Patti and Steve run a very professional, comfortable, positive and clean B&B that makes you feel like you are at home. They made our first experience staying at a B&B so pleasurable and I can almost guarantee no B&B will live up to our stay here. They take such pride in making sure their guests truly have the best stay in Cooperstown.
My husband has been bugging me to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame for as long as I can remember, so when figuring out a 1st wedding anniversary gift for him...I decided to get him a quick getaway to Cooperstown to finally take him to see the HOF. I came across the Rose and Thistle while looking up info for the HOF and there wasn't a bad review about the Bed & Breakfast (outside of the busy road noise which we are used to already bc we live on a main road at home – and for the record was not that noisy) and they had a 2-night package deal with a VIP tour of the HOF. So, it was perfect.
It wasn't until we arrived in Cooperstown that we realized how perfect it was. Neither one of us had ever stayed at a B&B before. It's not for everyone, but people we know who stay at a B&B vs a hotel rave about them. Upon arrival, we had the warmest greeting from Patti (and the best dog ever, Morgan) who was sitting on the porch reading. She showed us around the house and up to our room which was decorated nicely and very clean. She told us to settle in and come down so she could give us area recommendations for our stay. She went through the whole village of Cooperstown full of things to do, see, visit and places for dining as well. All of their recommendations were spot on! They are both extremely knowledgeable about the town, history and the ins and outs of Cooperstown (and even surrounding areas too).
We stayed in Nicki’s room and though we normally opt for a king-size bed, there wasn’t a room available with a king-size bed so we had a queen instead. It’s never a deal breaker for us and the bed was so comfortable it made me forget it was a queen. The size of the room may be small to some, but it had everything we needed (bed, TV, bathroom, closet for our things) and was fully stocked with amenities from water down to q-tips! The wraparound porch is so nice to sit outside and relax wine, reading materials, or even just friendly chatting with other guests or Patti and Steve.
Since our trip had an itinerary that started early, breakfast being served at 8:30am was perfect for us – it forced us to get up and get ready instead of be lazy like we sometimes are when we don’t have to work. To say breakfast was good is a HUGE understatement. Breakfast was delicious, well planned and thought out. There is no comparison to a hotel breakfast…and you certainly will not leave hungry. The table was beautifully decorated (different each morning) and course after course was just delicious. You can tell they take great pride in having their guests leave with a full belly and fully caffeinated. It helped that we had a great group of other guests staying the same time we did, so breakfast was nice with good conversation and not as awkward as it could be when sitting at a table with people you have never met before.
We were sad to leave, but had a huge smile as we were leaving because Patti called for Steve to come out and say goodbye to us because the "kids" were leaving…from the moment we walked in we felt like family and had a great time laughing and chatting with both Patti and Steve. There’s no doubt in our minds that when we return to Cooperstown…we will be staying at the Rose and Thistle and nowhere else. We even told our friends if they come to Cooperstown they must stay at the Rose and Thistle…they will not be disappointed.
Christina & Kevin
(for the record, Patti…the pillow is still under Kev's head lol)
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