2013 was a big year travel year for The Professor and me; we began in March and didn’t stop until right before Thanksgiving. One of those trips involved getting in the car and heading East, making a loop up into upstate New York and back home again; it was a fun traveling in our own car instead of crammed into those tiny metal frames they call seats on airplanes.
One stop on our way home was a night at the Roycroft Inn located in East Aurora, New York. The Roycroft Campus was established in 1897 by Elbert Hubbard as part of the Arts and Crafts movement and for more than 20 years, it was home to more than 500 working artisans and craftsmen. The Inn was built in 1905 to house artisans as well as guests traveling to the area.
The Inn, as part of the Roycroft Campus, was given National Historic Landmark status in 1986 and over the next 9 years, was restored to its original beauty. It re-opened for guests in 1995 and continues to serve as an achor to the community.
The table above is one of many original pieces and can seat at least 12 comfortably and maybe a few more. Sofas, leather chairs, tables, lamps and paintings fill the lobby and gives a sense of just how bustling it might have been back in the day.
There is an incredible amount of history on the Campus as well as the Inn – it’s definitely worth a visit.
40 South Grove Street
East Aurora, NY 14052