Accommodations in the Finger Lakes Region

Quilting by the Lake is held at Wells College in beautiful Aurora, NY, on the shores of Cayuga Lake. Located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, the region is known for its lakes, wineries, parks, history, and culture. Aurora is also home to the world-class Inns of Aurora with their restaurant and spa, and MacKenzie-Childs, manufacturer and retailer of iconic pottery, home accessories, and furnishings.

There are three dorms on campus that will be used for QBL: Weld House, Glen Park Mansion, and Leech Hall. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference for Weld House given to those with mobility limitations as it is an accessible dorm. If you have mobility issues, you must include that information in your accommodation request at registration. We will do our best to accommodate all requests; however, requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early!

Basic dorm housing in Weld and Glen Park includes individual air-conditioned rooms and shared bathrooms. Despite the beautiful exterior, the dorms are still basic college housing. Linens and bedding are provided, but participants are advised to bring their own bedding and a mattress pad to be more comfortable.

Overflow unairconditioned housing is available in Leech Hall.

For those who prefer hotel accommodations, lodging is available at Inns of Aurora in town, or in nearby Auburn or Ithaca.

All housing packages include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, beginning with dinner on the Sunday you arrive and breakfast on the morning you leave. Each dorm has a small kitchenette that is shared by the entire dorm. The kitchenette includes a refrigerator, microwave, and some pots & pans.

All housing plans include the night before your class begins.

To qualify for housing, you must be registered for QBL classes.

Housing is not available for spouses, family members, or guests.


Room rates:

5 day plan Sun night through Thurs night: $675

6 day plan Sun night through Fri night: $780

13 day plan Sun night SI through Fri night SII: $1,690

Weld Residence Hall:

Weld Residence Hall is a historic 19th century hall with lake view balconies and beautiful common areas. Weld is an ADA accessible dorm with an elevator to all levels.

Each participant will have a single private bedroom. There are four private bathrooms on each floor, which are shared with approximately 3-4 people per bathroom.

There are limited rooms available in Weld Hall. If you have mobility issues, you must include that on your registration. Please register early as Weld fills up quickly.



Glen Park Mansion

Housing is available in the beautiful Glen Park Mansion built by Henry Wells, founder of American Express and Wells Fargo (1850). Glen Park is a Tuscan villa style house with drawing rooms designed by Pleasant Rowland. The halls and rooms are spacious and sunny, with charming lake views.

There is no elevator in Glen Park.

Each resident will have a single private room with a shared communal bathroom with multiple stalls and showers down the hall shared by approximately 4-5 people per bathroom.


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Other accomodations in the area

The Finger Lakes Region around Aurora, NY, is home to many hotels, inns, and vacation rentals. For vacation rentals please take a look at Airbnb and VRBO.


Auburn: 30 minutes away, location of the Schweinfurth Art Center


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All housing packages include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, beginning with dinner on the Sunday night you arrive and breakfast on the morning you leave. The cafeteria has multiple food options and can accommodate vegan and gluten free diets. Please request vegan or gluten free meals at registration. If you have other diet restrictions you may request it, but we recommend bringing some items that can be stored in the dorm kitchenettes.

Meal Schedule

Breakfast: 7:30am - 8:30am
Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Participants who are commuting to the conference and are not registered for a housing plan will have the opportunity to pre-register for a meal plan. Information will be mailed along with your QBL conference information packet in April.

Staying close to friends

In the residence halls there are 10-14 rooms per floor. If you'd like to stay in proximity to your friends, please make that request at registration.

In order to place a housing request to share a floor with friends, you must fill out the appropriate section on the QBL registration form. When submitting your housing request, please make sure that the person or persons you are requesting are also requesting you. Housing requests will be processed on a first come/first serve basis, and will be accommodated based on availability. Early registration is recommended.

What's provided/ what to bring

Unlike previous QBLs at Onondaga Community College, where each suite had a full kitchen, Weld Hall has one small kitchenette and Glen Park has a larger kitchen. Both have a full-sized refrigerator and microwave but lack any basic supplies. All meals are included in the housing fee.

Linens are provided: 1 set of sheets, 1 blanket, 1pillow, 1 bath towel, and 1 washcloth. However, most QBL participants prefer to bring their own.

Free laundry facilities are available in Glen Park.

Cleaning service is not provided.

Dorms are a short walk from the cafeteria and most classrooms.

Things to consider bringing to QBL:

Antibacterial hand soap, cleaning supplies, a cup and utensil set for the dorm room, a reading lamp for extra lighting, fans or personal cooling units.

For bedrooms:

Dorm rooms include overhead lighting, a small wardrobe, a desk, chair, and bed. Linens provided include sheets, pillow, and towels. Most long time QBL participants prefer to bring their own linens (for XL twin bed). Some also bring mattress pads. Other items that people often bring include alarm clocks, fans, reading lamps, and an extra blanket.

For bathrooms:

Bathrooms do not include soap, bathmats, or hairdryers. Bathrooms are close to the bedrooms.

The dorms have wifi access for those who wish to bring computers.