10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn

10 Fitch Avenue, Auburn, New York 13021
Innkeeper(s): Cheryl Barber
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Seven Sizzling Secrets To Cooking Killer Bacon 25 Nov 2014, 8:19 am


Bacon Lovers Rejoice! Here Are 10 Fitch's Secrets To The Best Bacon Ever!

My husband Rodney & I went on vacation to Spain in early November.  We have only been abroad once before, back in 2010 when we went to Ireland, and as we sat in a cute little cafe in Madrid and looked at the plates the waiter had just put in front of us with the "American" breakfast that we had ordered from the menu - scrambled eggs, toast & bacon, we were reminded of the food that we had experienced in Ireland and came to an understanding - do not order anything in another country and expect it to be like food at home.  The "toast" of the Spanish "American" breakfast, although delicious, was simply a freshly baked roll and wasn't toasted at all!  The 'bacon"? Very thinly sliced Spanish ham which looked like prosciutto, but was not as salty, and was nothing like the crispy, crunchy, fragrant, delectable bacon that we are used to and enjoy in the states.

So, how exactly do you cook a perfect batch of American bacon?  Well, we cook a LOT of bacon since we are serving up breakfast for our guests here at 10 Fitch all the time and my husband loves it too. You can certainly get good results frying your bacon in a pan or nuking it in the microwave and both of those methods have their little tricks for obtaining good results but I personally think that the best way to cook bacon is to roast it in the oven and today I'm going to share with you seven sizzling secrets to cooking killer bacon, our how-tos and whys are all right here.  So, grab your bacon and let's start sizzling!

  1. Bring Bacon to Room Temperature – Try to plan ahead and take your bacon out of the freezer the night before, letting it thaw in the fridge.  You can thaw it in the microwave on the defrost setting but sometimes it doesn't thaw evenly.  Once your bacon is thawed you want to let it come to room temperature before you cook it. This helps your bacon cook more evenly and for the fat to render out quicker so take it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before you want to begin cooking it.
  2. Out of The Frying Pan and Into The Oven –  If you are going to cook more than a few slices of bacon then ditch the frying pan and roast your bacon in the oven on a rimmed sheet pan large enough to hold all the bacon you want to cook without overlapping the slices.  Why in the oven? Bacon heats more evenly in an oven than in a frying pan so you end up with less shrinkage and curling and your kitchen stays much cleaner because bacon fat isn’t splattering all over the stove top, you, the counter, the floor etc. You should be having an “ah ha” moment right now :)
  3. Start with a cold oven – the gradual rising temperature of the oven allows the bacon to render out more of the moisture and fat so the slices will brown and crisp perfectly.  After you get the bacon laid out on the sheet pan, set the oven to 425 degrees, pop the pan in and walk away for 10 minutes.
  4. NO PEEKING ALLOWED!  Unless you can do it without opening the oven door for the first 10 minutes. Be patient.  If you open the door to peek the temperature will drop inside the oven and you don’t want that, you want it to gradually increase until it’s time to flip the slices over.  At 10 minutes take the pan out, close the oven door and flip the slices over, then return the pan to the oven and let them bake another 10 minutes, or your desired level of crispiness.  Thicker bacon will take longer.
  5. Bacon Burns Quickly – Watch it Closely – for the last 5 minutes check your bacon every minute or so to avoid burning it. Older bacon will burn almost twice as quickly as fresher bacon.
  6. Extra Crispy Please – If you like really crispy bacon go for thinner slices.  The thicker your bacon slices are the longer they will take to cook and probably will end up more crunchy than crispy.  The difference between crunch and crisp? Crisp – food item shatters immediately in your mouth at first chew, crunch – the food continues to provide its material sensation after a few chews.
  7. Instant Gratification - Once your bacon is cooked remove it from the oven immediately and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess fat.  Enjoy immediately because if you wait you may come back to an empty plate; bacon thieves abound!  I am telling you this from experience as both the one stolen from and the thief!
You can download a printable version of this InnSider Secret here.

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10 Fitch - Secret To Sparkling Clean Coffee Carafes 20 Oct 2014, 2:09 pm

Here's 10 Fitch's Speedy Magic Method

Have you ever tried to remove the coffee stains from the inside of your coffee carafe?  We have spent lots of time and elbow grease on ours but recently discovered a MAGIC method that is virtually elbow grease free and has worked wonders on all of our carafes, including the stainless Bunn coffee maker carafe that we brew coffee in every morning (not shown) and one that we could not get the burnt on black coffee out of.

