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!
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.
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.
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- 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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