Visit Us

Come tour our beguiling Victorian Farmhouse, and stop in the Visitor Center to watch a behind-the-scenes “Handmade at MacKenzie-Childs” video. See below for tour times and information.

Questions about tours? If you have any further questions after reading this page, contact us.

Visitor Center

Enjoy an informative, behind-the scenes “Handmade at MacKenzie-Childs” video in the Visitor Center. In addition, the Visitor Center presents the incredible Petit Palais, a quarter-inch-scale home completely decorated with MacKenzie-Childs miniatures.

Located right next to the Shop, the Visitor Center is open daily from 10 am until 5 pm. The 15-minute video is presented continuously, beginning at 10 am daily. There is no charge for admission to the Visitor Center or to see the video.

Be sure to stop at our Information Center, located under the arched entryway that leads you to the Shop and the Visitor Center, for light refreshments, tour schedule information, and local information about nearby Aurora and the Finger Lakes region.

The Farmhouse

Set high on a bluff overlooking Cayuga Lake, the Farmhouse was built in the late 1800s and served as the homestead for a prosperous dairy farm. The Farmhouse was first used as the MacKenzie-Childs reception area and office. It was also the showcase for the delightful signature products that established MacKenzie-Childs as a vital influence in American design. The Farmhouse was carefully and completely renovated between 2001 and 2003. Restored with warmth and charm, the 15-room Farmhouse shows art and antiques playfully combined with MacKenzie-Childs products, from dinnerware to rugs to kitchen tiles. On the tour, you’ll see a variety of room styles, including modern, French Provincial, and traditional English; three floors of design inspiration and dreams!

Free tours of the MacKenzie-Childs Farmhouse are given seven days a week. Tours, which are about 40 minutes long, begin in the Shop. Individual reservations are recommended but not required. Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more. Call 315-364-7123, ext. 1282.

Tour Schedule

Farmhouse tours:

Labor Day - June 5: Daily at 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm

June 6 - Labor Day: Daily at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm

“Handmade at MacKenzie-Childs” video:

Plays continuously throughout the day (approximately 15 minutes long)

Light refreshments available:

Daily, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please note: Tours may not be offered on Easter Sunday, Independence Day, during the Barn Sale, Thanksgiving Day, and December 24 through January 1.

Explore Aurora

Located on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, Aurora is home to Wells College, the Aurora Inn, and many fine restaurants and shops. The Finger Lakes region of New York State is best known for its wineries, but there is also lots of history, professional theatre, and great dining all around us. For more information about places to stay, things to see, and things to do while you are in our area, please visit tourcayuga.com. Questions? Contact us at 315-364-7123.

The Aurora Inn | 391 Main Street | 315-364-8888
The historic Aurora Inn offers 10 exquisite guest rooms and a stunning restaurant with waterfront veranda dining open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It features a beautiful banquet room, stone terrace, and lawns and gardens that roll gently down to the water’s edge.

E.B. Morgan House | 431 Main Street | 315-364-8888
Formerly the home of Colonel Edwin Barber Morgan, co-founder of the New York Times and American Express, the E.B. Morgan House offers seven stylish guest rooms, exquisite living spaces, gracious porches that overlook the lake and lawns, and an exceptional collection of original modern art.

Rowland House | Main Street | 315-364-8888
Rowland House is the newest of the Inns of Aurora, featuring twin parlors, a library, and a private dining room—all with restored and working fireplaces, original paneling, and other period architectural details. It offers ten guest rooms, four of which comprise the entire third floor, decorated with MacKenzie-Childs’ furniture designs and accessories.

Fargo Bar and Grill | 384 Main Street | 315-364-8006
Casual food and atmosphere are the calling card of this historic restaurant and tavern, which is located directly across the street from the Aurora Inn. With food made fresh daily from scratch and desserts prepared by the Aurora Inn’s pastry chef, the Fargo is no ordinary bar and grill. Open year-round for lunch and dinner.

Dorie’s Bakery | 283 Main Street | 315-364-8818
Offering house-baked pastries and breads, coffee, ice cream and milkshakes, fresh salads, and made-to-order sandwiches, Dorie’s Bakery is the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee or afternoon house-made ice cream sandwich. A short walk from the Aurora Inn, Dorie’s has a shady deck that overlooks the lake.

Village Market | 385 Main Street | 315-364-8803
Immediately adjacent to the Aurora Inn, this quaint market offers visitors a selection of local and homemade products, featuring Gimme! Coffee from nearby Ithaca, fresh produce from Long Point Orchard, and seasonal specialties from Grisamore Farms. Try their delectable pastries, homemade soups, “Market Meals,” and more—all prepared fresh daily by the talented Aurora Inn chefs.

Pumpkin Hill Bistro | 2051 State Route 90 | 315-364-7091
Pumpkin Hill Bistro, located two miles south of the village of Aurora, is a charming 19th-century farmhouse nestled in a picturesque setting, serving moderately priced comfort food with a twist. Call ahead for available seating. Don’t miss the country gift shop, full of one-of-a-kind treasures.

Jane Morgan’s Little House | 378 Main Street | 315-364-7715
Since outgrowing the original house, it is now located in a restored pre-1800s house near the Aurora Inn and the Fargo Grill. Your favorite outfit is waiting. Find a unique and eclectic collection of sportswear, special-occasion ensembles, and accessories to create an unforgettable you.

Bet the Farm Winery and Gourmet Market | 381 Main Street | 315-294-5643
Discover one of the smallest award-winning wineries in the Finger Lakes. This little shop is packed full of goodness—a premium selection of Finger Lakes wines, alongside artisanal foods and gifts from around the state. Located lakeside in the heart of the village. A culinary shopping experience for the senses.

King Ferry Winery | 658 Lake Road, King Ferry | 315-364-5100
King Ferry Winery, maker of Treleaven Wines, is superbly located on the east side of Cayuga Lake. The winery produces multiple award winning Treleaven Wines, including Chardonnays that are crafted in the centuries-old Burgundian tradition.

Long Point Winery | 1485 Lake Road | 315-364-6990
Located on the east side of Cayuga Lake on scenic State Route 90, on 72 acres of land overlooking beautiful Cayuga Lake. Guests are treated to a tasting of the finest of dry red and white wines wines and the spectacular views that the tasting room provides. Amelia’s Deli offers freshly cut Italian meats, cheese, and specialty sandwiches accompanied by homemade salads.

Heart and Hands Winery | 4162 State Route 90, Union Springs | 315-889-8500
Heart and Hands Wine Company is located in a serene setting overlooking the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. They are committed to producing cool-climate wines that authentically express the unique character of the Finger Lakes. Their production is quite small, which allows for an intense focus on quality, offering several wines crafted from Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes.

Wells College
A small liberal arts college, established in 1868 by Henry Wells, who also founded the Wells Fargo and American Express Companies. The scenic 300-acre campus in the village of Aurora overlooks Cayuga Lake.