"Rochester: Home Sweet Home" Top 5 Page for this destination Rochester by nuker

Rochester Travel Guide: 256 reviews and 464 photos

I have lived in Rochester for almost 25 years and have done the majority of my growing up here. Rochester is a small city in comparison too many in the US, but has much to offer.

The incredible part of Rochester I keep realizing is the important role it played in American History. Rochester was a major site for Women's Sufrage in the 19th century, led by Susan B. Anthony. Rochester also boasts the gravesite of the great Abolitionist,Frederick Douglass.

Rochester sits south on one of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario to the North and the Southern Tier to the South. Just a couple of hours East is the Adirondak Mountains. To the West is Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The Genesee River and High Falls in Rochester adds a beautiful touch to the city. I feel both of these assets are underutilized and could be strong tourist destinations if some investment was made.

In 1998, Rochester was one on ten communities nationwide to receive the All-America City Award for being a great place in which to live. Rochester has MANY great places to get a meal. All kinds of restaurants, from Thai to Indian to Chinese. Two meals one must have when visiting Rochester would be The Garbage plate and Pizza and Wings.

Unfortunately, Rochester has a bad rap for the weather, from rain to snow storms, to pretty cold winters (OK, really cold and long winters). This reputation is mostly earned as we do get our share of rain, cold, and snow, but it is not as bad as most people think or even say. I am biased though as I like cold weather and snow for a few months out of the year to snow shoe and cross country ski. Walking around the area after a fresh snow is one of the most intoxicating feelings one can have if they enjoy natural beauty.

As much as people say they hate the snow, the vast majority relish the buildup to a great storm and the aftermath. The snow removal is legendary and we all remember and talk about how we tried to get to work or why we could not make it to work. The stories get more exciting and bold each year!

The different seasons is what honestly makes this area nice to live in - warm weather all the time mixed with the occasional hurricane and tornado would drive me crazy. I will take a beautiful snow storm over these natural disastors around the country any day of the week! Be strong - handle the cold and enjoy the warm days as we have plenty from May- October. Watching people come out of hibernation is fun to watch as well. The restaurants slowly bring chairs and tables outside, grills start to show up more, and people walking and biking on the streets.

When in Rochester and the region, visit the wineries in the Finger Lakes, see downtown Rochester and enjoy the older buildings, Pittsford, and other areas that make this place wonderful to live in and visit. In addition, enjoy the many places to eat and try the local beers and wine.

Occupy Rochester

The Occupy Movement swept through Rochester with some real momentum, but mostly flew under the radar in the state. Rochester had a strong presence of tents and protesters from October/November 2011 through around March 2012. Unfortunately not as organized as they could be and mostly had homeless living there for the last 3-4 months. However I give all of them credit for keeping the protest peaceful and keeping the area in Washington Park clean. They were a draw for many months as people honked and stopped by regularly while they camped and protested. Not easy to do in Rochester as very cold during the winter and spring, but they stayed!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Mid-size city, Great culture, Lots of food, many festivals and artists
  • Cons:Weather, mid-size city
  • In a nutshell:Get over the bad weather and enjoy the overwhelming amount of things to do.
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  • Jan 17, 2009 at 3:35 AM

    Soccer is at Paetec Park

  • Jul 24, 2008 at 8:23 AM

    Twelve feet of snow is way too much for me. Going to Florida might be better

  • Jan 3, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Well, beer is not distilled, it's brewed. The Distillery name came years before they started brewing. And their beer sucks.

  • Nov 1, 2006 at 10:03 PM

    I have very fond memories of strolling through Highland Park with my wife when we lived in Rochester in the late 70's. The smell of lilacs was almost intoxicating. This was before the Lilac Festival commercialized it all.

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    Jun 4, 2004 at 11:47 PM

    Great page on your underrated hometown. I always have a great time there. Is the House of Guitars still around? Dinosaur BBQ rules! Happy birthday.

  • Jun 30, 2002 at 6:52 PM

    Home, sweet home...great intro to a nice hometown...thanks!

  • Herttuli's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2002 at 10:05 AM

    lot of good information!! Good!! :-)

  • Tolik's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2001 at 4:31 PM

    Beautiful place, nice page Keith!

  • 5er's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2001 at 3:12 AM

    interesting page!!!

  • vicabarati's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2001 at 12:50 PM

    very nice page,where you live!

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