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Guidebook for Rochester

Alan & Kelly

Guidebook for Rochester

Food Scene
Good food, professional but casual atmosphere, part of the University of Rochester's College Town.
Grappa
Good food, professional but casual atmosphere, part of the University of Rochester's College Town.
Delicious! This is the best Thai food in Rochester - winning the "Best of" award 4 years in a row! Love the vegetable pad-thai, with 1-2 peppers. MMM Great lunch specials - try the lemon grass soup.
The KING AND I Cuisine of Thailand
1455 East Henrietta Road
Delicious! This is the best Thai food in Rochester - winning the "Best of" award 4 years in a row! Love the vegetable pad-thai, with 1-2 peppers. MMM Great lunch specials - try the lemon grass soup.
Rochester Local Brews with a great outdoor eating space overlooking Rochester's High Falls. Typical bar food, but worth checking out. If you've never had one - and chances are you haven't - try a white hot while you're in town. (Served here and everywhere else) Why are they white? White Hots are made from uncured and unsmoked pork, beef, and veal; the lack of smoking or curing allows the meat to retain a naturally white color.
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Genesee Brew House
25 Cataract Street
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Rochester Local Brews with a great outdoor eating space overlooking Rochester's High Falls. Typical bar food, but worth checking out. If you've never had one - and chances are you haven't - try a white hot while you're in town. (Served here and everywhere else) Why are they white? White Hots are made from uncured and unsmoked pork, beef, and veal; the lack of smoking or curing allows the meat to retain a naturally white color.
Iconic Rochester/Syracuse/Albany Bar-b-que steeped in southern traditions with but with added twists. They have found their flavor and are keeping it, along with the national awards!
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
99 Court Street
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Iconic Rochester/Syracuse/Albany Bar-b-que steeped in southern traditions with but with added twists. They have found their flavor and are keeping it, along with the national awards!
It's going to sound weird, but this Rochester staple is must have! The "GARBAGE PLATE" isn't appealing by name, but it's amazing once you take a bite! At first you will stumble upon this culinary creation after a late night on the town, when nothing else is open... but then you will start eating it for regular meals like lunch and dinner. What is it?! Standard garbage plates will be served over potatoes and mac salad with your choice of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, or sausage, all smothered in onions and "hot sauce" which in Rochester is a spicy, ground beef sauce and is good on just about everything. (Try it on eggs!) Alternative venues for GARBAGE PLATES: Nick Tahous - the original Henrietta Hots - Open LATE Quimby's - Only $6 on Wednesdays
Schaller's Brighton
2747 W Henrietta Rd
It's going to sound weird, but this Rochester staple is must have! The "GARBAGE PLATE" isn't appealing by name, but it's amazing once you take a bite! At first you will stumble upon this culinary creation after a late night on the town, when nothing else is open... but then you will start eating it for regular meals like lunch and dinner. What is it?! Standard garbage plates will be served over potatoes and mac salad with your choice of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, or sausage, all smothered in onions and "hot sauce" which in Rochester is a spicy, ground beef sauce and is good on just about everything. (Try it on eggs!) Alternative venues for GARBAGE PLATES: Nick Tahous - the original Henrietta Hots - Open LATE Quimby's - Only $6 on Wednesdays
More Rochester BBQ?! YUP! Sticky lips is home to the "Atomic Bomb Challenge" featured on Man vs. Food. Even if you don't want to take on the massive 1 lb of hamburger, 1 lb pulled pork, 1 lb french fries, 1/2 lb of meat sauce, 1/4 lb of cheese and 8 strips of bacon all sandwiched between to over-sized buns, you will find delicious BBQ, great beer, and live music.
Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint
830 Jefferson Road
More Rochester BBQ?! YUP! Sticky lips is home to the "Atomic Bomb Challenge" featured on Man vs. Food. Even if you don't want to take on the massive 1 lb of hamburger, 1 lb pulled pork, 1 lb french fries, 1/2 lb of meat sauce, 1/4 lb of cheese and 8 strips of bacon all sandwiched between to over-sized buns, you will find delicious BBQ, great beer, and live music.
Indian food can be a little scary if you're unfamiliar with it, but everything at Thali of India is great! Personally I love the lunch buffet on Saturdays from 11:30-3pm A great eatery for those looking for something outside the norm.
Thali of India
3259 South Winton Road
Indian food can be a little scary if you're unfamiliar with it, but everything at Thali of India is great! Personally I love the lunch buffet on Saturdays from 11:30-3pm A great eatery for those looking for something outside the norm.
Banana Pancakes! They are so good! This is a popular breakfast spot, so if you are going on the weekends, GO EARLY. Park Avenue is a great place to walk around, if Frog Pond is full, try Jines next door. Both have great food.
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The Frog Pond
652 Park Avenue
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Banana Pancakes! They are so good! This is a popular breakfast spot, so if you are going on the weekends, GO EARLY. Park Avenue is a great place to walk around, if Frog Pond is full, try Jines next door. Both have great food.
Delicious Mexican food! Dorado's makes great food at a reasonable price. You should also try out some of their signature drinks - homemade mojitos and the infamous "Mexican Car Crash" where your corona is flipped upside down into your margarita.
Dorado
690 Park Avenue
Delicious Mexican food! Dorado's makes great food at a reasonable price. You should also try out some of their signature drinks - homemade mojitos and the infamous "Mexican Car Crash" where your corona is flipped upside down into your margarita.
A fine dining experience that is eco-friendly and delicious! Featuring steak and seafood, black and blue will not let you down. The food is fresh and prepared quite nicely. Try the oyster sampler - they're all caught from somewhere different so you can compare as you taste.
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black & blue steak and crab, Rochester NY
3349 Monroe Ave
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A fine dining experience that is eco-friendly and delicious! Featuring steak and seafood, black and blue will not let you down. The food is fresh and prepared quite nicely. Try the oyster sampler - they're all caught from somewhere different so you can compare as you taste.
Cookies.... oh my goodness! They are warm. They are delicious. They deliver! S'mores cookies... mmm.
Insomnia Cookies
1333 Mt Hope Ave
Cookies.... oh my goodness! They are warm. They are delicious. They deliver! S'mores cookies... mmm.
Phillips European is delicious! EVERYTHING is soooo good. They have a good lunch menu, are a romantic dinner venue, and the desserts are out of this world!
Phillips European Restaurant
26 Corporate Woods
Phillips European is delicious! EVERYTHING is soooo good. They have a good lunch menu, are a romantic dinner venue, and the desserts are out of this world!
Sinful Sweets makes some of the best cupcakes in Rochester. The gluttony cupcake is chocolate with salted caramel filling and vanilla frosting. They're great!
Sinful Sweets
258 Alexander St
Sinful Sweets makes some of the best cupcakes in Rochester. The gluttony cupcake is chocolate with salted caramel filling and vanilla frosting. They're great!
Abbott's is a Rochester favorite for nearly 115 years! Frozen custard is similar to ice cream, but significantly more delicious! It's thicker, creamier, and richer in taste. The chocolate almond is a crowd favorite. There are several locations in the Rochester area, the closest is about 4.5 miles away. 1225 West Jefferson Rd. Henrietta NY
Abbott's Frozen Custard
4791 Lake Avenue
Abbott's is a Rochester favorite for nearly 115 years! Frozen custard is similar to ice cream, but significantly more delicious! It's thicker, creamier, and richer in taste. The chocolate almond is a crowd favorite. There are several locations in the Rochester area, the closest is about 4.5 miles away. 1225 West Jefferson Rd. Henrietta NY
Orange Marmalade stuffed french toast is a must for people with a sweet tooth and a zeal for zest. They are so delicious! Bacon as a side is a must! Friends also say they have solid english muffins.
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Jines Restaurant
658 Park Avenue
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Orange Marmalade stuffed french toast is a must for people with a sweet tooth and a zeal for zest. They are so delicious! Bacon as a side is a must! Friends also say they have solid english muffins.
These authentic New York style bagels are a quick but delicious pick-up on your way to RIT or headed towards the Thruway. The breakfast sandwiches are hearty and satisfy the taste buds, my favorite of which is the Western.
Bruegger's Bagels
3333 W Henrietta Rd
These authentic New York style bagels are a quick but delicious pick-up on your way to RIT or headed towards the Thruway. The breakfast sandwiches are hearty and satisfy the taste buds, my favorite of which is the Western.
