Taos Ski Valley, NM, USA

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A green getaway in western New York

This lush and historic city in western New York sits on the shores of Lake Ontario and is packed with family and cultural attractions. Home to one of the largest children’s museums in the country, grand historic homes of true American pioneers, and buzzing cultural events, Rochester is also blessed with beautiful green spaces. From your Rochester vacation rental, you can soak up the summer sun at the city’s beachfront parks, witness the glory of fall color gilding the trees that line its riverside trails, or don your skis or snowshoes to make the most of the winter snows.

Fun festivals in Rochester

Through the year, Rochester plays host to more than 140 festivals – so you can be sure whenever you visit there is always something happening. Events range from live music concerts, arts and crafts on the Erie Canal, and twilight biking events, to Civil War reenactments. Every June, the Rochester Jazz festival excites with the sounds of more than 1,500 musicians. Year round, culture lovers can be moved by a performance at the Eastman Theatre, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, or Rochester City Ballet. For something a bit different, head to the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium to catch one of its stunning laser shows.

High culture, fascinating science

Close to your Rochester vacation rental, you can be catapulted back to childhood at The Strong – National Museum for Play. Children and adults alike will delight in the giant colorful blocks, century-old carousel, indoor butterfly garden and many other wonders. Equally exciting is the Rochester Museum and Science Center, which features interactive adventure zones, Earth science exhibits, and other mind-expanding wonders. Meanwhile, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest existing museum dedicated to the art of photography.

Explore the Finger Lakes

Rochester enjoys cold and snowy winters, and you can rent skis and snowshoes to enjoy the trails in the many parks and trails around the city. The summer months usually enjoy pleasant temperatures in the 80s, perfect for hiking and biking, or chasing the thrills at the lakeshore Seabreeze Amusement Park. Rochester is also the perfect base from which to explore the Finger Lakes. This region is blessed with its own warm micro-climate perfect for growing grapes and produces some of the best wines in the USA. Follow one of the marked driving tours, spring through fall, and delight in the zingy Rieslings and mellow Chardonnays to be tasted along the way.

Natural trails and parks

When you arrive at your Rochester vacation rental, first on your list should be a gentle hike up the heights of Cobb’s Hill to see the city spread out below you. It’s a great way to enjoy the verdant parkland while getting your bearings. In summer, pass a pleasant afternoon exploring the fragrant scents and colors of Highland Botanical Park, or soaking up some sunshine on the lakeshore beach at Durand Eastman Park. Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo is another treat, with lions, elephants, penguins, and bears among its menagerie.