Rochester, N.Y., Area
Karlovits, Bob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Shutting down Main Street in Rochester, N.Y., for a week was less of a problem than it might seem.
The closing was done to allow the filming of chase scenes for the upcoming "Spider-Man" sequel, and civic officials "said they were all in," says Don Jeffries, CEO of Visit Rochester, the tourism agency. They knew having the film shot there would be good for the city's image and provide bookings for 300 hotel rooms.
Jeffries says Rochester is attentive to keeping the city lively. For instance, there are 137 festivals in the summer months alone in the area, he says, topped by the Lilac Festival, which endsMay 19, and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, June 21 to 29.
"You could go to a different festival each day," he says.
Besides all of that summer fun, the western New York area of a little more than 1 million people boasts historical sites from the Erie Canal to a Museum of Play. It also has great schools such as the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester with its famed Eastman School of Music.
The Rochester area sits along Lake Ontario and is near the colorful Finger Lakes region and its wineries.
Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7852.,Uncork the visit
A stop at the nearby Finger Lakes is a vintage experience in a visit to Rochester.
The area is not only beautiful, but it also is the home of the ever-growing wine industry. The Canandaigua Wine Trail is a "small, but mighty" route through the area, says Cathy Fabretti, president of the nonprofit that directs visits. It has five wineries and a wine center in its 41-mile route, which also features a brewery, restaurants, hotels, shopping and even golf.
For an afternoon trip, the $5 Canandaigua Wine Trail Passport provides complimentary tastings at three wineries and a percentage off purchases at three others.
Details: 585-223-4210, ext. 121, or www.canandaiguawinetrail.com,Keeping focus
The word Eastman has become something of a synonym with Rochester.
No wonder. Not only does the University of Rochester's famous school of music bear that name, but the city also is the home of Eastman Kodak, one of the innovators of bringing photography to the masses.
The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film celebrates that famous role with its collection of photographs, photo technology and films. Founded in 1947, it is in the home of Kodak founder Eastman (1854-1932), who was born in a small town in New York about 21/2 hours away, and is the city's biggest single tourist site.
The museum is the world's first dedicated to still and moving images.
Details: 585-271-3361 or www.eastmanhouse.org,Play and learn
Both of Rochester's main museums take their jobs seriously -- even if one is dedicated to play.
The Rochester Museum & Science Center (www.rmsc.com or 585-271- 4320) covers a gamut of areas of study. …