As their slogan says, "If you could cook like this at home, you wouldn't be eating here!" This restaurant gets rave reviews for their great wait staff, friendly atmosphere, exceptional (and vast) food choices, and a kitchen that sits just behind the counter, filling the air with aromas that will make your mouth water. Their pricing is reasonable and their portions are filling!
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James Brown's Place
1356 Culver Road
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As their slogan says, "If you could cook like this at home, you wouldn't be eating here!" This restaurant gets rave reviews for their great wait staff, friendly atmosphere, exceptional (and vast) food choices, and a kitchen that sits just behind the counter, filling the air with aromas that will make your mouth water. Their pricing is reasonable and their portions are filling!
This upscale diner, located along the Erie Canal, offers traditional American breakfasts at reasonable prices. People argue over whether their breakfast or lunch menu is better - you be the judge! Just remember, this place is small and accepts CASH ONLY!
Village Coal Tower Restaurant
9 Schoen Place
This upscale diner, located along the Erie Canal, offers traditional American breakfasts at reasonable prices. People argue over whether their breakfast or lunch menu is better - you be the judge! Just remember, this place is small and accepts CASH ONLY!
Peppermints is a classic diner very close to the Thru-Way. The prices are slightly on the higher side, but the food is consistently good and the service is great. You'll have coffee within a few minutes of being seated, and a refill on the way! They have a fantastic selection of tea available as well - Kelly's favorite is the peppermint ginseng.
Peppermints
4870 W Henrietta Rd
Peppermints is a classic diner very close to the Thru-Way. The prices are slightly on the higher side, but the food is consistently good and the service is great. You'll have coffee within a few minutes of being seated, and a refill on the way! They have a fantastic selection of tea available as well - Kelly's favorite is the peppermint ginseng.
I love Magnolias for Lunch! It's a sweet little restaurant located in a trendy area of Rochester (Park Ave) and has a menu flush with quality ingredients and good eats. Even President Barack Obama has sat down to enjoy a meal here! (Really! They even have a menu item named after him!)
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Magnolia's Deli & Cafe
366 Park Avenue
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I love Magnolias for Lunch! It's a sweet little restaurant located in a trendy area of Rochester (Park Ave) and has a menu flush with quality ingredients and good eats. Even President Barack Obama has sat down to enjoy a meal here! (Really! They even have a menu item named after him!)
Located kitty-corner from Magnolias, The Red Fern serves fresh, yummy, vegan-fare, with many gluten free options. The atmosphere is light and earthy, quite cozy too! Don't be put off by their lack of meat, you might be surprised by how delicious everything is. During warmer weather they offer outside seating which is a nice way to enjoy the short-lived summer season.
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The Red Fern
283 Oxford Street
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Located kitty-corner from Magnolias, The Red Fern serves fresh, yummy, vegan-fare, with many gluten free options. The atmosphere is light and earthy, quite cozy too! Don't be put off by their lack of meat, you might be surprised by how delicious everything is. During warmer weather they offer outside seating which is a nice way to enjoy the short-lived summer season.
Located closer to ”home” Saha is part of College Town and features traditional Mediterranean food. If healthy eating is one of your goals, this restaurant is sure to please. They offer plenty of vegetarian options, and their seasonal salads have amazing flavor, and are also large enough to be quite filling! You might even have leftovers!
Saha Med Grill
1395 Mt Hope Ave
Located closer to ”home” Saha is part of College Town and features traditional Mediterranean food. If healthy eating is one of your goals, this restaurant is sure to please. They offer plenty of vegetarian options, and their seasonal salads have amazing flavor, and are also large enough to be quite filling! You might even have leftovers!
Crêpes aren't just for dessert anymore! There's a vast selection of creative dishes and Crêpes to choose from on the menu. Portions are good and the food is delicious. There are many sides to choose from to compliment your dish, freshly cut fruit and vegetables, and a large selection of wine to enjoy as well. After eating your fill, take a stroll along the Erie Canal and enjoy the scenery!
Simply Crêpes Cafe and Catering of Pittsford
7 Schoen Pl
Crêpes aren't just for dessert anymore! There's a vast selection of creative dishes and Crêpes to choose from on the menu. Portions are good and the food is delicious. There are many sides to choose from to compliment your dish, freshly cut fruit and vegetables, and a large selection of wine to enjoy as well. After eating your fill, take a stroll along the Erie Canal and enjoy the scenery!
Pho for all! Although the menu is not limited to Pho, it is a favorite. The flavor of the broth and quantity of noodles will not disappoint. Try the beef Pho and you will surely be pleased! SEA is a popular haunt for many, and has a sizable lunch crowd.
SEA Restaurant
1675 Mt Hope Ave
Pho for all! Although the menu is not limited to Pho, it is a favorite. The flavor of the broth and quantity of noodles will not disappoint. Try the beef Pho and you will surely be pleased! SEA is a popular haunt for many, and has a sizable lunch crowd.
Lovin Cup is part of Park Point at RIT. This trendy restaurant offers more than most as they appease all of your senses. The food will delight, the smell of coffee in the air is exquisite, live music fills the air (mostly in the evening), the tables are made by a local artisan, as well as much of the wall decor - some of which is for sale. If you go for dinner, stay for drinks and music!
Lovin' Cup
Lovin Cup is part of Park Point at RIT. This trendy restaurant offers more than most as they appease all of your senses. The food will delight, the smell of coffee in the air is exquisite, live music fills the air (mostly in the evening), the tables are made by a local artisan, as well as much of the wall decor - some of which is for sale. If you go for dinner, stay for drinks and music!
The atmosphere is a blend of industrial-sheik and cozy. Although this sounds contradictory, they've done a great job integrating steel beams, beautiful wood, and candle light. The food is served family style, because you are meant to try and enjoy everything that comes to the table. They recommend that you order 2 dishes for two people, unless it was the burger which is an entire pound and easily split. We really enjoyed the duck.
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Good Luck
50 Anderson Avenue
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The atmosphere is a blend of industrial-sheik and cozy. Although this sounds contradictory, they've done a great job integrating steel beams, beautiful wood, and candle light. The food is served family style, because you are meant to try and enjoy everything that comes to the table. They recommend that you order 2 dishes for two people, unless it was the burger which is an entire pound and easily split. We really enjoyed the duck.
Situated on the Genesee River, this romantic restaurant is full service - offering free valet to patrons and outdoor seating along the river. Going with a group or just a duo, nobody will be disappointed with their meal. Save room for dessert and coffee. They are both made to perfection.
Pane Vino On The River
175 N Water St
Situated on the Genesee River, this romantic restaurant is full service - offering free valet to patrons and outdoor seating along the river. Going with a group or just a duo, nobody will be disappointed with their meal. Save room for dessert and coffee. They are both made to perfection.
Searching for a vegetarian-friendly dinner option? Their menu has a wonderful variety of large and small plates, and they strive to accommodate all diets - it's not all vegetables :) You will be pleased to sit outside under their pergola which features a clear roof over the wooden beams, string lights, and ceiling fans!
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The Owl House
75 Marshall Street
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Searching for a vegetarian-friendly dinner option? Their menu has a wonderful variety of large and small plates, and they strive to accommodate all diets - it's not all vegetables :) You will be pleased to sit outside under their pergola which features a clear roof over the wooden beams, string lights, and ceiling fans!
You know what you don't see enough of? Restaurants with a theme of 'balls.' ORBS isn't messing around; they've truly embraced the motif. Although not all of their food is round, their 'balls' are what they're most known for. They also have a popular Friday fish-fry.
ORBS Restaurant and Bar
758 South Avenue
You know what you don't see enough of? Restaurants with a theme of 'balls.' ORBS isn't messing around; they've truly embraced the motif. Although not all of their food is round, their 'balls' are what they're most known for. They also have a popular Friday fish-fry.
Where everyday is Mardi Gras! Specializing in New Orleans style cuisine, The Beale serves Gumbo, Cat-Man-Do, Po Boys, Jambalaya, and Etouffee! They also boast a large variety of bourbons and live music daily!
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The Beale
689 South Avenue
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Where everyday is Mardi Gras! Specializing in New Orleans style cuisine, The Beale serves Gumbo, Cat-Man-Do, Po Boys, Jambalaya, and Etouffee! They also boast a large variety of bourbons and live music daily!
Quickly becoming a favorite for drinks after work, Bar Louie is especially busy on Tuesdays when they offer $5 burgers! We love taking advantage of this special and pairing it with a happy-hour beer. The Portabella Burger is Kelly's favorite, but Alan tends towards the South West Burger, both of us choose to replace the fries with tater-tots though. Go early, because seats fill up fast!
