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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.

Meliora Weekend is here!

It’s a great day here at the Ellwanger Estate B&B! Jessica has returned to help us out with Meliora Weekend!  It just so happens to be this weekend from Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, October 7, 2018!  There will be multiple events going on all weekend to include exhibits at the Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester Reunion Dinners, Concerts (Pink Martini), and Sport Events. The keynote address is by Soledad O’Brien. Make reservations now so you don’t miss a minute of it! 

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. She is the CEO of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on range of social issues.

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.

 

 

Ellwanger Estate 10 New Year Resolutions for 2017

Ever had trouble sticking with your New Year’s resolution? We have a remedy: Go on vacation or staycation! At the Ellwanger Estate B&B there’s a solution for every resolution you could make, from healthier eating, a great escape, changing our perspective, find meaning and break with our day-to day routines, to discovering your adventurous side. So in 2017, why not pair your self-enhancement with an amazing stay? The Ellwanger Estate B&B is where you can launch the New Year, check off your to-do list and finally make a change.

 

  1. Eat Your Breakfast

From the Ellwanger Estate’s roasted pear with poached eggs to the mouthwatering spicy sausage frittata (along with every delicious dish in between), the Ellwanger Estate B&B serves amazing breakfasts that put to shame your local chain motel’s stale cereal selection. Enjoy a gourmet farm to table breakfast.

 

  1. Get Fit

There’s a surge at the local gyms at the start of each New Year. In 2017, do something different and try your hand at a brand-new sports skill while on vacation. Discover your inner self at Ellwanger Estate, where you can hike, bike, row and walk the Genesee river trial or the Eire canal. Afterwards head to College Town for cocktails or Swiftwater for a local brew and dinner.

 

  1. Become an Artist

This is the year to explore your creative side. You could take a class at the Ellwanger Estate B&B where you’ll paint to your heart’s content. Consider outdoor studios at the Ellwanger Estate-perfect for plein air painting. Or attend an artist-led encaustic workshop held every Fall.

 

  1. Finally Finish Reading a Book…or Writing One

Spend an entire vacation reading? Sounds great to us. There is that book that is just begging to be finished this year. Ellwanger Estate B&B library stocks books galore! Grab a stack of books, a chair, and a cooling glass of the Ellwanger Estate B&B homemade lemonade, and then read to the sound of serenading birds.

Ellwanger Estate B&B also bills itself as a writer’s retreat, where beautifully decorated rooms come with antique writing desks and few distractions. Or sequester yourself on our veranda, watch the sunset and natures finest views, and be utterly inspired for your poetry, prose, or screenplay … as long as you don’t get distracted by the view.

 

  1. Go Green

Whether it’s to get eco-inspired and learn some new strategies or to reward yourself for recycling and conserving throughout the year, you deserve a green getaway in 2017. Check out Ellwanger Estate B&B eco-friendly where we are 5 out of 5 leaves green with Audubon.

 

  1. Learn How to Relax

Kick off the year with a day of renewal, grab a friend or your loving spouse, and embark on a rejuvenating B&B getaway. Try a massage or Yoga on the front lawn (every Saturday morning form May- September) at Ellwanger Estate B&B.

 

  1. Live a Little

If 2016 felt a bit dull, make sure 2017 is anything but. Unleash your inner adventurer and book a stay. You can charter a sunset cruise of the Erie Canal on the Sam Patch, paddled board at the Irondequoit Bay, hot air balloon on Canandaigua Lake, plus many more adventures awaiting you.

 

  1. Renew Your Love

It doesn’t have to be a big anniversary year if you’re looking to renew your vows. Plan a ceremony under the beech tree or on the veranda, with a champagne toast for two at the Ellwanger Estate B&B. It’s a perfectly simple way to underscore your lifelong commitment to each other.

 

  1. Just Splurge

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with stretching your budget. Historically, my splurges have always included: 1. Something luscious- like a massage with Brenda Washington followed by dinner at Rooney’s. 2. Something athletic-like a visit to Midtown Athletic Club. 3. And lastly something scholarly-like a visit to Artisan Works or Memorial Art Gallery.

 

  1. Spend More Time with Friends.

A getaway with your friends may be the key to renewed sanity. Gather your BFF’s, soul sister, partner in crime and the list goes on, and spend a vacation shopping, golfing, hiking, biking, and exploring the local breweries and wineries, and just catching up. Your friends’ getaway will create memories that last a lifetime and is sure to become a yearly tradition.