Did you know there are something like 18 Rochesters in the United States? I grew up in Rochester, NY, one of the more well-known cities bearing this name – home to Eastman Kodak and Bausch & Lomb. When I return to Rochester to visit, I always make a point of visiting the B&Bs in the region, and each time I find another gem. There are a number of beautiful inns and B&Bs in Rochester, NY, and I hope to visit them all soon.
On my recent Rochester trip, I had the chance to visit the Marigold Gardens B&B in Pittsford, NY. For the most part, I cringe when innkeepers refer to their B&Bs as a “home away from home,” yet this inn offers the ideal home base for exploring Rochester. Built in a 100-year-old community of ivy-covered French stone cottages, this urban treasure offers one B&B-style apartment complete with a wood burning fireplace and use of an in-ground pool and patio. The spacious, private living room comes complete with a TV and a library of gently used mysteries and board games. The upstairs bedroom offers a queen pillow-top bed with a twin for kids or parents traveling along. The European bistro dining table and the French provincial wallpaper offer a Normandy cottage feel. I can see how families with kids or business travelers would be very comfortable here. Save a little on the rates (as low as $110 a night per couple) by opting to make your own breakfast in the fully stocked kitchen. However, Marcy is a great cook and the breakfast options sound yummy, so when you come here, treat yourself to a fabulous breakfast too.
In contrast, the Edward Harris House B&B Inn is another great choice for business travelers or those searching leisurely Rochester getaways. Located in Rochester’s historic district, close to the George Eastman House, this stately 1896 Georgian Mansion is a favorite for its spacious guest suites, period antiques and all the modern amenities including wi-fi access, flat screen TVs and more. For foodies, the Edward Harris House is a dream – fabulous breakfasts, complimentary beverages, and cookies and chocolates at bedtime. Located on a beautiful tree-lined street with easy access to Park Avenue’s hip shops and restaurants, just minutes from downtown Rochester, here’s another good choice for business travelers or those seeking a romantic getaway.
On my next trip, I hope to visit the Ellwanger Estate on Mount Hope Ave. This spacious mansion is the former home of George Ellwanger, world-renowned horticulturist. The gardens are owned and maintained by the Landmark Society of Western New York, so you can only imagine how exquisite they are. When you enter the Grand Hall you get a sense of the history here. Filled with original woodwork and distinctive antiques, the guest suites and rooms are beautifully appointed and spacious. It’s located in Rochester’s cultural district, and offers easy access to everything you might want to do in Rochester too.
Not too far from the Ellwanger Estate is 428 Mt Vernon B&B, located right next to Highland Park, famous for its lilacs and gardens. Here's another example of a beautifully preserved home surrounded by lush gardens and grounds. Breakfasts here cooked to order and hearty too.
On my next Rochester trip, I’m also hoping to check out the nearby Canandaigua B&Bs, just 25 miles from downtown Rochester.