Guide to Rochester

People are usually surprised when they find out how much Rochester has going on. George Eastman, the founder of Kodak, endowed the city with world-class artistic institutions, such as the prestigious Eastman School of Music. The proximity to the Finger Lakes, one of the leading agricultural areas of New York State means fresh foods and interesting wines. Here are some of our recommendations: 

How to Get There:

Rochester International Airport has direct flights from major US cities, including New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Philadelphia. The airport is only about ten minutes from downtown (seriously).

Where to Stay:

Conveniently located downtown, the Inn on Broadway is a boutique hotel in a historic building from the early 1900s. 

Where to Eat:

Good Luck has received national acclaim - check them out in The New York Times and Esquire! - and for good reason: they have delicious food and an interesting bar program. Reservations highly recommended. 

Tap & Mallet offers classic pub food made with high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Our favorite burgers in the city. 

Where to Drink:

The Genesee Brew House has spectacular views of the city, specialty beers and some history: the Genesee Brewing Company is one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in the United States. 

Fun fact: Monroe County has the most breweries per capita. It would be hard to list them all but here are some highlights:

Roc Brewing

Three Heads


Things to See and Do:

Housed in George Eastman's estate, the Eastman Museum not only has his preserved rooms and objects, but also features one of the world's premier collections of film and photography. You can also attend temporary exhibitions, movie screenings and talks by experts and scholars.

Memorial Art Gallery has a beautiful collection of over 12,000 pieces, spanning antiquities to comtemporary art. 

For the kids - or the kid in you - The Strong Museum of Play has the world's largest collection of items relating to "play", everything from toys and dolls to video games.