All you need to perform this magic trick at home is -
  1. dirty carafes
  2. dishwasher tabs (we like Finish)
  3. enough boiling water to fill carafe
  4. about an hour
Sit your empty carafes in your kitchen sink. put one dishwasher tab in each carafe and fill your carafes to the very top with boiling water.  Let them soak for about an hour and voila!  Sparkling clean and you didn't even break a sweat!  Pretty Awesome huh?  Give it a try and let me know how it worked for you.

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10 Fitch Inns Killer Trick To Remove Greasy Oily Stains 20 Oct 2014, 10:01 am

Abracadabra! Greasy Oily Stains Disappear Like Magic! 

Have you ever gotten an oily, or greasy stain on a favorite shirt or, ::gasp:: on an upholstered piece of furniture and had to throw it out or in the case of furniture, try and strategically “hide” the stain with a throw pillow or by flipping a cushion? Well I sure have, lot’s and lot’s of times, so that is why I am seriously so excited to share with you this 10 Fitch Innsider Secret!

But first let me tell you about our red couch because I think you will have a greater appreciation for the “magic” that I’m going to share with you once I do.

The couch is a super comfy, red sofa that is a focal point of Equestrian Suites living room. It looks great in the room and our guests love it. The problem is that our guests also enjoy things like chocolate and cheese fondue, antipasto & cheese plates and entire dinners in their room while sitting on this couch so it does get pretty dirty and unfortunately, since it is all one solid color, with no pattern and no texture, ANYTHING you get on it sticks out like a sore thumb. To make matters worse, the fabric is such that the red color actually comes off and leaves a lighter area if you try and spot clean, even with just plain water and a clean cloth. Needless to say, keeping this sofa clean and fresh looking has been, well, shall I say… a challenge.

There are two loose cushions on the back and two on the seat, which the red covers zip off of so, early on in our new venture as innkeepers, after we discovered some pretty nasty looking grime on the cushions, we decided to try running the cushions through the washing machine. I was terrified that they would fall apart or end up pink or shrink and not fit back on the cushions and I was soooo relieved when that did not happen but I have felt the same terror each of the 6 plus times that we have washed them since! The washings have faded them some and in the right light you can detect a slight color difference between the cushions and the rest of the couch so the last time we were forced to wash the covers I thought, “Well, I don’t think we are going to be able to do that again. The next step is to either have the couch reupholstered or buy a new one.”

So my heart sank the other day when I went into Equestrian and began cleaning after our guests checked out and on the arm of the couch was a very large, very dark spot from something obviously liquid. I felt it and couldn’t tell what it was but I was hoping it was just water and that when it dried it wouldn’t leave too bad a water stain.

I went about my business stripping the bed, starting the laundry and cleaning the bathroom and came back some time later to inspect the stain and it was still there, just as dark and as big as it was before. I realized then that this was not water. I felt it again and looked at my fingers. Hmmmm… I was guessing it was something oily. There was no way I could unzip the fabric from the arm of the couch and wash it in the machine so I didn’t know what to do.

Then I remembered reading somewhere, probably on Pinterest... btw, if you are not on Pinterest you might be interested to know you can find some of the most helpful DIY tips there, anyway, I heard that you could absorb oily stains on fabric and carpets with corn starch and I thought, “Ok, I guess we’ll give that a try.”

So, downstairs I trotted to the kitchen and retrieved the container of cornstarch and a teaspoon and back upstairs I headed to Equestrian and the offending stain then I proceeded to take a spoonful and dump it on the arm of the couch over the stain and then I smooshed the cornstarch into the fabric with the back of the spoon. I worked it in for a minute or two and then left it as I finished what I had to do in the rest of the suite. About an hour later I went back with the vacuum and a small brush attachment and vacuumed up the corn starch. I was completely amazed as the cornstarch disappeared and along with it, every trace of that oily stain! Just like magic!

Then I was upset with myself for not having taken photos to prove how great it worked! So guess what? A couple days later, as I was contemplating what Innsider Secret I would share in the October newsletter, I decided to re-create the magic trick and took the photos below :)

Isn't that amazing!? I even tried this on some older stains but the cushion covers had already been through the wash at least once and the cornstarch didn't remove them completely although it did seem to lighten them further.

