Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with the Events Manager, Gordon Clarkson of the Otesaga Hotel. This grand hotel and event space is nestled in the beautiful countryside of upstate, NY. Many baseball fans will be quite familiar with the locale, as it in the heart of Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
My family often summered in Cooperstown, before my parents eventually retired to area on a permanent basis. There is much to love about the town and its laid back charm. It makes a stunning backdrop for weddings and special events.
The town showcases many quaint churches and one of the best known in area is the Cornwallville Church, located on the premises of the Farmers Museum. This historic structure is available for marriage services and other religious events. Please click here for more information or call at 607.547.1450.
The site also boasts the beautifully carved “Empire State Carousel”. This hand crafted merry-go-round features 23 riding animals indigenous to the state and 21 carved portrait panels of famous New Yorkers, plus 8 carved panels depicting the different regions of New York. It sets the stage for much fun for both children and adults alike. Not to mention, it makes a perfect photo op!
As for the reception site, I can think of no other greater space than the Otesaga. The hotel offers sweeping panoramic views of the lake, well acquainted guest rooms, excellent dining and bar areas, lakeside pool and an 18-hole championship Leatherstocking Golf Course. One of my favorite features is the romantic Lakeside Bar equipped with a huge fire pit! It is a great place for guests to unwind with drinks and conversation, all while taking in the gorgeous evening view of the lake.
This is a perfect weekend getaway for you and your guests to join in celebration. It brings the opportunity to relax and get away, yet still offers guests a vast array of activities and sites to see. There is something for everyone to enjoy! (there’s even a renowned opera house!) http://glimmerglass.org. I have had the pleasure of taking in a few performances myself. I would highly recommend.
On a professional level, I can tell you that Gordon is as sweet and charming as the town itself. I am certain he and his staff will make your event a memorable one.
For more information, please call The Otesaga, Cooperstown, NY (607) 544-2574 or visit their website at http://www.otesaga.com/weddings