Hamilton College is a small (1,900 undergraduate students) private liberal arts college based in Clinton, New York. Hamilton competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
Famous "Continental" alumni include Sol Linowitz - attorney, diplomat (negotiated return of the Panama Canal), Ezra Pound - poet, Sarah Rafferty - actress (Suits), William McLaren Bristol - co-founder of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Marc Randolph - co-founder of Netflix, André Matias - 2016 Olympic rower, and Paul Lieberstein - writer and actor (The Office).
Top 5 Parent Picks when visiting Hamilton College:
Clinton Cider Mill - Great to watch how the apple cider is made and they offer delicious apples, hot cider, cider donuts, pies, etc. Open seasonally, parents weekend can be busy, but so worth it.
Root Glen - It is one of the Arboretums on campus and is a gorgeous walk any time of year really. We even like it in the snow, but Autumn is particularly beautiful.
Cooperstown is a short drive from campus. You can visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, but it is also a nice walking village with lots of shops and eateries.
Local restaurants - Across the Row Bistro offers great food and great service. Nola's has a nice Sunday brunch.
Along with several nice Bed and Breakfasts nearby (eg, Amidst the Hedges and Arbor Inn), the Turning Stone Resort has a nice spa and lovely walking trails on the grounds. It's a bit of a drive (about 20 minutes), but offers a nice option.
Maggie is from Morristown, New Jersey and she is a Sophmore at Hamilton. One quirky fact about Maggie..."I wrote my college essay about chicken tenders (long story!)"
Jack is from Summit, New Jersey and one quirky fact about Jack..."I prefer to be at least two feet away from mashed potatoes at all times!"
Fun fact about Hamilton University:
Maggie: One of our alums is the co-founder of Netflix!
Jack: Although I head to downtown Clinton for a couple good restaurants, for more activities, I head over to New Hartford.
Favorite Ice Cream Parlour and Flavor:
Maggie: There is a great fro-yo place in New Hartford called Hoopla that the college-run shuttle stops at... but most of the time it's too cold for ice cream!
Jack: Bonomo's Dari Creme, coffee chip.
Bakery and Favorite Sweet:
Maggie: Utica Coffee Roasting Co. in Clinton has the Upstate NY classic half-moon cookies and of course awesome coffee. Check out the coffee photo as Utica uses uncooked spaghetti as stirrers to cut down on plastic waste!
Jack: Florentine Pastry Shop, muffin.
Where to Grab a Coffee or Tea:
Maggie: The coffee shop on campus, Opus, has great coffee (and cookies!) They have one location on dark side, with a ton of comfy chairs and music playing, and another on light side in the science center so you can grab a coffee before your lectures.
Jack: Tramontane Cafe.
Maggie: Giovanni's Pizzeria. They deliver and offer more than just pizza (wings, pasta, subs, etc.).
Jack: Giovanni's Pizzeria.
Diner and Favorite Dish:
Maggie: We have a diner on campus, that has great burgers, paninis, wraps, and much more. My favorite is the Tuscan Chicken panini. They also serve a late-night breakfast on Thurs–Sat from 12pm to 4am.
Jack: Raspberries of Utica, Veggie Omelette.
Mexican Spot and Favorite Dish:
Jack: Rio Grande Tex Mex Grill, Quesadilla.
Breakfast Spot with a friend or date:
Maggie: Nola's has a great brunch, and the atmosphere is great.
Jack: Charlie's Place.
Where you would love your parents to take you for Parents weekend:
Maggie: The Clinton Cider Mill is a Hamilton classic and is absolutely packed on parents weekend, but it's worth it. They make delicious fresh apple cider on an old press that you can see operating as you stand in line, and their cider donuts are to die for. For a nice break from dining hall dinner, Across the Row Bistro has a great dinner selection, and they are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
Jack: Across the Row Bistro.
Things to do:
Night Spot for Music:
Maggie: There isn't anything in town, but CAB brings in lots of different music groups. This year they got The Mowgli's and D.R.A.M. They also host student coffeehouses to discover talent in our own community.
Jack: Club Lava at The Turningstone Resort.
Where to go for Yoga, Exercise Classes, or the Gym:
Maggie: The on-campus fitness center has great equipment and offers different classes, like yoga, soccer, dance, etc.
Jack: The on-campus fitness center.
Best Dive Bar:
Maggie: The Village Tavern, or the VT, is super popular, and they run a shuttle down to it on weekends.
Jack: Don's Rok.
Tell us More!:
Maggie: On campus, Euphoria's smoothies are amazing, and the reason most of the money on my Hillcard disappears. Also, Taj Mahal, an Indian food place in New Hartford, delivers and their food is amazing.