Destination guide

Visit the City of the Hills

Oneonta, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, is known as "the City of the Hills". To the west of the city lies Table Rock which offers the best view of the city and is where the Mohawk name of Oneonta originates. With 14,000 inhabitants and a thriving university campus, the people of Oneonta consider their home a city with a small-town atmosphere. From indoor and outdoor sporting activities to historic attractions exhibiting some of America's best ethnographic collections, the city is sure to captivate all those who choose an Oneonta vacation rental.

Things to do

Artifacts both big and small

The City of the Hills is steeped in history. A visit to The Yager Museum of Art & Culture reveals fascinating exhibits on local archaeology and ethnography. The collection includes everything from artifacts used by the first native Americans who inhabited the area, to contemporary art by Andy Warhol and the American Impressionists. If you think your Oneonta vacation rental is quaint, consider a tour of the Swart-Wilcox House. Built in 1800, it's the oldest house in town and a museum to the settlement of the Susquehanna River region. Round off a day with a tasting at Bear Pond Winery.


Serious golf or fun for the kids

With more than 10 public golf courses in the area, fans of the sport are spoilt for choice when staying in an Oneonta vacation rental. The 2 nearest are Woodhaven Park and Ouleout Creek. Surrounded by pine forest and stunning views of the Catskills, all are welcome to play on these pro-level courses. If indoor fun is more your style, the Interskate 88 amusement park has plenty to keep the kids happy. You can speed off around the hardwood roller skating rink, duck and dive through the laser tag arena or spend a nostalgic few hours in the video arcade.


When to hit the Catskill trails

While an Oneonta vacation rental can be enjoyed at any time of year, those drawn to the area to get out and hike in the Catskill Mountains may want to consider different factors carefully. In the peak season at the height of summer, try to book up your rental as early as possible. A good time to hit the trails is the spring months when they are less crowded and the weather slightly cooler. If you're lucky enough to secure a rental in fall, you'll enjoy the spectacular foliage as it bursts into color.

Natural features

High views and low wetlands

To catch a sight of the native wildlife only a short distance from your Oneonta vacation rental you can choose to go high or low. The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Sanctuary overlooking Oneonta has a wide variety of animal and plant species. The large property has hiking trails leading through open fields and forest and is home to many species of birds, most notably red-tailed hawks and the emblematic golden eagle. If hiking uphill sounds like too much work, Emmons Pond Bog is an ethereal, somber and watery place. Here, visitors can spot all manner of amphibians and marine life.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Oneonta

Fly into Binghamton, NY (BGM-Greater Binghamton), the closest airport, located 50 mi (80.5 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Oneonta?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 378 vacation rentals near Oneonta. From 212 Houses to 47 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oneonta for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Oneonta?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Oneonta. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cooperstown All Star Village Fields: 318 vacation rentals
  • State University of New York-Oneonta: 345 vacation rentals
  • Hartwick College: 339 vacation rentals
  • Damaschke Field: 341 vacation rentals
  • Foothills Performing Arts Center: 340 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Oneonta listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Oneonta?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 212 Houses in Oneonta. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Oneonta include:

  • Cabins: 47 rentals available
  • Cottages: 47 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 63 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Oneonta?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 74 vacation rentals with pool available in Oneonta. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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