So, I hope that if you ever spill something oily or greasy on a rug, furniture, or clothing that this Innsider Secret will come to mind so you can give it a try. 

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10 Reasons We Love The Skaneateles Dickens Christmas (And You Should, Too!) 6 Oct 2014, 4:32 am

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

It doesn't seem possible but it's that time of year again! With just 79 days left until Christmas it's time to think about your holiday shopping list.  And if you have never come to the Finger Lakes to shop for the holidays you might want to consider it because there are so many great shopping opportunities, like Destiny USA, the Waterloo Outlets, as well as shopping at the wineries all along the wine trails.  But there is one in particular that I want to tell you about - Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles Village.

Why do we love the Skaneateles Dickens Christmas? 

  1. It's so much fun! Who wouldn't want to come to this charming & beautiful lakeside village to experience an old fashioned Christmas? For the 21st year in a row, from noon until 4PM beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing every Saturday and Sunday thereafter until Christmas, the Dickens Christmas will take place this year and it is not to be missed!
  2. Continuing the tradition begun 7 years ago, The World's Smallest Christmas Parade Ever will take place once again on opening day, Friday, November 28th at noon.  Charles Dickens and his entourage will head down Fennell Street, turn right onto Jordan Street, then right onto Genesee Street to their grand opening on the porch of the Sherwood House next to the Sherwood Inn at 12:10 pm.
  3. Dickens interactive theater takes place right on the streets of Skaneateles and you get to participate!  That's right!  The Dickens Christmas Characters stroll the streets of Skaneateles and you become a part of the show as they perform live right in front of you.  Scrooge, the ghosts, Tiny Tim, Oliver Twist, over 50 characters in all, are there. Father Christmas is too!
  4. There's live music!  Sing along with the Dickens Singers to the Christmas carols! On Saturdays a live brass band plays and on Sundays you might even hear bagpipes!
  5. You can have Dinner with Dickens and Friends! Thursday, December 11th and December 18th, 2014 at Mirbeau Inn and Spa at 6 pm.
  6. You can sample hot roasted chestnuts in front of Johnny Angels for FREE!
  7. FREE eggnog, courtesy of Bryne Dairy, is served on Saturdays by the local Girl Scouts!
  8. Take a FREE horse drawn wagon rides down the streets of Skanealteles!
  9. Mirbeau Inn and Spa will be hosting a Winter Wonderland "French Country Christmas Display" every Saturday, and Sunday during Dickens Christmas and you can enjoy FREE hot cocoa, hot spiced cider, and cookies from noon to 4 pm during your visit!
  10. There are over 70 unique shops and restaurants to explore in Skaneateles, virtually ensuring that you will find just the right, special gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list, all while experiencing the magic and wonder of an old fashioned Christmas.

So, get your shopping list together and plan to be here to enjoy the season, the shopping, and Dickens in Skaneateles.  We would love to have you stay with us here at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn and currently still have availability, although very limited, for the weekends during Dickens.  We are also offering a special Shop & Stay Dickens package.  You will find a special promo-code and all the details here.
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10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn Charity Fundraiser Successful - September 2014 23 Sep 2014, 1:09 pm

Giving Back To The Community

Three Worthy Not-For Profits Receive Benefits

Years before my life began as an innkeeper, I was a busy wife and mom who had a garage sale every year to clean out old toys, clothes and household items that we were no longer using.  It was a lot of work but a lot of fun to get ready for and have this sale every year.  As best as I can pinpoint it, the last one I had was probably in 2002 since we moved to Arizona in 2003 and I never had one after that.  Eleven years have passed and in that time we added to our memories as well as to our growing collection of "stuff". We spent three years in Arizona and then moved to Kentucky and finally in 2007 we moved back home to New York state and bought 10 Fitch.

"We decided to donate all proceeds to charity and I was very excited to see what God would do as giving back became our focus for having the sale."

Our basement at the inn was filled with box after box after box of items that the movers had packed up in Kentucky and the garage had a huge pile of boxes that I had marked for a garage sale but there was the issue of where and when to have it.  You certainly can't have a garage sale taking place when you have guests coming to stay at your quiet, romantic inn!  So the boxes stayed piled up and more were added to the piles over the years.

