Discover the Most Historic of Hotels in Cooperstown, NYStep back in time to a grander era when R&R was defined by gracious hospitality and genteel elegance. When uniformed valets greeted every guest by name and Old World charm was the height of sophistication. When city folk escaped to the lakeshores and countryside for fresh air and luxurious pampering. Welcome to The Otesaga Resort Hotel, a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. With a magnificent Federal-style facade and imposing front portico supported by 30-foot columns, the stately resort exudes magnificence and grace.
Find a rocking chair on the veranda and add your story to the rich legacy of our landmark hotel, which was built in 1909. The Otesaga spans 700 feet of waterfront on the southern shore of Lake Otsego, the famed "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's novels. The resort was the vision of Edward Severin Clark and Stephen Carlton Clark, two grandsons of Cooperstown's prominent benefactor, Edward Clark. The family's other building projects included the infamous Dakota apartment house on Central Park West in New York City.
The brothers turned to Percy Griffin, a noted New York architect, to design The Otesaga, which was praised for its sumptuous appointments and modern engineering. Among its marvels: 400 windows, a refrigerator that was cooled with 30 tons of ice, telephones in each room, and central heating that could be individually adjusted. Most impressive, noted the local newspaper, was "the carriage drive, where the largest touring cars may pass each other with perfect convenience."
Learn more about the story of one of the most historic hotels in Cooperstown, NY in this newspaper article published by The Otsego Farmer on July 16, 1909.