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Guess Who Came to the Ellwanger ?

While ALL my guests are famous, I simply couldn’t resist posting this one!  Thank you Gerry Szymanski ( for taking this photo during one of the many Rochester’s Image Out receptions, held annually at the Ellwanger Estate.

Yep, John Waters (  He was hilarious and so was his one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas”.  The New York Times wrote: “Like a wayward Santa for the Christams obsessed, legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters rides into town on his sleigh full of smut (December 2012) spreading yuletide cheer with his critically acclaimed one-man show, A John Waters Christmas”.

John Waters at the Ellwanger Estate

Guess who came to the Ellwanger?

You just never know who you will meet at the Ellwanger Estate.

Valentines “Blessing” Vow Renewal Ceremony 2/14/14

“Valentine’s Day only comes once a year and there is tremendous demand from couples to renew their vows…So …
Say “I’d do it all over again!” with a small group vow renewal at the beautiful Ellwanger mansion. Renewing wedding vows can be a meaningful and touching ceremony for you and your spouse. Significant anniversaries are especially appropriate times for renewing your commitment and love. Whether you’ve been married 10 years or 50 years, we think it’s a special time, and would be honored to host your vow renewal ceremony at The Ellwanger Estate. The carved mantel, woodwork and the inviting elegant decor of the Ellwanger makes the perfect backdrop for your vow renewal.
The Ellwanger Estate Vow Renewal Package Includes:
• Officiant Frank Howard
• Professional Photographer, Keith Bullis will photograph the event and the couples. Purchase of photographs is optional–photos will be available for viewing and ordering online after the event.
• Chilled sparkling non-alcoholic juice to toast (or bring in your own Champagne)
• Cake
• Cheese board
• Red rose bouquet and boutonnière

Package Price $199
plus room rates if desired via website reservations
max rooms available=4

Event Details
Location: The Ellwanger Estate, 625 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
Date and Time: Valentines Day, Friday 2/14/2014, Ceremony begins at 4 p.m.
Dress: Your choice–from wedding dress to jeans.
How can you participate?
 All married couples are invited to a non-denominational group vow renewal ceremony at The Ellwanger Estate
No marriage license is required for the vow renewal ceremony. The vow renewal ceremony does not have legal significance.
How to participate: the vow renewal is open to all who would like to participate – local residents and visitors. MAX 10 couples. You must pre-register by emailing (send your full names),
Your reservation will be confirmed once your check arrivals via mail: Ellwanger Estate, 625 Mt Hope Ave, Roc 14620.

“By your continued love and commitment, with the reaffirmation you make today, before your beloved, it is my honor to present you once again as husband and wife”.



 “Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower”  Albert Camus

The time is at hand to prepare for what is my favorite season–Autumn.  It promises to be a rich pear harvest for our annual pear butter creation–an Ellwanger Estate specialty.  What a great cooking class that would be!

Come experience unparalleled striking autumn foliage of 
the Finger Lakes Region. Rochester, NY will delight you with it’s food and fun while experiencing our cultural venue, and our luxurious accommodations.  What a perfect weekend.

Hope you can join us for a magical Holiday weekend for 2 or 3 day stay at the Ellwanger Estate B&B.


Meliora Weekend with Ina May Gaskin

We jumpstarted Meliora weekend with a lively visit from Ina May Gaskin, renowned midwife from The Farm.  The weekend was jampacked full with fabulous guests from all over the country, and we cannot wait until next year! We regret that we could not accommodate all of the last minute reservation requests. Please consider making early reservations for next year!

Meliora Weekend 2013 with Robert Gates as Keynote Speaker

It’s a great day here at the Ellwanger! Carrie has returned to help us out with Meliora Weekend!  It just so happens to be this weekend from Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 13. There will be multiple events going on all weekend to include exhibits at the Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester Reunion Dinners, Concerts, and Sport Events. The keynote address is by Robert Gates. Make reservations now so you don’t miss a minute of it!