A lot of furniture and things came with the inn when we bought it so many of our own possessions, including a lot of furniture, were in storage for a few years and then that stuff was moved here and some of it used to furnish my moms apartment and the second apartment in a duplex that we bought a few years later. Both of our sons have lived in the duplex and used some of the furnishings that we had stored away. Our eldest son began at University of Rochester this semester so he and our daughter in law moved out of the duplex and moved to Rochester in mid-August.  At that point we began making plans for Susan, our new assistant, to move into the apartment as part of her compensation. It was then that the thought to have a tag sale hit me!  Why not?  Susan wouldn't be moving in until October 1st and the place would be vacant for more than a month.  We could have the sale indoors right next door so we wouldn't have to worry about weather and we could take our time setting everything up.  We decided to donate all proceeds to charity and I was very excited to see what God would do as giving back became our focus for having the sale.  We chose the Pregnancy Care Center of Cayuga County, David's Refuge & Grace Chapel Skaneateles because we have been involved with each organization personally and we believe in their missions and what they are doing to positively impact the lives of others in the surrounding communities.

And so the first week in September we began hauling stuff over to the duplex.  Up from the basement it came.  Down from the 3rd floor of the inn, where Rodney & I have our quarters, it traveled, and from out of the garage it arrived at the duplex where mom spent an entire week unpacking, sorting and cleaning everything!  Here is a picture I took early in the week, this is a TINY bit of what we had in the sale.

I spent the last two nights before the sale marking everything and making and posting signs. In the midst of it all we took care of our guests and ran things at 10 Fitch as usual. Items for the sale filled each room of the duplex including 3 bedrooms and a bath upstairs as well as living room, dining room, kitchen and porch downstairs! We advertised in the local paper and on Craig's List.

Our sale was held on Friday September 19 and Saturday September 20th from 8AM-4PM.  Our goal was to raise at least $1000 since we were dividing the proceeds between 3 charities. We had signs up that said, "All Proceeds from this sale are going to charity - Pregnancy Care Center of Cayuga County, David's Refuge & Grace Chapel Skaneateles.  Thank you for your support!" We had information about David's Refuge posted next to the signs.  Many people commented on what we were doing and we had opportunity to share with them some additional information.

Of course it was a tag sale and people came looking for bargains and we did a lot of dickering.  For the most part, I think we gave them what they wanted.  We had a lot of great stuff and we really tried to price everything reasonably.  The best part of the whole experience for me, besides the money that we raised for the charities, was how many people gave a little more than what was marked on the items they were buying because they understood what we were doing, that it wasn't just a tag sale, it was so much more than that, and they could be a part of it, giving back to the community to and having a positive effect on peoples lives.  By the end of the day on Saturday we had reached our goal and raised $1000!

If you are interested in finding out more about the charities that we had our tag sale for just click on the links above to go to their website.

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Auburn, NY - September Events In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch 30 Aug 2014, 12:12 pm

There is just so much to see & do around here!

September 1st - 30th, 2014

Sept. 2nd & 9thOpen Mic Night - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

Sept. 3rd – 24th - The Will Rogers Follies - Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Starring Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat! Celebrate the life of famed humorist, performer and Oklahoma-native Will Rogers in this song and dance spectacular. Set within the famous Ziegfeld Follies, every scene and song in this musical comedy is a lavish production number as we reminisce with one of American's beloved folk heroes. Stunning showgirls, tapping wranglers, stellar rope tricks and one of Cy Coleman's best scores, this winner of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) is a feel-good hit!   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897

Sept. 5th - All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Party - Life So Sweet 116 West Green Street, Ithaca NY 14850  Our All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Party is one event you don't want to miss. See all the details on our website here -  http://www.lifessosweet.com

