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Why This One Minnesota City Is Unusually Beloved By Its Residents

Why This One Minnesota City Is Unusually Beloved By Its Residents

Fine Dining for Every Palate

Rochester has placed an important focus on providing a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, and lounges catering to various palates ranging from American to ethnic cuisines. This is certainly evidenced by the sheer number of restaurants which have obtained certificates of excellence from a variety of organizations.

One of my favorite places has an exquisite combination of casual and fine dining; Chester’s has gained the well-deserved reputation of being “the” place to be.

Its menu is formed by a very good selection of international cuisine, where the walleye sandwich, flat-bread pizza, rotisserie chicken, sea bass and lobster are highly recommended by both the locals and visitors alike.

Another local favorite is Pescara, a restaurant noted for its enjoyable ambiance, friendly staff, and an elegant setting which collectively have earned this local restaurant a number of awards.

Highly recommended is its popular Pappardelle di Mare, a seafood specialty dish, as well as its salmon and mushroom risotto. If seafood is what you’re in the mood for, this is where you want to eat.

Victoria’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, known for its superb Italian cuisine and typical ambiance, is a fixture of Rochester’s dining scene. The restaurant offers a wide selection of professionally crafted Italian entrees, as well as gluten free options for those who would not normally be able to enjoy the wheat-heavy options.

An Innate Love for the Arts

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The city of Rochester has become well known for the number of buildings that have been included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Some of these include the Chateau Theatre, and Avalon Music, a hotel that became an important local setting during the days of the civil rights movement. To prevent any further damage from being caused to the Chateau Theater, the city purchased the famed building and has slated it for restoration.

Quite close to the Mayo Civic Center, we can find the Rochester Art Center, a fine arts museum which offers a variety of expositions and has become known for being a propeller of innovation and creativity through contemporary art.

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, founded in 1919 (its first venue? None other than the Chateau Theater), also offers a great selection of classical concerts that are enjoyed by people of all ages.

A Surprisingly Majestic Location

Lying majestically along the Southern branch of the Zumbro River at an elevation of 1,030 feet, the city of Rochester covers an expansion of 54.75 square miles that is dotted with dozens of parks and an artificial lake known as Silver Lake.

Due to its location, Rochester is known for its distinctive climate, where very warm summers and very cold winters are predominant, while spring and fall are simply transitional months that are neither too warm nor too cool and offer visitors a perfect backdrop for the myriad of activities the city has to offer.

The World Agrees – It Is One The Very Best Places to Live

Rochester is the proud recipient of a large number of rankings and listings as one of the best places to live.

In 2015, Livability.com ranked Rochester #2 on its list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine listed Rochester in its top 10 Best Cities to Live in for the next decade.

And finally, a prestigious publication, the American City Business Journal, ranked Rochester as the #2 for Quality of Life.

It’s no wonder, then, that with all of its universal acclaim, Rochester is among the most beloved cities in the entire nation.


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Dyan Zammataro Travel expert, writer for America Unraveled.


  1. Rochester is a pleasant, but by no means exciting, city. City leaders recognize the fact that its median age is well above similar cities of its size, and although the city attracts younger people, it has great difficulty retaining them. Take medical professionals, for example: lots of younger people train in Rochester, or begin their careers there, but once established, then often flee for larger cities such as Minneapolis, 90 minutes away.

  2. We love this city! We’re a fairly young family with young kids and Rochester is such a pleasant, easy, reliable place to live, work, play, homeschool, and worship. We can’t imagine living anywhere else.

  3. Global visitors to large cities often miss that which is unique to the local culture. Rochester has not yet lost its connection with agriculture, the mainstay of its local culture; but Rochester also provides many amenities of a metropolis without losing touch with its heart and soul.


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