Explore Central New York
Tours and Attractions
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is more than a destination. It’s an experience saturated by the memories of the game’s greatest players and the rich history that connects us to our past. Whether you’re a casual fan or a fanatic, you’re sure to love the transformation of sight and sound as you take in more than 40,000 lovingly preserved artifacts showcasing baseball’s impact on our lives, and our country. More than 300,000 people visit this national treasure each year. Cooperstown inns fill up fast and can be a bit pricey, especially during the summer months. If you’re headed to Cooperstown, or just to explore Central New York, book your stay at Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast. You’ll enjoy incredible scenery on the short 35-minute drive and appreciate our affordable room rates.
Herkimer Diamond Mines
The Herkimer Diamond Mines welcomes over 150,000 visitors of all ages each year, including vacationing families, hobbyists, and rockhounds alike. Prospect for your very own world-famous Herkimer Diamonds in three above ground surface mines. These beautiful double-terminated quartz crystal gemstones were formed in Herkimer County nearly 500 million years ago. Admission includes all day prospecting and use of a hammer. Herkimer Diamonds were recently made even more famous when Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wore a pair of Herkimer Diamond stud earrings. These magnificent gems have also been featured on QVC Japan. Herkimer Diamond Mines operates seasonally from April through November, and is located 8 minutes from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Erie Canal Cruises
Take a journey through history on the calm waters of the Erie Canal while enjoying the spectacular scenery of New York’s beautiful Mohawk Valley. Join Captain Jerry and his crew on an incredibly fun, narrated, 90-minute sightseeing cruise, and learn a bit of history about the Erie Canal along the way. The thrill of the voyage is being raised and lowered over 20 feet in Lock 18 at Jacksonburg, one of the last remaining locks operating with original 100+ year old equipment. Evening and specialty cruises are also offered. Daily cruises depart from the Gems Along the Mohawk complex, a 4-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast. Erie Canal Cruises operates seasonally from May through October.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Start your scenic train ride experience from the Utica Train Station and explore New York like you never have before. Adirondack Scenic Railroad offers a variety of train rides throughout the year. Best selling rides include the Beer & Wine Train- watch the scenic countryside roll by while sipping on the best wines and brews; the Soda Fountain Train- take a train back in time to eat at The Soda Fountain, Remsen’s ‘50s-themed restaurant; and Utica to Thendara/Old Forge Experience—discover the beauty of the Adirondacks. Popular seasonal rides for children include the Princess Super Hero Train, Family Halloween Train, Adirondack Christmas Train, and Classic Polar Express™. Purchase your tickets online and board the train at Utica Station, a 15-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari
Located in the Adirondacks, New York’s largest water theme park has something for the entire family to enjoy and is perfect for kids of every age. The park is well laid out and features water rides, amusement rides, an arcade and game area, daily shows, a museum dedicated to the park, and petting zoo. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with the legendary Paul Bunyan statue, a fixture at the park for nearly 60 years. Enchanted Forest operates mid-June through the beginning of September. The park opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes at varying hours depending on the week. It’s best to arrive at opening time to get the most out of your day. Buy your tickets online before you go to get the best pricing. Enchanted Forest is about a one-hour and 15-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
The Farmers' Museum
If you love history, The Farmers’ Museum offers a unique opportunity step back in time and experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through several demonstrations and interpretive exhibits. The museum is home to a working farmstead, a recreated historic village comprised of buildings gathered from rural communities around New York state, the Empire State Carousel with 25 hand-carved animals, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Visitors can also view a collection of more than 23,000 items including early agricultural tools, carriages, and plows. Children will especially enjoy petting and feeding animals in the Children’s Barnyard. Located in Cooperstown, The Farmers’ Museum is a 35-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
If you’re looking for a fun and affordable day trip for the entire family, this is the attraction for you. Every tour of Howe Caverns starts with a 156-foot descent below the earth’s surface. From there you can experience a variety of tours exploring a six million-year-old cave. You’ll travel through limestone corridors, cavernous galleries, and under massive boulders until you reach a subterranean riverbed. You’ll be in awe of the strange formations and dripping stalactites you discover. The cave is open year-round, with tours offered Friday through Sunday. You can also enjoy an above ground Adventure Park featuring a Zip line, Ropes Course, Rock Wall and more. The Adventure Park is open seasonally, from late spring to early fall. Howe Caverns is a 55-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Remington Firearms Museum