Bar Louie
935 Jefferson Rd
Quickly becoming a favorite for drinks after work, Bar Louie is especially busy on Tuesdays when they offer $5 burgers! We love taking advantage of this special and pairing it with a happy-hour beer. The Portabella Burger is Kelly's favorite, but Alan tends towards the South West Burger, both of us choose to replace the fries with tater-tots though. Go early, because seats fill up fast!
It's going to sound weird, but this Rochester staple is must have... The "GARBAGE PLATE" isn't appealing by name, but it's amazing once you take a bite! At first you will stumble upon this culinary creation after a late night on the town, when nothing else is open... but then you will start eating it for regular meals like lunch and dinner. What is it?! Standard garbage plates will be served over potatoes and mac salad with your choice of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, or sausage, all smothered in onions and "hot sauce" which in Rochester is a spicy, meat sauce and is good on just about everything. (Try it on eggs!)
J B Quimby's
3259 Winton Road
It's going to sound weird, but this Rochester staple is must have... The "GARBAGE PLATE" isn't appealing by name, but it's amazing once you take a bite! At first you will stumble upon this culinary creation after a late night on the town, when nothing else is open... but then you will start eating it for regular meals like lunch and dinner. What is it?! Standard garbage plates will be served over potatoes and mac salad with your choice of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, or sausage, all smothered in onions and "hot sauce" which in Rochester is a spicy, meat sauce and is good on just about everything. (Try it on eggs!)
This American-Korean restaurant has a lot to offer for a large group or a duo. Rochester is very proud of their "Buffalo Wings" and although you can find quality wings all around town, ButaPub makes some of the best! They put a twist on the traditional wing with asian inspired flavors and the result is amazing! Go on Wednesdays for the $1 special.
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ButaPub
315 Gregory Street
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This American-Korean restaurant has a lot to offer for a large group or a duo. Rochester is very proud of their "Buffalo Wings" and although you can find quality wings all around town, ButaPub makes some of the best! They put a twist on the traditional wing with asian inspired flavors and the result is amazing! Go on Wednesdays for the $1 special.
It's going to sound weird, but this Rochester staple is must have! The "GARBAGE PLATE" isn't appealing by name, but it's amazing once you take a bite! At first you will stumble upon this culinary creation after a late night on the town, when nothing else is open... but then you will start eating it for regular meals like lunch and dinner. What is it?! Standard garbage plates will be served over potatoes and mac salad with your choice of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, or sausage, all smothered in onions and "hot sauce" which in Rochester is a spicy, ground beef sauce and is good on just about everything. (Try it on eggs!)
Steve T. Hots & Potatoes
2260 Lyell Ave
It's going to sound weird, but this Rochester staple is must have! The "GARBAGE PLATE" isn't appealing by name, but it's amazing once you take a bite! At first you will stumble upon this culinary creation after a late night on the town, when nothing else is open... but then you will start eating it for regular meals like lunch and dinner. What is it?! Standard garbage plates will be served over potatoes and mac salad with your choice of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, or sausage, all smothered in onions and "hot sauce" which in Rochester is a spicy, ground beef sauce and is good on just about everything. (Try it on eggs!)
It's going to sound weird, but this Rochester staple is must have! The "GARBAGE PLATE" isn't appealing by name, but it's amazing once you take a bite! At first you will stumble upon this culinary creation after a late night on the town, when nothing else is open... but then you will start eating it for regular meals like lunch and dinner. What is it?! Standard garbage plates will be served over potatoes and mac salad with your choice of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, or sausage, all smothered in onions and "hot sauce" which in Rochester is a spicy, ground beef sauce and is good on just about everything. (Try it on eggs!)
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Nick Tahou Hots
320 West Main Street
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It's going to sound weird, but this Rochester staple is must have! The "GARBAGE PLATE" isn't appealing by name, but it's amazing once you take a bite! At first you will stumble upon this culinary creation after a late night on the town, when nothing else is open... but then you will start eating it for regular meals like lunch and dinner. What is it?! Standard garbage plates will be served over potatoes and mac salad with your choice of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chicken fingers, or sausage, all smothered in onions and "hot sauce" which in Rochester is a spicy, ground beef sauce and is good on just about everything. (Try it on eggs!)
Have you had Mofongo? This Dominican delicacy is a plantain-based dish mashed together in a pilon (wooden mortar and pestle) with broth, garlic, olive oil, then add your choice of meat. Eating here should be done family style, but if you still want to try a lot of options and have your own meal they offer a buffet option for dine-in or to-go. If you're not sure what to get ask your waiter, they'll help you out.
D'Mangu Restaurant
1475 E Henrietta Rd
Have you had Mofongo? This Dominican delicacy is a plantain-based dish mashed together in a pilon (wooden mortar and pestle) with broth, garlic, olive oil, then add your choice of meat. Eating here should be done family style, but if you still want to try a lot of options and have your own meal they offer a buffet option for dine-in or to-go. If you're not sure what to get ask your waiter, they'll help you out.
Cheesecake! This wonderfully indulgent treat will not disappoint! Everyone loves the carrot cake cheesecake (even people who like neither cheesecake nor carrot cake )! Other favorites are the Oreo Cheesecake, or the Jillian, which is an oatmeal cookie sandwich with cheesecake filling.
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Cheesy Eddie's
602 South Ave
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Cheesecake! This wonderfully indulgent treat will not disappoint! Everyone loves the carrot cake cheesecake (even people who like neither cheesecake nor carrot cake )! Other favorites are the Oreo Cheesecake, or the Jillian, which is an oatmeal cookie sandwich with cheesecake filling.
A hedonist is someone whose life is devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasures, the goal of this chocolatier is to bring you bliss through chocolate. Each piece is handmade and the flavor combinations are quite unique! Coconut curry, orange chipotle, Peanut Butter Cayenne, and Lavender are amongst the variety that gets people talking. Although, these are delicious, be warned that they are also quite expensive.
Hedonist Artisan Chocolates
674 South Avenue
A hedonist is someone whose life is devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasures, the goal of this chocolatier is to bring you bliss through chocolate. Each piece is handmade and the flavor combinations are quite unique! Coconut curry, orange chipotle, Peanut Butter Cayenne, and Lavender are amongst the variety that gets people talking. Although, these are delicious, be warned that they are also quite expensive.
Stever's is a delightful candy shop that has operated in Rochester for over 40 years. With seasonal favorites and quirky specialty chocolates, people find themselves quickly becoming repeat customers. A delicacy that you will primarily find in Western New York is Sponge Candy! Tender, crispy, chunks of caramelized spun sugar, drenched in creamy chocolate. Yum! Also, one of Kelly's favorite candies from Central New York can also be found at Stever's... Turkey Joints! They have a silvery sugar coating with a center that is filled with rich chocolate and brazil nuts. Make sure you try some if you have a chance!
Stever's Candies ~ CLOSED FOR THE MONTH OF JULY
623 Park Avenue
Stever's is a delightful candy shop that has operated in Rochester for over 40 years. With seasonal favorites and quirky specialty chocolates, people find themselves quickly becoming repeat customers. A delicacy that you will primarily find in Western New York is Sponge Candy! Tender, crispy, chunks of caramelized spun sugar, drenched in creamy chocolate. Yum! Also, one of Kelly's favorite candies from Central New York can also be found at Stever's... Turkey Joints! They have a silvery sugar coating with a center that is filled with rich chocolate and brazil nuts. Make sure you try some if you have a chance!
A long standing Rochester favorite, this neighborhood Italian Bakery is known for Italian cookies, with a popular favorite being the Little Neopolitan cookie. They also have cannolis, cupcakes, breads, rum cakes, marble cakes, lemon ice...and the list goes on. They even have Easter Bread for Easter! Many local Italians boast that even their grandmother's love Savoia!
Savoia Pastry Shoppe
2267 Clifford Avenue
A long standing Rochester favorite, this neighborhood Italian Bakery is known for Italian cookies, with a popular favorite being the Little Neopolitan cookie. They also have cannolis, cupcakes, breads, rum cakes, marble cakes, lemon ice...and the list goes on. They even have Easter Bread for Easter! Many local Italians boast that even their grandmother's love Savoia!
