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Take a Day Trip to Cooperstown for Spring Training

The Otesaga Resort Hotel is open pre-season for the first time in its history.
Photo courtesy of The Otesaga Resort Hotel

Take a trip from the Hudson Valley to visit the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel and the birthplace of baseball this spring.

If you’re a baseball fan, chances are you’ve been to Cooperstown. But when is the last time you went in March? With spring training just starting in Florida — and you likely not wanting to fly during the pandemic — the birthplace of baseball is the perfect place to take an early spring getaway.

For the first time in its 111-year history, The Otesaga Resort Hotel is open pre-season. Situated on the shores of Otsego Lake — with a roaring fire in the beautifully appointed lobby — the historic hotel is perhaps even more magical on a snowy March morning.

The Otesaga made the decision to remain open for the winter and early spring this year “to provide some relief and respite for people who want to travel and who feel most comfortable taking a short road trip,” says Marty Rosenthal, The Otesaga’s general manager. The resort’s safety and hygiene protocols exceed the standards recommended by state and federal agencies, and a visit to the hotel showed us that they are taken very seriously.

Check out Derek Jeter’s display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Photo by Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Through the end of March, guests can book a Curl Up and Unwind Special package, including accommodations, breakfast in The Hawkeye Bar & Grill or your room, a signature hot chocolate kit, and more, from $140/night.

For baseball fans, The Otesaga is just a 10-minute walk from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Last year may have been the worst year for fans, but it was a momentous year for a favorite Yankee: Derek Jeter was voted into the Hall of Fame. Visitors can see artifacts and highlights of his career at the The New Inductees exhibit, on display through 2021. The Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be held on Sunday, July 25.

The Hall of Fame and Museum is open daily (all but three days of the year) and has 40,000 baseball artifacts, exhibits covering baseball’s history, a plaque gallery featuring every Hall of Fame member, and tons of video footage of the greatest moments in baseball history.