When Eliphalet Remington built his first rifle back in 1816, he had no idea he was attending the birth of one of the largest firearms companies in the world. For nearly two centuries now, Remington firearms have helped shape our nation’s history. It’s an incredible story that all comes to life at the Remington Firearms Museum. You’ll see flintlock rifles that helped settle America, and muzzle-loaders from the battlefields of the Civil War. You’ll also discover other products out of Remington’s colorful past including knives, bicycles, cash registers, sewing machines, even a typewriter from the days of Mark Twain. If you’re interested in visiting, call 315-895-3200 or 1-800-243-9700 for Museum hours. Remington Firearms Museum is a 6-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Food & Drink
Ommegang’s beautiful farmstead brewery and grounds are situated on a 140-acre hop farm—a tribute to the region’s rich hop farming history. Ommegang brews 11 award-winning ales year-round, plus seasonal specials known for their rich flavors and aromas, full bodies, and translucent colors. Located directly behind the brewery is the Visitor’s Center and Café Ommegang. The café features Ommegang ales and a Belgian-inspired food menu which changes seasonally to incorporate locally-grown ingredients. The brewery’s expansive grounds provide picnicking and recreational areas welcoming to families. You can also join Ommegang for a series of concerts and events throughout the year. Located in Cooperstown, Brewery Ommegang is a 40-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Central New York Cheese Trail
Central New York’s cheesemakers invite you to experience our area’s rich cheesemaking heritage as you taste your way through the CNY Cheese Trail. Nine cheesemakers have combined forces to give you a unique culinary experience, including Adirondack Cheese, Cooperstown Cheese Company, Grassy Cow Dairy, Jewett’s Cheese House, Jones Family Farm, Kriemhild Dairy Farms, Original Herkimer Cheese, Poplar Hedge Farm and Creamery, and Stoltzfus Dairy. From goat farms, to butter churns, to cheese curds, you could easily make a weekend out of visiting them all. Those who visit each location receive a free insulated tote bag from the CNY Cheese Trail organization. The various stops along the trail span four counties and are between an 8-minute and 60-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Cooperstown Beverage Trail
Craft brewers pour local pride into every drop along the 37-mile trail. With more than 20,000 visitors a year, Cooperstown Beverage Trail boasts breweries, wineries, a distillery and an historic cider mill, each one making world-class beverages. Visitors can enjoy tastings, take a tour and get a close-up look at how the beverages are made, or just walk around in the many specialty shops. Cooperstown Beverage Trail is New York State’s first official cuisine trail, and includes Bear Pond Winery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Fly Creek Cider Mill, Butternuts Beer & Ale, Rustic Ridge Winery, Cooperstown Distillery, Pail Shop Vineyards, and Red Shed Brewery. The various stops along the trail are between a 35-minute and 60-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
Taste, tour and explore! From early September through November, a water-powered mill and 19th century process are used to produce fresh old-fashioned New York apple cider. Self-guided tours and the Mill Store Martketplace are open year-round. The shelves are brimming with the finest quality local treats- from apple salsa and homemade fudge to Mill-aged extra sharp NYS cheddar cheese and pickled garlic. Children can explore Tractorland, a paved little-trike track and wooden climb-on tractor, and feed friendly ducks and geese at the Millpond. The wheelchair accessible boardwalk provides a wonderful place to sit, relax, and enjoy a refreshing treat- all while taking in the beautiful view. Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is a 35-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
History & Culture
Fenimore Art Museum
Featuring everchanging exhibitions of art and culture, tours, book signings, lectures, and gorgeous terrace gardens with panoramic views of Otsego Lake, the Fenimore Art Museum is not to be missed. The museum collection is housed in an impressive neo-Georgian structure built in the 1930s on the site of James Fenimore Cooper’s early 19th century farmhouse. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Fenimore Museum Shop for elegant jewelry from regional artists, and books and gifts related to fine art, folk art, and the history of New York State. The Fenimore Café offers a variety of homestyle soups, sandwiches, desserts, and hot and cold beverages, including wine and locally brewed beer. Located in Cooperstown, Fenimore Art Museum is a 35-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Tour the Georgian-style home of Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer, who became an American Revolutionary War hero during the Battle of Oriskany in 1777. Visitors will appreciate the unspoiled landscape, including the Herkimer family burial ground, which is remarkably unchanged from the 18th century. Suitable for all ages, the historic site also features a visitor center with exhibits and audio tour, guided tours, educational displays, costumed re-enactments, gift shop, picnic area and bird watching area. The site grounds may be enjoyed year-round from dawn to dusk. Guided tours are available on limited days from late May to early September. Admission is usually less than $5 for adults and free for children 12 years and under. Day use and picnicking are free for all.
The Glimmerglass Festival is an internationally-acclaimed summer opera and musical theater festival. This one-of-a kind Cooperstown destination features classic performances, modern renditions, and renowned artists in a beautiful lakeside setting. If you are a music lover and appreciate world-class performing arts, then Glimmer Glass Festival is not to be missed. Cooperstown inns fill up fast and can be a bit pricey, especially on summer weekends, when most Glimmerglass performances take place. If you’re headed to Cooperstown, book your stay at Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast. You’ll enjoy incredible scenery on the short 35-minute drive and appreciate our affordable room rates. The 2020 Glimmerglass Festival runs July 11 through August 25.
