East Aurora feels locked in time. From Vidler’s 5 and 10 to the Aurora Theatre to the Roycroft Arts & Crafts movement, the early 1900s are alive and well on Main Street US-20A and ready to enjoy.
If you love those heartwarming Hallmark holiday movies, then you must watch A Prince For Christmas, which was filmed throughout East Aurora. You’ll recognize Vidler’s, Knox Farm, and the Roycroft Inn to name a few.
Plan Your Day Trip to East Aurora
Lined with boutiques, restaurants, and historical sites, a walk along the one-mile stretch of Main Street between Olean St and Buffalo Rd, plus a few side street detours, reveals much of what East Aurora has to offer.
The Roycroft Campus and Elbert Hubbard Museum around the corner provide insight into one of America’s most successful Arts and Crafts movement communities. The Campus contains nine of the original fourteen structures, including the Inn, Chapel, Print Shop, Furniture Shop, and Copper Shop.
Turning down Riley Street, you’ll find Fisher-Price Toy Store on Girard Ave. Founded in 1930, East Aurora is still Fisher-Price’s headquarters.
Find the Millard Fillmore House on Shearer Ave, the only home in the country still standing that a president built with his own hands.
For a proper introduction to (716)-country cuisine, try the Buffalo Wings at The Bar-Bill Tavern or the Beef on Weck at The Globe. Or, head to Kornerstone Café and Juice Bar, Left Coast Taco, or Riley Street Station, a gastropub inside a charmingly repurposed train depot.
Or head a mile west of the village on Buffalo Rd to enjoy a stroll through historic Knox Farm State Park. Situated on a former country estate, the park’s 633 acres are comprised of a variety of habitats, including 400 acres of grasslands (pastures and hayfields), and 100 acres of woodlands, ponds and several wetland areas.
Walk the paved pathways between the barns and the estate mansion, past the six-acre dog park and nursery. Or, wander miles of bucolic meadow and woodland trails. This extraordinary park is managed by the Friends of Knox Farm.
Enjoy a meal at Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant, The Griffon Gastropub, 189 Burger, Rick’s on Main, or The Roycroft Inn, where you’ll find Arts and Crafts-inspired decor throughout the historic building and grounds.
Or if you’re ready to head home, grab a delicious frozen entrée from Mr. Pot Pie before you leave East Aurora. Pop that in your oven for an easy meal after your adventures.
Borderland Music Festival
Hosted at Knox Farm State Park, purchase a ticket well in advance for this popular grassroots music and arts festival.
Join nearly 2,000 singers on Main Street in front of Vidler’s 5 & 10 to celebrate the Annual Christmas Carolcade. A beloved East Aurora tradition, it all began with a girl scout troup singing carols at the store.
Fun fact: five Hallmark holiday movies have been filmed in East Aurora, and that’s understandable given the trifecta of its romantic and historic charm, picturesque Main Street, and rural countryside. Enjoy A Prince for Christmas, A Christmas in Vermont, Hope for Christmas, A Christmas Princess, A Royal Christmas Engagement, and A Royal Christmas on Ice after your visit to see the places you’ll now recognize.
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