Oneonta is a charming historic town in upstate New York. It has 14 pizza places, a movie theater, two microbreweries, and a nationally renowned opera company. There’s also plenty of peace and quiet, clean air, and outdoor activities.
Take a free shuttle ride or a quick walk and you’ll find yourself in 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 town favorites. Try Oneonta’s traditional cold-cheese pizza: a slice topped with cold mozzarella cheese. Or take a short drive to Pie in the Sky 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, 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 Brooks’ Famous 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, 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 Lake Otsego, 60 minutes from Albany and Binghamton, and three and one half hours from New York City and Boston.
More than 80% of Hartwick students live in College housing, and the campus is constantly on the move with activities offered virtually every night of the week. For some 30 students, cabins at the College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus offer a unique residential alternative to dorm life. Even though the Lake setting seems remote, students share a strong sense of community and have easy access to the main campus