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Many visitors know Cooperstown, N.Y., best as a summer vacation
but there's also something so special about the other seasons.
-- with snow or no white stuff -- has an equally special feeling as
fallen leaves from a past autumn allow for more unobstructed views of
Main Street in Cooperstown. You can better see the colorful, historic
buildings and appealing storefront signs while fewer vacationers in
town equates to a more peaceful feeling, less pedestrian congestion and
the wonderful sounds of virtual silence, at times. The chill in the air
feels refreshing and many of the residents and store owners embrace the
chance to spend more time with visitors.
Schneider's Bakery on Main Street during the winter.
The National Baseball Hall of
Fame and Museum remains open and even though it receives a surprisingly
high number of visitors in the off season, it feels more like you have
the place to yourself. The indoor Cooperstown Farmers Market provides a
warm and inviting scene on Saturdays with locals selling produce,
meats, cheeses, clothing, arts and crafts and other goods. Christmas
time brings about holiday music
playing in the street, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving at their charming
house in the heart of the village, homes and businesses all decked out
in Christmas design, and down the road, hundreds of luminaries lighting
the scene at the Candlelight Evening celebration at The Farmers' Museum.
Mrs. and Mrs. Claus' home on Main Street in Cooperstown.
Although a blanket of snow lends a Currier and Ives look to Main
Street, it is also nice to have no snow -- and no frigid
temperatures -- as this type of winter day validates Cooperstown as one
of the best walking towns in the northeast. Too much snow can impede
Cooperstown might be a vacation spot, but ultimately it is an authentic
small town, at heart. Times of the year like winter bring out the best
opportunity to experience that Upstate New York magic.
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