This is a great place to meet and relax! It's location is pretty unassuming from the outside but once you go in you will see that it has a lot of character. Boulder has many, many cozy little study niches. Atmosphere is very tranquil with a funky background music. Awesome coffees, fresh whole beans, and tasty sandwiches too. In other great news, you can order an alcoholic beverage here, "Irish Coffee" and other coffee cocktails as well as beer or wine! The Chocoholic is a delight!
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Boulder Coffee Co Cafe and Lounge
100 Alexander Street
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This is a great place to meet and relax! It's location is pretty unassuming from the outside but once you go in you will see that it has a lot of character. Boulder has many, many cozy little study niches. Atmosphere is very tranquil with a funky background music. Awesome coffees, fresh whole beans, and tasty sandwiches too. In other great news, you can order an alcoholic beverage here, "Irish Coffee" and other coffee cocktails as well as beer or wine! The Chocoholic is a delight!
They have excellent drinks, including the most flavorful chai tea, delicious frappes, and a strong selection of really good coffees. They also have numerous flavor shot options and a rotating selection of specialty theme drinks. Depending on when you go the atmosphere is either incredibly relaxed or a little hectic. Late nights tend to be crowded, so depending on how full it is, access to couches and board games may be limited. This coffee shop is particularly accepting of the LBGT community and they're proud to let you know it!
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Equal Grounds
750 South Avenue
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They have excellent drinks, including the most flavorful chai tea, delicious frappes, and a strong selection of really good coffees. They also have numerous flavor shot options and a rotating selection of specialty theme drinks. Depending on when you go the atmosphere is either incredibly relaxed or a little hectic. Late nights tend to be crowded, so depending on how full it is, access to couches and board games may be limited. This coffee shop is particularly accepting of the LBGT community and they're proud to let you know it!
These guys are legit roasters making craft coffee. Their Baristas will amaze you with their knowledge of coffee. The Mocha balances bitter sweet chocolate, expresso and frothed milk perfectly. Try their cold brew while you're there! The process they use is 12-24 hours to brew it. They even use milk from a local farm! They occasionally feature guest baristas who create impressive latte art!
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Fuego Coffee Roasters
1 Euclid Street
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These guys are legit roasters making craft coffee. Their Baristas will amaze you with their knowledge of coffee. The Mocha balances bitter sweet chocolate, expresso and frothed milk perfectly. Try their cold brew while you're there! The process they use is 12-24 hours to brew it. They even use milk from a local farm! They occasionally feature guest baristas who create impressive latte art!
Javas has always strived to be the best in coffee cafes, paying special attention to the details. Buying single-estate beans and carrying many Fair-Trade certified varieties, Java's supports environmentally-sound growing practices by carrying over a dozen varieties of organic beans. They also purchase all of their milk from a local dairy farm in Pittsford, NY. Java's has funky art hanging on the walls - there's even a shark dropped down from the ceiling! Their atmosphere is a funky blend of comfort and hipster.
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Java's Cafe
16 Gibbs Street
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Javas has always strived to be the best in coffee cafes, paying special attention to the details. Buying single-estate beans and carrying many Fair-Trade certified varieties, Java's supports environmentally-sound growing practices by carrying over a dozen varieties of organic beans. They also purchase all of their milk from a local dairy farm in Pittsford, NY. Java's has funky art hanging on the walls - there's even a shark dropped down from the ceiling! Their atmosphere is a funky blend of comfort and hipster.
Excellent coffee and ambience. Perfect for a lazy weekend cup of coffee. The matcha latte has a good balance between milk and matcha (powdered green tea), but the regular latte is more popular, possibly because it actually has coffee in it. ;) Heart shaped coffee art may adorn your latte, so don't be surprised if you fall in love with Glen Edith.
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Glen Edith Coffee Roasters
23 Somerton Street
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Excellent coffee and ambience. Perfect for a lazy weekend cup of coffee. The matcha latte has a good balance between milk and matcha (powdered green tea), but the regular latte is more popular, possibly because it actually has coffee in it. ;) Heart shaped coffee art may adorn your latte, so don't be surprised if you fall in love with Glen Edith.
Cafe Sasso is practically next door to Glen Edith, and yet they are distinctly different. The decor features artwork by Rochester locals and the ambiance is set with the well placed candles. Alongside traditional coffee options, you will find alcohol infused cocktails offered all day. The service here is wonderful and the baristas are friendly. Enjoy a latte!
Cafe Sasso
739 Park Ave
Cafe Sasso is practically next door to Glen Edith, and yet they are distinctly different. The decor features artwork by Rochester locals and the ambiance is set with the well placed candles. Alongside traditional coffee options, you will find alcohol infused cocktails offered all day. The service here is wonderful and the baristas are friendly. Enjoy a latte!
Drinks & Nightlife
50 Beers on draft, with many others bottles/cans. Knowledgable bar tenders can guide you through a drinking experience that'll help you excite your inner beer-nerd. Don't be afraid to ask for a sample of something strange, or an opinion from one of the bartenders.
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The Beer Market
1401 Mt Hope Ave
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50 Beers on draft, with many others bottles/cans. Knowledgable bar tenders can guide you through a drinking experience that'll help you excite your inner beer-nerd. Don't be afraid to ask for a sample of something strange, or an opinion from one of the bartenders.
Great place to have a drink and people watch. This bar is popular and often crowded, so grab a seat first and send a friend up to the bar if it's filling up. Park Ave offers a lot of nearby entertainment, bars, and restaurants, so you won't be stuck if you change your mind.
Half Pint Pub
363 Park Avenue
Great place to have a drink and people watch. This bar is popular and often crowded, so grab a seat first and send a friend up to the bar if it's filling up. Park Ave offers a lot of nearby entertainment, bars, and restaurants, so you won't be stuck if you change your mind.
This brewery is located on the Erie Canal adjacent to great walking paths, shops, and restaurants. If you're a fan of IPA's try their double, called Mule Fuel. If not, no worries, there are usually seasonal ales that vary their flavor profile. Live music is frequent, mellow, and usually filled with talent.
Lock 32 Brewing Company
10 Schoen Pl
This brewery is located on the Erie Canal adjacent to great walking paths, shops, and restaurants. If you're a fan of IPA's try their double, called Mule Fuel. If not, no worries, there are usually seasonal ales that vary their flavor profile. Live music is frequent, mellow, and usually filled with talent.
Filled with British Charm! They host trivia (the toughest in town) on Monday nights, have authentic dart boards with real darts, British working students as wait-staff, and the best fish and chips in Rochester. Many beers on tap and CASK! I love their original brew, the O.T.20 - a double IPA. Centrally located for other endeavors, a great place to sit down and throw a few back.
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The Old Toad
277 Alexander Street
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Filled with British Charm! They host trivia (the toughest in town) on Monday nights, have authentic dart boards with real darts, British working students as wait-staff, and the best fish and chips in Rochester. Many beers on tap and CASK! I love their original brew, the O.T.20 - a double IPA. Centrally located for other endeavors, a great place to sit down and throw a few back.
Swiftwater Brewing has light bar-fare, Beer, Wine, Cider, Spirits, and specialty sodas. It's comfortable inside and has ample outdoor seating as well. A great local place to relax and have a few beers.
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Swiftwater Brewing Company
378 Mount Hope Avenue
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Swiftwater Brewing has light bar-fare, Beer, Wine, Cider, Spirits, and specialty sodas. It's comfortable inside and has ample outdoor seating as well. A great local place to relax and have a few beers.
Three Heads has a plethora of beer choices and has won several awards. They taste great and have recently opened a local location in downtown Rochester - you might even be able to get a tour of their distillery.
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Three Heads Brewing
186 Atlantic Ave
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Three Heads has a plethora of beer choices and has won several awards. They taste great and have recently opened a local location in downtown Rochester - you might even be able to get a tour of their distillery.
The Playhouse is a combination bar, arcade and eatery, complete with vintage arcade games, craft libations and Swillburger, a modern take on the classic American burger joint. By providing a one-of-a-kind experience to customers in the South Wedge and Greater Rochester area, The Playhouse is not just somewhere to go, it's something to do.
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Swillburger
820 S Clinton Ave
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The Playhouse is a combination bar, arcade and eatery, complete with vintage arcade games, craft libations and Swillburger, a modern take on the classic American burger joint. By providing a one-of-a-kind experience to customers in the South Wedge and Greater Rochester area, The Playhouse is not just somewhere to go, it's something to do.
