Rochester Travel Guide
If there’s one children’s museum that beats them all, it might just be the National Museum of Play up in Rochester, New York. They’ve got all kinds of hands on exhibits going on all year long, but their latest feature might just call for a bit of a road trip and visit.
The LEGO Travel Adventure exhibit recently opened up to both the big and little kids, as plenty of brick built exhibits show off a brief history of the world. Obviously there’s some hands on opportunities as well, as you can pick up and piece together your own bit of history thanks to some free time with the LEGOs.
Demi Moore has her hands full. Right now, she's shooting a new movie, The Reasonable Bunch, in Michigan while dealing with rumors that her husband, Ashton Kutcher, cheated on her and, as if that wasn't enough, she's also been working as an advocate to help end human trafficking.
This is Demi's second time in Michigan in a matter of months. Over the summer, she was working in Detroit on the movie LOL with Miley Cyrus, and while she was away, rumor has it Ashton hooked up with a 22-year-old girl.
There was a ton of bad weather invading the Northeast late last week, which caused plenty of delays and cancellations, but the weather had nothing to do with a canceled flight scheduled from Rochester, New York to Atlanta. Apparently two flight attendants were fighting aboard a Delta Connection flight operated Pinnacle Airlines, and the scuffle was enough for the pilot to call the whole trip off. No word on if this had anything to do with the current season of The Bachelor—this season’s hunk is a pilot for another regional airline.
The plane was still on the ground—thankfully—but this whole situation still sounds like a disaster. Some passengers reported that the two flight attendants were actually engaged in a fist fight, but other reports indicated that there was no physical contact. We’re sure that Delta is pretty pissed in having to deal with this situation, even though Pinnacle Airlines was in charge of the flight. Delta’s name is on the outside of the airplane, so it’s still their problem, and they'll probably be sending the flight attendants into the corner for a timeout.
Over the weekend about 50 passengers experienced airplane hell aboard a Continental Airlines regional jet stuck on the tarmac. Everybody was headed to Minnesota’s Twin Cities, but thunderstorms in the area forced the plane to take a pit stop in Rochester to wait out the storm and get some gas. However, the pit stop that started around midnight lasted until the next morning, and everyone was forced to snuggle tightly in the cabin of the plane.
Passengers obviously were less than thrilled, and one flyer let everyone know that the smells of the toilets and babies aboard the ExpressJet plane were getting pretty bad. Unfortunately, the situation sounds pretty typical. The crew couldn’t do much since they were over their legally allowed hours for the day, the security screeners at the Rochester airport had gone for the day, and all the passengers got to eat were a couple bags of pretzels.
As you can probably tell, we just can't get enough of Eero Saarinen over here. As we continue to lust over the Finnish-American architect, we travel to Rochester, Minnesota to see the facility he created for one of America's most well-known companies. Construction of IBM Rochester began in 1956 and when first completed, it created 576,000 square feet of work space for the company.
The building has grown over the years and now represents the largest IBM facility in the world under one roof. The Rochester staff has received over 2,700 US patents for product innovation over the years.
You can find a greasy spoon just about anywhere. What you can't always find is Vic & Irv's. While kids in downtown Rochester were inhaling garbage plates covered with potato salad and baked beans, those finishing out a day at the Sea Breeze amusement park on the shores of Lake Ontario were wolfing down red and white hots, ground rounds and the best onion rings this side of the... Well, anywhere.
The food is simple. The recipes are classic. Vic has been mixing his killer hot sauce by hand since The Stand first opened 73 years ago. To last anywhere this long you've got to be doing something right. At Vic & Irv's it seems they're doing everything right. Rings and fries are hand cut daily. Hots and rounds are made to order. Barrels of dill pickles line the counter tops and shakes are made from hand-dipped custard instead of just plain ice cream. Vic & Irv's even sells both Coke and Pepsi. Good gravy, could it get any better than that?
· Vic & Irv's [Official Site]
[Photo: Rochester Beat]
What's not to love about Minor League Baseball? It's got easier parking, cheaper food, wackier traditions, contests and great deals on last-minute seats. Seats that are close enough to the action that the visiting team can hear your heckling loud and clear. This week, we'll be guiding you around the country to play ball with the stars of tomorrow and the washed up heroes of yesterday on a Bull Durham-style road trip. We've even got the whole thing all mapped out for you.
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Rochester Red Wings
As long as we're talking about upstate New York teams, we should mention the Minnesota Twins affiliate Red Wings. We've been to a few games at Frontier Field--we thought they were pretty average. But one Jaunted tipster obviously had more fun than we did:
For a friend's bachelor party we reserved a hot tub in right field just behind the outfield fence our group of 10 guys. We had our own private outdoor area complete with chairs, picnic table and hot tub big enough for 6 people. We shared exclusive access to the entire area spanning around the outfield with another group allowing us to scoop up or catch home run balls. Our group scooped up 2 of those homeruns. The stadium sells local food favorites like garbage plates. They also had locally made beer--like blueberry ale from Rohrbach--let us enjoy cold beers in the hot tub. The reservation included our own private EMT watching over us throughout the game as a precaution/ possible stadium requirement.Continue reading and see the Accordion Man...