We all know Rochester as the home of world-renowned Mayo Clinic, but Rochester is also a vibrant and fun community beckoning to be explored! Located a mere 90-minute drive south of the Twin Cities, Rochester is friendly and welcoming to its many visitors from around the world. If you haven’t been to Rochester in a while, you’ll be delighted to know that Rochester has become a world-class destination offering a wide array of excellent restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues to enjoy.

Rochester is perfect for a girlfriends’ getaway—an opportunity to break out of your routine—to unwind, relax and reconnect with your besties. Indeed, there are lots of fun things to do in Rochester and are limited only by your time commitment, imagination and budget! There are numerous upscale boutiques, miles of walking trails and a couple of wineries to mention a few. To make your planning easier, we have compiled a few insider suggestions to help you decide how to structure your getaway to Rochester and maximize your enjoyment!


Hilton Garden Inn

225 South Broadway, Rochester | 507-285-1234 |

Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently located in downtown Rochester, easily within walking distance to all downtown attractions. An added perk: They offer complimentary town car service to local businesses farther afield. You can enjoy yourselves in style! 


Chester’s Kitchen & Bar

111 South Broadway #108, Rochester | 507-424-1211 |

As an international city, Rochester offers a wide array of cuisines. However, Chester’s Kitchen & Bar, nestled in the Shops at University Square, is very popular and offers numerous delectable entrée’s and appetizers along with a full-service bar. 


Dwell Local

602 7th St NW, Rochester | 507-202-3815 |

Hidden away, just north of downtown is one of Rochester’s best kept shopping secrets: Dwell Local. This eclectic boutique features one-of-a-kind unique custom-made jewelry, candles, artwork, clothing, herbal concoctions, soaps and chic collectibles. This store oozes with amazing gift ideas! 


The Doggery

18 3rd St SW, Rochester | 507-289-2742 | @thedoggerybar

Historic 3rd Street hosts a plethora of retro chic bars. Be sure to indulge in a hand-crafted cocktail at The Doggery. This cozy speak-easy style lounge is perfect to kick off the evening, before exploring the neighboring venues.  


Rochester Trolley & Tour Company

972 14th Ave SW, Rochester | 507-421-0573 |

Be sure to enjoy a ride on the Rochester Trolley, which is a fun, narrated hop-on, hop-off tour of Rochester. Visit the Historic Mayowood Mansion, Plummer House and Assisi Heights landmarks along with stops at other popular attractions.