They have well over 100 beers on tap and awesome wings! Try the Guinness Gold... mmm Very close to RIT.
MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room
300 Jefferson Rd
They have well over 100 beers on tap and awesome wings! Try the Guinness Gold... mmm Very close to RIT.
A perfect compliment to date night, The Revelry has drinks and food that are on point! When you first walk in, you will see a glass floor panel that looks down upon their wine cellar. The ambience exudes sophistication and is very vibrant. Patrons of this bar need to dress up a bit and should expect to spend a little more than they will elsewhere in Rochester.
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The Revelry
1290 University Avenue
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A perfect compliment to date night, The Revelry has drinks and food that are on point! When you first walk in, you will see a glass floor panel that looks down upon their wine cellar. The ambience exudes sophistication and is very vibrant. Patrons of this bar need to dress up a bit and should expect to spend a little more than they will elsewhere in Rochester.
Cozy cocktail bar above Solera wine bar with a speakeasy vibe, replete with exposed brick walls and chandeliers. You can tell that the bartenders here really care about their craft, and they execute the varied cocktails very well. There are only a few tables, so seating can be tricky when busy. It can be quite packed and really hot. If you find yourself in a tight situation, you can go downstairs to Solera Wine Bar with your cocktail to cool off, they won't mind.
Cheshire
647 South Ave
Cozy cocktail bar above Solera wine bar with a speakeasy vibe, replete with exposed brick walls and chandeliers. You can tell that the bartenders here really care about their craft, and they execute the varied cocktails very well. There are only a few tables, so seating can be tricky when busy. It can be quite packed and really hot. If you find yourself in a tight situation, you can go downstairs to Solera Wine Bar with your cocktail to cool off, they won't mind.
Rohrbach's has been brewing in Rochester for 25 years, becoming popular for their classic collection but refining their techniques with seasonal delights as well. If you love hops, you have to try their Space Kitty Double IPA! It's one of Kelly's favorites! They also serve wine and cider for those of you not interested in beer, or just looking for a change of pace.
Rohrbach Railroad Street Beer Hall
97 Railroad Street
Rohrbach's has been brewing in Rochester for 25 years, becoming popular for their classic collection but refining their techniques with seasonal delights as well. If you love hops, you have to try their Space Kitty Double IPA! It's one of Kelly's favorites! They also serve wine and cider for those of you not interested in beer, or just looking for a change of pace.
Their tasting room slogan is "Built by hand, brewed by heart." They hand built every aspect of the 1200sq ft tasting room using only locally sourced and reclaimed materials. The uniquely detailed tasting room is not all that sets Lost Borough apart, they also offer a range of seasonal and specialty beers. From Lavender Wheat Ale, to Peanut Butter Porters, Lost Borough makes a variety of interesting brews.
The Lost Borough Brewing Co.
543 Atlantic Ave
Their tasting room slogan is "Built by hand, brewed by heart." They hand built every aspect of the 1200sq ft tasting room using only locally sourced and reclaimed materials. The uniquely detailed tasting room is not all that sets Lost Borough apart, they also offer a range of seasonal and specialty beers. From Lavender Wheat Ale, to Peanut Butter Porters, Lost Borough makes a variety of interesting brews.
Blue Toad Cider honors the tradition and legacy of America’s first preferred beverage by brewing hard cider using only locally grown apples from Western New York and Nelson County Virginia. It's not all apples at this Cidery, they have flavors like pineapple, black cherry, and cinnamon to keep your tastebuds interested.
Blue Toad Hard Cider
120 Mushroom Blvd
Blue Toad Cider honors the tradition and legacy of America’s first preferred beverage by brewing hard cider using only locally grown apples from Western New York and Nelson County Virginia. It's not all apples at this Cidery, they have flavors like pineapple, black cherry, and cinnamon to keep your tastebuds interested.
Parks & Nature
This gorgeous park is home to Rochester's famous Lilac Festival. Highland Park covers over 155 acres (0.63 km2) and features over 1,200 lilac shrubs (over 500 varieties), Japanese maples, 35 varieties of sweet-smelling magnolias, a barberry collection, a rock garden with dwarf evergreens, 700 varieties of rhododendron, azaleas, mountain laurel, andromeda, spring bulbs and wildflowers and a large number of unusual tree species. Highland Parks has a natural amphitheater, sunken garden, a Gothic-style edifice (known as the "Warner Castle"), and a conservatory greenhouse called Lamberton Conservatory. A statue of Frederick Douglass overlooks the amphitheater. The outdoor amphitheater (Highland Park Bowl) is used for summertime concerts, Shakespeare in the Park and FREE Movies in the Parks series.
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Highland Park
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This gorgeous park is home to Rochester's famous Lilac Festival. Highland Park covers over 155 acres (0.63 km2) and features over 1,200 lilac shrubs (over 500 varieties), Japanese maples, 35 varieties of sweet-smelling magnolias, a barberry collection, a rock garden with dwarf evergreens, 700 varieties of rhododendron, azaleas, mountain laurel, andromeda, spring bulbs and wildflowers and a large number of unusual tree species. Highland Parks has a natural amphitheater, sunken garden, a Gothic-style edifice (known as the "Warner Castle"), and a conservatory greenhouse called Lamberton Conservatory. A statue of Frederick Douglass overlooks the amphitheater. The outdoor amphitheater (Highland Park Bowl) is used for summertime concerts, Shakespeare in the Park and FREE Movies in the Parks series.
It's right next door! Genesee Valley Park has tons of bike trails, connects to the canal path, the Leigh High Valley Trail, and the Genesee Riverway Trail. This is also a great place to fly a kite, RC Plane, or watch commercial and private planes fly overhead. Along with Highland and Seneca Parks, Genesee Valley Park was designed by famed landscape architect Frederic Law Olmsted. Olmsted highlighted the the naturally occurring, rolling pastoral fields of the area when he planned the 800+ acre park. A favorite spot for golfers, crew teams, kayakers, and cross-country skiers, Genesee Valley Park is one of the oldest parks in the area.
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Genesee Valley Park
1000 East River Road
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It's right next door! Genesee Valley Park has tons of bike trails, connects to the canal path, the Leigh High Valley Trail, and the Genesee Riverway Trail. This is also a great place to fly a kite, RC Plane, or watch commercial and private planes fly overhead. Along with Highland and Seneca Parks, Genesee Valley Park was designed by famed landscape architect Frederic Law Olmsted. Olmsted highlighted the the naturally occurring, rolling pastoral fields of the area when he planned the 800+ acre park. A favorite spot for golfers, crew teams, kayakers, and cross-country skiers, Genesee Valley Park is one of the oldest parks in the area.
The elevation changes throughout this park make for a challenging run, great sledding, and a really fun (frisbee) Disc Golf course! Alan's favorite, Hole 12 is the signature hole. A 500-foot bomb off the top of a steep hill! The wind really comes into play here. Many people throw more than one disc just to watch them fly. Although Disc Golf is the main attraction for us, Ellison Park also houses an off-leash dog park! They do require you to be a member to bring your pup, but often friendly dog owners will let you in, need be.
Ellison Park
395 Richs Dugway Rd
The elevation changes throughout this park make for a challenging run, great sledding, and a really fun (frisbee) Disc Golf course! Alan's favorite, Hole 12 is the signature hole. A 500-foot bomb off the top of a steep hill! The wind really comes into play here. Many people throw more than one disc just to watch them fly. Although Disc Golf is the main attraction for us, Ellison Park also houses an off-leash dog park! They do require you to be a member to bring your pup, but often friendly dog owners will let you in, need be.
Entering the park for the first time is exciting, as you walk through a historic tunnel that was constructed by the New York Central Railroad in 1882. Follow Allens Creek as it tumbles over the first of three small waterfalls in the Glen. Be sure to walk around the entire park. Being only 17.7 acres, it doesn't take much effort. If you are daring, hike up the cliff next to the creek for a great view.
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Corbett's Glen Nature Park
165 Park Ln
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Entering the park for the first time is exciting, as you walk through a historic tunnel that was constructed by the New York Central Railroad in 1882. Follow Allens Creek as it tumbles over the first of three small waterfalls in the Glen. Be sure to walk around the entire park. Being only 17.7 acres, it doesn't take much effort. If you are daring, hike up the cliff next to the creek for a great view.
Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms. While hiking through, you will likely find yourself atop a winding hill, referred to as an Esker in geological terms. You can look for Kames as you go along (small mounds/hills) and check out Devil's Bathtub, which is a Kettle Pond. Visit the Wild Wings Nature Center to see birds and other local animals being rehabilitated. While you're there you can buy birdseed to hand-feed local Chikadees, NutHatches, and the Tufted TitMouse.
Mendon Ponds Park
Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created landforms. While hiking through, you will likely find yourself atop a winding hill, referred to as an Esker in geological terms. You can look for Kames as you go along (small mounds/hills) and check out Devil's Bathtub, which is a Kettle Pond. Visit the Wild Wings Nature Center to see birds and other local animals being rehabilitated. While you're there you can buy birdseed to hand-feed local Chikadees, NutHatches, and the Tufted TitMouse.
Located near Irondequoit Bay, Tryon Park primarily consists of ungroomed trails, popular with hikers and mountain bikers. It offers 4 marked trails, and is colocated with Ellison Park, Lucien Moran Park (good for bird watching), Abraham Lincoln Park (best for kids) and Irondequoit Bay Park (additional trails).
Tryon Park
Located near Irondequoit Bay, Tryon Park primarily consists of ungroomed trails, popular with hikers and mountain bikers. It offers 4 marked trails, and is colocated with Ellison Park, Lucien Moran Park (good for bird watching), Abraham Lincoln Park (best for kids) and Irondequoit Bay Park (additional trails).
This small park is handicap accessible, has 2 miles of trails, a wildflower meadow, wildlife viewing blind, and Fairy House trail! The Fairy Houses are all over the place, so look high and low, watch for Gnome Homes, and enjoy the natural elements incorporated in each place. Don't forget to stop into the Hansen Nature Center for hands-on learning and to enjoy their indoor honeybee observation hive!
Tinker Nature Park/Hansen Nature Center
1585 Calkins Rd
This small park is handicap accessible, has 2 miles of trails, a wildflower meadow, wildlife viewing blind, and Fairy House trail! The Fairy Houses are all over the place, so look high and low, watch for Gnome Homes, and enjoy the natural elements incorporated in each place. Don't forget to stop into the Hansen Nature Center for hands-on learning and to enjoy their indoor honeybee observation hive!
Visit the Wild Wings Nature Center inside Mendon Ponds Park to rent snow shoes, buy bird seed for hand feeding, and visit with their 29 birds of prey that have been permanently injured, and are unable to be reintroduced into the wild. They also have Tara, the North American bobcat. Dress appropriately as the center is outdoors. While you're there you can hand-feed local Chikadees, NutHatches, and the Tufted Titmouse along nearby trails.
Wild Wings
27 Pond Rd
Visit the Wild Wings Nature Center inside Mendon Ponds Park to rent snow shoes, buy bird seed for hand feeding, and visit with their 29 birds of prey that have been permanently injured, and are unable to be reintroduced into the wild. They also have Tara, the North American bobcat. Dress appropriately as the center is outdoors. While you're there you can hand-feed local Chikadees, NutHatches, and the Tufted Titmouse along nearby trails.
At 380 acres, Powder Mills Park offers a unique natural setting with steep hillsides, creekside meadows and wetlands. Visit the Fish Hatchery while you're there and bring a quarter to buy feed. Another highlight of Powder Mills Park is geocaching; they have over 25 different caches!
Powder Mills Park
At 380 acres, Powder Mills Park offers a unique natural setting with steep hillsides, creekside meadows and wetlands. Visit the Fish Hatchery while you're there and bring a quarter to buy feed. Another highlight of Powder Mills Park is geocaching; they have over 25 different caches!
This 977 acre park includes beach access to Lake Ontario, wooded nature trails among the hills, and a ghost story for those looking for adventures in the dark. The White Lady is said to be searching for her daughter, who was viciously attacked by a male suitor and killed in the park. The apparition walks the beach each night, often accompanied by her two dogs, and can be heard calling out for her daughter. Men beware! The White Lady is distrustful of fellas, but rarely disturbs their ladies.
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Durand Eastman Park
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This 977 acre park includes beach access to Lake Ontario, wooded nature trails among the hills, and a ghost story for those looking for adventures in the dark. The White Lady is said to be searching for her daughter, who was viciously attacked by a male suitor and killed in the park. The apparition walks the beach each night, often accompanied by her two dogs, and can be heard calling out for her daughter. Men beware! The White Lady is distrustful of fellas, but rarely disturbs their ladies.
This Mountain Biking-Focused park offers 16 miles of trails with a 742ft elevation change, with a variety of challenges. They are marked like ski trails with easy, intermediate and black diamond. The more difficult trails have obstacles, steep uphills, switchbacks, a lot of off-camber areas that are difficult when wet. There are some nice log traverses that are built up. Sign in with a permit at the trailhead and enjoy!
Dryer Road Park
7405 Dryer Rd
This Mountain Biking-Focused park offers 16 miles of trails with a 742ft elevation change, with a variety of challenges. They are marked like ski trails with easy, intermediate and black diamond. The more difficult trails have obstacles, steep uphills, switchbacks, a lot of off-camber areas that are difficult when wet. There are some nice log traverses that are built up. Sign in with a permit at the trailhead and enjoy!
Essentials
Wegmans! You haven't heard of it?! It's the best grocery store in America! Wegmans has been nominated by FORTUNE magazine as the best company to work for (in the entire United States) 7 times! It has also recently earned the title of Best Grocery Store in America, beating out Publix, and Trader Joes (though there is one in the same plaza) Don't ask me why it's special, head over and see what the fuss is about.
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Wegmans
3195 Monroe Avenue
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Wegmans! You haven't heard of it?! It's the best grocery store in America! Wegmans has been nominated by FORTUNE magazine as the best company to work for (in the entire United States) 7 times! It has also recently earned the title of Best Grocery Store in America, beating out Publix, and Trader Joes (though there is one in the same plaza) Don't ask me why it's special, head over and see what the fuss is about.
This is the closest Wegmans and is great for daily errands, but the more impressive store is on Monroe Avenue, or East Avenue.
Wegmans
650 Hylan Dr
This is the closest Wegmans and is great for daily errands, but the more impressive store is on Monroe Avenue, or East Avenue.
Open since 1905, bargains and local goodness abound Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 52 weeks a year. Vendors--over 300 on busiest Saturdays--offer fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, specialty items, general merchandise, and so much more. In addition, an array of independent local businesses--cafes, food stands, coffee shops, florists, specialty food purveyors, breweries, and more--can be found on Market grounds and in the surrounding Market District.
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City of Rochester Public Market
280 Union St N
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Open since 1905, bargains and local goodness abound Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 52 weeks a year. Vendors--over 300 on busiest Saturdays--offer fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, specialty items, general merchandise, and so much more. In addition, an array of independent local businesses--cafes, food stands, coffee shops, florists, specialty food purveyors, breweries, and more--can be found on Market grounds and in the surrounding Market District.
This is an Indian Market boasting reasonable prices and a vast variety of Indian groceries. Flours, rice, spices, snacks, pickles, tea/coffee, ghee/oils, frozen foods, ready to eat foods, gifts, imports, fresh vegetables & more. They are co-located with Namaste, another Indian Market.
Spice Bazaar
364 Jefferson Rd
This is an Indian Market boasting reasonable prices and a vast variety of Indian groceries. Flours, rice, spices, snacks, pickles, tea/coffee, ghee/oils, frozen foods, ready to eat foods, gifts, imports, fresh vegetables & more. They are co-located with Namaste, another Indian Market.
This Asian Market is popular amongst international students and local residents alike. It is quite large and carries a wide variety of items.
Asia Food Market
1885 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd
This Asian Market is popular amongst international students and local residents alike. It is quite large and carries a wide variety of items.
This small Asian Market has more than meets the eye. Although it is quite small, it is centrally located and within biking distance for those without a car.
Hikari Foods & Grocery
1667 Mt Hope Ave
This small Asian Market has more than meets the eye. Although it is quite small, it is centrally located and within biking distance for those without a car.
Sightseeing
The High Falls are one of three voluminous waterfalls on the Genesee River, that flow through the city. The High Falls area was the site of much of Rochester's early industrial development, where industry was powered by falling water. Browns race diverts water from above the falls and was used to feed various flour mills and industries, (which made Rochester the "Flour City") today the water is used to produce hydroelectric power.
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High Falls
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The High Falls are one of three voluminous waterfalls on the Genesee River, that flow through the city. The High Falls area was the site of much of Rochester's early industrial development, where industry was powered by falling water. Browns race diverts water from above the falls and was used to feed various flour mills and industries, (which made Rochester the "Flour City") today the water is used to produce hydroelectric power.
