5 Things You NEED TO KNOW about the Rochester Twilight Criterium

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For the unfamiliar, you may be asking yourself, what is a Criterium?

"Criteriums are best explained as a uniquely American-style bike race. Courses are designed on city-center streets and staged on spectator-friendly course loops typically about one mile in length. The racing provides incredible lap-after-lap excitement highlighting the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills combined with explosive speed!"

Here are 5 things you need to know about the Rochester Twilight Criterium happening on Saturday, August 19th:

1. It's Downtown

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Spectators and racers alike will get to enjoy DOWNTOWN! The course is in the heart of the city, crossing the Genesee River twice and wrapping around the Powers Building, Legacy Tower, the Central Library and more.

2. It's like NASCAR but for Bikes

Often described as NASCAR on 2 wheels, lap after lap racers wind around a 1-mile course that includes 9 turns with speeds up to 30 miles per hour.

3. Admission is Free

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

This is a professional race, with competitors coming from around the globe, and it's FREE! And the best part? You can watch from anywhere along the course, we recommend walking around during the event to see it from different places. Check out the list of recommendations from the Criterium crew for their list of Best Places to Watch.

4. There's a Beer Garden & Food Truck Rodeo

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Head to South Ave between Broad St. and Court St. to enjoy food and beverages from our city's favorite food trucks and beverage vendors (details).

5. Running Racers

New this year is the Rochester Mile. What is it, you ask? The Rochester Mile is a race for runners, both men and women, amateurs and elites. These series of races will happen throughout the night so check out the website and schedule to find out more.

Rochester Twilight Criterium:
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Twilight Criterium FB Event Page
Rochester Mile FB Event Page

 

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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She caught a few minutes of the Rochester Crit last year and can't wait to see it again! Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

MetroPops Deal at The Playhouse // Swillburger

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You may have seen us mention MetroPops once or twice here and on social media. MetroPops is the new business we are preparing to launch, a local deal site.

We've been working to build the site and get our first deals with local merchants lined up. As we finish the site, we have our first deal to announce with The Playhouse // Swillburger.

On Tuesday, July 18th, MetroPops has a $10 for $18 deal going on with Swillburger! For $10 you will receive your choice of a burger or cheeseburger, fries or classic tots, and a draft beer (selection will be available at the bar).

Note: the deal must be redeemed on the 18th between 3-7pm!

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Swillburger is known for it's burgers, fries, tater tots, milkshakes, and more! Over on the Playhouse side of the business you have a vast selection of beverages from beers to craft cocktails and of course, the arcade.

See you there!

For more details and to purchase your deal head to TicketLeap --> MetroPops Deal

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Center City: the Best Places to Check Out Around the Liberty Pole

Landmark Society | Website

Landmark Society | Website


NOTE: This post was originally written on April 1st, 2016 when Fuego was on Liberty Pole Way and Vive Bistro was open. We've updated the post, pictures and links:


Rochester's Downtown scene is in a period of rebirth. With new developments (Tower280), renovations (Legacy Tower, The Metropolitan, & The Sibley Building), and existing residential areas (The Temple Building Lofts), you can't deny it's changing - and growing - for the better.

With the Liberty Pole being an iconic landmark of our city, and at what some would argue to be our city's true center, we want you to know what is available. Whether you are a visitor at one of our city's best hotels (Radisson, the Hyatt, and the Hilton Garden Inn), you are a long-time church goer at the newly opened Grace Road Church location in the Temple Building, a student at the Eastman School of Music, or if you are a newly minted resident in one of the cool lofts, here are the best places to check out when you are around the Pole.

Abilene Bar & Lounge

Reconnect Rochester | Website

Reconnect Rochester | Website

Map It: 153 Liberty Pole Way

A quaint little neighborhood bar/live music venue serving up great drinks from a friendly staff. On warmer days enjoy the patio and definitely check it out during Jazz Fest!

Connect with Abilene: website, facebook, twitter

Branca Midtown

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Map It: 280 E. Broad Street

This new restaurant located at Tower280 not only offers authentic Italian Cuisine, but a full Italian Coffee Bar. Pop in for lunch, dinner, cocktails, or even just an espresso.

Connect with Branca: website, facebook, instagram

Drifters L.B.

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Map It: 155 E. Main Street

Steps inside the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown you'll find Drifters Lounge & Bar. Yes, it might be a restaurant in a hotel, but that doesn't matter. For a peek inside check out our post from September, Drifters LB: not your Average Hotel Kitchen.

Connect with Drifters: website, facebook, instagram, twitter

Fuego Coffee Roasters

Fuego Coffee | Facebook

Fuego Coffee | Facebook

Map It: 45 Euclid St

Not only is Fuego serving great, in-house roasted, artisanal coffee from around the world, they've recently expanded their shop giving you plenty of space to sip and relax.

