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Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast, 10th year in the making: It is the Rochester Experience

The Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast is celebrating it’s 10th year in the making. More than a bed, more than a breakfast, it is the Rochester Experience. We officially open in April 2009, after three years of extensive renovations. It was pretty much abandoned and decrepit and in pretty bad shape. This historical Bed & Breakfast was originally the grandest of places called the Rose Mansion and Gardens: the spot to have elegant weddings, receptions, and overnight stays. In fact John F Kennedy Jr. has walked through these doors. The Rose Mansion and Gardens closed in the late 1980s.

The scope of the renovations was to restore the original mansion with all the latest technology. The public spaces have a museum quality with hand painted murals, chandeliers, exquisite antique furniture, and artwork, with  21st-century amenities. It’s an iconic bed-and-breakfast; you don’t see anything like this in many places. The Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast was the home to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Designer Show House in 2008. The mansion and all four guest rooms are a work of art.  This is a Rochester experience not to be missed. And you especially do not want to miss the lavish farm to table gourmet breakfast. That is a celebration in and of itself!

10 A+ Lodgings On Your East Coast US College Tour

Your kid’s future alma mater isn’t cookie-cutter, so why should your college tour accommodations be? Sure, you can stay in some boilerplate roadside franchise, but if you’re used to traveling with flair and want to experience the most welcoming aspects of your chosen college towns, stay in this one-of-a-kind  B&B. 

University of Rochester, Rochester NY – Ellwanger Estate

The handsome Ellwanger Estate, former home of Rochester socialite Helen Ellwanger, wife of horticulturist George Ellwanger, sits in an historic and wealthy section of Rochester. First built as a farmhouse in 1817, and then purchased and enlarged by Ellwanger (co owner of Ellwanger and Barry Nurseries) in 1867 and 1910, staying here is an immersion into the wealthy lifestyle of the Victorian Age. The gardens, as one would imagine, are beautiful. Owner, Rosemary Janofsky, purchased the estate in 2006 (it was previously operating as an inn), and has lovingly preserved it. In 2008, as a “Designer ShowHouse” fundraiser for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, guest rooms were used as fresh canvasses for interior designers, so each offers a unique and posh experience. Who stays here? Business travelers, honeymooners, romantic couples, parents visiting U of Rochester students, and anyone who favors sleeping on firm organic mattresses. And, if a television film crew is in town, chances are they choose to stay here.

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

You have a little over a week 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, plan ahead and surprise the love of your life with one of the most romantic gifts 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 Travel and Leisure, Rochester Magazine, INNS Magazine, and Design Sponge: Rochester, NY city guide.

With a two-night stay or more, choose the Romantic Rendezvous, which includes a dozen roses, an artisan cheese plate, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a “Lovepop” card for your partner. This is an add on item when booking 2 nights or more.

If you have no idea what to write inside, here’s a thought 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!

Ellwanger Estate B&B in Rochester, New York, Receives Recognition as One of the 2017 Top 10 Best Romantic Inns

 

February is here and the air is bursting with romance. iLoveInns.com is pleased to participate in the fun by announcing the 2017 Top 10 Best Romantic Inns. The inns on the list promote luxury, beauty, and romance.

Deborah Sakach, iLoveInns.com president says, “Memories last a lifetime. We’ve selected the Best Romantic Inns for 24 consecutive years and I’m thrilled to share this list of inns, where romantic memories can be made, with couples everywhere.”

Ellwanger Estate B&B in Rochester, New York, Receives Recognition as One of the 2017 Top 10 Best Romantic Inns

February 6, 2017– Dana Point, Calif., Website iLoveInns.com, is pleased to announce that the Ellwanger Estate B&B in Rochester, New York, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2017 Top 10 Best Romantic Inns Award. The Ellwanger Estate B&B is a perfect choice for couples planning an elopement, wedding or honeymoon, anniversary or simple getaway. Owner Rosemary Janofsky responded to the news, “We are thrilled that our B&B is recognized for the charming atmosphere and fine qualities that we try to provide”.

The Ellwanger Estate in Rochester, NY, offers a peaceful atmosphere of rejuvenation and relaxation throughout the historic B&B. As an urban retreat tucked into a country setting, it provides access to nature as well as a licensed massage therapist for Swedish and therapeutic massages for both singles and couples. King and queen “PRANA” beds supply plenty of comfort for dreaming and snuggling. Additional room amenities may include claw-foot tubs, hypoallergenic rooms, or a separate private sitting area. The romance continues into the morning hours with a farm-to-table breakfast served by candlelight.

The B&B has also received a 5-heart review rating by guests on iLoveInns.com.

Emily and Alex commented, “My wife and I got married April 16, and spent our first two married nights here. We have taken our wedding photographs outside on a beautiful April afternoon and booked the Traveler’s Rest for a mini honeymoon. We spent our first breakfast together on the porch overlooking the sun-drenched yard with the deer and birds. We are so happy to be able to stay such a wonderful bed-and-breakfast. We couldn’t have asked for a better time. We are moving to Pittsburgh, PA, in a few months and will definitely be coming back to capture the feeling of our wedding weekend. Thank you so much for this wonderful urban retreat. See you soon!”

Jen shared this: “What is surprising pocket of humanity and gentility tucked into a corner of all the bustle of that I have come to think of as Rochester. Up till now, Rochester has meant doctors and hospitals and an airport that gave me access to friends and family. My visit to the Ellwanger Estate included lovely gardens and a place of wonderful hospitality. I hope to be able to come back and stay here and learn more about the softer side of Rochester. Thank you for the special touches that made this visit so comfortable”.

The 2017 Top 10 Best Romantic Inns:

Ellwanger Estate, Rochester, New York

34 State “Historic Luxury Suites”, Skaneateles, New York

Inn at Osprey Point, Rock Hall, Maryland

Glen Gordon Manor, Huntly, Virginia

Bloomsbury Inn, Camden, South Carolina

Point Clear Cottages, Fairhope, Alabama

Hill Crest Bed and Breakfast, Clifton Forge, Virginia

Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast, Durango, Colorado

Briar Patch, Sedona, Arizona

 

About the Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast

The historical Ellwanger Estate located in the heart of Rochester’s Mount Hope Cultural District is your premiere lodging destination. From film shoots to friendly overnights, this beautifully restored home offers four rooms with spectacular views of the lush garden and courtyards. Stroll in the famous Ellwanger Gardens or enjoy a cool drink on the home’s restored veranda. The natural beauty of the Mount Hope and Highland Park Preservation area, combined with the ambience of The Ellwanger will exceed your every expectation. The Ellwanger will be pleased to help you plan a special event or a simple weekend get-away.

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About American Historic Inns

Founded in 1981, AHI (http://www.iLoveInns.com) is a leading bed and breakfast and country inns online directory. iLoveInns offers a free iPhone application www.inntouch.com with 6,000 inns and offers the bed and breakfast industry’s largest B&B incentive program for visiting small inns.

 

 

Spring Awakening at the Ellwanger Estate B&B

Welcome Morgan Stearns- our associate innkeeper from Rochester Institute of Technology.  She is a bright and energetic student and will be a welcome asset to the  Ellwanger Estate B&B.  In her honor we will be offering a Jazz jamming session on Saturday, April 7th,  from 2- 4 PM.  Yes, that is the Saturday before Easter Sunday!  We are treating you all to the most wonderful live Jazz.  Our fabulous musicians are fun and talented and look forward to  entertaining us on this glorious  Spring weekend .  Hope you can join us for a magical weekend stay at the Ellwanger Estate B&B.