Park Avenue is especially well-known for its strong dining scene. Your options include bakeries, gelato, pizza, subs and sandwiches, second- and third-wave coffee, a gastropub, friendly bars, and vegan, Japanese, Lebanese, Thai, Mexican, French, and Italian cuisine. Outdoor seating lines the sidewalks during the warmer months and the Avenue is always bustling. A high concentration of salons contributes to an unusually attractive populace.
Park Avenue
Park Avenue is especially well-known for its strong dining scene. Your options include bakeries, gelato, pizza, subs and sandwiches, second- and third-wave coffee, a gastropub, friendly bars, and vegan, Japanese, Lebanese, Thai, Mexican, French, and Italian cuisine. Outdoor seating lines the sidewalks during the warmer months and the Avenue is always bustling. A high concentration of salons contributes to an unusually attractive populace.
The historic Cobbs Hill Reservoir is a great place for walking and running, with a beautiful view of the city, and a nifty Water Board building.
Reservoir Road
The historic Cobbs Hill Reservoir is a great place for walking and running, with a beautiful view of the city, and a nifty Water Board building.
Charlotte Beach is a nice place to walk around and enjoy the eastern most Great Lake of Ontario. You can walk the beach, the pier, or over to Abbott's Frozen Custard on Lake Ave.
Beach Avenue
Charlotte Beach is a nice place to walk around and enjoy the eastern most Great Lake of Ontario. You can walk the beach, the pier, or over to Abbott's Frozen Custard on Lake Ave.
Adjacent to the Strong Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park (formally Manhattan Square Park) is a popular gathering place. Winter: The park hosts a kidney-shaped outdoor ice skating rink where patrons can enjoy an expanded warming shelter that features a heated floor and fireplace, with an option to rent skates. Summer: In the warmer months, the ice rink doubles as a reflecting pool equipped with three fountains. The colorful playground provides a water spray park to cool children off from the summer heat.
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
353 Court St
Adjacent to the Strong Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park (formally Manhattan Square Park) is a popular gathering place. Winter: The park hosts a kidney-shaped outdoor ice skating rink where patrons can enjoy an expanded warming shelter that features a heated floor and fireplace, with an option to rent skates. Summer: In the warmer months, the ice rink doubles as a reflecting pool equipped with three fountains. The colorful playground provides a water spray park to cool children off from the summer heat.
Arts & Culture
Artisan Works is a huge and unique art-related space (taking up several interconnected warehouses and other buildings - including the roof) where you can find over 40,000 pieces of art - sculptures, paintings, prints, cartoons, photographs, furniture, and everything in between. There are a bunch of studios of local artists there, many of which are open to the public.
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ARTISANworks
565 Blossom Road
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Artisan Works is a huge and unique art-related space (taking up several interconnected warehouses and other buildings - including the roof) where you can find over 40,000 pieces of art - sculptures, paintings, prints, cartoons, photographs, furniture, and everything in between. There are a bunch of studios of local artists there, many of which are open to the public.
George Eastman Museum is the former resplendent home of Eastman Kodak founder, George Eastman, from 1905 to his death in 1932. Upon his death, the house was donated to the University of Rochester and was the home of University dignitaries until the end of World War II. The house then became a Museum of Photography (originally George Eastman House Museum of Photography), housing a fantastic collection of not only photographic art, but also ephemera, movie memorabilia, and movie prints. Today, George Eastman Museum is one of the world's leading institutions in photographic preservation and conservation. In the late '80s the house and museum were expanded to include a vast underground climate-controlled vault and exhibition space, while the house proper and most of the gardens were restored to the condition it was in when Eastman lived there.
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George Eastman House
900 East Avenue
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George Eastman Museum is the former resplendent home of Eastman Kodak founder, George Eastman, from 1905 to his death in 1932. Upon his death, the house was donated to the University of Rochester and was the home of University dignitaries until the end of World War II. The house then became a Museum of Photography (originally George Eastman House Museum of Photography), housing a fantastic collection of not only photographic art, but also ephemera, movie memorabilia, and movie prints. Today, George Eastman Museum is one of the world's leading institutions in photographic preservation and conservation. In the late '80s the house and museum were expanded to include a vast underground climate-controlled vault and exhibition space, while the house proper and most of the gardens were restored to the condition it was in when Eastman lived there.
The National Museum of Play is a great place for families! The museum invites guests to explore the worlds of Sesame Street, the Berenstain Bears, Reading Adventureland, and the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. The museum's exhibits are themed for video games, storybooks, television shows, education, nature, history, comic books, carousel and train rides, and children's lifestyles. Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden features thousands of butterflies, and is the largest indoor butterfly garden in New York. The Berenstain Bears: Down a Sunny Dirt Road is an original, permanent exhibit produced in partnership with the Berenstain family.
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The Strong Museum
1 Manhattan Square Drive
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The National Museum of Play is a great place for families! The museum invites guests to explore the worlds of Sesame Street, the Berenstain Bears, Reading Adventureland, and the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. The museum's exhibits are themed for video games, storybooks, television shows, education, nature, history, comic books, carousel and train rides, and children's lifestyles. Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden features thousands of butterflies, and is the largest indoor butterfly garden in New York. The Berenstain Bears: Down a Sunny Dirt Road is an original, permanent exhibit produced in partnership with the Berenstain family.
RMSC permanent exhibits offer visitors unique, interactive educational experiences. For example, the Science on a Sphere exhibit is an interactive globe and three-dimensional data projection system that changes real-time data from Earth and other planets into graphic representations. Permanent Simulator Rides include a submarine dive to the bottom of Lake Ontario and a hurricane simulator. The Inventor Center allows visitors participate in different main problem-solving challenges that are presented every four to five months, while Electricity Theater is a science show that features a display of indoor bolts of musical lightning produced by twin solid-state Tesla coils. Illumination: The World of Light and Optics is a permanent exhibit that features interactive opportunities to learn about reflection, refraction, radio waves, color temperature, etc. The museum also teaches about local history in the exhibits such as The American Civil War: The Impact of the Industrial Revolution, Flight to Freedom: Rochester’s Underground Railroad and At the Western Door. Outside of the museum, the Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase teaches about the benefits of capturing and controlling stormwater runoff and green infrastructure in general.[1] Visitors can also look forward to new, exciting experiences each year through the traveling and temporary exhibits at the RMSC. In the past, these have included Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, Da Vinci—The Genius, DINOSAURS, Math Midway and Alien Worlds and Androids.
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Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Avenue
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RMSC permanent exhibits offer visitors unique, interactive educational experiences. For example, the Science on a Sphere exhibit is an interactive globe and three-dimensional data projection system that changes real-time data from Earth and other planets into graphic representations. Permanent Simulator Rides include a submarine dive to the bottom of Lake Ontario and a hurricane simulator. The Inventor Center allows visitors participate in different main problem-solving challenges that are presented every four to five months, while Electricity Theater is a science show that features a display of indoor bolts of musical lightning produced by twin solid-state Tesla coils. Illumination: The World of Light and Optics is a permanent exhibit that features interactive opportunities to learn about reflection, refraction, radio waves, color temperature, etc. The museum also teaches about local history in the exhibits such as The American Civil War: The Impact of the Industrial Revolution, Flight to Freedom: Rochester’s Underground Railroad and At the Western Door. Outside of the museum, the Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase teaches about the benefits of capturing and controlling stormwater runoff and green infrastructure in general.[1] Visitors can also look forward to new, exciting experiences each year through the traveling and temporary exhibits at the RMSC. In the past, these have included Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, Da Vinci—The Genius, DINOSAURS, Math Midway and Alien Worlds and Androids.
As one of the country’s leading not-for-profit, professional theatres, Geva Theatre Center is Rochester’s flagship theatre company and the most attended regional theatre in New York State. They offer an array of performances, including improv on occasion - often centered around holidays such as Halloween and Valentine's Day. One of their most popular showings is the winter annual, "A Christmas Carol".
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Geva Theatre Center
75 Woodbury Boulevard
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As one of the country’s leading not-for-profit, professional theatres, Geva Theatre Center is Rochester’s flagship theatre company and the most attended regional theatre in New York State. They offer an array of performances, including improv on occasion - often centered around holidays such as Halloween and Valentine's Day. One of their most popular showings is the winter annual, "A Christmas Carol".
