beekman 1802 farm


We’ve run into so many people around the country who tell us that Sharon Springs is on their “bucket list.” So we decided to make it a little easier for you to cross it off.

We know we’re a little off-the-beaten-path. We’re not listed in many guidebooks. And as wonderful as Sharon Springs is, there isn’t always enough going on to fill a weekend. (Unless you just want to catch up on reading, nap, and chat with locals.) But we do have many amazing nearby places to visit that will fill a summer weekend with amazing memories.

Below are some of our picks for making a weekend out of visiting Sharon Springs. (You can find even more ideas at Schoharie County Tourism )


Beekman 1802 Mercantile & Farm Tours, Sharon Springs – Yes, we’re putting ourselves first on the list. But we do hope you’ll come visit the original Beekman 1802 Mercantile at 187 Main Street in Sharon Springs. And also check to see if there is a Beekman 1802 Farm Tour on the weekend you’re coming to tow.

The Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, Cooperstown – This is one of our favorite places to roam around! With dozens historic outbuildings, you can watch blacksmiths, pet animals, and learn all about 19th-century farm & rural life.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown – This is famous enough that we don’t even need to tell you how great it is.

Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown – Perhaps one of the most famous small breweries in America. Take a tour, eat at their amazing cafe, or see if there’s a cool concert going on. (Sometimes you can camp on site.)

Howe Caverns, Howe – This is something you really have to see to believe. Take an elevator 15 stories below the earth to tour a cathedral-like series caverns. You can even ride a boat on an underground river!

Spring House Spa, Sharon Springs – Need a break during your visit? We’ve gotten the best massages of our life, right here in Sharon Springs.

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown – Amazing permanent and rotating art collections. The New York Times says it has “a collection any museum in the world should envy.”

Hyde Hall, Cooperstown – Tour nearly 50 rooms in what is considered the finest example of neoclassic country mansions anywhere in the United States.

Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown – Swim in Lake Otsego, hike the trails, and camp.

Where to Stay:

The American Hotel, Sharon Springs – Classic, historic, friendly, famous.

The New York House, Sharon Springs – B&B, cozy, homey, quaint.

Edgefield B&B, Sharon Springs – English Manor style, beautiful classic decor.

Country Manor Inn , Sharon Springs – Friendly, helpful, country.

White House on Main, Sharon Springs – Friendly, homey, quaint.

The Otsega Resort Hotel, Cooperstown – luxury, lakeside, resort, top-class.

The Inn at Cooperstown, Cooperstown – Quaint, luxury, historic, classic.

The Meadowlark Inn, Cooperstown – Family, friendly, fun, inexpensive.

The Nash, Sharon Springs – Hip, modern, stylish, cool.


Where to Eat:

There are a ton of great restaurants in the area. These are just a few of our go-to favorites.

The American Hotel Restaurant, Sharon Springs – Fine fare, seafood, steak, classic.

Black Cat Cafe, Sharon Springs – Lunch, gourmet sandwiches, baked goods, Beekman Blaak & Mac.

Sharon Tavern, Sharon – Local gathering place, fresh, homemade, bountiful.

Blue Mingo Grill – On the water, innovative dishes, great bar, summer fun.

Justine’s, Cobleskill – Italian-American, big plates, great value, friendly.

Cantina De Salsa, Cherry Valley – Fresh Mexican, authentic, margaritas, fun.

Cafe Ommegang , Cooperstown – Belgium menu, gourmet fries, amazing beers.

204 Main, Sharon Springs – Fresh, modern, innovative, Farm-to-Table.

Rose and Kettle, Cherry Valley – Seasonal, local ingredients, live music.

Alex’s Bistro, Cooperstown – Modern, renowned chef, innovative cuisine.

Hawkeye Bar & Grill, Cooperstown – On the lake, best burgers, fine dining, at the historic Otesaga Resort.

by Josh and Brent

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We want to plan a weekend there but need to first know about eating gluten free. Both of us have celiac so gluten free foods are a must. Are there any restaurants there that are knowledgeable about preparing gluten free foods for us?

carol Myers

On today’s show it was mentioned there will be a bus from Grand Central Station. Likely reservations are requested as well as the schedule?


Great list! I would add Schneider’s Bakery and The Cooper In, both in Cooperstown and both fabulous. Also, lots of hiking and biking opportunities in this gorgeous part of the country!

Lana Boldin

Hi, all those possibilities are wonderful. I have a question: any possibilities to get to Saron from the NY City by public transportation? I know that a bus can take people to Cobleskill, and train can take them to Albany… but how to get to Sharon from there? Thanks!


Unfortunately there is limited public transport here. Many folks rent cars at the Albany train station.

Susan Hennessey

Right now, planning on coming for the Fall Festival. Is it better to come on a regular weekend?


Depends on your preference. Sharon is much slower paced on non-festival weekends. But if you enjoy reading, or taking drives to our surrounding villages, those slower weekends are funny too.

Helene Langezaal

my daughter is planning an April wedding in 2018. Any possibilities in your neck of the woods?

Margie Husted

Heading north last week of June. Will certainly plan of visiting Sharon Springs.