Itinerary: ArtWalk Getaway

(no car needed)

ARTWalk, an innovative urban art trail in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA) welcomes you on your Rochester vacation, with or without a car. NOTA is home to the Memorial Art Gallery and convenient to other museums and galleries, as well as dance, theater and music venues. map of downtown (courtesy the Strathallan)

Here’s a suggested itinerary:

Day 1

Travel by Amtrak or fly into Rochester International Airport, where your hotel can pick you up. You might choose one of the following downtown hotels for your stay: the Strathallan, the Hyatt, the Radisson or the Rochester Plaza.

Drop into the Hungerford Building at 1115 East Main St. This historic building houses a community of artists, craftspeople and businesses.

On your way to the Park Avenue area, meander past the privately-owned Frank Lloyd Wright house at 16 East Blvd. This “prairie style” house was built in 1908 for Edward E. Boynton.

Dine on Park Avenue and enjoy the shops, including Stever’s Chocolates, a family-owned business that has been making delicious confections for over half a century.

Take in a movie at the Little Theatre, which has presented American independent and foreign films since 1929; or a concert at the University of Rochester’s 2,400-seat Eastman Theatre.

Nearby, grab a nightcap at Max at Eastman Place or coffee and dessert at Java’s Café.

Day 2

Breakfast at your hotel, then spend your day in the Neighborhood of the Arts.

Start at the George Eastman House, home of the father of popular photography and founder of Eastman Kodak Company. Visit Eastman’s mansion, now a National Historic Landmark, and the adjacent International Museum of Photography and Film. Before your departure, stop by the cafe and shop.

Next, head three blocks to the Memorial Art Gallery. Visit the collection, considered the best and most diverse in the state outside New York City, see the latest temporary exhibition and shop at the Gallery Store.

(Note: Both MAG and the George Eastman House are open late on Thursday evenings.)

Midway between the two museums, on University Ave., is Image City Photography.  Come by and see why Rochester is often referred to as the “Photo Capital of the World.”

Dine at one of the excellent restaurants in Village Gate. This converted warehouse is also home to a variety of merchants catering to diverse tastes and interests. These include Rochester’s only gay and lesbian gift store, a comic book seller, used and rare book stores, vintage clothing and antique shops, a collectible toy shop and a custom jeweler.

Take in a show at Geva Theatre, the Rochester Broadway Theatre League or the Downstairs Cabaret.

Day 3

Breakfast at the Rochester Public Market, winner of the 2010 America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest.

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