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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

FALLING “INN” LOVE: ONE VERY ROMANTIC B&B FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

You have a few days until Valentine’s Day. Don’t be that guy (or girl) who waits until the last minute and then rushes out to buy a half-wilted roses and a box of generic chocolates. Instead,  surprise the love of your life with one of the most romantic gift possible—an Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast getaway in Rochester, NY.

The Ellwanger Estate B&B knows how to celebrate romance! We are the proud recipients of the I Love Inns and American Historic Inns “Top 10 Most Romantic Inns of North America” award, and featured in the Getaway Mavens 32 Great Romantic Hotels in New York State, Travel and Leisure, Rochester Magazine, INNS Magazine, and Design Sponge: Rochester, NY city guide.

With ANY February stay, the mansion will be decked out in red roses galore, with half a dozen in your guest room, and a heart shaped chocolate cake for your 4th course during your gourmet breakfast.

Here’s a thought to share by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself,
but for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

A Delicious Surprise…To Be Listed in Forbes

6 Great Places to Eat if You’re Visiting Rochester, New York

Adrienne JordanFormer ContributorTravelI cover adventure, outdoor, and wellness travel.Follow

Situated on the southern shores of Lake Ontario, Rochester is a part of the breathtaking Finger Lakes region. New York’s 3rd largest city is in the midst of a period of revitalization. Recently, there has been over $750 million invested in downtown Rochester, which in turn exploded the food, craft beer (there are 17 breweries), and dining scenes. It’s easy to sample the city’s tasty offerings: here are 6 food-driven reasons to hop on a quick 50 minute flight from NYC airports:

Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast

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Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast

Run by the gregarious Rosemary Janofsky, always ready with a quick smile, the 115 year old home of George Ellwanger has maintained its reputation of great breakfasts, like Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa, topped with poached egg and Spicy Sausage & Vegetable Frittata with sausage, zucchini, bell pepper, eggs & mozzarella cheese. You will also be cozy in the themed rooms-from “Woodland Suite” to “Garden Room”– at the B&B.

Erie Grill Apple Pie Mule

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Erie Grill

Choose to break your fast during brunch at the Erie Grill located at The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa. The view is stunning, with a scenic biking and running trail, historic Erie Canal, and picturesque industrial bridges. The menu is eye candy too: try the smoked salmon bagel, corned beef hash, or brioche French toast. Try the Apple Pie Mule cocktail if you want to savor a holiday-themed beverage.

Magnolia’s Café

Park Ave is one of Rochester’s most popular neighborhoods: the street is lined with boutiques, coffee shops, salons, dining and more. Stop along Park Ave’s Magnolia’s Cafe and try one of their many pizzas like the Quattro Fromage or Pesto. Or choose what President Barack Obama ate while in Rochester in 2013: grilled cheese and a cup of the signature tomato and artichoke soup. The casual setting with huge windows allows you to eat and watch the foot traffic go by on Park Ave.

Red Fern dining area

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Red Fern

If you’re into healthy eats, choose one of six fresh juices at vegan Red Fern, like “Beet It” (beet, carrot, apple, ginger) or “Sunrise” (orange, carrot, grapefruit, lemon). There are also gluten-free options, including entrees, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. You can also savor the house-baked pastries and the venue’s beer & wine selection. Since it is located across the street from Magnolia’s Cafe, you can opt for a freshly brewed coffee or herbal tea post-lunch.

Rochester Public Market

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Public Market

Rochester’s City-run Public Market is a one stop shop for a fresh lunch. The outdoor and indoor market has been in operation since 1905 and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. Since there are over 300 vendors on site, you have an opportunity to collect fresh produce and ethnic delicacies. There are also local businesses to hop around at the market, like cafes, food stands, coffee shops, specialty food purveyors, and breweries.

Ox & Stone

For Latin-inspired eats served with craft cocktails in a candlelit setting in a mansion from the 1880s, Ox & Stone favorites include braised ox tail and paella, and the crispy tortillas are made in house. Farm to table comes into play here as regular menu items feature seasonal ingredients from locally sourced farms and merchants.

Adrienne Jordan

Initially published Dec 17, 2018

Let’s talk turkey: How has the pandemic impacted bed and breakfasts?

Tune into Connections, with EVAN DAWSON & MEGAN MACK 
Interviewed on MAY 22, 2020

We continue our series of conversations about the impact the pandemic has had on businesses. Bed and breakfasts owners are working to adapt to the current situation, while also preparing for the months ahead.

This hour, we talk with innkeepers in different parts of our area about how the pandemic has affected their businesses, and how they think the industry could change in the longer term. Our guests: