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Recent Central Leatherstocking reviews
"I booked the apartment to stay while my son played (and slept) at Cooperstown Dreams Park, and I am glad I did. First, Mike Bollo was extremely easy to work with. There were absolutely no problems booking the apartment. Mike provided excellent instructions to access the property and he returned my security deposit the day after I checked out. No fuss, no games, just easy accomodating business. Mike gets 5 stars. The apartment does sleep 4 (two full beds.) It was clean and ready for use when I arrived. Sheets were clean, as were the towels and washcloths. I did not use the kitchen for anything but making coffee, so I will not comment on anything else. There appeared to be enough utensils and pots and pans to feed four. (Although, Mike, I would have 4 wine glasses installed.) The bathroom was small but absolutely clean and usable. Nice flat screen TV. Laundry below in the basement was fine, but watch your head if you are tall! In talking with other parents renting in the area, I deduced that this apartment is well above average for the area/price. This apartment gets 4 stars. There are two drawbacks that Mike cannot control. First, as advertised, the cell phone coverage is negligible. Mike's WiFi and land line work fine, but until the locals demand a tower or two forget about your texts and calls. Also, the house sits on Route 205, which is a popular thoroughfare for cars and trucks. If you plan to leave for the day, no trouble. But if you plan on spending some daytime at the apartment, you will hear the road noise. You may want to consider Mike's carriage house, which is much further away from the road. So while the area is lovely and convenient for Cooperstown activity, I have to give it 3 stars. (I could manage the road noise, but since I was working during the week, really missed the cell coverage.) Plain and simple, while there were two drawbacks, I would rent the same apartment. And I would certainly do business with Mike any time."Guest: dlb87 Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 3, 2014View listing
"We booked this home because of the proximity to Dreams Park but it only took us moments after walking in the door to view it as so much more than a "great location." It was absolutely charming! It was so warm and inviting. My husband said it was like being on vacation but feeling "at home" because it was so comfortable. All of the furniture and décor are very well thought out, functional and comfortable. The family room/dining room has a great open feeling and larger windows that overlook beautiful grounds which makes the house feel even that much larger. Both bathrooms are very nice. All of the beds and pillows are comfortable like in your home rather than a homeowner just throwing something in there to fill space. The washer and dryer are on the main floor which is super convenient. The baseball themed items in some of the rooms are a great touch and very interesting. And of course, back to one of the key selling features for us....location..... When we pulled out of Dreams Park, we barely began to discuss a game and then realized we were already pulling in the driveway. The proximity was awesome for attending the tournament. We ran home in between every game. it made it very convenient for eating healthier food, less expensive and not having to wait in outrageous lines at the restaurants. The homeowner, Darlene, was "darling!" She was so responsive and patient when I sent her questions in advance. We were fortunate enough to meet her when we arrived and she was absolutely delightful. She genuinely cared about our stay and even went out of her way to take care of us AFTER our stay when she shipped items back to us that we forgot. We loved this property!"Guest: Corporate Planner Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 5, 2014View listing
"Very clean, cozy and comfortable housing with fully stocked amenities. We enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this property."Guest: Rose Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 2, 2014View listing
"This little cabin has the utmost charm of an original 1920's lake cabin. Our host Bobbie, greeted us the day we arrived with all the details of the cabin. The porch was the highlight in the sun, the rain, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its a quiet area, the lake is clean and fantastic to swim in, fish or paddle on. I had a great stay and would definitely return!"Guest: ARoberts Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 2, 2014View listing
Central Leatherstocking Travel Tips
Visitors to Leatherstocking
Leatherstocking offers a unique kind of vacation. Be prepared to be transported back in time and experience century-old hospitality as you visit museums, historic and cultural sites, and explore caves and areas of scenic natural beauty. Baseball fans from all over the states stay at Leatherstocking resorts simply to visit the legendary baseball hall of fame. It's a fun destination for the whole family where exhibits and excursions are creative and entertaining.
What to see and do in Leatherstocking
The Howe Caverns are one of the area's great attractions. With a vast network of underground limestone caves, traditional and adventure tours operate on a daily basis. Venturing down into the depths of the earth, you can see impressive stalactites and stalagmites, take a boat excursion on an underground lake, and hear your voice echo off the walls. The caverns are 165 feet below ground and believed to have been formed more than six million years ago. The geological and archeological histories are fascinating, and the caves also have strong links to the Civil War. Visiting the Howe Caverns is a must.
A fantastic way to appreciate the scenic beauty of Leatherstocking is to enjoy a steam train excursion. There are many short day excursions linking towns such as Utica, Lake Placid, and Saranac Lake. As you click-clack through the Adirondacks, you'll pass over bridges, clear rivers and streams, all the while being able to see the splendor of the Adirondack National Park and its wildlife. Special occasion trains such as the Polar Express operate near Christmastime where you can get to ride with Santa to the North Pole.
Binghamton is an interesting city where you will find many antique stores to browse. The city is also known as the "carousel capital of the world" because of its rare and impressive collection of antique Herschell carousels. The carousels were donated to the city by a wealthy benefactor and many still operate today. Binghamton is a lively city with plenty of arts and entertainment. The theaters have regular opera and orchestral performances. The North East Classic Car Museum features the largest known collection of Franklin luxury cars. For the kids, two places well worth visiting are the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park and The Discovery Center which is an interactive museum specifically for young children.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame can be found in Cooperstown, located near the shores of Lake Otsego. Baseball fans come to appreciate the tributes to heroes of the game. Known as the Village of Museums, Cooperstown is also home to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers Museum. The Farmers Museum is a working village that provides a glimpse into the 19th-century rural lifestyle.
A great way to experience the natural beauty of Leatherstocking is to enjoy a scenic hike or bike ride. For a more leisurely view, take an aerial tour from Cooperstown or an Eerie canal cruise. There are loads of outdoor activities in all seasons and details of routes and trails can be obtained from local tourist sites.
Enjoy leisurely Days at Leatherstocking Vacation Rentals
Because there is so much to see and do in the Leatherstocking area, it's great to have the flexibility of having your own rental home. Equipped with all the home comforts, it's an affordable way to stay and explore the region. Ranging from small cozy cabins to larger lakeside homes, you can stay for a quiet romantic weekend away in the fall or bring the whole family along for fun times in the summer.
Leatherstocking Travel Tips
Many visitors to Leatherstocking cabins drive up from the cities of New York, Boston and Washington. While there is a good public transport system, it's nice to have your own vehicle to get around in. Take along a good map and enjoy your time exploring the backroads. There are loads of photographic opportunities and the area is particularly beautiful when the fall foliage begins to turn.