The Gallery’s permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of New York City. In addition to its permanent collections, the Gallery offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours and family activities.
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Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
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The Gallery’s permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of New York City. In addition to its permanent collections, the Gallery offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours and family activities.
The story of Susan B. Anthony’s lifelong struggle to gain voting rights for women is shared at her National Historic Landmark home, where she resided during the 40 most politically active years of her life. This is also the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872. This home was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association when Anthony was its president. This is also where she died in 1906 at age 86, following her "Failure is Impossible" speech.
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Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
17 Madison Street
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The story of Susan B. Anthony’s lifelong struggle to gain voting rights for women is shared at her National Historic Landmark home, where she resided during the 40 most politically active years of her life. This is also the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872. This home was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association when Anthony was its president. This is also where she died in 1906 at age 86, following her "Failure is Impossible" speech.
This is not only Lake Ontario's oldest surviving lighthouse, but also the oldest ACTIVE lighthouse. (United States Coast Guard Light List as light number 2333) The tower was constructed in 1822 on a hill just West of the Genesee River and is 40 feet high with an additional 12 feet of height for the lantern room. There are 42 steps and then an 11 rung ladder that takes you to the top. Here you will experience a beautiful panorama view of the surrounding area. A good stop to combine with a visit to Charlotte Beach/Ontario Beach Park.
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
70 Lighthouse St
This is not only Lake Ontario's oldest surviving lighthouse, but also the oldest ACTIVE lighthouse. (United States Coast Guard Light List as light number 2333) The tower was constructed in 1822 on a hill just West of the Genesee River and is 40 feet high with an additional 12 feet of height for the lantern room. There are 42 steps and then an 11 rung ladder that takes you to the top. Here you will experience a beautiful panorama view of the surrounding area. A good stop to combine with a visit to Charlotte Beach/Ontario Beach Park.
This is the largest and most comprehensive living history museum in New York State and maintains the third-largest collection of historic buildings in America. The 700-acre complex consists of 68 historic structures furnished with 15,000 artifacts to provide an authentic, 19th-century environment in which visitors can interact with knowledgeable, third-person historic interpreters in period-appropriate dress. Among the buildings preserved in the historic village are Col. Nathaniel Rochester’s house and George Eastman’s childhood home. Alan and Kelly LOVE this place, as they host numerous events year-round. It is a bit outside of Rochester but worth the drive if you have the time.
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Genesee Country Village & Museum
1410 Flint Hill Road
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This is the largest and most comprehensive living history museum in New York State and maintains the third-largest collection of historic buildings in America. The 700-acre complex consists of 68 historic structures furnished with 15,000 artifacts to provide an authentic, 19th-century environment in which visitors can interact with knowledgeable, third-person historic interpreters in period-appropriate dress. Among the buildings preserved in the historic village are Col. Nathaniel Rochester’s house and George Eastman’s childhood home. Alan and Kelly LOVE this place, as they host numerous events year-round. It is a bit outside of Rochester but worth the drive if you have the time.
The theatre was established by industrialist George Eastman and opened on September 4, 1922, as a center for music, dance, and silent film, with orchestral and organ accompaniment. Renovated in 2009, The Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre concert hall has state-of-the-art acoustics optimized for symphonic, popular and chamber music performance. It is gorgeous (check out the ceiling) and they offer a variety of shows, sure to peak your interest.
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Eastman Theatre
26 Gibbs Street
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The theatre was established by industrialist George Eastman and opened on September 4, 1922, as a center for music, dance, and silent film, with orchestral and organ accompaniment. Renovated in 2009, The Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre concert hall has state-of-the-art acoustics optimized for symphonic, popular and chamber music performance. It is gorgeous (check out the ceiling) and they offer a variety of shows, sure to peak your interest.
The mission of the David Hochstein Memorial Music School is to provide people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities with access to excellent music and dance education in a community that nurtures and encourages personal achievement. Although this is primarily a school, they also offer shows, put on by students, alumni, faculty, visiting performers, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hochstein School
50 Plymouth Ave N
The mission of the David Hochstein Memorial Music School is to provide people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities with access to excellent music and dance education in a community that nurtures and encourages personal achievement. Although this is primarily a school, they also offer shows, put on by students, alumni, faculty, visiting performers, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Live performances, art exhibitions, academic programs in the visual and performing arts, as well as diverse community events bring thousands to the Nazareth College Arts Center each year. For almost half a century, the Arts Center has enriched the lives of audiences and made Rochester a destination for some of the greatest performers from around the world. For those staying in the Rochester area, this will be a delightful way to experience local talents.
Nazareth College Arts Center
4245 East Ave
Live performances, art exhibitions, academic programs in the visual and performing arts, as well as diverse community events bring thousands to the Nazareth College Arts Center each year. For almost half a century, the Arts Center has enriched the lives of audiences and made Rochester a destination for some of the greatest performers from around the world. For those staying in the Rochester area, this will be a delightful way to experience local talents.
Entertainment & Activities
Rochester Pedal Tours is a pedal powered trolley that is powered by you! No motor, no assists, just you the riders. The pedaling is nothing extreme, this is not the Tour de France. When you pedal up a hill, you know you are going up a hill, when you go downhill you will love it. Rochester Pedal Tours can accommodate about 30 people, taking you through the city on a variety of tours, Dinner, Architecture, Pub Crawl, Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties!
Rochester Pedal Tours
81 Marshall St
Rochester Pedal Tours is a pedal powered trolley that is powered by you! No motor, no assists, just you the riders. The pedaling is nothing extreme, this is not the Tour de France. When you pedal up a hill, you know you are going up a hill, when you go downhill you will love it. Rochester Pedal Tours can accommodate about 30 people, taking you through the city on a variety of tours, Dinner, Architecture, Pub Crawl, Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties!
Open on other days as well, check out, Sundays with Sam! Enjoy coffee, pastries, and the historic Erie Canal this October as we travel along this storied waterway. These 90 minute public cruises will feature a live narrative and the signature experience of traveling through a century-old lock. This an experience that should not be missed! Who is Sam Patch? He was America's first Daredevil! He jumped into the Niagara River from a 125ft platform, drawing crowds and bringing awareness to the beauty of the region. He later jumped into Rochester's Genesee River with hopes of stirring interest and making money, his first performance was not as popular as expected, so he raised the stakes and jumped again... unfortunately and despite speculation, he was not hiding in a cave at the bottom of Rochester's waterfall. His gravestone once read, "Sam Patch - Such is Fame"
Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours
12 Schoen Pl
Open on other days as well, check out, Sundays with Sam! Enjoy coffee, pastries, and the historic Erie Canal this October as we travel along this storied waterway. These 90 minute public cruises will feature a live narrative and the signature experience of traveling through a century-old lock. This an experience that should not be missed! Who is Sam Patch? He was America's first Daredevil! He jumped into the Niagara River from a 125ft platform, drawing crowds and bringing awareness to the beauty of the region. He later jumped into Rochester's Genesee River with hopes of stirring interest and making money, his first performance was not as popular as expected, so he raised the stakes and jumped again... unfortunately and despite speculation, he was not hiding in a cave at the bottom of Rochester's waterfall. His gravestone once read, "Sam Patch - Such is Fame"
You can sip wine, (bring your own or buy it at the liquor store conveniently located next door) while you take a painting class lead by a lively instructor. Beginners welcome and encouraged.
Painting with a Twist
3259 S Winton Rd
You can sip wine, (bring your own or buy it at the liquor store conveniently located next door) while you take a painting class lead by a lively instructor. Beginners welcome and encouraged.
Movies 10 is a discount theatre that shows movies that are between theatre and dvd release. Showings are $4.25 per ticket with matinee prices at $2.25.
Cinemark Movies 10
2609 W Henrietta Rd
Movies 10 is a discount theatre that shows movies that are between theatre and dvd release. Showings are $4.25 per ticket with matinee prices at $2.25.
Although it sounds a little creepy - it's a really beautiful place! The Cemetery offers tours on the weekends, some of which are regularly scheduled historic tours, but they also provide seasonal tours with varying themes. It's one of Kelly's favorite Rochester area tours.
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Mount Hope Cemetery
1133 Mount Hope Avenue
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Although it sounds a little creepy - it's a really beautiful place! The Cemetery offers tours on the weekends, some of which are regularly scheduled historic tours, but they also provide seasonal tours with varying themes. It's one of Kelly's favorite Rochester area tours.