This past weekend I suggested that since the weather was cool and wet, that a group of 3 women guests staying here at Tenwood Lodge might enjoy going up the east side of Cayuga Lake to Aurora, known for Wells College and MacKenzie-Childs . In case you don't recognize the "Courtly Check" pattern, it is one of several signature MacKenzie-Childs patterns of a pricey designer series of decorative items running from tableware to lamps to furniture.
The first time I visited this place in Aurora was about a year ago as part of a family outing including wineries, and picnicking. We enjoyed MacKenzie-Childs' lovely landscaping and tailgated with a few sandwiches briefly before exploring the farm, shop, and visitor's center. Some of the things I like about visiting the MacKenzie-Childs shop, grounds, and farmhouse are that they are beautiful, quirky and free to visit. There is a continuously running video that gives some background on the art of the business and shows how their products are made by hand in the attached production facility. A museum-like farmhouse showcasing almost everything they've ever made is open for tours daily at scheduled times. The tour guides are a wealth of information on the business. Touring the house is reminiscent of going down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. All in all, both our 3 guests and our family would agree that a MacKenzie-Childs visit is a great diversion in rain or shine!