Sept. 5thFirst Friday EventsDowntown Auburn  and nearby participating sites.         
Seward House Museum, 33 South St. - Enjoy a relaxing evening in the beautiful gardens featuring live music by Cristofe Chabot performing renditions of traditional, folk & classic rock. Our featured gallery artist is photographer Dan Marquart exhibiting a new series of works titled Light & Shade: Photographic Conversations. As always, docents will be on hand to answer questions in the Dining Room & Drawing Room and complimentary refreshments will be served.
  • Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. - September First Friday will be hosted in the Case Research Lab instead of the Museum. Watch Case's test films and learn the history of the birth of talking movies. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - Fall exhibit reception,.
  • Finger Lakes ARTIST CO-OP, 101 Genesee St. - Finger Lakes Art Cooperative will be celebrating the September First Friday with guest musicians John Wilmot & Jacqui McCarthy who play hammer dulcimer & fiddle – Join us for music, refreshments and ART!  
  • Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St. - EXHIBIT Opening for SARA DAVENPORT - Sara Davenport primarily paints in realism using oils, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and pen & ink to achieve results. Originals & prints of her work will be available to purchase. The event will include a cash bar & complimentary snacks.
  • F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression, 39 Genesee St. - Making a Mark is about enabling gifted people to celebrate self-expression and empowerment through creativity. Reception with light refreshments. Free to enter, art is for sale & proceeds go to the artist who created the piece.
Sept. 6th - Venice Biennale Art Event - Venice Center Pavilion, 2532 Route 34, Venice Center.  The Venice Biennale: Venice, New York is a free art show for both exhibitors and the public intended to reveal the rich arts life of Seneca, Cayuga and Tompkins Counties. Reservations are required for display tables. Please contact: johnwborek@yahoo.com

Sept. 6th - Dark Hollow's First Annual Backwood's BashThe Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga.   Join us and our friends for a full day of music and fun. There will be 7 bands, food, drinks, camping, and loads of fun.   The Bands Dark Hollow The Blind Spots Two Hour Delay The Shining Star Band Solar Garlic Medicine Wheel Steep Saturday September 6, 2014 Pre-sale tickets will be $25 dollars until August 15th at which point the price will go up to $35. Camping Camping will be available for $10 a car on the day of the event. Campfires will not be allowed, however, host is planning a bonfire for the evening. Camping is carry in, carry out! Be respectful of the host. Alcohol This is critical, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BRING ALCOHOL INTO THE EVENT. Our host, The Apple Station, has a liquor license that could be affected. BRING A COOLER! The Apple Station will have a commissary where you will be able to buy beer, wine, soda and water. Additionally, The Apple Station will have draft beer for sale. Food Don’t worry about food, we will have plenty of vendors to provide nutrients for your groove party.  $35/ticket.  www.theapplestation.com  315-889-5184

Sept. 6th & 7thTomatoFestEmerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  The event will feature craft and commercial vendors, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, children's activities, rides, nonprofit booths, a farmers market, a pasta dinner and more. Free Centro shuttle bus from the Auburn High School parking lot to the main gate.  $3/adults, $1/children, child under 12 free with canned good, 11am-6pm.  www.cnytomatofest.org

Sept. 7th - If This Quilt Could Talk Series - Post Civil War Memories Stitched in Time - Historic Mentz Church, Mentz Church Rd., Montezuma.  Speaker, Cheryl Longyear, Montezuma Town Historian. History of antique crazy quilt being donated to Frontenac Museum.  Suggested donation $5, 2pm.  315-776-4656

Sept. 7thHistoric Fort Hill Cemetery TourFort Hill Cemetery, 19 Fort St., Auburn.  Please join historian and guide Laurel Auchampaugh for a fascinating tour of the beautiful wooded Fort Hill Cemetery overlooking downtown Auburn. Its hilltop location, fortified many centuries ago by the mysterious mound building peoples of North America, later was reputed to be the site of an important Cayuga council seat and village.  In 1852 the hilltop was dedicated for its current function; it remains an active cemetery today. On the tour you will learn about the lives of several eminent citizens who are buried there, including the man first buried here, Judge Elijah Miller, his famous son-in-law William H. Seward, his daughter and granddaughter. Elsewhere in the cemetery, pay your respects to abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman, to members of the Osborne, Willard, and Case families, and to many others who contributed to America's story. Take a tour of the gothic stone Bradley Chapel, and learn the story of a 50 foot tall obelisk inscribed, "Who Mourns for Logan?" In the event of rain, the talk will take place inside the Bradley Chapel.  Tickets for the tour are $10 for adults, $5 for students. These may be purchased at the time of the tour, or in advance at the Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson Street in Auburn during office business hours Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am-4pm. Call 315-252-0339 for more information. This tour is sponsored by the Community Preservation Committee. Proceeds benefit the Fort Hill Cemetery and the Willard Chapel.
Sept. 7th – Sunday Music Series:  Alison and Zoe - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Our Sunday Music Series features local and regional upcoming artists. Alison and Zoë are two Irish-born sisters. They are singer-songwriters who create enchanting harmonies and weave stories with their poetic original songs. They share songs in living rooms, on trains and buses, around fires, on stages, and mostly anywhere else that you might meet them. They are currently working on their first all original album entitled "Emerge." They hope to one day travel the world sharing their music and learning songs from different cultures.  Admission $10, APT Members $9, 4pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

