Wine Tasting by Otsego lake

The Boathouse and Gazebo

Our Boathouse by Otsego Lake is a perfect gathering space for small events. Recently, our friend Michele Barry hosted a wine tasting for Cooperstown Cruise Co., her exciting new business launching this spring. Michele set up a beautiful wine and cheese spread and had a few friends over for a fun evening finalizing selections for her cruise menu.

The Boathouse is a stunning 2-story log structure that hugs the lake, providing an exceptional space for relaxation, reading, gazing at the lake and for gathering with friends as the lake reflects the colors of a setting sun. Authentic folk art and antique and hand crafted furniture graces the Main Floor while an 80-year old birch bark canoe hangs suspended under a 12-foot long clear span skylight. In one of the adjacent side rooms, the wooden frame of a vintage kayak is tucked into the massive log rafters of a wide open, vaulted ceiling. 3 fireplaces and a pair of bathrooms are conveniently provided. Numerous French sliders open onto a wrap-around covered deck over-hanging the waters of Otsego; so clear you can watch the trout swim by!

Down the log spiral stairs and around the "coat-tree" (with it's authentic, colorful Navajo style coats hanging from the branches) to the Lake Level. A specially designed walk-behind birch bark bar is ideal for entertaining friends; twig bar stools and fooseball table are just inside a wall of glass looking right out at the lake. Step through the French doors to the lakefront walkway, which connects the beach area to the boat dock.

Adjacent to The Boathouse is the heated pool; raised up from the lake, its patio is a perfect place to catch some sun and to watch boaters pass by. The landscape is lush and dense with massive boulder retaining walls and another soothing waterfall located next to the log and twig gazebo.

Another view of the Boathouse.