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Friday, July 28, 2017

How to Get to Cooperstown - WSJ

Another glowing review of Cooperstown Confidential.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2017 at 12:40 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 28, 2017 at 01:24 PM (#5501572)
   2. Jack Keefe Posted: July 28, 2017 at 02:01 PM (#5501596)
Well Al if you are coming from New York City I would say just dont do it. The traffic is tearable it will take you most of an Hower to get to the Bronchs.

The 1 time me and AJ had more sucksex it was coming from Terre Haute. We basicly went to Pencilvania and turnd Left. Long about Casanova New York we askt a guy if we was on the right track Al I fear to say he seemed some what In Bread. He said we must back track to Ohio and start over. We went to Zaiusville OH and made a You Turn and spent the nite in James Town New York the Childhood Home of Lucille Bawl. At dawn we were refreshed with some Maple Sugar Donuts and made good time to the Cat Skills but we must have made a wrong turn and ended up in Tuxedo New York. A friendly Acid Dim Gentleman with Ear Lox got us back on the track Northwards but we overshot and hit the Hudson River up near Cocksucker. This was a blow to our Hops Al and we camped out for the night and in the Morning AJ said #### This and called a Über. That is how we got to Coppers Town Al.
   3. Lassus Posted: July 28, 2017 at 02:12 PM (#5501606)
This was a blow to our Hops Al

Hops have always had a hard time in that area following the blight.


I'll probably be in town for the ceremony, it's always a good opportunity for a gorgeous bicycle ride to the town from some random location 10 miles out.

   4. Man o' Schwar Posted: July 28, 2017 at 03:40 PM (#5501670)
I'll probably be in town for the ceremony, it's always a good opportunity for a gorgeous bicycle ride to the town from some random location 10 miles out.

It's a lovely little town. There's some part of me that really wants to retire to Cooperstown and spend a couple of days a week volunteering at the HoF in my old age.
   5. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 28, 2017 at 05:57 PM (#5501802)
I have thought about how pretty Cooperstown is, and what it would be like to retire there. I tell all baseball-loving friends of mine to make a point of going to Cooperstown at some odd time of year at least once. When you do, it truly feels like a charming little town, filled with baseball, in the middle of nowhere. If you only go to Cooperstown during Induction Weekend, it is a lot of fun, but it feels like a town that is too small for what it is asked to do.

On a random weekday in April or something, though, it is delightful - no wait at the restaurant, room to browse at the stores, etc.
   6. ajnrules Posted: July 28, 2017 at 06:05 PM (#5501809)
I have a new co-worker who worked for a year in Cooperstown. She is not a baseball fan so she felt that induction weekend was a treacherously busy period of time with too many people being stupid celebrating something she doesn't care about. However, she says that the rest of the year Cooperstown was wonderful. It was quaint and beautiful, full of history and good food and great scenery. One does have to get used to the fact it is a village set in the middle of nowhere (although evidently it has a hospital with a residency training program in surgery and internal medicine.) And because it's so rural they apparently pay extremely well.
   7. Man o' Schwar Posted: July 28, 2017 at 06:29 PM (#5501822)
On a random weekday in April or something, though, it is delightful - no wait at the restaurant, room to browse at the stores, etc.

Last time I went, it was a rainy, cold day in late March. It was the perfect time to be there. A friend and I drove down from Buffalo early that morning, swapping baseball stories over Dunkin Donuts. Great, great day.

It really is in the middle of nowhere, which makes it even better.
   8. Hank G. Posted: July 28, 2017 at 08:27 PM (#5501920)
On a random weekday in April or something, though, it is delightful - no wait at the restaurant, room to browse at the stores, etc.


But how is it in the middle of January?
   9. Hank G. Posted: July 28, 2017 at 08:30 PM (#5501927)
Can’t get to the article through the paywall.

I don’t know if this always works, but I tweeted the URL to myself and was able to bypass the paywall that way. Maybe in the future use Twitter and then post a link to the Tweet?
   10. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 29, 2017 at 10:37 AM (#5502153)
On a random weekday in April or something, though, it is delightful - no wait at the restaurant, room to browse at the stores, etc.


But how is it in the middle of January?


I spent six years studying at Syracuse University, so I have driven in and around central NY countless times. My guess is that, if you went to Cooperstown in January, you would receive amazing attention and hospitality, given that you might be the only person establishments would be seeing that day.

Actually, I have no idea, but it is very possible that between Thanksgiving and Easter, it might be so quiet that a number of B&Bs;, restaurants, and shops might have limited hours, or even close for extended periods.

The biggest problem with going to Cooperstown during peak visiting periods is the lack of accommodations generally available. We went for the 2015 Induction weekend, called around in January to rent a room, and there was zilcho available. The isolation of Cooperstown is part of its charm, but it also means there aren't a lot of choices within, say, 45 minutes, for hotels/motels/B&Bs;. We ended up staying in Syracuse, about 1:40 away, where there were many hotel choices at affordable prices. It's fine - you take Rt. 20, see a lot of little towns along the way, get a good breakfast at a diner, see a classic American stretch that was very important pre-interstate highway system.

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