Sept. 13th & 14 - 12:00PM – 4:00PM Leaves & Lobsters on the Lawn 2014 Glenora Wine Cellars 5435 State Route 14, Dundee, NY 14837
Choose between the Lobster Dinner or the Ala Carte Menu! Lobster Dinner $52.00 plus tax or General Admission $15.00 (tickets are available online or over the phone) Join us for a lobster bake! Lobster Dinner Ticket holders receive admission to the event, a whole Lobster, ½ doz steamed clams, salt potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw, corn bread, rolls, homemade brownies, and iced tea. General Admission Ticket holders receive admission to the event and live entertainment. -Ala carte menu available (items priced individually). Wine is available by the glass and bottle. Saturday’s Band is Steve Southworth & the Rockabilly Rays play from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Vineyard Stage. Sunday’s Band is Bob’s Brother’s Band will play from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Vineyard Stage. 800-243-5513 info@glenora.com www.glenora.com

Sept. 14 - 19th Annual Purple Foot Festival at Casa Larga Vineyards

Casa Larga's annual harvest celebration will be held Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., rain or shine at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport, NY. It began, and continues to be, a way to celebrate and kick off harvest time at the winery and highlight the Colaruotolo family's Italian heritage. The Festival is best known for the authentic old world grape stomping that earned it the name of "Purple Foot."

But the Purple Foot Festival offers much more than foot-staining grape stomping. Guests can take their purple feet around the vineyard on hayrides, a vineyard tour or to the family-friendly activities. Activities for those under 21 include a children's area, a kid's maze, face painting, crafts, and a wide array of vendors with family-friendly wares.  For the adults, there will be live music performed by the band Loose Change, a Sangria Tasting Bar, a Harvest Tasting Bar, spirit and beer tastings, and tours of the winery.

Tickets are available at the Casa Larga Vineyards Wine Shop, Wegmans and online at www.casalarga.com

Advanced Tickets: $15
At the Door: $17
Wine Lover Club Members:  $13
Under 21: Free 

Sept. 19 - 20 - Antique & Classic Boat Show International in Skaneateles

The international show is double the size of the FLC show. Expect to see 150 of “the nicest vintage boats from across North America,” says event co-chair Janice Miller.

“It was a great coup for Skaneateles to get this show,” she notes. All classes of antique and classic boats will be represented. 

Craft and other vendors will be set up on the grounds. Rides into the village will be offered aboard the Judge Ben Wiles.

Want to buy your own antique boat? You can do that, too, at the Field of Dreams.

The show runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and is handicap accessible. Free parking will be available on the country club grounds off Route 41A, with a shuttle to the show. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children.

For more information, go to http://www.acbs.org

Until Oct 5th - daily cruises on Skaneateles Lake, Mid-Lakes offers cruises each day from May 9 to October 5 on beautiful Skaneateles Lake located just 12 minutes from 10 Fitch. From a 50-minute sightseeing cruise to the US Mailboat to the romantic Dinner cruise there's something for everyone! See the many stately homes built along the shoreline of the pristine blue lake and relax as you ride oblong on the Judge Ben Wiles or Barbara S. Wiles boats. Pirate Day • Wednesday, August 13 Keep in touch with us on our Facebook page and Website as we plan a day of mayhem on the high seas! Kid's events, costumes, trinkets and fun await the adventurous on Skaneateles Lake and the Erie Canal! http://www.midlakesnav.com/dailycruises/schedule.html (315) 685-8500 

