Rochester Journals

Rochester: A Gem That Is Finally Sparkling...

An August 2007 trip to Rochester by dimmzy

Lilac Festival Photo, Rochester, New York More Photos
Quote: My hometown is a sleepy city that is finally awakening to its tourist gems and possibilities.

Glen Iris Inn

Restaurant | "Caroline's at the Glen Iris Inn"

Glen Iris Inn Photo, Castile, New York
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The Glen Iris Inn is an historic restaurant and country inn that was the home of William Pryor Letchworth, the founder of New York's Letchworth State Park. Since I've lived in this region my entire life, I've never stayed overnight at the Glen Iris Inn and I've never known anyone who's ever stayed here. So this review will focus on the restaurant: a very pleasant, attractive place with expensive, bland food that will delight your mother and grandmother. The restaurant offers American fare such as steaks, chicken and fish that are traditionally prepared. In recent years, the restaurant has tried to keep pace with new cuisine styles, offering more grilled and broiled meats and fis...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2007

Glen Iris Inn
Letchworth State Park
Castile, New York 14427
(585) 493-2622

Simply Crepes

Restaurant

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Simply Crepes is an unusual restaurant in that it offers a broad menu -- all featuring crepes.I wouldn't have thought a restaurant like this could succeed, but it is usually full. I think the reason is that its menu is familiar, yet inventive. For example, entrees include Chicken Tarragon Crepe, Tukey & Smoked Gouda Crepe, and even a Chnese Chicken Salad Crepe served in a baked crepe bowl. Portions are surprisingly hearty, but you should save room for dessert. Like with the entrees, desserts are served in crepes. Here is a sample of the mouth-watering selections: Nutella Fruit Crepe featuring the Nutella hazelnut spread with bananas or strawberries rolled in a crepe and topped with choc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2007

Simply Crepes
7 Schoen Place
Rochester
(585) 383-8310

Lilac Festival

Attraction | "Lilac Festival: Enjoying the Common Scent"

Lilac Festival Photo, Rochester, New York
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If Washington's Cherry Blossom Festival is too mobbed or Amsterdam's Tulip Festival too far away, then consider visiting Rochester's Lilac Festival.This annual week-long festival celebrates Rochester's legendary lilac bushes, those hardy blossoms that bloom each May (weather permitting). Each year, thousands visit to see more than 500 different varieties of lilacs planted on 22 acres of Highland Park, the beautiful urban park designed by noted landscaper Frederick Law Olmstead. This year, even Martha Stewart herself visited the park and naturally, it turned out to be the most perfect day of the week.The festival itself is not overly commercialized; in fact, admission is still f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2007

Lilac Festival
Highland Park
Rochester, New York

Lamberton Conservatory Photo, Rochester, New York
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So you're wandering through Rochester's beautiful Highland Park and...oh no! You need a bathroom break or a chance to just sit for a spell. Well, stroll into the Lamberton Conservatory, a lush indoor garden that is open year-round.The conservatory is notable because it has clean, heated restrooms (the only indoor restrooms in the area). It also has a public telephone and a drinking fountain - all necessities if you're visiting the park when there's no festival going on.The conservatory is small by national standards, but complete with a coy pond, seasonal flower display, orchids, tropical forest, and carnivorous plants. Balconies allow you to look at eye-view with some of the larger ex...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2007

Lamberton Conservatory
171 Reservoir Ave.
Rochester, New York 14620
(585) 753-7270

Letchworth State Park

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Attraction

Letchworth State Park Photo, Castile, New York
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New York State bills Letchworth State Park as the "Grand Canyon of the East." Now that may be an exaggeration since the gorge is only 660 feet deep, but it's still a scenic, quiet, and beautiful park. Letchworth has several waterfalls, a dam, 66 miles of hiking trails, a museum, beautiful stone fences, and bridges and camping facilities. It's perfect for a day trip.Letchworth is located about 30 miles south of Rochester in New York's rural farmland region. Last year, it celebrated its 100th anniversary as a state park. It began as a private estate of a Quaker businessman and social reformer, William Pryor Letchworth. Upon his death, his home became the Glen Iris Inn and the estate a park....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2007

Letchworth State Park
1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, New York 14427
(585) 493-3600