When we visited the Inns of Aurora last year, a collection of restored 19th-century buildings in the Finger Lakes region of New York, the spa was located on the second floor of a converted 1906 schoolhouse. An impressive new facility was under construction, however, on a ridge at the edge of Aurora village, overlooking the serene waters of Cayuga Lake. The 15,000-square-foot complex has now opened.
A collection of handsome white buildings, constructed in a traditional style with steeply pitched roofs, now contains a light-filled lake-view salon, 10 treatment rooms, four hydrotherapy hot pools and two cold plunges, plus single-gender and coed saunas and steam rooms. No fewer than eight fireplaces and a fire pit provide focal points for relaxation. An extensive menu of massages, facials and skincare is available, along with pedicures and hair styling. The Café offers a variety of seasonal dishes from a complimentary “grazing table.” Its new spa has transformed the Inns of Aurora into a year-round retreat, as opposed to merely a summer destination. The property is an easy four-and-a-half hour drive from New York City.