Make Springtime Plans While Playing in the Snow

It’s Still Winter at Fly Creek

Today, as I sit down to write, it is a chilly 25-degrees outside. Snow is still on the ground. Looks like winter will stay for the rest of this month – at least. If you’ve not yet come to play in the snow, time is tick, tick, ticking.

More good news! Many of our local restaurants are now open for indoor dining at 50-percent capacity. And, quite a few wintertime activities are also operating at increased capacity. Though we continue to recommend you contact each planned activity prior to heading out, we’re confident you will find many fun things to do in Fly Creek, the Cooperstown area and all through Otsego County.

As you make plans to come to our astoundingly beautiful part of the state, there are two excellent sources where you can learn more about our area and entertaining things to do, as well as how to safely travel as more of the country further opens. The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and

Local Otsego Trails

In exploring Otsego County, I’ve discovered we have so many parks, forests and trails! Here’s a list of what I’ve found on Otsego Outdoors website. They all have trails where you can hike, snowshoe and cross-country ski. In fact, from February 1 through April 30, they are having a 12-hike challenge. Check it out!

  • Arnold Lake State Forest Joe Cornell Rd., Oneonta 13820
  • Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park 133 Davis Rd., Schenevus 12155
  • Forest of the Dozen Dads 325 Blacks Rd., Cooperstown 13326
  • Fortin Park 101 Youngs Rd., Oneonta 13820 607-432-2900
  • Gilbert Lake State Park 18 CCC Rd., Laurens 13796
  • Glimmerglass State Park 1527 Co Rd 31, Cooperstown 13326
  • Goodyear Lake Waterway Access Silliman Cove Rd., Maryland 12116
  • Lordsland Conservancy Preserve Roseboom 13320, 607-547-2366
  • Parslow Road Conservation Area, Blueway Trail, Oaks Creek 127 Parslow Rd., Oaksville 13337
  • Robert V. Riddell State Park 1894 Charlotte Creek Rd., Oneonta 13820
  • Texas Schoolhouse State Forest Jones Rd., Mt Vision 13810

If you plan to go out hiking in the woods, it’s always a good idea to learn about winter hiking safety – including what to wear and what to pack.

Fun at our Winter Vacation Home

If you like the idea of hiking in the woods, but don’t want to go far to find good paths, you will have a very good time staying on the property. After all, the Estate at Fly Creek is situated on 335-acres of pure fun, with plenty of gorgeous, well-groomed paths.

You can actually go horseback trail riding on our estate. We have a huge horse stable on property, Taylortown Equine. Our guests thoroughly love riding the horses through the magical woods in the wintertime. Just call Deb and her team to schedule your ride at 518-231-8725.

horse in paddock playing in the snow
One of Taylortown Equine horses playing in the snow on the Estate at Fly Creek


And, don’t forget, we’re only one-half mile up the road from 75-miles of well-marked and groomed State Corridor and Secondary trails, which interconnect to miles and miles of trails throughout central and upstate New York.


snowmobiling in the winter woods
Two winter visitors snowmobiling through the winter woods at the estate at fly creek


Time to Plan Ahead

Even though we still have time left for wintertime antics, for all you planners, it is time to peek around the corner and start to make those springtime preparations. I say that because the really good places to stay – like the Estate at Fly Creek – book fast.

Next week, perhaps we’ll talk about upcoming springtime happenings. After all, it will be warm before we know it. Looks like the average temperatures go up to the mid-fifties in April. In May we’re up to upper-sixties. How beautiful the estate looks in the springtime – with all the new life and green peeping through. Perfect for a gourmet picnic lunch packed by our own independent chef Jeff.

As you can see, winter is still here, but spring is right around the corner. Both seasons offer so much for our vacationers, here at the estate. If you want to learn more, check out our availability or call us today at 607-547-5216.

Bobbi Parke

Bobbi Parke is one of the estate's caretakers and guest hosts. She and hubby spend much of their time readying the house for guests, keeping the property in tip-top condition and caring for the chickens and alpacas. They know they've done a good job when they witness the look of the joy in their guests' faces.

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