My apologies for not posting in a while.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I attended a function his work held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Copperstown, NY, a very popular wedding location in upstate New York's Leatherstocking Region. We enjoyed a catered dinner in the evening and stayed overnight with a buffet breakfast served in the main dining room the next morning. Overall, the stay was relaxing and the Otesaga is a beautiful hotel with lovely grounds and the Leatherstocking Golf Course along the shore of Otsego Lake.
My husband works with someone who had their wedding at the Otesaga. His wife showed me pictures taken during their wedding and I can see why the hotel is a popular wedding destination for either a wedding reception or a wedding weekend. Currently the veranda is being renovated, but I've been to the Otesaga at another time for dinner (my husband, then boyfriend) surprised me one night and before dinner we sat on the veranda overlooking the beautiful Lake Otsego. The perfect spot for your pre-wedding dinner or cocktail reception. The Otesaga is capable of holding weddings with as many as 350 guests.
Plus, your out of town guests can stay right at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. One thing I should mention that really surprised me is The Otesaga IS NOT a smoke free hotel. They DO NOT offer non-smoking accommodations, but on the web site, it does say that the Housekeeping Department has air purifiers to use if necessary. I remembered having read this when I opened a drawer and saw an ash tray in it. I'll admit, the room didn't smell of cigarette smoke, but as soon as you got into bed, the sheets and pillows smelled of stale cigarette smoke. If this would affect your guests, I recommend you have them stay at the nearby Cooper Inn - their web site says "For the health and safety of all our guests, the Inn is a smoke-free environment".
One other note I should mention is regarding room service - when my husband had to attend a meeting, I wanted to order lunch via room service.....but, that didn't work out too well because there was no menu in our room to the hotel's restaurant, The Hawkeye Bar and Grill. So, I went down to see if I could order it there and have it brought up to the room - only to be told that it would be a while and probably be quicker if I was to eat there. Which I did, but it still seemed to take a while and their service wasn't all that great, but when you eat there you can't control the tip - it's automatically included in the bill. On the plus side, the meals that I had were very good... lunch (ham and cheese on pumpernickel with cucumber salad), 3 course dinner with dessert (shrimp cocktail, baby romaine salad with artichokes, salmon with dill butter sauce and cheesecake with rasberry sauce), and the buffet breakfast.
Other than those few things I experienced while staying at here, I do recommend a stay or wedding at the Otesaga. If you have either stayed at the Otesaga or had a wedding there - please either email me or post a comment - I'd love to hear about your experience(s) there.