Welcome to Rochester, NY!

Rochester – located in Western NY, Rochester is flanked by both Buffalo and Syracuse on its sides by about an hour’s drive. This city is packed with fun and excitement, from the stunning natural scenery to its lively city neighborhoods. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, you’ll find yourself constantly entertained in Rochester. You’ve got to check out High Falls, where you can watch the mighty Genesee River tumble over the edge while sipping sipping a beer from a brewery that’s been around since the 1878. 

But what really makes Rochester special are the people. The locals here are friendly, down-to-earth, and always up for a good time – and for good reason. Consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities, Rochesterians enjoy beautifully mild summers, world-class education, cultural and healthcare facilities, and relatively low-costs of living. With its immediate proximity to fresh water lakes, beautiful parks, and lush, fertile farm land, healthy living and access to quality food rank of high importance to Rochesterians. This could help explain why Wegmans, a regional supermarket chain that was founded in Rochester in 1916, has consistently earned top-rankings for its “experience” from superfans of the supermarket chain.

Did you know? Rochester was first known as the “Young Lion of the West” given its economic prowess outside of the New York City region and being one of the very first boomtowns in the United States. The city is the birthplace of major world-shifting businesses such as Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox, and Western Union and was also home to prominent socio-political historical movers-and-shakers such as Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Rochester is no stranger to having an impact on a global scale.

Vegan in Rochester, NY

If you’re looking for a city with a great blend of urban, suburban, and rural options, has a historical pedigree of “thinking outside of the societal norms box”, and offers a high quality of living, you’ve come to the right city. Rochester is quickly becoming known for its plant-based alternatives, and has been at the forefront of veganism and plant-based education and lifestyles for quite some time now. Rochester offers the Rochester Area Vegan Society (RAVS) which has been existence for over 30 years, and the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute focusing solely on your health from an individual empowerment-long-term-preventative perspective, rather than a let’s-wait-until-you’re-sick-then-help-you attack plan. Oh, and did we mention that MetroPops was founded and based out of downtown Rochester? Of course you knew that!

Did you know that VegNews recently named Rochester as the best small city to be vegan? Check out the article: Why Rochester, New York is the Best Small City in America for Vegans

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