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Orchard Cottage

Circa 1850, Restored in 2023

Tucked along Aurora’s quiet back lane, Orchard Cottage retains the charm of its 1850s character while thoroughly modernized as a restorative, private retreat. The 2,200-square foot cottage features a comfortable living room, two full bathrooms stocked with spa-quality amenities, and a full kitchen with all the essentials.

The cottage accommodates a maximum of five guests between two bedrooms with king-size beds and a twin-size daybed in the living room. In the warmer months, guests can enjoy a screened-in porch with village views, a bluestone patio with a gas-powered grill, and a firepit with Adirondack chairs in the private yard. Housekeeping is available upon request with advance notice, and our guest services team is available 24 hours a day at the Aurora Inn.

Orchard Cottage Highlights

  • High-speed wireless internet
  • Flat-screen TV with streaming service
  • Full kitchen stocked with essentials
  • Board games, puzzles, and lawn games
  • Private firepit with Adirondack chairs
  • Washer, dryer, and laundry detergent
  • Access to the activities calendar
  • Glass of wine each afternoon

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Orchard Cottage is dog-friendly! Excluding service dogs, pets are limited to 35 pounds. Please inform us at the time of booking if you plan to bring a dog. Our pet fee is $100 per stay; we are delighted to provide a crate and bowls for food and water.

    Dogs are not allowed at other Inns of Aurora properties—including dining establishments and the Spa—with the exception of the patio at the Fargo Bar & Grill during the warmer months and the Nature Trail. At these locations, dogs must remain leashed. If left alone at Orchard Cottage, dogs must be secured in a crate. Pet owners are responsible for waste pickup.

    Additional fees may be added for any noise complaints associated with excessive barking or for the repair of any damaged or excessively worn or soiled interiors.

  • Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Due to the intimate nature of the Inns of Aurora, early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be accommodated and will not be permitted. We are pleased to offer luggage storage for guests enjoying the area outside of designated check-in and check-out times. Please check-in at Guest Arrivals (located at 378 Main Street, Aurora, NY 13026), where our front desk team will provide an introduction to the resort and the access information to the cottage.

  • Out of respect for our neighbors and the quiet atmosphere of village life, we do not permit gatherings at Orchard Cottage and ask that guests observe quiet hours from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

  • The Inns of Aurora are non-smoking properties, although each of our inns does have a designated outdoor smoking area. Any violation will result in an automatic $250 fine charged to the credit card on file.

  • For multiple-night stays, housekeeping service can be requested with 24-hour advanced notice. For your convenience, the cottage is equipped with household cleaning essentials.

  • Yes! Children of any age are welcome at Orchard Cottage. Please be in communication with us prior to check-in if we can arrange to provide a pack-and-play. With the exception of private residence rentals, the other accommodations at the Inns of Aurora welcome guests aged 12 and up.

Explore Aurora

Under one square mile, Aurora is an easily-walkable village.

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1833 Kitchen & Bar

Inside the Aurora Inn, 1833 Kitchen & Bar offers creative, locally-sourced breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in its cozy dining room and on its expansive lakeside veranda.

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Join our experienced guides and learn the basics of archery using a traditional recurve bow.

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Aurora Cooks!

From tasting experiences and show-stopping dinners, each session at Aurora Cooks! will inspire your creativity, expand your culinary knowledge, and create memories with your loved ones.

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Aurora Inn

Positioned in the heart of the village on the shores of Cayuga Lake, the Aurora Inn and its ten guest rooms are the flagship centerpiece of the Inns of Aurora.


Whether you’re taking a casual ride down Main Street or cycling through the scenic country roads that surround Aurora, our fleet of bicycles is sure to help you get out and explore!

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E.B. Morgan House

This dramatic yet intimate lakefront mansion combines cheerful décor with historic grandeur in its seven guest rooms.

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Fargo Bar & Grill

Creative pub fare and local brews are the calling card of the Fargo Bar & Grill. Enjoy a flight of local craft beer, relax on the shady patio, or stop by for a round of pool or darts.

