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Hilton Downtown Rochester - Opening Spring, 2019
Minnesota’s Rochester is transforming into an even more exceptional destination for visitors as several new hotels are anticipated to open in the next few years. By the end of 2020, downtown Rochester (the location of Mayo Clinic's main campus) is expected to add 850 new hotel rooms, which will raise the downtown room count to more than 3,000 and the citywide room count to more than 7,000. These downtown hotels are connected via climate-controlled skyways and underground Continue Reading »
A piece of “March Madness” will bounce into Rochester, MN on March 16-17 when the sports-loving city hosts the NCAA 2018 Division III Women’s Basketball Championship. Sports fans and community members of all ages are encouraged to cheer on four of the best Division III teams from around the country, who will be competing for the national championship inside the Mayo Civic Center Arena. “Division III women’s basketball games are very family-friendly events,” Continue Reading »
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Rochester, MN was recently chosen by "Successful Meetings" magazine as a top-five destination for medical meetings and conventions, and the honor is well-deserved. Home to the world-famous Mayo Clinic, brand-new convention facilities, and Discovery Square, a thriving medical innovation hub currently under development, Minnesota’s Rochester offers conference attendees an exceptional experience in a vibrant community renowned for its culture of caring and spirit of Continue Reading »
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In the state that's nicknamed "Land of 10,000 Lakes," the fish are plentiful, and celebrating a successful day on the lake with a fish fry in Rochester is a beloved tradition. There is something special about that golden-fried, fresh fish goodness. Many Minnesotans remember Friday fish fry with parents or grandparents at the local VFW or American Legion. Though fish fries are commonly associated with the Lenten season, Rochester restaurants offer multiple fish fry options Continue Reading »
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If you’re attending a conference or event at Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester, MN, you’re within easy walking distance of many fun things to do and places to go. Mayo Civic Center, Rochester's convention and event center, is connected via climate-controlled skyways and underground pedestrian walkways to an abundance of unique activities and entertainment options, as well as dozens of exceptional restaurants and a vibrant nightlife scene. Things To Do Near Mayo Civic Continue Reading »
Football fans who are coming to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII can find hotel rooms at reasonable rates in Rochester, MN, about 80 miles southeast of Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium. It's an easy 90-minute drive or shuttle ride from Rochester to the stadium. Consider staying in our friendly, welcoming community! Book a room here .   Information on shuttle services  here .    Continue Reading »
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 »