The Saratoga Traveler: Day Trips, Weekend Getaways & Hidden Gems

Take me out to the Baseball Hall of Fame--Cooperstown NY

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The Baseball Hall Of Fame is located in Cooperstown NY, about 1 ½ hours from Saratoga.  According to our GPS there really isn't any direct way, actually it took us through very beautiful countryside as the shortest distance there.  On the way back we took a different route which we often do.

Cooperstown is a beautiful little town that is home to not only the baseball hall of fame but also Glimmerglass State Park (that has a gorgeous marina), The Glimmerglass Opera and The Farmer's Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum.  But the main draw is the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Once inside the Hall of Fame you enter the Gallery, which very impressive but that's not all to the Hall of Fame.


Bob Gibson Plaque-- Photo by Laura Mann

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Yogi Berra Plaque-- Photo by Laura Mann

Every floor is packed with dioramas, replica lockers and lots and lots of facts about baseball players, teams and history.

Photo by Laura Mann
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Photo by Laura Mann

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 Photo by Laura Mann
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What might seem to some as a dry subject are somehow made interesting and exciting.  They brought back memories of when I was kid in St. Louis, summers in our back yard when my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins would come over for a cookout and the ball game would be blasting on the radio.  As we walked around reading about the different teams, it was like a blast from the past--names my husband Mark and I grew up with--Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Stan Musial ( all members of the hall of fame) along with more recent greats like Tim McCarver, Jack Clark, Ozzie Smith and Albert Pujols.

 In the last section of the hall of fame there is a display of  baseball cards, from the very beginning of baseball cards--just take a look to see if you had any of those growing up and don't kick yourself if all you did was put them in the spokes of your bike!

After you walk through your childhood be sure to take a trip up and down the streets of Cooperstown.  There you can visit all kinds of gift shops and maybe pick up a souvenir of your trip and if you're lucky you might be able to catch a minor league game on a nice, warm summer afternoon.

After we spent hours at the Hall of Fame it was time to head back home.  As I said before we took a different way than we got there, sorry GPS lady.... 

Once we got to Galway we thought we would try Village Pizzeria, a place a friend of my husband's raves about.  Well at first we weren't too impressed.  It took me finding someone to be seated after standing there for more than five minutes.  And after that the service was very slow.....We ordered the BLMT salad which is Applewood smoked bacon, iceberg lettuce, maytag blue cheese and tomato with a creamy blue cheese dressing.  I have to say it was very good and big enough for two to share, which we did.  After that we ordered a large pizza with the works:  sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives and anchovies.  A huge pizza for $19.00.  Once again the service was very slow but the pizza came out hot and absolutely delicious, and we had plenty to take home.  The name Village Pizzeria is deceptive since there is a lot more on the menu than pizza, including pasta dishes, seafood, pork, steaks, veal, chicken and sandwiches.  The Village Pizzeria is easy to find, its exactly 12 miles west of Saratoga on  Rte.  29.  The food is worth the drive if you can stand to wait.  Not only do they offer seating inside but also outside which might be a nice addition to your Cooperstown trip.  You can even add a game of bocce ball.

If you visit Cooperstown remember:

There really isn't a direct route so don't be surprised if the GPS takes you around and through the countryside.  Might be better to plan your own route.

There is a charge to enter the Hall of Fame but they offer discounts to military personnel and AAA members.

Parking is difficult although there are parking lots that offer a shuttle service back to town for a small charge.  We just found a place on the street, which is possible most of the time.

Allow yourself at least 2 hours to go through the Hall of Fame, maybe longer for a first visit and if you can stay longer in Cooperstown then there are Bed and Breakfasts, hotels and campgrounds nearby, then you can take advantage of the other attraction Cooperstown has to offer.

If you visit Village Pizzeria remember:

They are a busy place and the seating times and services might be not be great, but I'm sure you will agree its worth the wait.

They offer carry out if you would rather not chance getting a seat.

The menu is more than pizza if you're in the mood for something more or something not as heavy.




 

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Kim Bernard

Moved to Saratoga from St Louis MO (home of The Gateway Arch, Baseball Cardinals and of course Anheuser-Busch) with my family for my husband's job. In the last 2 1/2 years we've had the opportunity to explore and discover day trips, hidden gems, along with some of the most beautiful, historic, interesting and curious places in New England. So come with me and look through a Midwesterner's eyes at Saratoga and beyond. I hope you enjoy your adventures and feel free to share yours and together we can feed our travel bug!