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
Just stayed at this historical Inn for the third time and thoroughly enjoyed it again. This time my room was across the street from the Aurora Inn in Wallcourt Hall. Although I didn't have a lake view this stay it didn't matter at all. This building has been recently renovated and is modern in feel. Totally different feel from the other buildings and done excellently. Very clean, quiet, and staff as friendly as ever. The pictures on their web site of the rooms and grounds are accurate. In the mornings fresh coffee and pastries await on the first floor. Lots of parking. Easy check in and check out. Short walk downhill to the main restaurant. This hotel is a great destination. We were at Cornell for graduation and although it is about a half hour drive away from Ithaca, it's nice to get away from the crowds and craziness of campus and Collegetown and is a wonderful alternative to the Statler Hotel (a better value as well just in my opinion)
So pleased to say such fine things about a purely delightful inn. Beautifully decorated and maintained. The staff were genuinely invested in making our stay as pleasant as possible. We ate in the dining room on both nights of our stay; the sunset on the terrace was exquisite.
A special touch is a complimentary basket of hot coffee and muffins delivered to our room each morning.
Bravo for a memorable experience!
This is our second yearFor a family get together. We did have breakfast at the Aurora Inn and enjoyed it immensely. The service was great there were 18 of us that were immediately seated. The ambience was lovely.
I stayed at this historical Inn for 3 nights and had a fantastic experience. The inn was completely renovated and it has been an Inn since 1837! It has been decorated and furnished in the period style. The rooms are spacious, well laid out and the king bed was very comfortable. All the staff were friendly, attentive and made sure you were comfortable. Breakfast was good and lots of choices. I would say they went the extra mile.
This is the perfect couples getaway spot. The restaurant is phenomenal, the rooms are spotless and luxurious, the lake in the back is beautiful. Cannot recommend highly enough! Exceptional customer service, too.