I wasn’t sure what to expect from Rochester. It’s a mid-size city on the shores of Lake Ontario in upper New York state. I knew it was the home of Eastman Kodak so I was looking forward to seeing Eastman House and museum. But I wasn’t sure what else.
What I found was a city full of culture and very friendly people. People were surprised when I said this, but I met and chatted with people wherever I went. It was perfect for a solo traveler. More about that in future posts. For now, here’s my trip in pics.
I wandered through the beautiful Finger Lakes on my way to Rochester.
I stayed with Bill and Ellie at Dartmouth House - a lovely Arts & Crafts home.
George Eastman House is a museum unto itself.
Both stunning and distrubing, this is a replica of the elephant head that hung in the house originally. Times have changed.
Java's is the coffee shop hub of Rochester.
Herb is a cyclist, trumpet teacher/player and my travel advisor. I met him outside Java's as I was locking my bike and later, inside as well. Who could resist that smile!
Herb sent me cycling along the Genesee River.
The Butterfly Conservatory at the Strong National Museum of Play was magical.
New friends I made at Hogan's Hideaway on Park Avenue. Friday night Fish Fry - extra crispy as per Sandy (l to r, Tom, Darlene, Sandy, Mark)
Vic & Irv's is one of three burger joints in Seabreeze just north of Rochester. Mark and Sandy definitely recommended Vic & Irv for their White Hots and onion rings.
I left Rochester to drive along the Seaway Trail on the south side of Lake Ontario. Next stop: Niagara-on-the-Lake.
My thanks to Visit Rochester for support with this trip.
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