treatments. Spa specialists perform one-of-a-kind treatments aimed at soothing sore muscles, restoring the skin, and calming the nerves. Only the finest Naturopathica products are used and the spa has been welcomed by all as one more way to relax.

Dining has always been a focal point at the Otesaga, and the culinary staff works hard to elevate and innovate, appealing to both foodies and traditionalists. Casual options fill the menu at Hawkeye Bar & Grill, where the patio brings exquisite dining and the lake together. Glimmerglass serves delightfully creative takes on American cuisine, using only the best in local produce and ingredients to fashion a delectable upscale experience. Just off the veranda, the Fire Bar lights up the night, serving craft cocktails, beer and wine as guests revel in the beauty of the sunset over Lake Otsego.

With so many recreation opportunities right at the resort, there's no need to travel to find some sure-fire fun. In addition to the golf course and spa, family-friendly activities are plentiful. Rent bicycles, canoes, rowboats, tennis racquets, or the latest, paddleboards right from the concierge. Paths are sprinkled across the property, ideal for exploring, or spend the day by the outdoor heated pool or swimming in the lake. There's never a dull moment on the resort or in the village.

The Otesaga makes it easy to enjoy every attraction in Cooperstown. Whether you are a baseball enthusiast, an art fan or a foodie, you will find well crafted packages that take care of every detail; museum tickets and all the trimmings. Hit the ground running by letting the Otesaga handle the details before you arrive.

And the best part? The Otesaga Resort Hotel is right in the heart of Cooperstown. Enjoy a quick walk to The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, local shops, dining, and the Farmers' Market, all which make the village a top-destination and giving it the label, America's Most Perfect Village. Full of charm and simple pleasures, Cooperstown has brought people together for over 100 years with the Otesaga serving as the obvious place to meet.

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