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Embark on a variety of outdoor adventures at the best hotel in Finger Lakes, NY—whether you hike our three and a half mile nature trail, go kayaking on Cayuga Lake, or sign up for a wilderness survival skills workshop.

Our Finger Lakes outdoor activities are led by experienced Outdoorsmen and New York State Licensed Guides, Matt Stevenson and Michael Shaw. Join Matt and Mike for a variety of guided hikes offered from sunrise to sunset. Take aim at the archery range, learn to fish with an excursion on our boat, or explore the wilderness on your own!


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The Inns of Aurora Waterfront

The Waterfront

Get out on the water! Check out a complimentary kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board to begin your Cayuga Lake adventure. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake (water shoes recommended!) or simply relax in a lakeside Adirondack chair. 

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Inns of Aurora Nature Trail

The Nature Trail

Winding through the natural surroundings of Aurora, our 3.5-mile nature trail covers a variety of terrain, from meadow and marsh to forest and field. Atop the gently sloping incline, climb up the overlook platform for commanding views of Cayuga Lake.

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Meet Your Guides

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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Michael Shaw

Growing up on his grandfather's acres of woods just north of Aurora and spending time on Cayuga Lake, Michael has long been familiar with the beauty of this region. Michael spent his childhood scrambling through these woods with his nine siblings, learning to create shelters and hunting on the land. Michael began developing his passion for Cayuga Lake when he learned to fish at four years old. Today, he's able to share his excitement and appreciation for Aurora's natural surroundings with guests from near and far.

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Your next adventure is waiting in Aurora.

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