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Guest Arrivals

Beginning April 1, 2024, all Inns of Aurora guests will be welcomed to check in at a centralized welcome cottage, Guest Arrivals.

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Lakeside Tent

Our Lakeside Tent is a dynamic space for gatherings of up to 200 guests in the warmer months of the year. Enjoy lake views and a relaxed yet refined Finger Lakes atmosphere.

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Nature Trail

Our 3.5-mile nature trail provides a compelling way to experience the landscape surrounding Aurora, whether you journey out on your own or sign up for a guided hike with our outdoorsmen.

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Orchard Cottage

Tucked along Aurora’s quiet back lane, Orchard Cottage retains the charm of its 1850s character while thoroughly modernized as a restorative, private retreat.

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Rowland House

Spacious lakefront lawns meet refined worldly style in the expansive, relaxed Rowland House and its ten chic guest rooms.

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Business meeting in progress in the Rowland House Boardroom.

Rowland House Boardroom

With a private residence rental of Rowland House, enjoy the use of the home’s executive boardroom for strategy sessions for up to 15 guests.

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The Spa Café

The café is open exclusively to Spa guests and is the ideal spot to nourish your body throughout your visit. Our complimentary grazing table provides salads, soup, and light fare.

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Front view of the Taylor House building.

Taylor House

Situated in the heart of Aurora,Taylor House was built in 1838 as a grand lakeside estate. Today, it has been meticulously restored and reimagined as sophisticated event and meeting center.

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The Loft

With historic hand-hewn beams, exposed brick walls, and natural light from windows on three walls, the Loft is an inspired destination for gatherings of up to 50 guests.

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The Schoolhouse

The hub of activities in Aurora, the Schoolhouse is the home to the Fitness Center, the Loft, and Basecamp Adventure Center.

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The Spa

Situated on the crest of the hill above Aurora with stunning views of Cayuga Lake, our farm-inspired Finger Lakes spa campus promotes healing and harmony in your body and mind.

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Front store view of purple building of The Village Market.

Village Market

In the heart of Aurora, the Village Market offers a selection of gifts, freshly brewed coffee, pastries and desserts, and craft beer. This quaint market also features take-home meals and snacks.

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Exterior of Wallcourt Hall

Wallcourt Hall

This boutique hotel offers bold design and vibrant art throughout its 17 comfortable guest rooms.

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Behind the Aurora Inn, you’ll find our guests-only waterfront access. Launch a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, walk into Cayuga Lake from our sandy shore, or simply relax and enjoy the view.

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Zabriskie House

Serene hues and contemporary details transform this stately home and its ten guest rooms into a refreshing retreat.

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Our Guests Say it Best

Superb stay!

We stayed at the original Aurora Inn and then at E.B. Morgan House. Both were spectacular. We were impressed by the service and caliber of the rooms, concierges, etc. Hiking trails were great; yoga classes plentiful; activities if you wanted… The spa was among the best we have ever visited around the world. We would 100% recommend a visit to Aurora.

Marie K.

Truly Lovely

This resort consists of is a number of small luxury mansions set within a lovely small town. The inns are gorgeous. Decorated with beautiful art and furnishings and all the modern amenities such as a quiet A/C, modern bathrooms, and very comfortable beds and bedding. There are lots of areas near the lake to sit and enjoy the quiet beauty—including fire pits with s’mores fixings at night. The inn also provides bicycles, canoes and kayaks for those interested. All in all a very peaceful and relaxing weekend. This place would be ideal for a wedding or a group retreat.

Max L.

Five Stars

The inspiration for the renovation of the buildings which form the Inns of Aurora by a Wells College alumna, Pleasant Rowland (also founder of American Girl) is fascinating. The level of attention to detail, welcome, style, design, comfort and luxurious touches is outstanding. Together this made for a memorable long weekend stay. We ate at 1833 Kitchen & Bar as well as the Fargo—both, though very different experiences, were excellent.

Helen Q.