My Blue Heaven Guidebook

Erika
My Blue Heaven Guidebook

Neighborhoods

Fishing tips, from a long-time resident: The first fish to come in from the lake are the yellow perch. You see all the cars parked on the north rip-rap. This lasts for a month or so right after ice-out. Then shortly after are the walleye. Standard bait and some trollers with outriggers- spinner trailing a worm, very productive for short periods. In abundance are catfish of all sorts, white bass and shad. Small populations of largemouth are trying to hang on but declining. Some sunfish too in the shallows for the kids. Water depth is only 6-8 feet at the highest, with a couple of 10 ft pockets by the bridges. Other than live bait from Carlton's Sunoco, I have done well with spinner baits and Rapalas but they MUST match the size and shape of the minnows. There are a few muskies and northerns around you can toss for along the weedlines and you can also flip jigs into the grasses and lily pads when they come up. I've never seen DEC do license or boat checks on the pond except for those who fish from shore but be aware they do fine you if caught. I haven't seen the walleye trollers out yet but expect them soon...just 2 guys in a tin tub but they do well after they shake off any catfish following their rigs. Good hunting! Release the breeders and I would only eat what comes in from the lake. GL Keep your line tight and your net wet! copy and paste link to NY Dept of Environmental Conservation: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88354.html
Long Pond Road
Long Pond Road
Fishing tips, from a long-time resident: The first fish to come in from the lake are the yellow perch. You see all the cars parked on the north rip-rap. This lasts for a month or so right after ice-out. Then shortly after are the walleye. Standard bait and some trollers with outriggers- spinner trailing a worm, very productive for short periods. In abundance are catfish of all sorts, white bass and shad. Small populations of largemouth are trying to hang on but declining. Some sunfish too in the shallows for the kids. Water depth is only 6-8 feet at the highest, with a couple of 10 ft pockets by the bridges. Other than live bait from Carlton's Sunoco, I have done well with spinner baits and Rapalas but they MUST match the size and shape of the minnows. There are a few muskies and northerns around you can toss for along the weedlines and you can also flip jigs into the grasses and lily pads when they come up. I've never seen DEC do license or boat checks on the pond except for those who fish from shore but be aware they do fine you if caught. I haven't seen the walleye trollers out yet but expect them soon...just 2 guys in a tin tub but they do well after they shake off any catfish following their rigs. Good hunting! Release the breeders and I would only eat what comes in from the lake. GL Keep your line tight and your net wet! copy and paste link to NY Dept of Environmental Conservation: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88354.html
Greece, New York, in Monroe County, is 5 miles Northwest of Rochester and 64 miles East of Buffalo. The town benefits from easy access to the City of Rochester and surrounding towns in the Rochester metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States census, the town had a total population of 96,095. To learn more about Greece: https://greeceny.gov/visitors
Greece
Greece, New York, in Monroe County, is 5 miles Northwest of Rochester and 64 miles East of Buffalo. The town benefits from easy access to the City of Rochester and surrounding towns in the Rochester metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States census, the town had a total population of 96,095. To learn more about Greece: https://greeceny.gov/visitors

Food scene

Either cooking at home or eating out, Rochester is the home to delicious options and many local favorites!
Famous family grocery chain, founded in Rochester. Latta Rd. Wegmans is the closest, or go across town to the Pittsford Wegmans on Monroe Ave for an even more memorable experience (that's where all the celebrities go when they come to town).
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Wegmans
3177 Latta Rd
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Famous family grocery chain, founded in Rochester. Latta Rd. Wegmans is the closest, or go across town to the Pittsford Wegmans on Monroe Ave for an even more memorable experience (that's where all the celebrities go when they come to town).
The Brook House is our go-to for Italian food - the place has been a local favorite for over 50 years, great for groups large or small. And the owner, Red Fedele, may likely visit your table, as he has done faithfully throughout the years. We highly recommend the Gnocchi, the Shells a la Rubino, or the Chicken/Veal Saltimbocca - but honestly, everything is great!
Brook House
920 Elmridge Center Dr
The Brook House is our go-to for Italian food - the place has been a local favorite for over 50 years, great for groups large or small. And the owner, Red Fedele, may likely visit your table, as he has done faithfully throughout the years. We highly recommend the Gnocchi, the Shells a la Rubino, or the Chicken/Veal Saltimbocca - but honestly, everything is great!
Walking distance from the cottage, upscale eatery. Local favorite for many many years.
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Bernard's Grove
187 Long Pond Rd
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Walking distance from the cottage, upscale eatery. Local favorite for many many years.
Great local diner - perfect for breakfast, or any time of the day.
Long Pond Family Restaurant
496 Long Pond Road
Great local diner - perfect for breakfast, or any time of the day.
Local bar and grill, a great place to hang out.
The Retreat
512 Long Pond Road
Local bar and grill, a great place to hang out.
Great local burger/hots joint - hit the Greece location, or any spots around town. (Check out their version of the Garbage Plate).
Bill Gray's Greece
2050 Latta Rd
Great local burger/hots joint - hit the Greece location, or any spots around town. (Check out their version of the Garbage Plate).
Better than ice cream, Abbott's Frozen Custard is must. Flavors are limited, but oh so good - Chocolate Almond with chocolate sprinkles is my all-time favorite.
Abbott's Frozen Custard of Greece
3208 Latta Rd
Better than ice cream, Abbott's Frozen Custard is must. Flavors are limited, but oh so good - Chocolate Almond with chocolate sprinkles is my all-time favorite.
Greece has lots of local pizza options - we like Mark's the best, but there's also Russo's and Pizzeria Americana that deliver.
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Mark's Pizzeria
1201 Bay Rd
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Greece has lots of local pizza options - we like Mark's the best, but there's also Russo's and Pizzeria Americana that deliver.
Classic burger joint, just down the road, with convenient counter service. If it's too crowded, the Charbroil next door is just as good, with sit-down service.
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Schaller's Drive-In
965 Edgemere Dr
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Classic burger joint, just down the road, with convenient counter service. If it's too crowded, the Charbroil next door is just as good, with sit-down service.

