Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Inn of Cobleskill
Best Western Plus Inn of Cobleskill is set in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, with views of mountainsides and streams. It's primed for outdoorsy activities, and the nearby Howe Caverns Adventure Park offers many of these, including cave tours, obstacle courses, and seasonal zipline rides. The hotel is also conveniently situated within driving distance of several museums, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and the Arkell Museum of art in Canajoharie.
- Dine with a view of the Catskill Mountains at BW Delaney's, which opens at 7 a.m. for breakfast and also serves lunch and dinner.
- The onsite bowling alley offers 16 lanes and discounts for hotel guests. This Groupon includes an optional bowling package with shoe rentals and two games.
- Heated indoor pool open year-round and set beneath a knotted-pine ceiling; seasonal outdoor pool
- Keurig coffeemakers in king rooms; free HBO and high-speed Internet in all rooms
Cobleskill, New York: Quiet College Town in Catskill Mountain Foothills
It's hard to separate Cobleskill from its larger-than-life setting—the quiet town is sandwiched between the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains and roughly equidistant from Albany and Cooperstown.
The rolling countryside of upstate New York is nicknamed the Leatherstocking Area, a reference to the leather legwear donned by pioneers described by James Fenimore Cooper in The Leatherstocking Tales (you might be familiar with The Last of the Mohicans, which is part of this series). Today, tourists visit this countryside to hike and mountain bike along its wooded mountain trails, see rushing streams, and explore prehistoric limestone caves at Howe Caverns.
Cobleskill itself is a relatively peaceful college town. It's home to the State University of New York Cobleskill and dotted with farmhouses and centuries-old Victorian architecture in the historic district. You'll also find several easy-to-reach museums in the neighboring towns: The Iroquois Indian Museum chronicles the local tribe's arts and customs, whereas The Old Stone Fort Museum pays homage to New York's colonial heritage. It's worth it to venture about 30 miles west to Cooperstown's National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. It has more than 30,000 collectible items, including a baseball from the first World Series and Babe Ruth's legendary bat filled with nougat.