Weekend Road Trip to the Northern Lights

Often times the only way to see the Northern Lights is by making a trip to the Alaskan Yukon or British Colombia. This year, readers looking to catch a glimpse of the Instagram-worthy phenomenon a bit closer to home are in luck. Experts say this winter’s conditions could make the lights visible from Buffalo, NY, an excellent opportunity to take a road trip in exchange for a night with one of nature’s greatest wonders. Below is a two day itinerary ideal for an upstate New York getaway.

The Inns of Aurora

Day 1:
Sample cider at Finger Lakes Cider House

Finger Lakes Cider House at Good Life Farm is the hub of the hard cider renaissance in New York apple country. Five local artisan cideries come together in one tasting room complete with local food pairings.

Indulge in new home furnishings at MacKenzie-Childs
This vibrant, whimsical housewares brand is headquartered on a sprawling campus in Aurora, New York. The workshop is open to the public where visitors can see their favorite MacKenzie-Childs pieces hand-painted in real time.

Dine and relax at the Inns of Aurora
A collection of four historic inns, the Inns of Aurora is a luxurious lakeside oasis. Guests can enjoy award-winning farm to table cuisine at the Aurora Inn Dining Room (recently featured at New York City’s revered James Beard House), a custom blended essential oil from the property’s Director of Serenity and cozy fireplaces in most guestrooms.

Mansion on Delaware Avenue

Day 2:
Explore Linden Street in Geneva

Known to locals as the “Brooklyn” of the Finger Lakes region, Linden Street in Geneva, NY has been the recent home to a flourishing food, spirits and art scene, featuring restaurants such as FLX Table, the brainchild of Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year, Christopher Bates.

Become a culinary expert at the New York Wine & Culinary Center
The New York Wine & Culinary Center is designed to educate, engage, and excite visitors while focusing on the region’s incredible bounty of culinary, beverage and agriculture offerings. Visitors can try a flight of NY state wine, beer or spirits in the Tasting Room, watch a cooking demonstration in the Educational Theater or create their own culinary masterpiece in our Hands-On Kitchen.

Find Instagram inspiration at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester
The George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum, founded in 1947. The museum has a collection of more than 400,000 photographs from 14,000 photographers dating from the beginnings of the medium (including the largest collection of daguerreotypes outside of France) and is situated in the house that Kodak built. https://eastman.org/

On to Buffalo for an exquisite Northern Lights display
Check into the Mansion on Delaware Avenue where a personal butler is available for everything from Range Rover car service to providing in-room dining from some of Buffalo’s best restaurants.

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