September Events Cayuga Wine Trail - Harvest Hoopla
1-30: Americana Vineyards - "Patriot's Club Month"  www.americanavineyards.com
6: Hosmer Winery - Some Like it Hot  www.hosmerwinery.com
6: Varick Winery - Glorious Grape Day  www.varickwinery.com
6 & 7: Swedish Hill Vineyard - Fall Fever Days  www.swedishhill.com
6 & 7: Goose Watch Winery - Fall Fever Days www.goosewatch.com
7: Goose Watch Winery - Jazz Festival  www.goosewatch.com
13: Montezuma Winery - Harvest Hoedown  www.montezumawinery.com
13: Six Mile Creek Vineyard - Harvest Festival  www.sixmilecreek.com
13: Knapp Winery - Beef, Barrel and Blues Event  www.knappwine.com
13 & 14: Thirsty Owl Wine Co. - 12th Anniversary Bash  www.thirstyowl.com
14: Lucas Vineyards - German Festival  www.lucasvineyards.com
20: Buttonwood Grove Winery - Early Fall Foliage Festival  www.buttonwoodgrove.com
20: Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant - Farm to Table Part 1 Wine Dinner  www.knappwine.com
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Don't Be Fooled By Hotel's Offering "Bed and Breakfast Packages" 13 Aug 2014, 2:27 pm

Have you noticed the increasing number of hotels now offering some type of "Bed & Breakfast" package? 

Don't be fooled into thinking that these packages compare to what a real bed & breakfast offers! 

This video about what it might be like if a bed & breakfast offered a "Hotel Package," had me laughing out loud!  I think you'll see the humor, as well as truth in it too.

But really, my husband has a saying he's fond of when describing something that is fancied up to look more attractive on the outside but is essentially the same on the inside, "You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still going to be a pig."  It is what it is, a pig, and no amount of lipstick is going to change that fact. What you have is a prettied up pig and that is all.  No one would mistake a sow wearing lipstick for a beauty queen right?

Then why would anyone think that a hotel "Bed & Breakfast Package" is anything other than a fancied up version of what a hotel would normally offer and not anything comparable to the kind of bed & breakfast package that small inns and B&B's offer to their guests every single day? 

Offering a bed to sleep in and some kind of breakfast in a bundled form does not a genuine, authentic, "Bed & Breakfast Package" make!

I can kind of understand why hotels are trying to attract guests and entice them with the suggestion that they will have a bed & breakfast experience at their establishments since more and more people are discovering that bed & breakfasts are a better way to stay. But no matter what you call it, a true bed & breakfast package is only found at a genuine, authentic, one-of-a-kind bed & breakfast, not at a hotel.  Why?  For sure innkeepers know how to put together some of the most wonderfully romantic and uniquely original and fun packages, with everything from picnic lunches to in-room massages to hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, dinner cruises, golfing, and so much more. But I think the biggest reason many people are becoming B&B converts has less to do with what is offered in a package and more to do with the kind of experience they know they will have when they are there.

It's the genuine care given to the guests during their stay, the love with which hot, delicious, breakfasts are cheerfully prepared and served each morning, it's the warmth, enthusiasm and knowledge of the innkeepers for the area, it's  attractions and history, it's the uniqueness of the home, the authenticity, attention to detail and interaction guests will encounter. These are the intangible,  non-duplicateable things that a hotel could never offer in a "Bed & Breakfast package".

Hotel "Bed & Breakfast Packages" can offer a bed and they can offer breakfast and throw in a few niceties but make no mistake, it's world's apart from the value and experience that bed & breakfast guests enjoy when they stay at an authentic Bed & Breakfast.  Like the pig sporting candy-apple-red lipstick, it is was it is no matter what you call it.

I make you a promise, if you come to the Finger Lakes and stay at our luxurious, romantic bed & breakfast inn, you will encounter no prettied-up piggies here.

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10 Fitch Guest Suites Layout 12 Aug 2014, 8:52 pm

Even though we have great photos of all our guest suites published online, because each suite is composed of three rooms it is nearly impossible to tell how each suite is laid out just by looking at the photos so I have just added what I hope is going to be a very handy visual to the Guest Rooms page on the 10 Fitch website.  I will be placing links to it from each one of the individual suites pages as well so that anyone thinking about booking a stay at our luxurious romantic Finger Lakes bed & breakfast will have an easier time deciding which suite they might like to choose.  Thank you to Pat Shea for her questions concerning English Suites layout - it was that email that prompted me to finally get the visual up onto the website.  I started working on it over a year ago when another guest mentioned it would be nice to have.

