Rochester Things to Do
Arts and Apples
Arts and Apples is a late summer event that combines the oncoming apple cider season with artists from across the nation and sometimes Canada or South America. The city park is transformed into an artists' market. Musicians and street performers give impromptu shows along the way.Related to:
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I visited the Rochester Mills Beer Company on a beatiful fall day and was delighted to see that they had outdoor seating. (I was even more delighted when I realized that smoking is allowed in sections of the indoor seating area. I have become so used to the Massachusetts smoking ban, that even a little smoke seems like a lot these days.)I couldn't...more
Ate at the Rochester Chop House with my wife. Dining room is well decored with dim lighting and live piano. The fried calamari was excellent, just slighty crispy. Dinner was filet & lobster Combo. Steak was cooked and seasoned to perfection. Lobster was great. Wine list is well selected. Plan to return again when seeking a quality steak dinner....more
World renowned according to the autographed celebrity pictures on the wall, Lipuma's is a local favorite especially in the summer. They are a hot dog place first but also have daily home made soups. Tacos also appear on the menu board. Lipuma's sits on Main Street but it's outdoor dining deck rests alongside the Clinton River. In the summer in the...more
Main Street: Pub Crawling
Along Main Street there are several pubs good enough to turn into a Crawl. Starting at the south-end of town there is Main Street Billiards. A few blocks north and on the same side of the street is Mr. B's- a Rochester tradition! A little farther north is The Paint Creek Tavern which is a local/townie mainstay. Peppered along the way and off the main drag are The Rochester Brew Company- a micro-brewery and Loui's ( a diner with booze.)
Dress Code: Everything here is casual. Several other upscale restaurants like Bistro 227, Kraus and Muer's, Andiamo's, and the Rochester Chop House still have a casual feel to them but aren't big on revelers.Related to:
- Road Trip
The Village of Rochester Hills: Norman Rockwell would be proud!
The Village of Rochester Hills offers the opportunity to create a special, community-based gathering place. As the first true lifestyle center in Michigan, The Village of Rochester Hills will showcase a mosaic of prestigious, upscale local and national retailers and dining establishments. It will cater to the demanding tastes of an affluent marketplace and be a destination for consumers throughout southeast Michigan.
The Village of Rochester Hills is located in the heart of northeast Oakland County, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. Situated just east of I-75, the state's main north/south thoroughfare, The Village of Rochester Hills is easily accessible to both area and visiting shoppers.
The upscale demographics of this trading area has led the developer to create a mosaic of lifestyle retailers, anchored by a 120,000-square-foot Parisian department store, only the second in Michigan, and a 55,000-square-foot Farmer Jack Food Emporium.
Consider this:494,000 people live within a 10-minute drive from the center.
In this same area, more than 17,000 new homes have been constructed
in the last four years.
An average household income within this same radius of $103,457, with the DSTM trade area potential of $702,896,000.
An average of 78,000 vehicles per day pass through the intersection of Walton Boulevard and Adams Road.
Over 550 homes-each starting at $1 million-being constructed within three miles of The Village of Rochester Hills.
A dynamic business and university population in close proximity to the center. Among the highlights: Oakland University-a traditional university offering bachelor's and master's programs to over 15,000 full-time students, is located directly across the street from The Village of Rochester Hills. Additionally, the 2.5 million square-foot world headquarters complex for the Daimler Chrysler Corporation, which employs 60,000 people, is located within two miles of the center.
What to buy: Stores such as Parisian, Abacrombie & Fitch, Black and White, Eddie Baeur, Eddie Bauer Home, J.Crew, Pottery Barn, Moosejaw, Orvis, Limited, Ann Taylor, Williams-Sonoma, and of course Victoria Secrets are among a few of the various places to shop. Select retaurants have also found their way to The Village such as Kruse & Muer, Max & Erma's, Gourmet Garden,
What to pay: You would think that due to the location the prices would be inflated but they have remained the same as other locations.
Rochester Warnings and Dangers
A Honey of a Danger Spot
Noticed my dogs were nipping at the air one day and so sprayed around my deck. A few days later, while mowing the back forty, I came across a rather large bee hive growing on the underside of a shrub.Related to:
Rochester Off The Beaten Path
Muffler Man Sighting!
For those who have long sought the elusive gigantuous Muffler Men statues, one can be found in nearby New Baltimore. Head west on 23 Mile Road out of Rochester for about ten miles and there stands a Muffler Man that looks oddly like pro-golfer Greg Norman. Check out the history of the M-Men and Women at http://roadsideamerica.com/muffler/index.htmlRelated to:
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Rochester Sports & Outdoors
Paint Creek Trail
Paint Creek Trail grew out of the abandoned railroad tracks that once connected some of the auto industry's major production plants. In recent years it has been plowed and the tracks removed to provide a walking/hiking/biking trail between downtown Rochester and Lake Orion which is roughly twelve miles north.
Equipment: All types of bikes are used along the trail. A good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots for those who wish to hoof it would be appropriate. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. There are no 'stops' along the way, although about midway there is a restaurant on Orion Road that hikers and bikers can access by leaving the trail. Bring water bottles. The trail ends in a narrow footpath that comes out near a service plaza in Lake Orion.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Rochester is home to one of Oakland County's well known community players. The Avon Players have presented everything from children's shows to CABARET. At the nearby campus of Oakland University there is student run theatre productions as well as professional presentations at Meadowbrook Theatre.more
As The Woodward Dream Cruise becomes more and more popular each summer in metro- Detroit, other communities not along Woodward are reaching out to car enthusiasts. Each August Rochester hosts its own car show. In 2003, it runs in conjunction with Dancin' in the Streets where local eateries offer up a taste of the community and local bands play on...more
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