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The Aurora Inn

Built in 1833, Restored in 2003

Built in 1833 by Colonel E.B.  Morgan, the Aurora Inn has long been the favored resting-place for travelers to Aurora. Today, the lakefront Aurora Inn strikes the perfect balance of historic charm and modern luxury, with early American antiques and traditional style. Home to 1833 Kitchen & Bar, the Aurora Inn is the flagship boutique hotel and centerpiece of the Inns of Aurora.

The Aurora Inn is best enjoyed in the company of other adults. Please note that we do not accommodate children under the age of 12.

Included in Your Stay

  • Lakeside fire pit & s'mores
  • Parlors with fireplaces & games
  • Access to the activities calendar
  • 24-hour parking
  • Bottle of local Finger Lakes wine
  • Coffee & homemade granola bars
  • Access to the fitness center
  • Nightly turndown service

1833 Kitchen & Bar

Respect for ingredients, farmers, and our shared environment in the foundation for every meal in our award-winning lakefront restaurant.

History of the Aurora Inn

Built by Colonel E.B. Morgan, a native of Aurora and co-founder of the New York Times, the Aurora Inn was the favored overnight destination for travelers borne by coach, canal boat, and rail.

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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Archery

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

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.

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Bicycles

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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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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Grand white house on hill with picturesque aerial view of pond.

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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Waterfront

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

Delightful Respite

Although the setting is elegant, the accommodations sublime, and the food exquisite, it was the remarkably personable staff that made our visit so successful and downright memorable! Each and every staff member we encountered, from the manager to the maintenance team, greeted us and took time to chat with us. The relationships we enjoyed throughout the various inns and spa were both personal and memorable, and that’s what will keep us coming back! Many thanks to you all for a delightful respite!

Charles S.

Peaceful Inn in a Beautiful Setting

We had a wonderful four-night stay at the Aurora Inn. Our room was large and exceptionally comfortable with a chaise and a chair for reading, a desk, a gas fireplace, and five large, bright windows on two sides. Outside, we had a large balcony with two rocking chairs and a hanging bench swing with direct views to the lake. I was so impressed by the housekeeping. I set out three books on the bedside table and they tucked a bookmark in each with the turndown service our first night. Small touches like this make the difference between a very good hotel and an extraordinary one. The Aurora Inn falls in the latter category. The inn is in a small village and it offers quiet, relaxation, understated elegance, and kindness. It was a wonderful change from the bustle of city life.

Meg G.

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.

Best in the Finger Lakes

Best boutique hotel and spa experience in the Finger Lakes and Ithaca area. The service, food, location, and amenities/activities are all top notch. The description and pictures on their website are all accurate and they do deliver on everything they say in their website. If you are looking for some much needed self care and to just get away from it all, the Inns of Aurora is an excellent choice. Big thumbs up!

Rachel L.