Proprietors John and Suzanne Rudy are two of the friendliest hosts you’ll ever meet, and their charming, in-town Baseball B&B is a home-run hit from its cheery exterior to its welcoming interior. Inside, you’ll find John’s enviable collection of historic baseball photos, posters, news clippings, books and other memorabilia; it’s guaranteed to set your imagination swinging for the fences regardless of your age or interest. Inside, you’ll also find Suzanne’s dining room where every morning she loads the bases with her scrumptious big-league breakfasts (pancakes, waffles, frittatas, sausages, fresh-fruit compotes and more), accompanied by the calming hand of quiet classical music. In good weather, you can eat on the flower-boxed back porch. Upstairs, you’ll find the country-style sleeping rooms, named for the first five inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame (you’ll have to look them up so you won’t miss the import of their achievements). We stayed in the Cobb Room where Ty’s irascible spirit is alive and well in the photos on the walls and the books on the tables and dressers. In the hall outside is a pictorial homage to black legend Satchel Paige and the so-called “Negro” leagues. What’s nicest about staying in this B&B is you feel like you’re part of the Rudy family; you experience it from the moment you enter until the moment you leave. John is a retired attorney and Suzanne a retired teacher. He still plays baseball and she plays harp. Both share engaging smiles, easy dispositions, and an eager willingness to listen to and talk about whatever’s on your mind. For sure, you can trust their judgments on where to eat: e.g., don’t miss the big league, deal-and-a-half lunch at the Otesaga Hotel, seated on the edge of 10-mile long Otsego Lake, which “Last of the Mohicans” novelist James Fenimore Cooper (his family founded Cooperstown) called “Glimmerglass” in his “Leatherstocking Tales.” There may be lots of nice places to stay in this bucolic east-coast corner of the “field of dreams,” but we’ll go to bat anytime for the Baseball B&B as one of the best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Cooperstown, Baseball Bed and Breakfast can be easily found at the 1883 Italianate "sunny yellow house with white trim" on Chestnut Street. The 2/3-acre property has a lush green lawn in the rear (suitable for a game of catch) and a deck rimming the rear of the house where breakfast is served (weather permitting) and guests can sit on rockers to spend some quiet time reading or simply enjoying the scenery before they leave for the Glimmerglass Festival or other attractions in Cooperstown. Inside, the house is decorated with baseball memorabilia (except the music room, where the Hostess, Suzanne Rudy, can be found playing her harp at times during the day and early evening). Each of the bedrooms has air conditioning and a private bath, and is appointed in honor of one of the original five inductees to the Hall of Fame: Cobb, Ruth, Mathewson, Johnson and Wagner. ... more less