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Popular amenities for Rochester vacation rentals

Stay near Rochester's top sights

Apache Mall62 locals recommend
Mayo Clinic36 locals recommend
Texas Roadhouse6 locals recommend
Walmart Supercenter29 locals recommend
Canadian Honker Restaurant30 locals recommend
Costco Wholesale15 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Rochester

  • Total rentals

    690 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    30K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    450 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    200 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    460 properties have a dedicated workspace

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.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where should I stay in Rochester?

    Make yourself at home in Rochester by choosing from our most frequently booked neighborhoods. We have over 380 vacation rentals in Viking Park, over 610 vacation rentals in Downtown Rochester, and over 380 vacation rentals in Elton Hills.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Rochester?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 460 vacation rentals in Rochester featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Rochester?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Rochester. Choose from more than 200 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there Rochester vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 vacation homes with pools in Rochester, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • How much does it cost to stay in townhouse rentals in Rochester?

    Experience the best of Rochester with our townhouse rentals, starting at about $30 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do apartment rentals in Rochester have self check-in?

    Absolutely! We offer over 80 apartment rentals with self check-in in Rochester. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Rochester have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 50 house rentals with a gym in Rochester. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do apartment rentals in Rochester have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 30 apartment rentals with a bbq area in Rochester. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do private suite rentals in Rochester have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 private suite rentals with wifi in Rochester. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Rochester?

    Rochester has more than 450 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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