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Embracing Hospitality Trends at Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast

Welcome to Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast, where we are dedicated to providing our guests with unforgettable experiences that embrace the latest trends in hospitality. From personalized experiences to sustainability initiatives and technological innovations, we strive to exceed your expectations at every turn. Let’s explore how we are addressing these top hospitality trends and what sets us apart.

Personalized Experiences:
We believe that every guest deserves a personalized and memorable experience. Our curated events, such as farm-to-table breakfasts, monthly live jazz on the veranda, solar eclipse viewing, garden tours, and wine and tea tastings (off site), are designed with your preferences in mind. With three acres of woodland and gardens to explore, you’ll find tranquility and beauty around every corner. Our private art collection will captivate the eye and adds intrigue. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, we tailor our offerings to suit your individual tastes, ensuring that your stay with us is truly unique.

Sustainability:
At Ellwanger Estate, we are committed to sustainability in every aspect of our operations. From repurposing and recycling to organic gardening and composting, we prioritize environmentally friendly practices. Our solar panels harness the power of the sun, while original wood windows and greenhouses enhance energy efficiency. Rain barrels collect water for our gardens, and gravel driveways reduce runoff. By incorporating these sustainable practices, we minimize our environmental impact and create a greener future for generations to come.

Embracing Technology:
While we embrace the charm of a historic estate, we also recognize the importance of modern amenities. Our Tesla car charger and ample cell phone chargers ensure that you stay connected during your stay. Plus, our state-of-the-art massage chair provides ultimate relaxation and comfort. And just in time for the solar eclipse of 2024, we are embracing the technology of high-power binoculars (with filters) to offer a unique and exciting way to experience this celestial event. By blending tradition with technology, we offer the best of both worlds for our guests’ convenience and enjoyment.

Wellness and Health:
Your well-being is our top priority at Ellwanger Estate. From catering to specific meal plans to offering massage services and access to our massage chair, we provide opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Our REC room with table tennis and three acres of walking paths offer plenty of opportunities for physical activity, while our serene gardens provide the perfect backdrop for meditation and birdwatching. With luxurious cotton linens and Prana mattresses, you’ll experience the utmost comfort and restorative sleep. And with our pillow menu, you can customize your sleeping experience to your preferences.

Authentic and Local Experiences:
Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of our local area with our authentic and local experiences. Join us for monthly jazz jam sessions (not to be confused with Rochester International Jazz Festival), solar eclipse April 8, 2024, or explore our gardens with self guided tours. Just steps away from the Genesee River (boat tour and ROC the riverway festival), Highland Park, and the renowned Lilac Festival, as well as Mount Hope Cemetery (home to Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglas), there’s always something new to discover right outside our doors.


At Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast, we are dedicated to embracing the latest hospitality trends while staying true to our roots. From personalized experiences to sustainability initiatives and modern amenities, we strive to create an unforgettable stay for each and every guest. We invite you to experience the charm and hospitality of Ellwanger Estate on your next getaway.

Welcome home,
Rosemary Janofsky
Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast

Solar Eclipse Grandeur Experience 2024

Once in a lifetime encounter with the cosmos at the Ellwanger Estate B&B.

In just a few short months, the City of Rochester will be in the path of a truly rare experience — the total solar eclipse in April of 2024. The next one will not happen here until 2144.

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will occur in Rochester, New York. Rochester is very close to the eclipse centerline, which heads out into the open waters of Lake Ontario just north of the city. This close proximity will result in a very healthy duration of totality for Rochester, about 3 minutes and 39 seconds in the downtown. As is the case with Lake Erie to the west, weather experts think the cold lake waters of Lake Ontario could aid eclipse viewers by preventing clouds from forming above and around the lake. Below, we’ve provided key details about the eclipse in Rochester for locals and visitors planning on viewing the eclipse from that city.

“It will look like a velvet hole in the sky. We’ll see the stars come out around the sun. And 365 degrees around the horizon will be a sunset glow and your world will be forever changed”, said Debra Ross, Chair of Rochester’s Eclipse Task force

Rochester, New York

Solar eclipse 2024 events in Rochester NY

For the eclipse itself, the Rochester Museum & Science Center is hosting a four-day festival, the ROC the Eclipse Festival, between April 5 and 8. The event, expected to draw thousands each day, will include hands-on activities, speakers, music and food at the RMSC campus at 657 East Ave, Rochester. Activities will be held both inside and outside.

The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester is planning a three-day celebration dedicated to playing with light. For example, visitors will be able to create art on a Lite Brite-like board, craft a kaleidoscope and make shadow puppets. The museum will also showcase a display of space-themed toys and games.

