MARAC Rochester: Corn Hill

Corn Hill is a historic district in Rochester, located within easy walking distance of the Hyatt Hotel. The neighborhood boasts some of the oldest residential buildings in the city, with beautiful examples of Victorian, Gothic, and Queen Anne-style houses.
Right at the riverfront is Corn Hill Landing, home to a variety of restaurants.  On a warm evening, take advantage of available patio seating for a great view of the water and the lit-up cityscape.
·         Harvest Café serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, with a carefully crafted menu featuring local, fresh products.
·         Flight Wine Bar offers delightful wine and cheese pairings, with charcuterie plates and chocolates also available. I recommend ordering a signature wine flight for best results!
·         If you’re in need of some Italian food just like your Nonna used to make, check out Tony D’s — and definitely try one of their softball-sized meatballs. 
·         Note: Tap and Table will be undergoing renovations and reopening as the Rochester Taproom sometime this spring; hopefully it will be open by MARAC week! They promise great drinks, pub games, and a “truly exciting house made sausage menu.”
·         Other dining options include Panzari’s Italian Bistro, Nathaniel’s Pub, and Ticas with a Twist.
Should you feel the need to burn some calories or get in a practice run before the Rochester Flower City Challenge, the Genesee River Trail picks up right at Corn Hill Landing and continues down through the University of Rochester river campus and the Genesee Valley Park. The trail is paved and runs parallel to the river. You have many route options and can cross back over the Genesee River at several points of the trail to loop back toward Center City.
In the summer, Corn Hill is home to the two-day Corn Hill Arts Festival, which draws over 200,000 guests annually. [Rochester sure does love its festivals.]
I live right in this historic neighborhood, so please feel free to say hello and ask me any questions you might have about the area!
–Julia N. Rossi
Archivist at The Strong National Museum of Play
MARAC Local Arrangements Committee Member
To get to the Corn Hill district from the Hyatt:
Driving: Exit the Hyatt parking garage and turn left onto Main Street. Continue straight down Main Street, crossing over the river, and make a left onto Exchange Boulevard. Continue on Exchange, passing Court Street, and driving under the Frederick Douglass/Susan B. Anthony Bridge. Corn Hill Landing attractions are on your left and right; historic homes are located up Plymouth Avenue South.
Walking: Exit the Hyatt and make a left onto South Avenue [walking toward Broad Street].  You’ll pass the beautiful Rundel Library building of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. At Court Street, breathe in deeply and enjoy the smell of the barbeque smoke from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que! Turn right on Court Street, crossing over the Court Street Bridge; snap a photo in front of the roaring Genesee River. At Exchange Boulevard, turn left, walking toward the Frederick Douglass/Susan B. Anthony Bridge. After crossing under the bridge, Corn Hill Landing attractions are on your left and right; historic homes are located up Plymouth Avenue South.

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