December 21, 2010

Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Rochester

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This week’s Tuesday’s Travel Tips takes us to Rochester, New York. Nestled away in the west region of New York State, Rochester is the third most populated city in New York, after New York City and Buffalo, and has the second largest regional economy in the state. Our extremely informed Supervisor of Airport and Ground Operations Beth offered up some invaluable tips for navigating her BlueCity.

While Rochester, New York is known industry-wide for Dinosaur BBQ and Zweigle’s Hot Dogs, below are some of the unknown attributes that the “small” city has to offer.

The Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) was built in 1927 and started out on a small patch of field named Britton Road where Hangar 1 was located. The only flights that took place during this time were between NYC and ROC.  In 1928 Hangar 2 was built and the name was changed to The Rochester Municipal Airport. During World Wars I and II, the airport saw a great increase in passenger counts and flight frequencies.  It also established the first Flight Cadet Training school in upstate New York with more than 1,000 students.

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Today, our little airport has grown to 380,000 square feet covering 1,200 acres of land.  ROC has 25 operational gates and serviced more than 1,467,000 customers in 2009.

When flying into ROC, make sure you bring your appetite not only delicious fine dining, but also for our well known cultural events and show places.

The George Eastman House is a must-see when in Rochester. It’s the house-turned-museum of the Kodak founder (this is the guy we have to thank for rolled film!), and is filled with interesting galleries and living spaces, and it’s surrounded by impressive gardens. The Eastman House, now known as the International Museum of Photography and Film, is located on East Avenue, on Rochester’s Millionaire’s Row, in a neighborhood filled with homes one more impressive than the next.

If your taste is more geared towards the fun and casual, you have to visit Nick Tahou’s on E. Main Street, home of the world-famous Garbage Plate.  There’s also Mario’s, Papa Joe’s Italian Eatery, Tony D’s and Brio Bistro.  All located within a 10-15 minute drive from the Greater Rochester International Airport, these good food joints are all owned by native Rochestarians.

For those that want to enjoy a fine dining experience with a night at the theater, 2Vine Restaurant is located right next to the Little Theater.  After a dinner at one of

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Rochester’s most talked-about establishments, you can walk across the parking lot and enjoy a fresh pastry and hot latte to take with you while you enjoy a movie at the Little.  Established in 1927, the Little is housed in what has been deemed a historical building in Rochester.  It is a not-for-profit organization and has been funded by the Rochester Community for more than 75 years.  The theater caters to independent filmmakers and hosts the annual Flower City Film Festival.

Other venues or festivals located within a 20-30 minute drive that are worth checking out depending on what time of year you visit and where your interest lie include The Maplewood Rose Festival, The National Museum of Play, The Water Street Music Hall, Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, Geva Theater, The Lilac Festival, The Memorial Art Gallery, and Rochester’s Annual Jazz Fest.

Whatever you’re looking for in a vacation, regardless of the weather, the terrific city of Rochester has so much to offer.  Young and old alike will walk away with some great memories to share.

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11 Comments on “Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Rochester”

  • Posted by Rachel on December 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I went to school near Buffalo, and I heard Nick Tahou’s had closed – so happy to hear it hasn’t! Garbage Plates were always a treat in that area, especially coming from growing up around NYC.

  • Posted by BARBARA HUDSON on December 21, 2010 at 10:59 am


  • Posted by Beth on December 21, 2010 at 11:11 am

    The original Dinosaur BBQ is in Syracuse.

  • Posted by Kimberly on December 21, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Rochester did indeed win an award for best Farmer’s Market of its size – and the Tahou’s in Gates closed, but not the West Main location. They’ve also opened in Henrietta. Winter travelers to Rochester might also enjoy a visit to our Olmstead-designed Seneca Park and its Zoo, or Mendon Ponds Park for the Wild Wings raptor rehabilitation facility and the chance to feed Chickadees and Nuthatches seeds from your hand – the whole birdsong trail has some very tame little wild birds!

  • Posted by Ken on December 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

    When are you going to add flights to Rhode Island?…Thanks

  • Posted by JetBlue on December 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    thanks Beth!

  • Posted by Suzy on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Beth is correct is saying the original Dinosaur BBQ was “born” in Syracuse, however, Rochester can boast it is the birthplace of the great Wegmans Grocery Market!

  • Posted by PAUL on December 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I was born and raised in rochester n. y People talk bad about rochester but those whom talk bad never lived hear. So tell me this; How can you bash this city if you never lived or even viseted ROCHESTER N.Y.???????????Anyplace is what you make it why pick on a place you know nothing about?

  • Posted by Leslie on December 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I have lived in Rochester for 2 yrs now and My husband and I just love it. We are from Fulton,Ny and let me tell you there are a ton of things to do here for the young and old alike. This place has so much to offer. Rochester does not get the snow that we had gotten in Fulton,Ny and that is only 1 hr and 1/2 away. Love it here!

  • Posted by Kristin on December 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Don’t forget Abbott’s frozen custard!!!

    Please bring back the direct flights to Orlando!!!!!!! My family and I miss them!

  • Posted by JeanCarl on December 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    When I visited Rochester during AYCJ, I discovered the Maplewood Rose Garden and RG&E’s station 5 dam with a couple of waterfalls. The Pattonwood bridge was also neat to see, though broken (stuck) the day I visited.

    You can read my blog post covering Rochester at

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