1.Getting lunch items to go at the Wegman's on East Ave – a small, older store of the famous chain with some charm and the usual great selection of “to go” goodies.
2.Brief walk along S. Fitzhugh St. in Corn Hill district before going on the Mary Jameson for a 90 min ride at 4 pm, on the Genesee River and Erie Canal. Not fancy, fun, relaxing, interesting.
3.Dinner at Pier 45 restaurant up on Lake Ontario. Crowded beach scene (free concert that night) and not easy to park, but enjoyed seeing it all. Ate outside overlooking inlet and sailboats; food was good, wine was good, martinis were just OK. Good summer al fresco feel to things.
4.Breakfast at Charlie's Frog Pond. Has recently changed ownership but is good as ever. Next door is Jines, sort of the go-to breakfast place for the Park Ave scene in Rochester and is very good but we wanted something less busy and lower key.
5.Walked to the George Eastman House and Museum. Peeked in quickly at the Museum's galleries, liked best the gallery with all the old cameras, but the highlight for us was a 45 min tour of Eastman's mansion which is both clever and beautiful in its design and execution, and surprisingly liveable. Very cool.
6.Walked to the Memorial Art Gallery for lunch at Max at the Gallery restaurant. Despite its upscale environment, the prices were reasonable (but then we're coming from NY/NJ so...) and our sandwiches and salads (not to mention the homemade lemonade) were top shelf. Friendly wait staff and not crowded when we visited. Excellent.
7.Dinner at Edibles on University. Stylish place. Good wine by the glass, good food. Can eat outside if so inclined. Gets crowded late, especially the bar scene.
8.Walked back to the Eastman House and the Dryden Theater for a 8 pm showing of a French movie. The Dryden is what is usually termed an “art theater” (the theater includes a little lectern where more often than not that night's movie is briefly introduced) but its range of cinematic offerings is truly wide and not exclusively for the film buff; with a new movie almost every night at $7 a ticket it's always a good deal.
9.Along University Ave in this (artsy) neighborhood we also enjoyed looking at all the creative crafts at Craft Company No. 6 and late night nibbles at Chocolate and Wine (they have beer too).