The EB Morgan House was everything we were expecting. Room 4 was small but I loved the decor. Beautiful Mackenzie Childs chest in the bathroom with a single shower. I loved working modern fireplace in the room that you could turn on/off with a remote! I turned it on in the morning and at night. It made the room glow. This room has excellent light with windows on each side. I especially liked the window in the bathroom that provided great light while showering. In the room, you have two set of windows,one facing the village (east) and another facing the south. You get beautiful sunlight through the east windows in the morning. The tv, dvd, and cd player were cleverly hidden in a wall desk that was multifunctional and elegant. The closet was curved making it spacious and had shelves for placing your items. Overall loved this room.
The second night we stayed in a lake view room 3. It was bigger than room 4 and had a couch and table. The layout of this room was not quite as nice as room 3 but it did have a beautiful view of the lake for sunset and morning light. For some reason I did not like this room as much as Room 4. The bed was awkwardly positioned so that the side table barely fit between the wall. Also the full desk sat between the bed and the bathroom making it difficult to get to the restroom. The canopy bed was angled so that it was difficult to see the tv in the armoire. Overall, the layout of this room was just off. The bathroom was smaller but it did come with a double shower which is fun as both you and your significant other can shower simultaneously.The fireplace also had a glitch and could not be remote controlled. Overall, I would suggest a rearranging of the furniture in this room. Gorgeous view though.
The house itself is beautifully decorated, I wish my house would be designed by this interior decorator! I loved the use of colour throughout the house, in the fabric on the furntiure, flowers, paintings, rugs, etc. Beautiful integration of Mackenzie childs pieces in the rooms, hallways, kitchen countertops and as dishes for enjoying muffins and coffee in the morning (starting at 7am) and wine and cheese at 5-6pm. I love the colour, design, elegance of this place with the right mix of mackenzie childs. The only thing about the decor I did not like were the paint bucket paintings in rooms 3-4. I didnt really care for them, although I do like modern art. They seemed out of place in such a beautifully decorated room.
Wine and cheese was very enjoyable on the backyard facing the lake. They provided a mixture of cheeses and red/white wine for your enjoyment. The sunset was beautiful the second day (first day it was cloudy) but it was a little chilly so do bring a blanket with you to enjoy.
Dale, the innkeeper was helpful and there when you needed him. We had dinner at the Aurora Inn the first night and I found it delicious. Very upscale and pricey. My bf however did not like how they cooked his pasta/lamb and was very unhappy, ruining our dinner. The manager however was aware of his poorly cooked dinner- pasta was undercooked, lamb was also undercooked bloody when he asked for medium WELL and comped us his meal. This restaurant has real potential in the dishes they create, flavor profile was great. Now they just need to be able to execute the chefs creation. Breakfast here was lovely especially out on the patio. The lemoncello pancakes are delicious and are a must have! The french toast was not as good as I had hoped so skip it. Ruby red grapefruit drink to top it all off (stay away from the white grapefruit, it is bitter).
The second day we were able to use the bikes around town. They just received two new mountain bikes that day. The tandem bike was fun and a little challenging to use as you have to coordinate with your significant other but fun nonetheless. The beige mountain bike was made for taller people as the handlebars were a little far from the seat for me. They also have a pier and kayaks but in the spring, the lake was closed. The lake was high due to a lot of rain in the spring so we were unable to use the kayaks. Also the lake is still cold this time of year for swimming. The leaves are barely coming in at this time of year. Summer/fall would be more ideal for visiting.
The little town of Aurora is quaint and quite charming. I love the renovation that happened here and the town should be thankful. It makes the austhetics of the town quite pleasing. The town is small and does not have much in it so dont expect much entertainment here. They have one other place you can have dinner at- Fargo Bar and Grill where most of the locals are. They serve typical bar food- burgers, fries, sandwiches with a couple of daily dinner specials (grilled steak, fish). I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and it was delicious but very filling. I could not finish the entire sandwich. My bf ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich and it was even better. Crispy but not greasy with just enough spice. Excellent! He had it with sweet potato fries. I had the "fargo fries" which were also delicious and homemade with potato skins. Overall enjoyed my meal here but it is very different from aurora inn dinner. The other restaurant in town is pumpkin hill but it is a little further out by car and only opened thurs, fri, sat and sun in the spring when we visited so we were unable to try it.
The tour of mackenzie childs farmhouse is a must and started at 11am. It was filled from top to bottom with furniture, tableware and decor of mackenzie childs. I especially loved the bathrooms and kitchens complete with tiled and drawer pulls. The courtly check room even had a closet shower! That was awesome. Also liked the pink petal bathroom and kitchen. I am sad that the honeymoon pattern is retiring, it looks beautiful. I would however, not decorate my entire house in mackenzie childs. It was a little overkill and by the end I was mackenzie-childed-out. It did however inspire me on which pieces to buy and I left mackenzie childs a happy camper with a beautiful decorative courtly check teapot. The grounds are beautiful and consist of a lake with a gazebo like bench, a goose house and animals (hairy cattle, goose, lamb, peacock, etc) that any child would love. This place was beautifully designed and layed out. Definitely a must see in this town!
We also visited the Montezuma nature reserve and even saw a bald eagle nest for the first time! We did not see much on the nature drive but did see swamp lands and a blue heron! The hike was not as nice as we anticipated and I would skip it next time. We visited nearby wineries. Montezuma had nice fruit/honey wines that I enjoyed. The nicest I saw was Knapp winery. Long point also had a beautiful view of cayuga lake. Goose watch is recommended for the view but we were unable to visit. Heart and Hands (east side of the lake) requires a rsvp during the week unfortunately.
Stay was two nights and perfect for a visit to this lake. Also stopped by Ithaca on the way to and back. Briefly drove through Cornell University, beautiful campus. Had coffee at Ithaca Coffee company and picked up Ithaca beer. Also stopped by Six Mile winery which had a beautiful setting of a valley of grapevines, a small pond and barnhouse tasting room. Would be nice for a small wedding. I did not enjoy their wines as much.
Enjoyed my getaway very much but a bit of a drive from NYC.
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