Connect with Fuego: website, facebook, instagram, twitter

Java's Cafe

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Map It: 16 Gibbs St.

A long time Rochester favorite, this cafe serves up your favorite lattes and drinks but also great sandwiches, baked goods, granola and more. It's always busy, it's always good.

And while you're at it, check out the calendar for the Eastman School of Music - you never know what free concert might be happening just next door. Or in the warmer weather pop over to Yogen Fruz just across the street.

Connect with Java's: website, facebook, instagram

Press Coffee

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Map It: 480 E. Main Street

Located in a beautiful historic building downtown on E. Main, this coffee shop roasts small batch fair trade coffee. With huge full length windows you can enjoy the views of Main Street over coffee, pastries, sandwiches, fresh squeezed lemonade and more.

Connect with Press: website, facebook, instagram, twitter

Stromboli's Restaurant

Stromboli's | Facebook

Stromboli's | Facebook

Map It: 130 East Ave

From their Breakfast Stromboli, to pizza, salad, pasta and more, Stromboli's on East Ave has so many options you won't be able to decide.

Already head to Stromboli's often? Walk just across the street to the recently opened East End Pizza & Deli for something new.

Connect with Stromboli's: website, facebook

Victoire Belgian Beer Bar & Bistro

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Map It: 120 East Ave

This Belgium Beer Bar gives you a chance to enjoy the pub food and beers of Belgium without leaving our city. Whether you're a little hungry or a lotta hungry they have small plates, large plates and plenty of options to suite your cravings.

Connect with Victoire: website, facebook, instagram, twitter


Other Areas to Explore

Rochester Parks | Website

Rochester Parks | Website

St. Joseph's Park

Just North West of the Pole you'll stumble upon some Rochester History at St. Joseph's Park. This former Catholic Church almost burnt down entirely in 1974 and thankfully the Landmark Society along with the City of Rochester and some other groups and organizations worked hard to restore and preserve what remains. This is perfect for a picnic or an afternoon of exploring.

Map It: Pleasant St & N. Clinton

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Grove Place Neighborhood

Tucked behind the YMCA on E. Main and Press Coffee you'll find Grove Place. If you're looking to "step out" of the city and wander, this is the perfect place. This neighborhood is said to be "the oldest continually occupied residential neighborhood in Downtown Rochester" and we think you'll love it's charm, art, and architecture.

P.S. all of the places listed are around a quarter mile or less from the Liberty Pole - that is definitely walking distance!

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Take a Walk in the Park: Highland Park

highland Park

highland Park

Jobs, family life, bills to pay...life happens. But this summer, we're being a little more intentional about how we're spending our time.

That's why we're on a mission to make a point to explore some of our city's best hikes, walks, and picnic areas in our urban environment. We should all consider ourselves lucky here in Rochester - not only do we have an amazing city to call home, but we have unbelievable parklands that are right in our backyards. From Center City, driving to any city park in Rochester would take you 15-20 minutes at most - and that's being very conservative on the time.   

Highland Park

The lush greenery, beautiful plantings...

...deep valleys carved out from glaciers of the past...

...and trails underneath tall pines that will give you some relief from the hot sun. 

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Looking for a quiet place to sun yourself this summer without all the craziness at the beach? Highland Park even has that.

We could go on and on about Highland Park. In fact, it's a national treasure, recently named one of America's Best Urban Parks on the blog Cheapism, but close to home we know it for hosting the amazing annual Lilac Festival, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Garden, the AIDS Remembrance Garden, and plenty of events at the Highland Bowl.  

More Information:

An original Frederick Law Olmsted designed Park, this historical urban getaway of a gem offers so much more than your typical basic park - this is definitely the caliber of Central Park. Rock gardens, ice skating (Lily Pond), lodges and shelters, the Lamberton Conservatory, Warner Castle and Sunken Garden, dog walking, movies and concerts at the Bowl, and even the Rochester Civic Garden Center which offers classes and special events throughout the year. 

180 Reservoir Avenue (Park Admin office)
Rochester, NY 14620

City of Rochester - Highland Park
Monroe County - Highland Park
Conservancy


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Jason is co-founder of the Rochesteriat and although his heart is in the city, loves to enjoy nature from time to time. Join the conversation on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Let's Celebrate Our Independence

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Every year in Downtown Rochester we get to celebrate our independence in a spectacular way on the 4th of July. The City of Rochester has festivities planned on the Main Street Bridge from 7:30 until the fireworks go off at 10pm.

Here's the rundown for Tuesday:

Looking for a great viewing spot for the fireworks? Check out our post from last year:


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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She thinks city life is where it's at and is excited for more and more people to enjoy things like this in the years to come. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.