January 20, 2014
If you like surprises, the city of Rochester, otherwise known as Med City, is sure to delight. For a city of 100,000 it has a decidedly metropolitan feel. Perhaps that’s because it hosts 2.7 million annual visitors, many who come from all over the world for care at Mayo Clinic. Take a look at our Rochester guide for a little more local information”¦
Bikers, walkers, and runners of all abilities flock to the city’s 85 miles of paved trails. The Quarry Hill Nature Center and Silver Lake Park offer additional outdoor opportunities for hiking, boating, bird watching, kayaking, and more.
If the architecture and origins of the area interest you, satisfy your need-to-know at The History Center of Olmsted County. Explore Mayo’s strong local history by touring Mayowood Mansion, Plummer House, and Assisi Heights. Mayowood is a 3,000-acre estate atop a wooded hillside and the former home of Mayo co-founder Dr. Charles H. Mayo. Another famous Mayo physician, Dr. Charles Plummer, was the mastermind behind the Plummer House, built in 1917, which includes many stunning innovations that remain in working order. Assisi Heights is home to the Sisters of St. Francis who founded St. Marys Hospital, now part of Mayo Clinic. It offers beautifully landscaped grounds and Italian Romanesque architecture.
For a lively history lesson, garden or romantic night tour, the Rochester Trolley & Tour Company is the ticket. Depending on the time of year, you might even be able to board the haunted Rochester or holiday lights tour.
Shoppers like the city for its brand name retail stores and local shops with everything from eclectic finds to specialty, high-end products. Explore Apache Mall or the Shops at University Square. Go antiquing or hoof it among the downtown shops.
And when your palate prompts, Rochester pleases with an array of international, upscale, and casual dining options. But what the city is really famous for is its rich, tangy, mouth-watering barbeque joints like John Hardy’s Bar-B-Que and Roscoe’s Barbeque.
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Have you ever paid a visit to Med City? What’s your favourite Rochester pasttime? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Written by Beth Erickson