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Embark on a variety of outdoor adventures, whether hiking our new three mile nature trail, taking aim at the archery trail, or ice fishing on Cayuga Lake.

Out outdoor activities are led by experienced Outdoorsman, Matt Stevenson. Join Matt for a variety of guided hikes offered from sunrise to sunset. Take aim at the archery range. Enjoy fishing lessons offered from our dock on Cayuga Lake, or on the frozen ice in the winter. Brush up on your outdoor survival skills on the trail, or explore the wilderness on your own!


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Matt Stevenson


Matt grew up in the Finger Lakes region—on Otisco Lake, about thirty miles east of Aurora. Matt's earliest memories of being outdoors were shaped by exploring the region: he helped his father, a sheriff, patrol the natural areas surrounding their home, as well as camping with his brothers at an early age. His childhood experiences with hunting, fishing, trapping, and foraging equipped him for a lifetime of wilderness pursuits. Matt's claim to fame as an outdoorsman is living off the land in Alaska, alone: in 2009, he put everything he owned in storage and set off for the Alaskan backcountry, where he survived on his own, harvesting his own small game and foraging for food. Matt has since returned to his home range, where he continues to explore the wild places around the Finger Lakes and guide the guests at the Inns of Aurora on their own outdoor adventures.

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