America’s best small spa, wellness town is in Upstate NY, review finds

Aurora, N.Y. — Upstate New Yorkers have long known that the tiny village of Aurora is a quiet, lakeside gem.

Now, the rest of the nation is finally starting to take notice.

Aurora, a community in Cayuga County that’s home to fewer than 800 people, has been named America’s best small spa and wellness town by Travel + Leisure. The ridiculously scenic village on Cayuga Lake earned the distinction thanks to the Inns of Aurora Resort & Spa — a widely lauded group that includes five stately inns, a farm-to-table restaurant and a hilltop spa that the magazine’s readers recently voted as New York’s best resort.

The Spa also has an on-site cafe with a “complimentary grazing table” for guests, who can sip kombucha, wine or espresso while snacking on soup and salad.

This year, the “ambitious” wellness retreat received a gold-level Well Certification — making it the only spa in the U.S. to so far achieve the honor, Travel + Leisure wrote.

The magazine encouraged travelers to stay at one of the Inns of Aurora’s residences, like the historic Aurora Inn hotel on Main Street or the private, pet-and-kid friendly Orchard Cottage. Hungry visitors can grab a meal and drink at Aurora Brewing Company, Travel + Leisure said, or Fargo Bar & Grill.

Read the full article in New York Upstate.

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