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Dartmouth House Bed and Breakfast is located in the part of town I've seen very little of in my five years in Rochester, NY. a) I was very poor at the time. b) I was extremely busy (going to school and working full time to put myself through school). c) The area was hovering on the edge of a bad neighborhood at the time - it just wasn't a place anyone particularly wanted to visit.
I was happy to discover the area has been brought back to life through the effort of the city and its citizens. Jobs were created, bus routes were improved, old houses - restored, public library and YMCA - expanded with new programs and new members seeking education and jobs. In short - the neighborhood is looking good these days, drawing more visitors to its eclectic restaurants, shops, and museums.
Dartmouth House has a long history - having started as a family home in 1905, it turned bed and breakfast early in its long history. In 2013, Dartmouth House was almost completely destroyed in a terrible fire (fortunately, no one was hurt). It was rebuilt and opened its doors to delighted travelers in 2015.
What can I tell you? It is a lovely place. Small. Personable. With a delicious breakfast served by lovely, friendly people. What's not to love? But wait, there is more! Compared to a hotel with far inferior accommodations and services (how many hotels have a cozy sitting room with a HUGE couch, a fireplace, and round-the-clock complementary port service?), the place is pretty affordable.
If you are a year-round traveler and don't mind the Lake Ontario weather between the months of October and April, get your walking boots on, and venture out to all the amazing places less than a mile away from Dartmouth house - such as George Eastman House and Memorial Art Gallery. Venture out for a steaming bowl of delicious pho at Southeast Asian Restaurant on the corner of Monroe and Dartmouth or pop over to Roux for an intoxicating evening of absinthe and French food. It's delightful!