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If you’re a traveler seeking to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the Finger Lakes, the Inns of Aurora offer distinctive opportunities to enrich your stay and deepen your understanding of our beautiful region. Dive into the ways of locavore living and indulge in the comforts and amenities of the luxurious Inns of Aurora–all as a singular experience of Finger Lakes culture and history.
seward house museum
Watch as history comes alive at the William H. Seward House, a National Historic Landmark and home of President Lincoln’s Secretary of State! Located just a short drive from Aurora in Auburn, New York, travel back in time on the Seward estate with Matthew MacVittie, collections and exhibits manager, to learn fascinating family narratives, handle priceless artifacts from around the world, and explore spaces closed off to the public.
The chance to experience history back-stage is available to those enjoying a two-night stay and includes:
- A bottle of Finger Lakes wine and platter of gourmet cookies from Dorie’s Bakery awaiting your arrival
- A day-in-the-life behind the scenes at the Seward House. You’ll work alongside Matthew as you take on a project suited to your specific interest. Transportation is not provided, though maps are!
- A $100 voucher towards dinner in the award-winning Aurora Inn Dining Room
- A take-home gift of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s critically acclaimed book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Contact the Aurora Inn front desk at 315-364-8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or for assistance in making a reservation. This package is $300 added to room charge and is available year-round.
Private Letterpress Printing Lesson
Have you ever wondered where the expression “mind your Ps and Qs” comes from? Experience the magic of letterpress printing at the Wells Book Arts Center — one of the premier printing and book arts studios in the country — just a ten-minute walk down Main Street from the Inns of Aurora. Stand among some of the rarest printing assets in the world, including an exceptional collection of antique wood and metal type. After a brief introduction to the history and craft of letterpress printing, hand-set your own name or contact information in metal type with the help of one of the Center’s expert printers. After your design is completed, learn to print your own set of a modern take on Victorian calling cards. This two-hour experience for two to four guests includes:
- Personalized, hands-on printing workshop
- Two hours of instruction
- 50 personalized calling cards per person
Contact our guest services team at 315.364.8888 or email@example.com for more information or assistance making a reservation. This experiential package may be added to your reservation for $250 for two guests and $50 per person additional guest for up to four total.
Private Painting Lesson
Create your own original work of art in the relaxed and inspiring atmosphere of the Loft at the Inns of Aurora. Instructor Jessica Stanton of Yes! will lead your group through a painting experience that will leave you feeling accomplished. Select a painting from a range of samples or let Jessica choose. We’ll supply everything your group needs to have a creative adventure. No prior experience is necessary.
Contact our guest services team at 315.364.8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or assistance making a reservation. This experiential package may be added to your reservation for $120 plus tax for two guests.