This time of the year is a lot of hurrying. A lot of cleaning. A lot of making sure we are near the phone - soon, we'll be able to really sit and enjoy the lake, company and sunsets. This time of the year, however, can be a little stressful. But, it is a very small price to pay for the rest of the summer, on the lake in Cooperstown. Our cottage looks so sweet and clean, already! I love bringing out the new things I bought over the winter to add - new things for the kitchen, a new piece of art, a new set of pillowcases buttery soft. The little touches that make this cottage so homey and comfortable. And clean? This cottage is so clean, entire reviews have been written about it!! If you would like to see more pictures or book, this summer or next, click here - Cooperstown Twin Pines Cottage is as clean as a whistle! (607) 267-9424
It is a bit chilly, still, in Cooperstown. We have to get the dock in the lake, do a bit of landscaping and polish everything in the kitchen so it looks all shiny and bright for Springtime in Cooperstown!! But, we are enjoying the quiet before the season begins. John is doing a bit of golfing and I am enjoying coffee while I look at the lake and enjoy just sitting a spell. That is what this place does to me...slows me down, lets me breath a little deeper and enjoy life a lot more. If you haven't experienced life at the lake, this is the place for making memories and slowing down. Soaking up the summer and slowing WAY down! Want to get in touch with us and ask a few questions? We welcome you to contact us!
Cannot believe I got my deposit first check for 2017, already! People are already planning their family vacations, in October! I wish I planned that far in advance. Ha
(adapted from Haley Spalding’s on The List)
If you're like us, you love spending time, every summer at the lake in Cooperstown, NY, on the boat, fishing off the dock and rocking the summer tan. As spring starts to warm, the first thought that crosses my mind is, "OMG, I wish I was at the lake," and the worst time of year is when our friends leave for warmer climates. This is my top 10 list:
Cooperstown Twin Pines Cottage offers homey accommodations on Otsego Lake, New York’s peacefully rural Otsego County. You’ll stay in a 3-bedroom cabin on the sunset side of Otsego Lake. Don’t be mistaken, your accommodation has the modern comforts to include a full kitchen, Washer/Dryer, full bath and an outside shower.
Otesgo County, New York: Baseball Hall of Fame and the Farmers Museum, in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Cooperstown is located along the Otsego Lake in upstate New York. Otsego County is noteworthy for its natural charms and its recreational opportunities. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and other outdoor pursuits are among the best ways to experience the area’s scenic bounty. Great restaurants and many family-friendly art museums, car museums and baseball museums, to include the famous Dreams Park, are all within 7 miles of the picturesque location of the cabin. The town is known for its history, the baseball memorabilia, and its high concentration of Victorian architecture.
Visit our Rates page to find out about which weeks are still open, in 2016, and more about our unique community of cottages.
Have you ever wanted to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, New York? Every wanted to experience fall in Upstate New York? Ever want to stay in a Bed & Breakfasts? Ever want to have a vacation that includes, golf, tastings, fishing, boating and museums???? Does this vacation sound like it would cost THOUSANDS of dollars? It would. But, today, for only $10, you can be entered into a raffle for all this – and more.
Visit Cooperstown, New York. Stay at four different B&B’s, for 2 nights each. Enjoy 2 rounds of golf, gift certificates at 8 restaurants, a boat rental and a fishing trip as the activities on your Cooperstown vacation. Each raffle costs only $10 (6 for $50) and the proceeds? All of it –every bit of it goes to the ROMEOS – to help send kids to summer camp. The R.O.M.E.O.S (Retired Old Men Eating Out) have been an active fundraising committee in Central Florida. This group raises thousands of dollars each year through golf tournaments. This year, they have decided to put together a prize package that will knock your socks off
Lodging (during September 2016):
· Two Nights at Overlook Bed & Breakfast
· Two Nights at White House Inn
· Two Nights at Loncher B&B
· Two Nights at Baseball Bed & Breakfast
Food and Meals:
· Complimentary breakfast each morning, at the B&B
· Gift Certificate at Blue Mingo Grill
· Gift Certificate at Mel’s at 22
· Gift Certificate at Lake Front Restaurant
· Gift Certificate at N Y Pizza
· Gift Certificate at Jerry’s Place
· Gift Certificate at Council Rock Brewery & Pub
Gift Certificates for souvenirs:
· Fly Creek Cider Mill
· Village Cobbler Gift Shop
· Sam Smith’s Boatyard & Store
Outdoor Activities & Adult Tasting Rooms:
· Cooperstown Distillery
· Cooperstown Brewery
· Pail Shop Vinyards
· Meadow Links Golf Course
· Canasawacta Golf Course
· Half-day pontoon-boat rental on Otsego Lake
· 3-hour fishing trip on Lake Otsego
The R.O.M.E.O.S are a group of men that want badly to make a difference in our youth. So, they talk about it, while they eat and golf…and they raise an incredible amount of money for a bunch of old guys!
