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Your Guide to Eating, Seeing and Sleeping in Rochester

Right around the corner from Auburn Hills is the city of Rochester, Michigan. Settled in 1817 this community has so much to offer for corporate facilities, wedding venues, national landmarks and more. In 2009, CNN/Money Magazine ranked Rochester 52nd out of the top 100 best places to live. The 2000-2010 U.S. Census also recorded a 20% population growth. Rochester is your next destination for your corporate event, wedding and to go out to eat!

Rochester Venues

The Royal Park Hotel is the premier hotel and event venue in the Rochester area. This luxury, boutique hotel offers elegant dining, hospitality and full concierge services. The hotel is great for the corporate and leisure traveler and can equally accommodate both. The Royal Park Hotel provides services for meetings, social events, weddings and more. There is wireless internet available throughout the hotel and professional audio visual services in the banquet/meeting rooms. Audio/data/video inputs are available as well in the meeting and conference spaces. The Royal Park is one of the most popular wedding venues in Southeastern, Michigan. Offering a banquet capacity of 720, beautiful Belgian glass conservatory and award-winning banquet menus you don’t have to look any further!

Meadow Brook Hall built between 1926 and 1929 by automotive aristocrat Matilda Doge Wilson, wife of late John Dodge and her husband Alfred Wilson in Rochester. This gorgeous home is one of the best examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. The Hall is very popular for weddings, business events and other social events. There are indoor and outdoor locations for events of several sizes. The beautiful grounds are also used for the Fine Arts Festival, Michigan Wine & Food Festival, classic car show and more. Meadow Brook Hall is also open to the public for guided tours and special events throughout the year.

Meadow Brook Music Festival is located nearby Meadow Brook Hall. In 1957, 1400 acres of land were given by Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband Alfred Dodge to build what is now Oakland University. On this land the music festival was built in 1969, now run by Palace Sports and Entertainment. The outdoor amphitheater holds 591 seats, expansive lawn sitting areas, concessions areas and restroom facilities. The festival theater holds plays, musicals, graduations and high profile performers.

Oakland University opened in 1959, with 590 students enrolled in Rochester. As noted above it was created in 1957 and now currently has over 129 baccalaureate degree programs and 99 graduate programs. OU was rated as one of the 82 doctoral/research universities in the United States. Oakland University offers many programs and opportunities to their students and over the years has become one of the fastest growing universities with over 18,000 students.

Places to Go

Paint Creek Cider Mill is open 7 days a week and offers a variety of seasonal foods and apple cider! Under new ownership, Paint Creek Cider Mill in Rochester has a restaurant inside as well. The restaurant serves salads, pizza, wraps, burgers and more.

Kruse and Muer opened in February 1990 by the duo of Bill Kruse and Chuck Muer. Opening their first restaurant in 1988, the Quality Foods Restaurant they began evolving their theories of food and service. You can enjoy fresh baked bread, fresh fish, pasta and other specialties at Kruse and Muer.

Rochester Mills Beer Company is right in downtown Rochester in the historic Western Knitting Mill. The brewery kept the original hardwood floors, columns, beams and exposed brick. The cuisine features a selection of eclectic American specials with something for everyone. With great beer, live entertainment, great food, why wouldn’t you go?

Posted on March 11th, 2013 in Michigan Events & Destinations.