This year is the 17th Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade! Whether you have a Dachshund or not, go for the fun and festivities: dachshunds in costumes, dachshunds on parade, the food and all around good time as hundreds of dachshunds and their owners take over Washington Square Park.
It's National Bike Month!
Pace is celebrating the month of May with a pretty sweet offer. Now through May 7th, if you enter the promo code BikeMonth18 in the Pace app you will unlock a month of free rides - that's ONE FREE RIDE A DAY all month long.
Whether you're an avid user or have never used Pace, you don't want to miss out on this. Don't forget - you have to enter the promo code by the 7th to access this offer.
To learn more about Pace or download the app, head to the website.
Greentopia's Dinner on the Bridge is back for its 4th year. Not only does this event include a pre-dinner Cocktail Party, a gourmet dinner from The Cub Room on the Pont De Rennes Bridge, followed by auctions, raffles, fireworks, music and dancing at a After Dinner Party, it's a fundraiser for Greentopia's many programs and initiatives.
New This Year - Go to the After Party!
While the event has always included an After Party, new this year Greentopia is selling a limited number of tickets to just attend the After Party. If the all-inclusive $250 ticket stood in your way before, but you still want to support Greentopia and attend the event, you now can for just $40.
The After Party will feature: massive dessert tables, OPEN BAR for craft beers, wine, signature sangria and signature cocktail, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. You'll also find raffles, a silent auction, and a DJ so you can dance the night away.
To see what previous years have looked like, check out this video from 2016:
When traveling through the city, you're probably focused on the time and where you need to be. Most of us do it. But what you're missing is big, you're driving right by all the gems of Rochester's past (and future). Maybe it's time to get out of the car and give our city a second look, it is Spring after all.... right?
Did you know that the Landmark Society of Western NY has walking tours you can access online and on your phone? So, you can either print the maps ahead of time or just pull them up on your phone as you go! Why do we love this? Here are 4 reasons:
1. Six quick tours
These walks are broken down into manageable distances, averaging at 0.7 miles with the longest at 1.2 miles. You could even walk around the city for a few hours and enjoy each of these tours in one day.
2. It's good for you
We spend our time in cars, sitting down, eating, working at a desk and looking at our the screens on our phones. Going for a walk is good for you! When you travel to bigger cities like the Big Apple, you may not think twice about walking around for an hour or two (or five!) - why not do that here?
3. Our city is fascinating
With quite a few years of Wall\Therapy under our belt we are constantly discovering a new mural, maybe you'll discover a few as well. Our city also has beautiful architecture, sculptures and unique things that are easily missed when not taken in slowly.
4. It's ok to leave the path
You might be on a tour to look at specific buildings, but who's to say you can go off the path just a little. Our suggestion? Head to the top of a nearby parking garage for a different view of some of the places you just looked at from the ground. You'll have a whole new perspective on the city.
Each of these 6 walks give you different views and different things to learn about our in city, its buildings, and its history. Take a break, grab a friend, and go for a walk.
Landmark Society: Walking Tour Details
NOTE: This post was originally written on April 1st, 2016 when Fuego was on Liberty Pole Way and Vive Bistro and Victoire were 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 Grace Road Church located 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
Map It: 125 E. Main Street
If you're looking for your new favorite summer night spot, check out the Center City Terrace + Lounge on the 4th floor of the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Grab a drink, order off their Pub Plates menu and enjoy a beautiful and unique space in downtown Rochester.
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.
Fuego Coffee Roasters
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.
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.
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.
Map It: 120 East Ave
In the former home of Victoire, you'll now find Unter Biergarten. Having just opened in February and serving up their Bavarican Cuisine (that is Bavarian/New American), Unter Biergarten has already become a Rochester favorite. Check them out for lunch or dinner and don't miss their selection of Wurst from Swan Market, the Loaded Bavarian Tots, and well, everything else on the menu.
Other Areas to Explore
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
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!