With its rolling hills, tranquil forests, and sparkling lakes and streams, the Central Leatherstocking region offers exciting attractions and adventures amid lovely scenery. You will be enchanted by majestic underground caverns, spectacular waterfalls, canal museums, historic boat tours, and sports halls of fame. Reserve your Central Leatherstocking lodging accommodations through an ESBBA member inn, and our innkeepers will be happy to help you make the most of your stay.
The region is home to Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame and the Glimmerglass Opera. Historic Montgomery County, home of the first Palatine settlement in the 1700s, now hosts several hundred Amish families specializing in handcrafted Amish furniture. Enjoy paved bicycle paths that wind from town to town along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River. Rent kayaks and canoes to visit villages along the waterways of New York State. Visit Brewery Ommegang, the first farmstead brewery built in America in over a century. Experience historic Revolutionary War battle sites and the legacy of Sir William Johnson.
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At Howe Caverns, one of the region's most popular attractions, you’ll marvel at the beauty and mystery of the crystal clear underground lake, hidden caverns, and massive stone formations. Unlike original explorers, who were given rubber boots and oil lamps to guide them down precarious stone ledges, today, you’ll descend the 156 feet to the base of the cavern on modern elevators for a guided tour along paved, illuminated walkways. At Secret Caverns, another wonderful, underground attraction just a few miles away, a 100-foot waterfall cascades into a carved stone basin.
The many above-ground attractions include such natural splendors as the spectacular waterfalls at Chittenango Falls State Park in Chittenango. But you’ll also find high-stakes bingo and traditional gaming favorites such as blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and wheels at the Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona. In Oneida, be sure to visit the Oneida Nation's Shako:wi Cultural Center. In Utica, tour the FX Matt Brewery and the Munson Williams-Proctor Institute, and in Vernon, watch harness racing at Vernon Downs.
Cooperstown, widely known as home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, offers an enticing menu of attractions, including the Glimmerglass Opera, which provides a relaxing and inspiring musical experience in a 900-seat theater located near beautiful and tranquil Otsego Lake. At the Farmers' Museum, a working 1845 historic homestead, artisans demonstrate spinning, weaving, and the blacksmith’s trade. At the Fenimore House Museum are exhibits of American fine art, folk art, and Native American works, and history buffs will love the James Fenimore Cooper memorabilia and life masks of early American statesmen and presidents. Be sure also to see Cooperstown's Cardiff Giant, a ten-foot tall gypsum man, created for a hoax in 1866.
In Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott, and Endwellcharming historic Broome County townsyou’ll find six hand-carved wooden carousels created in the 1920s. The largest, located in Johnson City's C. Fred Johnson Park, features 72 animal figures and original scenic panels.
Golf events in the area include the B.C. Open, an annual stop on the PGA tour, while 64 golf courses beckon golfers most every other day of the season. Sports fans will also enjoy the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Oneonta, and, of course, the world-renowned Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with its displays of artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia commemorating baseball history.
Whether you're exploring the beautiful countryside, exciting attractions, charming villages, sports exhibits, splendid waterfalls, or marvelous underground caverns, you will be dazzled by the Central Leatherstocking region. Let our galaxy of Central New York bed and breakfast members give you a shining welcome.
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