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Experience the charm of Le Roy, NY

Located on the eastern border of Genesee County, The Village of Le Roy, nestled along the beautiful Oatka Creek, is one of the most picturesque communities in Western New York. The tree-lined streets are dotted with stately Victorian homes in a quiet setting just over 20 miles from Rochester and less than 40 miles from Buffalo. A variety of restaurants provide a wide range of dining from family to fine.

Downtown Le Roy is conveniently located at the intersection of NYS routes 5 and 19, only four miles from exit 47 off the NYS Thruway (I-90), and the I-490 expressway.

Known as being the birthplace of Jell-O, Le Roy is also the home of the former Ingham University, the first chartered university for women in the United States. The history of Le Roy is preserved and exhibited at the Le Roy Historical Society, which also maintains the Jell-O Gallery & Museum, devoted to the history of "Americas Most Famous Dessert."


Home of "Lady Liberty's" little Sister!

Le Roy's statue is one of less than 100 remaining (at one time, there were more than 200 across the United States). At just eight feet tall, she's the same size as the index finger of her big sister in New York Harbor. Be sure to see her firsthand, located along the banks of the Oatka Creek on Wolcott street in downtown Le Roy.

Stay

Looking for a getaway that isn't far away? Or maybe you're a business traveler who's looking for a quiet place to work that still has modern amenities? Look no further! Le Roy's Historic Main Street is fortunate to be home to one of the regions top Inns, situated alongside the picturesque Oatka Creek. 

At nearly 200 years old, Farmer's Creekside Tavern & Inn boasts five luxurious overnight guest rooms, each providing beautiful views. All rooms have been designed to echo the tonality of the rest of the building for a modern, yet timeless design. During your stay, you’ll find shale, brick, and original wood beams juxtaposed with pastoral artwork and accented with colors derived from the surrounding landscape. All rooms include luxury amenities, including: bathroom in-floor heating, Pharmacopia bath products, and plush bathrobes.

As a four-season venue with multiple dining rooms for both casual tavern and destination-worthy fine fare; Creekside is also able to host intimate gatherings, celebrations, and events.


Eat

With over 15 eateries, including the Historic D&R Depot Restaurant, this little community is not in short supply of good eats! Below highlights several of our favorites, but click HERE to request our area dining guide to see the full list.

Dine in a former B & O train depot! Take a step back in time to an era of home-cooked meals served by a friendly staff in a relaxed atmosphere. Their breads, muffins, pies, sticky buns, and all of their desserts are made right in their bakery. Indulge in goodness for lunch and dinner! Their menu offers an array of delicious dishes including their iconic Chopped Cobb Salad, French Onion Soup, Artichokes French, their famous Monte Cristo Sandwich, and of course their homemade pot pies! No matter what you decide on, D & R Depot does not disappoint!

The recently-remodeled Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew is the kind of down-home, laid-back and comfortable place that just feels right. Open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks, this eatery and bar not only boasts an excellent beverage program but their menu is delicious! Mouthwatering barbecue is their claim-to-fame, and it's no wonder: each meat is dry rubbed with a proprietary mix of seasonings, then smoked slowly in their on-site smoker for maximum flavor and tenderness. 

Reminisce in this wildly popular new "soda-shop" style restaurant, Sweet Betty's! They serve up delicious treats for all ages, stages, and taste buds, including Perry's hard ice cream, soft serve ice cream, bubble tea, floats, blizzards, old time candy and desserts year round. The restaurant also has a full lunch & dinner menu that's sure to get your mouth watering. Enjoy fresh popcorn at your table while you wait for your meal, catch a game with friends on one of their four TV's, and don't forget to check out their wine slushes, and cocktails! 

Maria 'Mama' Chavez was born in a small town in Guanajuato, Mexico. She is one of twelve children, so as you can imagine with that many siblings, Maria was always in the kitchen helping her mother prepare meals. That is where her love and passion for sharing her creations began. In June 2019 Maria retired early from her career to fulfill her lifelong dream of owning her own taqueria. Enjoy traditional favorites such as, Flautas, Burritos, Tostadas & more at Mama Chavez's Taqueria!

Do

LeRoy is rich in historical attractions, perhaps none more so than as being the birthplace of Jell-O, invented here in 1897. But is also less than 6 miles (~9 km) away from the third largest outdoor living history museums in the United States! The 700-acre complex that is the Genesee Country Village & Museum consists of 68 historic structures furnished with 15,000 artifacts to provide an authentic, 19th-century environment in which visitors can interact with knowledgeable, third-person historic interpreters in period-appropriate dress.

Not a history buff? No problem! Le Roy also boasts great golf, a robust calendar of events, kayaking, fly-fishing, and specialty seasonal attractions such as the Pully's Farm Market corn maze and pumpkin cannon!

While you're in town, drive through some of the most picturesque scenery in Western, NY as you discover over 100 painted quilts that adorn barns, houses, sheds, and garages along the Le Roy Barn Quilt Trail. These hand-painted quilts have come to represent the pride shared by the people of LeRoy, a town with a rich heritage and a vision for the future that will guarantee quality of life for generations to come.

LeRoy’s Country Club has an attractive clubhouse and 18 holes of stellar golf! Known for its beauty, playability, and value, this course is sure to provide a relaxing afternoon with friends or family. Once you're done hitting the links, grab a drink with friends, or enjoy a full meal in their on-site restaurant.

Looking to get crafty? Stop in to The Art of Mandy to paint, draw, sculpt, and more. Not feeling quite that ambitious? Just choose a pre-made ceramic piece to glaze while you sip your favorite beverage and enjoyed a laid back time with friends. You're sure to have a blast getting your creative juices flowing.

See for yourself why visitors from around the globe make a stop at the world's only JELL-O Museum! This quirky museum is dedicated to all things JELL-O, including the history and marketing of "America's Most Famous Dessert." Marvel over the ads, TV commercials, molds, paintings and displays filled with fun facts! Follow the JELL-O brick road, past the Victorian garden, to the Historic Le Roy House and see where it all began! Tour the mansion-turned-museum for over 100 years of unique history, including Ingham University, the first American university for women, and the story of the  86,000 acre Triangle Tract, a land deal that was controlled by the Le Roy family. Many people enjoy reminiscing in the 1930s kitchen with all its “modern” conveniences and gadgets. Then step downstairs to look at Charlotte Le Roy’s original 1820s open hearth kitchen and learn what was cooking!


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Farmer's Creekside Tavern & Inn

One Main Street
Le Roy, NY 14482
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JELL-O Gallery Museum

23 E. Main Street
LeRoy, NY 14482
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Historic LeRoy House

23 E. Main Street
LeRoy, NY 14482
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D & R Depot Restaurant

63 Lake Street (Rt. 19)
LeRoy, NY 14482
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Smokin' Eagle BBQ & Brew

9 Main Street (Rt. 5)
LeRoy, NY 14482
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Sweet Betty's

15 Main Street
Le Roy, NY 14482
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Mama Chavez's Taqueria

7 Mill Street
Le Roy, NY 14482
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April's Finds Antiques & Collectibles

7895 East Main Road
Le Roy, NY 14482
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The Divine Tree

19 Main Street
LeRoy, NY 14482
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The Self-Care Shop

58 Main Street
Le Roy, NY 14482
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The Hobby Horse

56 Main Street
LeRoy, NY 14482
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LeRoy Barn Quilt Trail

23 E. Main Street
LeRoy, NY 14482
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LeRoy Country Club

7759 East Main Street
LeRoy, NY 14482
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The Art of Mandy

52 Main Street
LeRoy, NY 14482
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