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
I coordinated a private demonstration dinner for 10 people for my husband's 50th birthday with Grace from Aurora Cooks! Grace was so helpful and easy to work with - coordinating with her was a pleasure. She helped me put together a 'cast iron' themed dinner with a recommendation for a sous vide shrimp appetizer that was heavenly!! Everyone in the dinner party was blown away by the experience and food quality. If you are considering Aurora Cooks to host a special event or to participate in one of their classes, don't wait - book now! You won't be disappointed.
My wife and I stayed here for our 15 year wedding Anniversary. We loved everything about our stay. The grounds are beautiful offering amazing views of Cayuga Lake. We were able to take a winery tour by boat, leaving from the Inn's dock. This was booked through an outside tour company, Bianchini tours. The rooms were clean and beautifully appointed. Coffee and homemade granola bars were delivered every morning in a basket. I would recommend this place to anybody!
Absolutely one of the most beautiful areas to rest and relax on beautiful Cayuga Lake! The Inn is gorgeous, the rooms are gorgeous, the views are gorgeous! The staff is wonderful and as for the food..... mouthwateringly delicious!!!