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 of Visit Rochester)

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 Hilton Garden Inn or the Holiday Inn.

Parkleigh on Park Avenue

Experience nearby Park Avenue area. Enjoy the many eateries and do some shopping at Parkleigh (above) where you can find a variety of unique gifts including MacKenzie Childs or visit 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.

Memorial Art Gallery

Start at the George Eastman Museum, 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 Eastman Museum are open late on Thursday evenings. MAG is open until 9 pm on First Fridays)

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

Dine at one of the many excellent restaurants in Village Gate Square. This converted warehouse is also home to a variety of merchants catering to diverse tastes and interests. These include an African-American bookstore, a new age gift shop and unique cards and collectibles.

Take in a show at Geva Theatre Center, the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre or a touring broadway show at the Auditorium Theatre.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast and shopping at the Rochester Public Market open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Continue down Railroad Street for a tasting at Black Button Distilling, Boxcar Donuts or if you prefer hard cider, check out Mullers Cider House on University Ave.

Drop into the Anderson Alley Artists Studios at 250 N. Goodman Street. Open First Fridays, 6-9pm and Second Saturdays, 12-4pm, this historic building houses a community of artists, craftspeople, and businesses.

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