It all began with a desire to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
People often ask us how we found Sharon Springs, New York and started coming here. It all started because I always had a desire to see the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I am not a huge baseball fan but I love history, Americana, museums and road trips. I was studying at Seton Hall in their graduate program for Museum Professions and was atuned to museums and how they designed their displays.
One day I was watching Rachael Ray's "40 Dollars a Day" television show. She featured the museum and the town of Cooperstown, NY. Rachel stopped at The American Hotel in Sharon Springs for breakfast, a short drive from Cooperstown. The hotel and town looked equally as nice as Cooperstown, so I researched the hotel online and called for a reservation over Labor Day weekend 2007.
Robert and I drove up from our home in New Jersey, stayed in Room 1 (our favorite) and immediately fell in love with the hotel, the village and the people. We sat on the front porch of the hotel and never felt so relaxed. We decided we would return. Not only did we return, we've returned many times alone and with friends, each time meeting even more fun and interesting people.
Driving around the area there are beautiful views and peaceful farm scenes. We curiously inquired about how much property cost and after much searching, bought a 5 acre plot in the Village of Sharon Springs on Kilts Road in April 2008 with the plans of someday building on it. Fast forward several years and we decided the time was right. Robert wanted to be within walking distance of the town and we found 171 Main Street was for sale. We bought the house from another couple from New Jersey in August 2013 and immediately began renovations that would allow us to rent it out to visitors as well as use it ourselves with family and friends. Our property on Kilts Road is still waiting for our next Sharon Springs project.
Why not plan a visit soon. There are many things to do, or nothing at all. There are several festivals during the year, antique shopping, great restaurants and beautiful views. If you are fans of the Beekman Boys from their Cooking Channel show "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" or as the 2012 winners of "The Amazing Race" the beautiful Beekman mansion is just up the road. Though not open to the public for tours, they do reserved barn tours during festival weekends. I think you will enjoy it here as much as we do.
Be at home in our home.
- Robert and Carol Klotz