About the Area
Town of Milford, NY
Milford, NY is located in the upper northwestern corner of the Catskill region along the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, half way between Oneonta, NY and Cooperstown, NY.
Milford is literally surrounded by some of the area’s most exciting attractions, including The Baseball Hall of Fame (5 miles north in Cooperstown), world-class breweries and distilleries, nationally recognized sporting facilities, museums, restaurants, drama and musical theatre, and numerous family-friendly outdoor adventures.
Just 3 miles north of Milford is Cooperstown Dreams Park, home of The American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournaments. Billed as the “The Greatest Tournament In America” each summer, Cooperstown Dreams Park is the destination of families from all around the country with children of a certain age. Thousands of 12 and under boys and girls compete in baseball tournaments each week and experience the “purity of baseball as it was meant to be played.” When summer comes, there is little doubt where anyone interested in youth baseball will want to be.
For those not on the mound or at the plate, Milford offers easy access to many of the region’s other great attractions.
Just a block off Main Street Milford are the Cooperstown Brewing Company and the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad. Hop a ride into history and take in the beautiful northern Catskill scenery any time of year. Built in 1869, the rail line was the primary form of transportation throughout the country. This historic recreation allows visitors to step back in time and experience the joys of riding the silver rails. Special train rides throughout the year take travelers from Milford to Cooperstown along a route that winds through some of the most beautiful mountain valleys in the entire state. Special events at the train include the annual Christmas Lights Train and the Santa Express as well as a brilliant Fall foliage excursion.
Milford is situated along the headwaters of the Susquehanna River. Just south of the center of town the river expands into a large reservoir with great fishing, waterskiing, kayaking and paddled boarding. Canoe and Kayak Rentals offers a complete selection of water sport solutions to allow you to take advantage of all the river and reservoir have to offer.
Visitors and residents alike appreciate the easy access from the center of Milford to the region’s many museums and cultural venues. More than baseball, the area boasts some of the finest museums in all of New York. The Farmer’s Museum and the Fennimore Cooper Museum are center pieces of the region and are an easy drive north out of town. The Glimmerglass Festival is the internationally-acclaimed summer opera festival that will delight opera buffs and novices alike. Each summer classic performances and modern renditions are performed in the beautiful lakeside setting of the Glimmerglass’ Alice Busch Theater. This truly a one-of-a-kind experience runs from June through August and “must-see” if you’re lucky enough to be in the area during the festival.
Other reginal activities include the Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard, a particularly wonderful Autumn and early holiday experience, the Cooperstown Bat Company, The Heros of Baseball Wax Museum, Hyde Hall to name but a few. Check out the links below for more great ideas.
And when your cultural and adventurous activities have tapped your energy, refresh your palette with a selection of amazing dining and drinking offerings.
There are lake-side tables at the gorgeous Otesaga Hotel’s Hawkeye Grill, the Lake Front Restaurant, and the Blue Mingo Grill at Sam Smith’s Boat House. Organically grown and source menus can be found through the region’s many bistros. Be sure to ask for them at Origin’s Café, Danny’s Market, The Red Caboose, the café at Brewery Ommegang or the always enjoyable Double Day Café. Better yet, explore the many other tasty treats just minutes from center Milford, NY.
One of New York’s first official cuisine trails, the Cooperstown Beverage Trail allows residents and visitors alike to mingle and partake in the rich history of beverage making – come taste the area’s numerous beers, wines, spirits and ciders. World-renown Brewery Ommegang is just a few miles from the town center on a gorgeous rural site that begs to be seen. Be sure to take in a lunch of Belgian mussels and abbey-style beers. And just around the corner from Main street is the Cooperstown Brewing Company, home of “Old Slugger” and a range of other delicious brews.
Along with the above, don’t miss any of the trail’s other breweries and wineries, including Butternuts Beer & Ale, Bear Pond Winery, Rustic Ridge Winery, Council Rock Brewery, Cooperstown Distillery, and Pail Shop Vineyards.
Milford is on NY-State Route 28 at the intersection of NY-166.