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Enjoy dining out without having to take out a second mortgage If budget-busting hand-rubbed garlic chicken with a drizzling of some obscure oil isn't your meal-ticket, then Cooperstown offers some real dining bargain the Cooperstown Diner (136 1/2 Main Street, Tel. (607)547-9201 beats most of its competition at what they do by offering hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners at low prices that are rarely seen anymore. It's a charming diner -- small, friendly and full of great conversation, coffee and food. The Doubleday Cafe (93 Main St., Tel. (607) 547-5468 may be on the more expensive side of "cheap" at dinner, but its surprisingly creative flair at relatively less expensive prices make it a hometown and tourist's dream. Lunch is always a good value at the Doubleday, also. The Stagecoach Deli (31 Pioneer St., Tel. 607-547-6629) might just be the best-run eatery in Cooperstown, offering quick, efficient service and terrific wraps and paninis, baked goods, coffee and ice cream. They also have a relaxing backyard patio, perfect for a leisurely summertime lunch.  New York Pizzeria (75 Chestnut St., Tel. (607-547-2930)), offers a clean and personable restaurant setting with some of the best made-from-scratch Italian-style pizza we've sampled anywhere. The homemade sauce and cheese blend, as well as the truly fresh eggplant and red pepper toppings, were absolutely phenomenal -- and quite noteworthy, given we are from the Boston area where some of the most renowned pizza places reside (Pizzeria Regina, Santarpio's, etc.). Take-out seemed to be the preferred mode when we visited, but New York Pizzeria (with its flagship restaurant in Richfield Springs, N.Y.) also features very pleasant, nicely renovated dining rooms with a moderate amount of seating. It's nice that Cooperstown finally has a pizza place that is running on all dining cylinders!

Sometimes, dining on Main St. during the summer in Cooperstown, NY, brings elevated prices and crowds that call for finding a place to eat off the beaten track.  Down the road in the pleasant and interesting city of Oneonta, NY, is Brooks Bar-B-Que (5560 State Highway 7, Tel. (607)432-1782), famous for some of the best barbecue chicken, pork spareribs, beef, pork and steaks this side of the Mason-Dixon line. Brooks isn't one of those "Johnny-Come-Lately," trendy barbecue joints that serves, wimpy, watery rotisserie meats. With the largest indoor charcoal barbecue pit (38 feet in length) in the East, Brooks Bar-B-Que certainly isn't for the macrobiotic, vegetarian crowd as this 300-capacity family-oriented restaurant serves high-quality, hearty portions that never disappoint. The great food, low prices, efficient service and cleanliness make Brooks a must-visit dining spot when visiting Cooperstown, even if it is a half-hour away.

Catch a free ball game at Doubleday Field (25 Main St.) The thrill of watching America's Favorite Pastime at a true American ballpark never gets tired. With free admission and ball games going on all day during the baseball season, Doubleday Field is a throwback to an era when baseball was played for the love of baseball and nothing else, set in a family-friendly ballpark.

Get active at the Clark Sports Center (Susquehanna Rd., Tel. (607) 547--2800) If only every community had something as special as the Clark Sports Center, located on a scenic country road minutes from the center. Some features of the Clark Center: an Olympic swimming pool, weight training room, track, bowling alley, and climbing wall and racquetball and basketball courts.

Ride the Cooperstown trolley Two dollars for adults and half of that for kids will get you on the Cooperstown trolley, taking you to some of Cooperstown best attractions, as well as the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce information center. On the way, you'll see some amazing old homes, the charming downtown, Otsego Lake, great neighborhoods and many other landmarks, attractions and ways-of-life that make Cooperstown a special place. It's a great tour!

Spend the day at Lakefront Park (bottom of Pioneer St.) Whether it's a Tuesday night free summer concert or just having a quiet picnic on the expansive green lawn overlooking beautiful Otsego Lake, Lakefront Park proves you don't have to spend money to bring home lifetime memories. To many, Lakefront Park seems like the nicest place in the world, given its amazing scenery and relaxing location.

Enjoy the truly special old-fashioned Cooperstown Village Library (Corner of Main and Fair Sts.) The old-book smell, the pleasant, dedicated staff, the historic looking hall way and stately tall pillars supporting this old-time building lend a wonderful old-fashioned experience. One might not think of going to the library during vacation, but why not? It's leisurely, relaxing and is well integrated into the charming Village of Cooperstown as a community landmark.

Patronize the fine arts For a small Village Cooperstown has an amazing amount of culture, including many art galleries. Check out the local talents of artists at the Cooperstown Art Association (at the Cooperstown Village Library), and Smithy-Pioneer Gallery at 55 Pioneer St.

Go swimming at Glimmerglass State Park For $6.00 a car, your family can enjoy one of the cleanest lakes in New York State and wonderful rural scenery. Glimmerglass State Park's beach has coarse sand and a large shallow swimming area. There's also changing rooms, a refreshment stand, crackerjack lifeguards doing their jobs, and some truly lovely park area, perfect for camping, hiking and barbecuing. Located off East Lake Rd. in Springfield.

Support local businesses at the Farmers' Market (Pioneer Alley, downtown Cooperstown) This non-profit market located showcases the products of local farmers and producers. This includes fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, flowers, herbs, potted plants, prepared foods and crafts. It's always a great experience meeting the hard-working, nice, decent people that earn money through their works of love. Saturdays: 10am-2pm Jan-Apr, 8am-2pm May-August, 8am-2pm September-December. Tuesdays: 12-5pm July & August.

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