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Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of fun things to do in Rochester, MN! SocialICE is the city's premier winter event held Feb. 8, 9, and 10 on the Peace Plaza. This is one ice-bar festival you will not want to miss! “SocialICE Is a completely unique winter experience,” says Meghann Southwick, Community & Events Manager with the Rochester Downtown Alliance , which organizes the event. “It is designed to allow attendees to get Continue Reading »
One of the most fun things to do in Rochester, MN is our beloved WinterFest! WinterFest is an annual celebration of the Bold North and its high-spirited citizens. Whatever the temperatures during this month-long series of entertaining events and activities, WinterFest attendees will feel the warmth of a city known for its caring culture and good cheer. “WinterFest is a great way to break up winter with some fun family activities, both indoor and outdoor, that help nonprofit groups in Continue Reading »
Several restaurants in Rochester, MN are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. From turkey dinners to Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine, you can find a wide variety of options to suit your tastes, all served with a side of holiday cheer! Check out our list of establishments that will be open for your jolly holiday meal.   Continue Reading »
When winter arrives in Minnesota, it’s time to bundle up and think like a Minnesotan. Embrace the beauty and diversity of the snow during this magical time of year. Try some outdoor activities at one of the best spots in Rochester, MN for some good old-fashioned winter fun : Quarry Hill Nature Center .  Designated as a “Park and Trail of Regional Significance” by the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission, Quarry Hill boasts miles of trails, a limestone fossil Continue Reading »

Things to Do With Kids in Rochester, MN

Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:00 AM

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“Play time” is all the time in Rochester, MN! Ranked “the second best city for children in the U.S.,” Rochester is a kid-friendly destination that parents will appreciate for its caring ambience, relaxing pace, and convenient entertainment and attractions . Enjoy some family fun (and dial down the stress) in Rochester, MN with these 10 things to do with kids. 1.    All aboard! Catch a ride with the Rochester Trolley & Tour Company , the city’s Continue Reading »
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Restaurants in Rochester, MN are 'a cut above' with the quality and creativity of their steak dinners. If you're hungry for the best beef in town--from the perfect filet to the most succulent sirloin--check out   Choice cuts: Five of the city's best steak dinners , as voted on (and drooled over) by the readers of Rochester Magazine .  Rochester, MN's restaurants offer inventive cuisine and friendly, accommodating service in appealing environments. Dine in Continue Reading »

Six Team-Friendly Restaurants in Rochester, MN

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:00 AM

If you’re in Rochester, MN for a sports game or tournament, play hard and then score big at these six winning restaurants that welcome large groups and will satisfy even the heartiest athletic appetites. All of these group-friendly restaurants offer ample seating capacity, appreciate calls in advance for group reservations, provide delicious kids’ menu dishes, and are close to where your little or not-so-little athlete will likely be competing, be it in basketball, swimming, Continue Reading »
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If walls could talk, Mayowood's might direct you to the white oak tree beneath which Dr. Charles H. Mayo designed the 48-room mansion. In 1911, the family moved in, and for the next nearly 60 years, three generations of Drs. Mayo lived in the stately home in the countryside near Rochester, MN. The Mayos furnished their mansion with treasures, many collected during travels abroad. Now Mayo Clinic owns the house and the History Center of Olmsted County the contents, and Mayowood is on display Continue Reading »

What's There to Do in Rochester, MN?

Thursday, June 15, 2017 11:00 AM

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The number one question area waiters, hotel concierges and other service folks get asked by Rochester, MN visitors is this: what’s there to do here? Luckily, we have the answer. Two supreme options for filling time between medical appointments, sports games, or during the weekends are Rochester Trolley & Tour Company and Scheels, a sporting goods store that also features a variety of entertainment venues.    At Scheels recently, one visitor remarked, “Big Continue Reading »
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Nine out of ten visitors would recommend Rochester, MN as a destination, according to visitor surveys, and one major reason is the friendly, accommodating customer service that’s prevalent throughout the city. Here’s how two restaurants  that have been recognized as a "cut above" cook up a winning combination of memorable fare and stellar customer service. Twigs Tavern & Grille: Going Above and Beyond to Cater to Customers Twigs Tavern & Grille , located in the Continue Reading »