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Sharon Springs, New York

May 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment · Interesting

(photo by: The American Hotel)

Pete and I had contemplated staying at The American Hotel in Sharon Springs, New York during our recent trip to Cooperstown, NY. Sharon Springs is a small village about 15 miles north of Cooperstown. While researching a trip to the area, The American Hotel was mentioned numerous times as a delightful place to stay and a wonderful place to dine.  Unfortunately their restaurant was not going to be operating the days we were in the area. We decided that since the restaurant was closed and most of our activities were in Cooperstown, that it made better since to stay at a Bed & Breakfast within walking distance of everything.  We arrived in Cooperstown on Monday around 4pm. We decided there was enough daylight to drive around Lake Otsego and to check out Sharon Springs for a possible future stay. The drive from Cooperstown to Sharon Springs provides amazing views of Lake Otsego and the surrounding valleys. Sharon Springs has a long way to go with regards to reviving the village and encouraging tourism.  I love history. So I tend to overlook the poor condition of the buildings and get caught up trying to imagine the village in its prime!  As you drive through the village, you catch glimpses of temples built to shelter mineral springs and crumbling resorts that use to be the place to vacation. From the mid 19th century until the start of the 20th, Sharon Springs was internationally known as a resort area with healing waters.  Here are some of the photos we snapped:

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