Cooperstown is a small community of about 2400 people on beautiful Lake Otsego in the state of New York. It is located 77 miles west of Albany. The original settlement was named after William Cooper, the father of James Fenimore Cooper, the author of The Last of the Mohicans. During the summer the population swells to more than 50,000 people. Most of the guests in budget hotels in Cooperstown are here to see the famous Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. This iconic American institution has 30,000 exhibits. It honors the gameâ€™s greatest stars, such as Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. The items on display include bats and baseballs of specific importance, as well as uniforms, ballpark artifacts, and priceless trading cards. Visitors can learn all there is to know about the game of baseball and its history. A die-hard baseball fan will need more than a day to see everything.Guests in discount hotels in Cooperstown can also go to the Brewery Ommegang to learn all about the unique process of brewing Belgian beer. They can even sample the product. The 25 historic buildings of the Farmerâ€™s Museum take you back to rural life in 1845. The Fenimore Art Museum is housed in an elegant 1930s mansion on the site of the home of James Fenimore Cooper. Hyde Hall is a neoclassic mansion that dates back to 1817. Its 50 rooms show how the upper class lived in the years between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.