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Entire rental unit · Rochester
Cozy, clean, main floor 1 BR apt. in 4plex
This is a small, clean main floor apartment (456 sq. ft.)in a 4-plex. This is an older home near East Center street, a short distance to downtown/Mayo. It is an older home but clean and comfortable with a big front porch. This unit is in a 4plex so guests may hear some noise from other guests in the building but it is generally quiet.
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Entire rental unit · Rochester
Everything you need just minutes from Mayo Clinic
This great space has a private, self-entrance with off-street parking at no cost...a mere 3.2 miles or 10 minute drive to the Mayo Clinic downtown. Located in a quiet neighborhood in northwest Rochester. It boasts easy access to highways, convenience to grocery store, coffee shop, Target, restaurants and the biking/walking trail. Completely furnished with linens, hair-dryer, Netflix and Hulu, Smart TV and Wi-fi....and a Keurig Coffee maker with coffee. It is your home away from home!
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Entire rental unit · Rochester
Clean & Stylish Apartment- Minutes from Mayo!!
Welcome to your Clean & Stylish Apartment! This 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment is conveniently located close to Mayo Clinic and downtown Rochester.

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Apache Mall6 locals recommend
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Silver Lake Park9 locals recommend
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Mayo Clinic9 locals recommend
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Plummer House14 locals recommend
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Canadian Honker Restaurant13 locals recommend
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Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial8 locals recommend

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Private room · Rochester
Gorgeous, Comfy, Clean room 1.3 mile to MayoClinic
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Entire home · Rochester
5 blocks from Mayo, Adorable Upper Unit
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Private room · Rochester
Clear and spacious room
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Private room · Rochester
Magical Nest
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Entire home · Rochester
Cozy home next to Mayo Clinic & historic parks!
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Entire rental unit · Rochester
Relaxing, main floor apartment in 4plex, #2.
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Entire home · Rochester
Lofted Front House Bungalow - Close to Mayo
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Entire guesthouse · Rochester
Cascade Creek Guest House
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Entire home · Rochester
Spacious Modern Home near Mayo, St. Mary's Campus
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Private room · Rochester
Upstairs Bedroom 2
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Private room · Rochester
A pleasant bedroom
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Entire home · Rochester
The Little House

Your guide to Rochester

All About Rochester

Located amid tree-topped bluffs in southeastern Minnesota, the city of Rochester lies in the valley of the Zumbro River. The river, which winds its way downtown, provides opportunities for kayakers and tubers to float down the waterway. Rochester is Minnesota’s third-largest city and home to one of the country’s best-known medical facilities, which has fed the city’s growth, but it manages to keep a small-town vibe with a walkable downtown.

During the warmer months, musical concerts and other artistic performances take place by the riverside, and you can hop on one of the city trolleys to check out a wine trail, a local brewery, or the farmers’ market. The Twin Cities are a little over an hour north, while the Mississippi River’s Bluff and Amish Country are within an hour’s reach.

A well-developed park system around the city offers more than 85 miles of multi-use trails to explore. Near the heart of downtown, the Quarry Hill Nature Center features trails and paved pathways for hikers and bikers. The area was underwater during prehistoric times, and you may find fossils and other remnants if you keep your eyes out for them. During the wintertime, you can rent snowshoes and cross-country skis at the quarry.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Rochester?

The best time to stay in one of Rochester’s vacation rentals is during early summer, when temperatures are typically pleasant. July and August are warm to hot and more humid, but you can cool off by paddling on one of the nearby lakes and rivers. In September and October, temperatures cool down, and the nights grow chilly. Apple orchards and changing fall foliage are main attractions, as are the pumpkin patches and bonfires.

Snowfall often begins in October and lasts through April, and Minnesota winters are snowy, icy, and cold. The Christmas holiday season kicks off in November with the Festival of Trees, and skating rinks like the outdoor skating rink at Soldiers Field are a popular place to be — next to a fireplace is nice, too. January and February temperatures stay below freezing, and the wind chill factor can keep temperatures at zero degrees Fahrenheit. But there’s little chance of cabin fever with themed ice bars, ice sculptors, DJs, and bright lights of the SocialICE festival. March weather can still have freezing temperatures, but the winter thaw usually begins by April.


What are the top things to do in Rochester?

Lanesboro and Amish Country

A 60-minute drive southeast of Rochester lands you in Lanesboro, an artistic community home to theater troupes, musicians, and visual artists. You’ll also find several antique shops and independent boutiques. Nearby Harmony is home to a thriving Amish community, and local stores sell Amish handcrafted furniture, baskets, quilts, and leather goods.

Root River and Root River Trail

Within an hour east of Rochester is the Mississippi River’s Bluff Country. You can glide in a canoe down the 80-mile Root River or bike the Root River Trail, whose path runs for 42 miles along a disused railway line. There are 30 miles of blacktop for biking in the warmer months and for cross-country skiing in winter.

Silver Lake Park

Just 10 minutes from the center of Rochester, you can fish, rent a paddleboat, or cruise with a friend on a tandem bike around Silver Lake. Rental bikes and strollers are available. Around the 1.8-mile loop are picnic areas, an outdoor pool, and a skate park.

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