· They send 50 children to summer camp, each summer, at the Christian Church Conference Center in Silver Springs
· They contribute sporting equipment to the before-school Physical-Education program at Wildwood Elementary School
· They give two major scholarships to students going to college, and graduating from Wildwood High School, each year.
· They give generously to Project Legacy which helps programs and children in need in the Lake and Sumter County area.
The astounding thing about this organization is that 99.6% of the proceeds from all of their fundraising goes to the programs and the children they support. There is barely any overhead – these men just want to make a difference! Well, the R.O.M.E.O.S are going to continue to make a difference, again in 2016, by sending some lucky couple to Cooperstown on a 9-day vacation – with the chance to see literally ALL the village of Cooperstown has to offer. For only $10. How can you buy a raffle ticket and support this campaign, hopefully landing you on a vacation of a lifetime? Simply call John Miller, the Co-Chair at 352-303-3967 and he’ll mail you your raffle tickets. That's easy!!
There is a great feeling in the air, in our home, this fall. We are renting the 3-bedroom side of our duplex, in 2016, but we are going to be living in the one-bedroom side of the duplex. We will be enjoying the entire summer on Otsego Lake!
Pam & John Miller's future is so bright that we have to wear....shades!
We are just THRILLED to making "Righty," (used to be our one-bedroom rental), our summer home, starting in 2016. To wake up every morning, on the lake, is going to be amazing. In fact, it feels like retirement - OH YEAH, it IS retirement. And. It. Feels. So. Good!
Cheers to Summer 2016!
From tinder to flame, everything you need to know about building a campfire and safely putting it out.
We love sitting by a roaring campfire under a starry sky! We provide firewood; you might need to find the kindling. Here are your steps: Tinder - the light, dry material that helps get your fire started (paper, tree bark, sticks, twigs, dry leaves, pine needles or grass. As long as it is dry, it will work).
Kindling - Once tinder is ignited, add slightly larger pieces - don't add too much kindling too fast, however, or you might smother your fire.
Fuel Wood - After your fire is burning the kindling, add fuel wood. Do not add any fuel wood larger than the forearm of an adult man, which can result in uncontrollable flames.
Setup the Fuel Wood - using the teepee, log cabin, or lean-to style
Above All, Be Safe - Never leave a fire burning. It is your responsibility to completely extinguish the fire. Allow your fire to burn to ash and pour lots of water over the burning embers. Smokey Bear says: If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
It is summertime, springtime, or fall - it doesn't matter when you vacation, a rainy day is bound to happen. Gloomy skies do not have to mean the day is a complete wash. Embrace the occasional rainy day and enjoy time as a family!
Here are a few tips to enjoying the day:
Cooperstown is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which was founded in 1939 by Stephen Carlton Clark. According to an interview conducted (in 1906 by the Mills Commission), nearby resident Abner Graves attributed the game's invention to his deceased friend, Abner Doubleday. Graves stated that Doubleday invented baseball on a cow pasture within the village in 1839 (the present site of Doubleday Field), but this claim is almost universally discounted by baseball historians. Regardless if it is fact or fiction, Cooperstown retains a close connection with the baseball world, and "Cooperstown" had become synonymous with the Hall. Several nationally recognized tournaments are held in the area. Cooperstown Dreams Park, in nearby Hartwick Seminary, hosts 104 level U12 teams for weekly tournaments in the summer. Several professionals, including David Price and Matt Garza, have attended Cooperstown Dreams Park. Finally, in 2010, Cooperstown got an official baseball team of its own, the Cooperstown Hawkeyes, a collegiate league team who play against many other teams from the northeast during the summer, with home games played at historic Doubleday Field.
Cooperstown Twin Pines Cottage is less than 7 miles from the Hall of Fame and is situated on Otsego Lake. Most families rent from us for the fabulous sunsets and great family atmosphere. And when you rent from us (or any For Rent By Owner) you can be sure that you are renting our “baby!” Our decorations are unique, the property filled with family toys and memories and we keep the property very well. It is our second home and is very loved by children and grandchildren.
Pam Miller, owner of Cooperstown Twin Pines Cottages - weekly rental on Otsego Lake