While looking for Cooperstown accommodations that would put us near the Baseball Hall of Fame as well as near Glimmerglass Opera, we were increasingly dismayed at the expense we would incur by staying in town. So we settled on the Meadowlark Inn as a compromise, 5 miles from the opera and about 10 miles from town.
Well, there was nothing "compromised" about it! The expansive, spotless property was charming and comfortable, with a beautifully landscaped backyard that brimmed with wildflowers. And though the surroundings were rather "out in the middle of nowhere," what a spectacular "nowhere" that turned out to be. After dodging the Cooperstown crowds and searching in vain for a parking space, it was a welcome relief to head back to the Meadowlark Inn (a scenic drive along the lake) and relax on the back patio or around the fire pit, gaze up at the night stars, and just chill out -- or watch a free DVD movie in our room.
The rooms are all the same, except that each has different pretty drapes and bedspreads. The baths (as others have mentioned) are really big. Helpful touches like a mini fridge, ironing board, lots of white towels, etc., make guests feel as if the owners care.
And they really do care! We didn't meet George, but Tina was a doll. She phoned Glimmerglass to make sure the concession was open, since we were starving before our matinee. She even called us after we checked out and offered to mail us our cellphone charger when we accidentally left it behind.
These are really nice people. And the Meadowlark Inn is a very comfortable, unpretentious, welcoming place. It's no wonder they have many repeat customers who book year after year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Meadowlark Inn is a warm and inviting Inn outside Cooperstown, NY. Located on Highway 20, in East Springfield, it is 5 miles from the Glimmerglass Opera house and 11 miles north of the Village of Cooperstown. Lake Otsego and Glimmerglass State Park are just 3 miles away. We are surrounded by rolling hillside meadows, beautiful farms and open quiet, park-like grounds. A complimentary continental breakfast buffet is included with your stay. ... more less