The Memorial Art Gallery and George Eastman Museum, both in Rochester, and the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Caledonia are all planning to hold festivals or special events to mark the eclipse, Schneiderman said. Viewing events are also planned to take place at Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta and at Corn Hill Landing, Rochester Public Market and Parcel 5.

A special viewing event dubbed “Total Eclipse of the Port” is planned State University College at Brockport – where the center of the line of totality grazes the university’s football field and passes over Brockport’s High School and Middle School. The location gives Brockport an extra five seconds of totality compared to the City of Rochester and other parts of the region. The event will include food trucks and other activities.

The Town of Perinton has also planned a community eclipse watching party “Total Eclipse of the Park” on April 8 at the Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Perinton. The family-friendly event will include swimming, a bounce house, food trucks and other activities.

Dozens of other viewing parties are expected to be organized by community groups, said Schneiderman.

RMSC launched a community eclipse ambassador program to train each of the roughly 50 participant groups in the nine-county region about the eclipse, basic astronomy and eclipse viewing safety. Each group will also be outfitted with equipment, including a telescope with solar viewing filter, educational materials and solar viewing glasses. The groups are each expected to host or assist with a eclipse viewing parties.

traveling eclipse art exhibit by eclipse artist and astronomer Tyler Nordgren will be displayed at a different Rochester area location each month until April 2024. It’s at Flight Wine Bar in Corn Hill Landing in July and will be at the Central Library of Rochester on South Avenue. The exhibit features 30 eclipse posters.

Other events leading up to the April 8, 2024 eclipse will also take place each month around the Rochester region, including talks at various libraries and museums, sky-watching parties and twilight hikes.

Rosemary’s Favorite Things 2022

  1. Hands down ~it’s you, my guests. Each of you grace the Ellwanger with your energy and positive vibes. You are a blessing. The evidence is in the warm and welcoming Google and Tripadvisor Reviews, and our returning guests.
  2. Social Responsibilities: Memorial Art Gallery, B&B for Vets, David’s Refuge
  3. Surprize Vacations with Pack Up + Go. A Fun and fabulous treat, especially when you vacation at the Ellwanger.
  4. Four course breakfast. Where Else?!
  5. Jazz Jamming: From April to December, on the first Saturday of each month, our guests are entertained with spectacular live music. Think value added, think gift certificates.
  6. Deb Delights” apple-pear butter on the breakfast table. I went for the beets, but stayed for the apple-pear butter!
  7. Amenities galore: From luxurious Italian cotton linens, makeup remover cloths, house slippers, robes, and full toiletries. Here are my 4 favs:
    • Greenwich Bay Trading Co. shampoo (Rosemary, Cedar & Thyme), conditioner, and hand lotion
    • Ellwanger Laundry Bags, fashioned after the Grandhotel Pupp’s gift bag in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
    • PranaSleep organic mattresses
    • Pillow menu. In an effort to enhance your sleep, lighten your suitcase, and try out new pillows~ the Ellwanger offers hypoallergenic, down, latex and wool pillows
  8. Ellwanger Garden, owned and operated by the Landmark Society of WNY, is a nature oasis in the middle of the city, a.k.a. Our very own Secret Garden! Think YOGA, Thai Chi, meditation, and Plein Air Painting.
  9. Original artwork from artist all over the world, including my original pieces as well as … “The Ellwanger Coasters”.
  10. Refreshment hour (new 1/2/23) Monday-Thursday 5-6PM

Enjoy!

Hospitality Intern never tires of Ellwanger Elopements and Rochester seed swap

As Kojo prepares to graduate from Monroe Community College hospitality program, he applauded the Rochester seeds swap and the personalized Ellwanger elopements. During his short time at the Ellwanger Estate Bed and Breakfast, he has learned everything from culinary skills, preparation, serving, bed making 101, silver polishing, planting a garden, button sewing, furniture restoration, and attending Visit Rochester meetings. His highlight was meeting Mayor Evans. And what a highlight indeed-as he praised Kojo’s perseverance, quoting, “ now you can take over” the running of the bed and breakfast. While the internship is geared towards preparing interns for hospitality management, the true test is in finding a balance and excelling in customer service. So what 17 hours of the day would you like to work? He is sure up for the task!

Kojo at the Ellwanger Estate B&B

Enchanted April, infused with Jazz

With the enchantment of April, my thoughts turn towards JAZZ.  It all started over a decade ago with our pop up Jazz music salons. It was Jack Presberg and jazz jammers that found me. It was love at first sight, and we all became one big family~ on the first Saturday of each month, starting in April. While the Ellwanger Estate B&B knows how to jazz things up a bit, we also have a little help from our friends.  So it starts once again, and our B&B guests are in for a treat this Saturday, April 2nd, from 2-4 PM as we usher in the Spring with JAZZ!

Pre-Pandemic, now masked and vax’ed