For us city folk, our two long weekends in spring and fall around the Cooperstown area are truly relaxing. Stumbling upon the Meadowlark Inn in East Springfield, New York was serendipity. What began five years ago as a three day stay in order to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown has now become a bi-annual trip to relax, unwind and visit with friends. Since our first trip, we always stop at this abandoned property along the way and joke about buying this 'fixer-upper' and making it our compound.
Since food allergies are an issue, we originally chose the Meadowlark because of their suite with kitchen facilities. We left Thursday afternoon, packing light with a grocery list for Friday morning. Since we were the only ones at the inn Thursday night, I snuck out early in the morning without disturbing George and Tina, the innkeepers (our friends).
I googled Dunkin Donuts on my phone and found one about 40 minutes away. Since Price Chopper was in the same direction, I thought I'd go for a little ride and get an iced coffee. Not my greatest idea. Along the nice scenic ride, a deer jumped in front of the car less than 50 feet in front of me. Once my heart stopped pounding, I found myself descending a mountain complete with runaway truck ramps every few hundred feet. When I got to the vicinity of Dunkin Donuts, my GPS said 'you have reached your destination'. It was Walmart. (I learned later there actually was a Dunkin Donuts inside. As I turned around, I caught sight of the DD sign across the street! Thank goodness!
We all went to nearby Sharon Springs to have dinner at the 204 Main Bistro and visited with the owners Jim and Norm, our servers, Nick and Eva and met up for martinis on Saturday afternoon with Josh and Brent, the Fabulous Beekman Boys! Tina and I spent a little time in Sharon Springs lunching at The Black Cat and walking on Main Street, perusing the small shops there.
Have lemon drops, will travel! Glad to have met up with Josh and Brent, The Fabulous Beekman Boys at the Beekman 1802 mercantile before they hit the road for some book signings, promoting their new cookbook!
David and Mikey always enjoy speaking with Josh about school.
The Heirloom Vegatable Cookbook is the third Beekman Boys cookbook. Their cookbooks are wonderful, easy to follow with gorgeous photos. They have the Heirloom Cookbook and an Heirloom Dessert Cookbook as well. Pick one (or three) up, you'll be glad you did!
Lunch at the Black Cat is always delicious. Their Tuscan Chicken on Ciabatta is my favorite while Tina gets the Thanksgiving dinner sandwich.
We met a new friend Wendy who is opening up a shop on Main Street in Sharon Springs. She is a very talented artist and has some wonderful designs. I bought a couple of beautiful trivets and a small makeup bag.
Another new friend Melissa makes some really nice soaps and other skin care items. She can be found at Pixie Pants Designs online. Her pine tar soap is amazing. My son has been frustrated with acne and this soap has been working wonders in less than a week! He (and I) are thrilled!
The weekend weather was gorgeous. We hung around the inn and the boys played a lot of baseball with their dad on the Meadowlark's Little League field. George let them drive the tractor while he worked on the new outdoor room he's building. Tina and I chatted. I told her about wheatgrass which is supposed to have wonderful health benefits and she introduced me to bulletproof coffee. We had a Sunday barbecue.
And in what seemed like a blink of an eye, the five day weekend was over. Back home, with police sirens screaming in the background, home and car alarms going off and people honking their horns to pick up their passengers at 7 am in the morning.
So if you happen to find yourself looking for some R & R in the Cooperstown area, check out the Meadowlark Inn in East Springfield. George and Tina will provide immaculate accommodations, belgian waffles for breakfast and beautiful grounds to play chess, baseball, or just chill and relax. Maybe you'll even run into us there!