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City of Rochester The City of Rochester has the honor of being the first settlement in Oakland County when it was established in 1817. It is a city of great beauty featuring municipal parks, two winding nature trails and three nearby waterways. Rochester’s history is closely tied to the Clinton River and Paint Creek. Both tributaries provided the water power that made Rochester an early industrial center. Although those days are long past, these waterways still benefit city residents with fly fishing for trout, canoeing andkayaking and scenic bike rides. Rochester is home to Michigan’s largest Christmas parade, which is broadcast on local Detroit television. The city also hosts the “Big Bright Light Show” for the Christmas season. The Show is a display of more than a million light bulbs on Main Street buildings that draws thousands of sightseers from all over the Metro Detroit area each night during the month of December. Downtown Rochester features a newly rebuilt and refurbished Main Street as the gateway to its vibrant shopping district with its unique mix of high-end boutiques, restaurants, cafes and wine bars, specialty stores and service providers. Just off Main Street is one of Metro Detroit’s best bakeries (Give Thanks Bakery – the almond croissants are a must!). Just around the corner is the Chapman House, The Rochester Brunch House and The Meeting House. Minutes from downtown are farmer stands, cider mills, championship golf courses, hiking trails and one of Southeast Michigan’s premier parks – Stony Creek Metropark. Residents enjoy quiet streets that boast a broad range of housing options, award winning schools and an active seniors community located at the Older Persons Commission. Rochester is historic,vibrant, changing and just a little more than 200 years young. It is committed to being business-friendly and family-welcoming. Take a look, you’ll like what you see.

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2019 Greater Rochester Lifestyle Community Guide  

The Greater Rochester Lifestyle is the premier resource guide for Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. Lifestyle focusses on inf...

2019 Greater Rochester Lifestyle Community Guide  

The Greater Rochester Lifestyle is the premier resource guide for Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. Lifestyle focusses on inf...

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