6 Date Night Ideas in Cooperstown

Planning a romantic getaway? Consider the quaint town of Cooperstown in upstate New York. Known as the home of baseball, Cooperstown is also a beautiful destination for couples looking for a little romance. But if you don’t know where to start, let us help you create the perfect vacation with these date night ideas in Cooperstown.

Fine dining in Cooperstown

One of the best date night ideas in Cooperstown is dining out at one of the restaurants in town. Cooperstown offers a great selection of fine dining options that appeal to all tastes. Check out Toscana Italian Grill for a great dinner atmosphere offering fine Italian cuisine with a twist.

If you are looking for something a bit more casual, try Nicolette’s Italian Café. Located on Main Street, Nicolette’s serves up tasteful Italian cuisine in a casual setting. Receive 5% off the price of dinner when you purchase The Inn at Cooperstown Bed and Brew packages.

Visit Schneider’s Bakery

Treat your significant other to some sweet-tasting baked goods from Schneider’s Bakery. Open year-round, Schneider’s Bakery has been baking for Cooperstown residents and visitors since 1887. Find everything from moon pies and cupcakes to chocolate chip cookies and homemade donuts. Their sweets are the perfect way to say I love you!

Watch the sunset

What could be more romantic than to watch a sunset in Cooperstown? End your day with a gorgeous sunset in the Catskills Mountains. Coupled with quiet streets and charming homes, all set amongst the beauty of Otsego County, beautiful sunsets are easy to come by in Cooperstown.

Our number one favorite spot to see the sunset is at Otsego Lake in Glimmerglass State Park. With tremendous views and crystal clear waters, perfect for colorful reflections, you’ll want to stay from sunrise to sundown.

Explore the Sleeping Lion Trail

Take a leisurely walk hand in hand along the Sleeping Lion Trail inside Glimmerglass State Park. The two-mile loop features views of Otsego Lake and is accessible year-round. This is a great activity if you are planning to watch the sunset at Otsego Lake.

Valentine’s Day Special with Brewery Ommegang

Treat your loved one with the entire package by booking the February Bed & Brew package at The Inn at Cooperstown. Our hotel, in cooperation with Brewery Ommegang, now offers a very special spin on our extremely popular Bed & Brew package.

In this special edition, available in February only, we’re bringing the event to an entirely new level as the gourmet multi-course beer and food pairing dinner will be done with a Valentine’s Day theme. Expect special Ommegang beers and delicious food that reflect this special day!

This package isn’t available at any of the other hotels in town, so you know you’ll be enjoying a truly unique experience! Combine your love of Belgian-style beer with a delightful stay at The Inn at Cooperstown, for a date night in Cooperstown they will never forget.

Stay at The Inn at Cooperstown

Whether you sign up for one of our special packages or just visit for a romantic weekend in Cooperstown, The Inn at Cooperstown is the place to stay! Our beautifully restored 1874 historic hotel is located in the heart of town and provides a peaceful setting for couples to enjoy each other’s company.

Enjoy a quiet evening cozying up by the fire with a glass of wine and recounting the events of the day in our delightful lounge area. It features a warming fireplace and comfortable seating to enjoy a romantic evening together.

Choose from our luxury and premium suites, plus standard and classic rooms. The Luxury Suite features two bedrooms, a private entrance, a living area with a warming fireplace, and a spa hydro-massage tub for two. Of course, if you purchased our Valentine Bed and Brew package you are already booked for a two-night stay!

Our award-winning hotel is conveniently located near The Baseball Hall of Fame, Otsego Lake, and downtown – making it easy to enjoy all these date night ideas in Cooperstown.

Your Guide to Restaurants in Cooperstown, NY

Named by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the six “best little food towns,” Cooperstown has a lot to offer with its culinary scene. When visiting Cooperstown, you will find there is no shortage of good places to eat. Whether you are looking for a casual spot to dine with the entire family or a romantic dinner for two, there are plenty of restaurants in Cooperstown to choose from. So, pull up a seat and discover some of our favorite restaurants below.

Nicoletta’s Italian Café

Located along Cooperstown’s quaint Main Street and walking distance from The Inn at Cooperstown, Nicoletta’s Italian Café is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. With a family-style dining atmosphere with a hand-picked menu of authentic Italian cuisine that features fine cuts of meat, seafood, and pastas, plus an extensive wine list.

Bocca Osteria

This family-run Italian restaurant helped to put Cooperstown on the map in the food world with its unique takes on your favorite Italian foods. Indulge in pastas, paninis, and pizza from their woodfired oven.

Mel’s at 22

Serving up classic American cuisine in an intimate and stylish setting, Mel’s at 22 is one of the best restaurants in Cooperstown. Enjoy eats like tequila scallops, steaks, seafood, and more from their dinner menu. On the lighter side, try their lunch menu, featuring soups, salads, burgers, plus sandwiches and wraps. But don’t forget about their signature cocktail menu that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Council Rock Brewing

A local brewery with a food problem. Not only does Council Rock Brewing serve up tasty brews, but they also dish out one of the best food menus around. With an elevated take on bar food classics like their signature garlic-pesto fries, salads, brie burger, and signature bratwurst, all of which pair nicely with one of their brews.

Doubleday Café

For a casual setting and good food, check out the classic Doubleday Café. Serving up American-style cuisine, pub grub, and beer, both the food and atmosphere are casual and comfortable. Down the street from the Baseball Hall of Fame, the café offers burgers, sandwiches, soups, Mexican easts, plus a nice selection of drinks, wine, and beer.

Alex & Ika

For a bit more of an upscale dining experience, check out Alex and Ika. This cozy bistro focuses on international dishes with food items ranging from Hong Kong pork belly steamed buns and Thai curry to Mexican tacos and a Moroccan tagine. So, grab your passport and enjoy a taste around the world at Alex and Ika.

Fenimore Café

If you plan to visit the Fenimore Art Museum, then you should also plan on a light lunch at the Fenimore Café. Choose from a selection of homestyle soups, sandwiches, and wraps, which all pair nicely with a glass of wine or local brew. But what makes dining here even better, is the café’s location on the beautiful garden terrace.

Stay at The Inn at Cooperstown

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Breakfast at The Inn at Cooperstown

Dine at these delicious restaurants in Cooperstown and start your day off right with a complimentary breakfast when you stay at The Inn at Cooperstown. Choose from a custom-blended, locally roasted coffee selection, a variety of cereals and granola, plus fresh fruit and more. Enjoy breakfast in one of our two beautifully decorated dining rooms and soak up the charm of our inn as you set out on your adventures for the day.