Inns of Aurora
What We Love
- An award-winning trio of luxurious escapes in New York's beautiful Finger LakesThe award-winning, eclectic mix of accommodations, from antique to modern chic
- The complimentary Aurora Inn bikes, kayaks, sleds and more, for all three properties
- The lakeside fire pit and Adirondack chairs, to get cozy while enjoying the view
- The restaurant, a TripAdvisor favorite with glowing Gourmet magazine praise
What To Know
- The inn is spread across three different buildings
- The lakefront setting is perfect for watching the sunset
- It's smart to reserve far in advance if you'd like a table on the restaurant terrace in the warmer months
Four diamonds, three properties and one charming New York village are all you need for the consummate Finger Lakes escape. Winner of a AAA Four Diamond Award, the Inns of Aurora is a trio of lovely, distinctive getaways, with rave reviews from major names. The collection has been described as “a leaf-peeping paradise” by National Geographic and “the most beautiful” regional lodging by Fodor’s, and its restaurant is the top TripAdvisor pick in town.
The Aurora Inn is a refined country getaway, while private rentals include E.B. Morgan House, an Italianate-stone home, and Rowland House, a whimsical retreat with MacKenzie-Childs flair. All three, however, are elegant and luxurious, as well as generous, offering use of the former’s seasonal kayaks, bicycles, sleds and snowman-making kits. And if this doesn’t all amount to the quintessential local stay, then pull up a chair at that popular dining room. Gourmet magazine once wrote that it “epitomizes the modern face of the Finger Lakes.”
Inn and houses
The Inns of Aurora are distinct, each with its own character. The Aurora Inn has an understated country elegance. Meanwhile, E.B. Morgan House is private rental house, with bold colors and modern art. The other private-rental option is Rowland House, which has its own eclectic style. Their bedrooms all share, however, elegant décor and luxurious details, like Frette linens and down pillows.
Amenities – Private marble bath- Flat-panel TV and Bose stereo- High-speed Wi-Fi- Spa-quality William Roam bath amenities- Plush terrycloth robes
Local bounty is at the heart of every dish served at the TripAdvisor number-one local restaurant and Certificate of Excellence-winning Aurora Inn Dining Room. Executive Chef Patrick Higgins takes inspiration from the farm-to-table culture of the surrounding town, where heritage farms produce organic vegetables, wine grapes, artisanal cheeses and grass-fed beef. Expect loads of elegance and a lakeside veranda, plus acclaimed American cuisine that changes with the seasons. Dishes like roasted-beet salad, creekstone tenderloin and venison shank make this a fine-dining destination that “epitomizes the modern face of the Finger Lakes,” according to Gourmet magazine.
Filled with equal parts charm and history, Aurora is an essential Finger Lakes destination, with a wealth of natural beauty, outdoor recreation and entertainment. Bike the surrounding countryside, golf the Wells College course, go skiing (cross-country or downhill) and kayak, fish or swim in Cayuga Lake. For cultural activities, shop the boutiques of handcrafted wares and visit historic sites, like Women’s Rights National Historic Park and Harriet Tubman’s home. The waterfront village has plenty to see and do as well, plus plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the view.
How to Get There
The food and service wonderful; the staff accommodated my classmates and me with special attention and courtesy. The ambience was everything we could have wished for. The village of Aurora, a short drop south from the New York Thruway in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, is a college town, a small private liberal arts college - Wells College. It is within walking distance of the college, there is a convenience store next door, and a college across the street from the Inn.
My wife and I stayed there for just one night as we were traveling to our final destination. It is, without question, the lovellest place we have ever stayed at in the Finger Lakes. Our room was comfortable, spacious and well appointed. We had a shared balcony overlooking the lake, a gas fireplace, and a very comfy bed. Upon arrival, the desk clerk asked if we wanted a tea or coffee delivered to our room. In the morning, a basket containing coffee and granola bars are delivered to your door. And, to top it all, there’s an outstanding restaurant down stairs. We will definately be back and not just for a night. Next time, it will be our destination.
A friend and I stayed two nights in Suite number 8 at the Aurora Inn. Our room was so spacious and beautifully decorated. We had two four poster beds, a large sitting room, a bar, a walk-in closet and a huge bathroom with a separate shower and soaking tub. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. We also really appreciated the delivery of fresh press pot coffee and granola bars to our room each morning. We enjoyed two excellent dinners in the dining room. Everything about this Inn is superb. I only hope that someday I am able to return to Aurora and stay at the Aurora Inn again.
Spent 2 nights at the beautiful Wallcourt Hall which has been recently completely remodelled into a modern style. Decor was stunning and the property was spotlessly clean.
Our room was fantastic. It was a decent size and was beautifully done. Bathroom was perfectly decorated with a large shower and lots of cozy towels. Felt that not having any bathrobes was a bit of a miss, particularly for this level of accommodation.
The bed was very comfortable but may be a tad soft for someone with back problems. Linen and pillows were very luxurious.
The common areas were a real treat, particularly the large lounge and fireplace. It was also nice to have a pantry with hot drinks, plates and utensils available.
Although this building doesn’t have a restaurant. There is one available in the main inn building which is just across the road.
Will definitely choose one of the Aurora Inn properties for my next visit in the spring.
What a beautiful setting for a wedding or just a vacation. Our son got married the end of September and everything was perfect from the food to the service and the bar staff was incredible. Three bartenders and no one waited for a drink. The dinner was great as were the horsdoeuvres. The staff was friendly and very helpful.
We stayed at the Rowland house and the keeper of the house Anna was so sweet and couldn’t do enough for all of us.
It’s not a cheep date but it’s worth it. Great job Anna.