Debi is the Founder and Creative Director for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY
I’ve lived in Rochester my whole life (40+ years) with my husband and two daughters. By weekday, I am a digital designer in marketing for Wegmans. On weekends, I am a day-tripper, writer, and photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State unique.
I prefer to take the slow roads and eat in small-town restaurants throughout the Genesee Valley and Finger Lakes regions.
And I love to make plans and change them as I go! I could spend weeks planning a road trip, mapping out the best route, things to do, sights to see, and places to eat. The planning process helps me get to know a destination well enough to be spontaneous, react to unforeseen challenges, and day trip in the moment.
Over the past 20+ years, I’ve been vigorously researching unique places to explore. I’d amassed long lists of exciting destinations I’d found in books, blogs, and Instagram, plus state, county, and city tourism brochures.
This site—Day Trips Around Rochester, NY—is a collection and continuous curation of destinations around Rochester. I’m excited to share this with you, so please subscribe to our email. Periodically, we’ll let you know what’s trending, what’s new, and what’s interesting.
You won’t see me captured in many of my photographs, though I do have a few. Having not cut my hair since February 2020, it’s down to the middle of my back now. So these photos are a little dated:
Over the years, I’ve captured more foot-selfies than face-selfies. I call the series, Walking on the Surface of Life. And yes, I’ve had the same shoes for a very long time! I’m all set for any season between my Sketchers, Tevas, and snow boots.
Our mission is to inspire exploration, appreciation, preservation, and conservation of our natural and human communities. To that end, we seek out destinations within a two-hour radius of Rochester, NY that foster a passion for both.