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“Rose and Thistle: Warm and Cozy” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rose & Thistle Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 29 Cooperstown B&B and Inns
New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Rose and Thistle: Warm and Cozy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

From the moment we walked in the door at the Rose and Thistle, Patti and Steve treated us like family. It didn't hurt that they both grew up in northern New Jersey, not too far from us! I planned the trip as a surprise for my boyfriend's birthday, and upon our arrival, we were greeted by Patti, who's dynamic personality instantly made us feel welcome. This was our first experience at a bed and breakfast and in Cooperstown, and the R & T set the bar high. The inn was warm and cozy, and felt like home--not as cold and prissy as other places could feel. Our room, known as Desiree's room, was beautifully decorated and had plenty of room for us to put our belongings and settle in. There is a sink and small countertop in the corner of the room, as the bathrooms are on the smaller side. However, this is what to expect from a Victorian style home, and we felt that there was ample room for us to get ready for a day or night out in Cooperstown.

After settling in, Patti and Steve sat down with us and gave us the history of the town and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Both informative and resourceful, the D'Espositos were the perfect people to get recommendations from, and they were right on the money when it came to dining, shopping, and attractions. Their West Highland Terrier, Morgan, was adorable and we loved playing with her.

Breakfast at 8:30 every morning was a decadent delight. Patti was a supreme hostess who guided the conversation with the other guests. I was particularly amazed by how quickly she learned everyone's names and preferences from breakfast the day before. It was great getting to know the other travelers to compare notes about the different attractions in the Cooperstown area. Breakfast started with fresh fruit served with whipped cream, a choice of coffee or tea, and juice. Bacon and breakfast sausage accompanied the main breakfast entrees: a puffed apple pancake on our first day, and corn fritters with scrambled eggs and cheese our second day. There was also baked pumpkin bread on the table, and snacks kept in the dining room. The meals kept us full all day, which was perfect, since we were busy exploring the Hall of Fame and shopping around town!

After comparing several bed and breakfasts in Cooperstown before booking, I couldn't be more pleased with our stay at the Rose and Thistle, both in quality and price. It will definitely be our go-to B&B when we return to Cooperstown again, and we HIGHLY recommend the Rose and Thistle to anyone looking for a wonderful Cooperstown getaway!

Other suggestions:

Food: Alex and Ika (Main Street), Bocca Osteria (across the street from the R&T). We visited in the off-season so some places were closed, but both were good options. Brewery Ommegang had delicious food as well, see below.

Attractions:
The Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum: as die-hard baseball fans (Mets and Yankees, respectively), we spent nearly a full day in the museum and ate a quick lunch to dash back. Your best bet is to figure a good day and a half to explore the museum if you plan on taking your time to read everything.

Brewery Ommegang: Tours run every half hour and are free, a six beer tasting immediately follows the tour and costs $3. Definitely eat lunch here!

Fly Creek Cider Mill: About 10 minutes away in nearby Fly Creek. A ton of samples to try, delicious fresh apple cider and food items to purchase.

Cooperstown Bat Co.: If you are looking for a customized bat to take home, definitely go here. The HOF store gets their customized bats through here, but I suggest going to the store itself because you can probably get a better deal.

Room Tip: Desiree's Room has a bathroom inside the room--only one of the rooms has a bathroom down the hal...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

We decided on a last minute trip to Cooperstown and luckily Patti & Steve had a room available. When we arrived, we felt immediately at home. Patti was a very gracious host and great to talk to. Steve's breakfasts were divine! We really liked that breakfast was served family style - it provided a nice sense of community with all the other guests. And Morgan the dog was a treat! Downtown Cooperstown is within easy walking distance and it's cool to see all the historic houses along the way. We'd definitely stay again!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ontario, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

What a great experience the Rose and Thistle proved to be. Patty and Steve are such gracious hosts! Our room was spotless and comfortable. The breatkasts were yummy and varied. We felt as if we were at home. You have to stay here when you visit Cooperstown; I know we will do so the next time we are there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lynn S
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NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

Patti and Steve are as warm and wonderful and welcoming as described in other reviews. We have been to Cooperstown on several occasions and this was our favorite visit. We were given Nicki's Room and it was lovely - comfortable and immaculate. Our bedding was like a cloud. The breakfasts were delicious and we enjoyed chatting with the owners and the other guests while we ate.

On their recommendation, we ate at Bocca, which was a short walk across the street from the Rose & Thistle. It was some of the best pasta we've ever eaten, and my mom is one of the best Italian cooks in the world, so our bar is pretty high.

We had a lovely time, would go back again in a heartbeat, and this is the only place we would consider staying!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank kiraA
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Rockaway, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

I never stayed in a Bed and Breakfast before I stayed at The Rose and Thistle in the great Village of Cooperstown and the experience was wonderful. Patti and Steve sat down with us and gave us a map of the town, a list of restaurants and explained all the local attractions in and around the Village. The Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the Art and Farmers museums were wonderful. The Rose and Thistle was clean, charming, relaxing and the breakfast we had during are two day stay were delicious. If i return to Cooperstown The Rose and Thistle is the B&B I'll return to.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lenerk
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Ottawa, Ontario
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

On the plus side, we were made to feel very welcome by the owner, who gave us a nice overview of the town, the attractions and where to eat. We also enjoyed having an early-morning coffee on the veranda. There were a few problems: 1) an old, small, soft and very squeaky bed, which meant we hardly slept at all; 2) the bathroom was at the other end of the hallway, which was an inconvenience (I gather some rooms have in-room baths); and 3) while the breakfast is lovingly prepared and it was nice to chat with other guests, those of us on low-fat diets would prefer something lighter to eat. The Italian restaurant across the street was just-OK, while we much enjoyed the home-made ice cream spot up the road.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

As soon as we set foot in The Rose & Thistle it felt like home. Patti & Steve are funny, friendly & kind. Our room, Sara's Room, was comfortable, clean, large & our own slice of heaven. The breakfasts we had were incredible & the other guests were friendly & conversations flowed. We had a great time in Cooperstown & will visit again. Patti & Steve are lovely hosts & their dog, Morgan, was adorable.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: Rose & Thistle Bed & Breakfast
Address: 132 Chestnut St, Cooperstown, NY 13326-1424
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Location: United States > New York > Cooperstown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Cooperstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Rose & Thistle Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An enchanting experience awaits you at this turn-of-the-century Victorian Bed and Breakfast. The Rose and Thistle combines Old World charm and new world luxury to let you experience the bed and breakfast in an elegant tradition. ... more   less 
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