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
Really enjoyed the finger lakes region with a tour of the surrounding area and even a trip to the ornithology lab at Cornell. Had a delay in the fall foliage due to the prolonged warmer weather into the earlier weeks of fall. Had a great drive around the lakes, saw the Harriet Tubman museum in Auburn and the Montezuma wildlife refuge with 10,000+ acres of well managed marshes. Great for viewing the migratory birds and other wildlife.
We spend the night at Rowland House at the Inns of Aurora. The facility is amazing and has so many places to curl up and relax around a fireplace. Loved the evening wine and cheese reception and granola bars in the morning. Did not have enough time to take advantage of all the activities but will when we return in the future.
We are becoming regulars at the Aurora Inn. Gracious staff, elegant decor, delicious meals. Everywhere you look, you see unerring attention to detail. Wonderful Pleasant Rowland story -- how her love of Aurora made the inns and town blossom -- and the story continue!.