Haunted History Trail
Explore part of the Haunted History Trail of New York State, a collection of over 65 creepy, spooky, and haunted locations spanning over 400 miles across the state. The year-round trail invites the paranormal-curious to participate in guided ghost tours and special events. The local portion of the trail includes a handful of haunted spots and spooky museums, each with their fair share of ghost stories. Local hauntings include Shoppes at the Finish Line, Herkimer Home State Historic Park, Union Station, Hyde Hall, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Old Stone Fort Museum and Dr. Best House & Medical Museum. Some locations are open daily, while some are by appointment only. The various stops mentioned above are between a 15-minute and 60-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Nature & Wildlife
Erie Canal Bike Trail
A cycling destination for riders of all abilities, the Erie Canal Bike Trail offers endless adventures exploring the charming towns, living history, scenic beauty and cultural attractions of New York State. Whether enjoying a leisurely ride from one village to another or spending a week completing the entire 360 miles (between Buffalo and Albany), we recommend mapping out your itinerary using the interactive Erie Canalway Trail Map. You’ll find places to discover along the entire length of the trail. And because it’s responsive, you can use it on your phone or tablet while you’re on the trail. Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast is located just over one mile from the trail in Herkimer and provides guests with complimentary secured storage for their bicycles.
Stay with us for a weekend during our favorite time of year and enjoy the brilliant colors that emerge during the fall foliage season. Fall is the season to take your time driving down the winding Central New York roads bursting with vibrant orange, sunny yellow and blazing red leaves. And with the ability to go places cars can’t, this is also a great time to consider a train ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. With nearly endless opportunities for outdoor fun, there’s nothing else more pleasing to the senses. Peak colors usually start in the Adirondacks the last two weeks of September and vary from place to place through the end of October. We strongly recommend calling us ahead of your visit at 315-982-5004 for an up-to-date report on the fall colors in our area.
Bring the whole family to see Utica Zoo’s over 200 different animals from 99 unique species, including African Lions, Red Pandas, and Bactrian Camels. Serving the region for over 100 years, the Utica Zoo is open year-round (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Regular admission varies by season and is usually less than $10. The Zoo offers a variety of special events, programs and activities. During the summer months, Late Fridays at the Utica Zoo features a beer and wine garden, animal walkabouts, and yard games. During the winter months you can snowshoe at the Utica Zoo. Guests can bring their own snowshoes or rent them onsite. The last snowshoe rental occurs at 3:00 p.m. With wooded trails and amazing scenery, snowshoeing lets you see the zoo in a whole new way. Utica Zoo is a 25-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Shopping & Entertainment
Turning Stone Resort & Casino
The Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone offers something for everyone with a 125,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor (over 80 table games and 2,000 slot machines), five golf courses, a world-class luxury day spa, over 20 superb dining choices, dazzling live entertainment for nonstop fun and excitement. You can also develop your skills at the indoor Sportsplex—an award-winning facility featuring a new short game area, two racquetball courts, tennis and golf domes, spacious locker rooms and well-stocked pro shops. The casino offers smoker-friendly and non-smoking gaming areas. From Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast, Turning Stone is an easy 35-minute drive on the New York State Thruway (Exit 33). Onsite parking is free.
The quaint shops, antique malls, galleries, restaurants, old mill buildings, and scenic views along the waterfront of Canal Place in Little Falls, offer visitors everything from the arts to natural history all in one area. After taking in the history of the old mill buildings and shopping the hundreds of antique vendors, be sure to walk to Benton’s Landing to see the remains of an ancient aqueduct connecting the old canal to the port facilities that once existed there. Next take a short walk to Lock 17 and Moss Islands to witness the giant potholes carved out of stone by a Pleistocene-era water fall. When you get back, take in an exhibit at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts and enjoy a meal at one of the canal-side eateries. Canal Place is a 12-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
Mohawk Antiques Mall
Whether you’re starting a collection or adding to one, you’re sure to find something old to treasure at Mohawk Antiques Mall. Mohawk Antiques Mall is a multi-vendor cooperative housed in a two-story historical factory building. They offer thousands of vintage and antique items, collectibles, jewelry, furniture and much more in their main building. They also have an architectural and salvage warehouse with over 15 separate vendors who bring in new and exotic items daily. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. They are closed on Tuesdays. Mohawk Antiques Mall is a short 4-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast and is located just over the bridge from New York State Thruway Exit 30.
Gems Along the Mohawk
With shopping, dining, cruising and regional information all in one location, this place has it all. While you’re there, take a moment to stop into the official Mohawk Valley Visitor Center and learn more about the region. With items from over 70 New York legacy businesses under one roof, you’re sure to find a locally-inspired gift at the specialty shopping building. When you’re done shopping, dine on the canal at Waterfront Grille. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Waterfront Grille is the most visited and enjoyed dine-in restaurant of our guests. The complex is also home to Erie Canal Cruises, where award-winning narration and spectacular sightseeing on the Erie Canal await you aboard a cruise boat, departing twice daily. Gems Along the Mohawk is located across the street from New York State Thruway Exit 30, a 4-minute drive from Grand Colonial Bed and Breakfast.