On the way up to Otsego County make sure you stop in to the Main Street Grill and Bakery in Afton, where they’re known for their food and desserts and special salad dressing.
At the Main Street Grill and Bakery you’ll always be served fresh, healthy and innovative dishes, often made with local products. And Liz’s Sassy Salad Sauce was so good, her clientele demanded it be bottled!
“It’s really like gourmet food, it’s not like your regular run of the mill restaurant,” Phyllis Sandford said. “It’s very good. I’ve never had anything bad here at all and their desserts are out of this world.”
And if you stop in to Main Street Grill and Bakery, make sure you save some room for their homemade desserts.
Our next stop is a great place to do some shopping. At Twisted Cedar Creations you can get custom-made, rustic furniture, chainsaw carvings, artwork, all handmade by local artists.
“We have everything from artwork to chainsaw carvings to candles to beds,” Owner Joe Wenal said. “People really get a kick out of coming in and taking a look at this stuff that you don’t get to see every day.”
At the Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory in Oneonta. Here you can find 30 different types of tropical birds and free flying butterflies. They even have the world’s largest moth the Atlas Moth and a two-toed sloth named Harvey.
“There seems to be quite a few birds this year,” visitor Lynne Costa said. “We have a lot of butterflies usually and they still do but there are a lot more birds. Different types of birds which make it interesting.”
It’s like an enchanted tropical forest where around every corner you can find an interesting bird, butterfly or frog. The conservatory is open year-round but it’s best to visit on a sunny day to ensure that the butterflies are active.
And just up the road from the conservatory is the Amish Barn Company. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s more than just barns and sheds... They have antiques, gifts, jewelry, home decor and more.
“People love the antiques, we get everyone from pickers, to interior designers, and so we do a wide array,” said Office Manager Kirsten Riker. “It’s part Amish, it’s part antiques, it’s part new things so don’t be fooled by the name Amish Barn Company.
“I wanted to do a little Antique shopping with my wife who is inside doing God knows what, and it just caught our eye and we stopped by,” Dan Nicolini said. “Like I said my wife could be inside purchasing something for all I know.”
And with 1,000 of gifts inside you could spend hours shopping here. Iwww.amishbarnco.com/
We’re on the road in Otsego County at the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad. It was built in 1869 and takes visitors back in time with it’s vintage rail cars and locomotives. The train travels from Oneonta to Cooperstown for a scenic two and a half hour ride.
“It’s amazing how many people have never ridden a train before,” said Bruce Hodges, President of the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad. “So we like to be able to recreate that experience of what it was to go from an old country station like this and take a ride up the Susquehanna Valley up to Cooperstown.”
In addition to scenic rides on Wednesdays and Thursdays they also have some event driven rides.
“Every Saturday night through the end of September we have our Cooperstown Blues Express train. We have live Blues music on the train, it’s for 21 and over because there’s a full bar.”
And if you want to grab a bite to eat, eat where the locals eat and the locals are eating at the Depot in Oneonta. And no they didn’t forget the cheese on my pizza, this is an upside down pizza one of their specialties here. Let’s check it out.
“It’s not your traditional pizza, the cheese is layered on the bottom and then the toppings and then it’s baked in the oven and when it comes out we put sauce on it and sprinkle it with parmesan cheese,” said Owner Judy Hurlburt.”
Some of their other specialties are their wimpy burgers which are anything but wimpy and their delicious wings made with their own secret sauce.
And if you like the wings at the Depot you can order a bottle of their garbage sauce to go.