Take a free shuttle ride or a quick walk from campus and you’ll find yourself in downtown Oneonta. It has a welcoming Main Street lined with restaurants, shopping, and places to hang out. Expand your search and you’ll discover even more local favorites.
Try Oneonta’s famous cold-cheese pizza: a hot slice topped with cold mozzarella cheese. Or take a short drive to the Golden Gurnsey for old-fashioned ice cream. In season, buy local at the Oneonta Farmers’ Market. For restaurants, there’s Autumn Café, a.k.a. the Autumn. It’s Hartwick students’ favorite natural food joint. When your parents visit, head to Stella Luna’s Ristorante for the great food of chef/owners who are big into ’Wick athletics.
Our town also has great coffee shops, bakeries, Greek, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and the famous Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q; movie theatres; a bowling alley; a small mall (affectionately called “the Small”); and even a roller-skating rink.
Culture’s around every corner. There’s the Orpheus Theatre, Foothills Performing Arts Center, and Catskill Symphony Orchestra (you might audition). There are open poetry nights and author events at the Green Toad bookstore, live music weekends at the Autumn or the B Side Ballroom, and really great performances back on campus by Hartwick theatre, orchestra, and chorus.
Oneonta also is just 20 miles from historic Cooperstown, NY, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Otsego Lake, 60 minutes from Albany and Binghamton, and three and a half hours from New York City and Boston.