Things to Do

The Rochester provides all kinds of activities - feel free to use the recommendations in this guide book, or ask your Hosts if you're looking for something that's not listed.
Enjoy the historic Seabreeze Amusement Park, home to the Jack Rabbit, the oldest continuous-running wooden roller coaster in the country! Lots of rides and water slides - fun for the whole family!
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Park rozrywki Sea Breeze
Culver Rd
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Enjoy the historic Seabreeze Amusement Park, home to the Jack Rabbit, the oldest continuous-running wooden roller coaster in the country! Lots of rides and water slides - fun for the whole family!
Another great day trip, head South to Corning, and check out the Museum of Glass.
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Muzeum Szkła w Corning
1 Museum Way
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Another great day trip, head South to Corning, and check out the Museum of Glass.
A fun day for the whole family, see animals from far and wide at the historic Seneca Park Zoo, just 15 minutes from the cottage.
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Seneca Park Zoo station
2222 St Paul St
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A fun day for the whole family, see animals from far and wide at the historic Seneca Park Zoo, just 15 minutes from the cottage.
A great place to visit for an afternoon, check out the exhibits and activities, along with a viewing at the planetarium. The museum is on historic East Avenue, home of the George Eastman House.
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Rochester Museum & Science Center
657 East Ave
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A great place to visit for an afternoon, check out the exhibits and activities, along with a viewing at the planetarium. The museum is on historic East Avenue, home of the George Eastman House.
Watch AAA baseball at nearby Frontier Field.
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Frontier Field
One Morrie Silver Way
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Watch AAA baseball at nearby Frontier Field.
Another rainy day activity option for the family - bowling at Dewey Garden Lanes.
AMF Dewey Garden Lanes
4470 Dewey Avenue
Another rainy day activity option for the family - bowling at Dewey Garden Lanes.

City/town information

Enjoy a night at the drive-in, as a couple or with the whole family, in nearby Avon, NY. Cut and paste to see double-feature movie times: https://vintagedrivein.com/
Avon
Enjoy a night at the drive-in, as a couple or with the whole family, in nearby Avon, NY. Cut and paste to see double-feature movie times: https://vintagedrivein.com/
A great day trip, check out one of the natural wonders of the world! Fun for the whole family - be sure to take the boat ride. You will never forget it!
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Niagara
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A great day trip, check out one of the natural wonders of the world! Fun for the whole family - be sure to take the boat ride. You will never forget it!

Sightseeing

Head South to Dansville for the day, to Stony Brook State Park. Hiking, a natural swimming pool, play places for the kids, and picnic areas. Pay a single fee per vehicle, and carry out your garbage.
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Stony Brook State Park
10820 NY-36
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Head South to Dansville for the day, to Stony Brook State Park. Hiking, a natural swimming pool, play places for the kids, and picnic areas. Pay a single fee per vehicle, and carry out your garbage.
Visit the beautiful Finger Lakes area for boating and fun, including the many wineries dotting the countryside.
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Finger Lakes
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Visit the beautiful Finger Lakes area for boating and fun, including the many wineries dotting the countryside.

Porady dla podróżnych

Zwyczaje i kultura

Great grocery stores in the area (bring your own bags)

Rochester is home to Wegmans Markets, often rated the #1 grocer in the country! The closest location is on Latta Rd., less than 10 minutes away. Anything you want is at Wegmans, including prepared foods for last minute dinners, or you can have it delivered through Instacart. Or if you're looking for a different experience, Aldi's is right across the street. Note that any store in NY, (grocery, retail, etc.) no longer provides plastic bags, in an effort to reduce plastic waster. You can either bring your own shopping bags, or purchase paper bags at the check-out.
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Enjoy a Garbage Plate!

Intrigued by the name? Rochester is home to the Garbage Plate, a delicious mess of food. Originally started at Nick Tahou's hots downtown (now closed), many local places have their own version (i.e. the trash plate, the rubbish plate, etc.) Our favorite version is the base layer of french fries and macaroni salad, topped with a cheeseburger and a Zweigles white hot (available only in Roch), covered with onion, hot sauce, ketchup and mustard - or you can have it any way you like it! Cut and paste for the review by Huffington Post (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/garbage-plate_n_4854514).
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Looking to rent some kayaks?

Kayaking is a popular activity on Long Pond - unfortunately, the only place we know of to rent kayaks is the Bay Creek Paddling Center, which is on the other side of the city. Please call ahead for availability: https://www.baycreek.com/