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Discover the Most Historic of Hotels in Cooperstown, NY

Step 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."
Realizing its wealthy guests would also want to play golf, a relatively new American pastime, the Clark family tapped one of the country's preeminent golf course designers, Devereux Emmet, to design the Leatherstocking Golf Course adjacent to the hotel. Still rated one of the finest golf courses on the East Coast, it is one of The Otesaga's top attractions.

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.

Classic Hotels: Cooperstown's Landmark Resort since 1909

Still owned by the Clark family today, The Otesaga is Cooperstown's landmark historic hotel. For more than a century, The Otesaga has combined impeccable hospitality, first-class accommodations, and fine dining. Overlooking Lake Otsego, the 132-room resort offers a grand setting for family vacations and exploring Cooperstown's rich history, vibrant food scene, and cultural attractions, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum.

Home to the 18-hole Leatherstocking Golf Course, The Otesaga was voted one of the "Top 50 U.S. Golf Resorts" by Condé Nast Traveler. The Otesaga also features a high-end spa, heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness center, lake swimming, canoes, and rowboats. A member of the Historic Hotels of America and a AAA Four-Diamond hotel, The Otesaga is open from mid-April through Thanksgiving weekend and for groups during the off-season who book at least 50 rooms per night.

Cooperstown, New York: Small-Town Charm & Big American History

Located in central New York at the southern tip of Otsego Lake, Cooperstown is known as "America's Most Perfect Village." Steeped in history and natural beauty, Cooperstown is the site of the Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum, which showcases American art and offers scenic lake views. Enjoy shopping and dining in Cooperstown Village, or experience 19th-century farm life and craft demos at the Farmers' Museum.

You'll also find numerous breweries and wineries on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, the Glimmerglass Festival, and the legendary Leatherstocking Golf Course. A convenient getaway from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and other Northeastern and mid-Atlantic cities, Cooperstown is easily accessible by car, rail, and air. Get directions to The Otesaga Resort Hotel.
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