August 12, 2014 - updated and added placement of bathroom fixtures and fireplaces.  Also enabled a PDF download.  Just click on the image below.

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Doug's Fish Fry Skaneateles - An Innkeepers Critique 30 Jul 2014, 8:58 am

Doug’s Fish Fry

8 Jordon Street, Skaneateles
open daily 11AM-9PM

So, FINALLY I made it to Doug's to try one of the newest items on the menu, the lobster roll. Mom & I headed over to Doug's for lunch a couple of weeks ago and I could hardly wait for our order to come up.  After taking a few photos of our lunch I devoured my lobster roll!  More on the lobster roll later.

If you are coming to the Auburn, Finger Lakes area and you are looking for a great casual place to have lunch or dinner, we highly recommend you check out Doug’s Fish Fry. You won’t go away hungry for sure but you must save room for ice cream! Mom and I manage to do this by ordering just a fish sandwich without a bun (that's moms there in the photo).  No fries, no onion rings or coleslaw or anything else except a drink. Doug’s custard is the absolute best around and their Seasonal Sundaes are a real treat!  On this particular day we were just too full and skipped the sundae.

Tucked away on Jordon St., in the charming, nearby, lakeside village of Skaneateles, Doug’s has been serving up fresh seafood since 1982.  Five days a week their seafood is delivered over crushed ice, by truck, from the Boston Fish Pier.  No wonder it tastes so good!

The atmosphere at Doug’s is family friendly, causal and fun.  A huge fish tank with colorful fish swimming happily separates the dining area from where you place your order and then pick it up when your name is called. It’s laid back cafeteria style dining. At the far back of the dining section a hand painted mural of the nearby waterfront area at Clift Park graces the entire length of the wall and an electric train chugs along on tracks suspended overhead along the wall near the ceiling.  There is ample seating but because of it’s popularity in the summer time the line to order can be long and is often seen going down the sidewalk out in front of the restaurant. But the line does move pretty quickly. The portions are generous and the prices are reasonable.

Doug’s menu of course, features the freshest seafood but for those who aren’t fans other choices available are chicken, hot dogs, mac & cheese, & grilled Kielbasa. There are several homemade dipping sauces available to enjoy with your food including a really great tarter sauce.

The fish is a beautiful, mild, flaky, white, cod covered in a light batter and then deep-fried until crisp on the outside.  It is the best fried fish I have ever had.  Shrimp, scallops, salmon & little steamers are also available. On certain days of the week oysters & clams are also available.  Their onion rings are excellent but don’t order the fries if you prefer them crispy. Doug’s are not. Other items on the menu include seafood chowder, coleslaw and the new addition, Doug’s lobster role.
Are you drooling yet? I am!

Now, as promised, here are the details of my love afai.... er.. um... experience with the aforementioned lobster roll. I had never had a lobster roll before so I’m not quite sure how Doug's compares to others but this one was awesome and I would gladly eat it again and again and again, well, anytime!  When I looked at it I wasn't all that impressed.  I thought, "Ok, so it's lobster meat on a roll, whoopty doo." Then, completely skeptical, I took a great big bite and let me tell you, it put the whoopty back in my doo!  The roll was nice and soft and there was a lovely, buttery, crust on the inside where they had slathered lightly herbed butter on the bread and then grilled it. Nestled inside was just the right size pile of tender, sweet, freshly cooked lobster meat!  That’s it! There was no need for any other ingredients. The lobster roll is $15 so it is pricey for a sandwich but hey, it's LOBSTER right?

For drinks Doug’s offers Pepsi products, milkshakes, and a selection of beer and wine.

We love Doug's and hope that if you come stay with us at 10 Fitch here in Auburn, NY you will drive 10 minutes into Skaneateles village and check out Doug's for yourself.  Do me a favor, have a lobster roll for me will ya? :)

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Auburn NY, June 1 - August 31st, What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romanitc Inn 2 Jun 2014, 1:52 pm

What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romanitc Inn, June 1 - August 31st, 2014

Now – Aug. 31st Auburn at Normandy: The 299th Combat Engineers and Local Stories of WWII – Cayuga Museum of History & Art & Case Research Lab, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Discover the stories of men from Auburn's West End who served together throughout World War II and were among the first to hit the beach on D-Day; through tales of first-hand experiences, photographs, flags, and much more. We are planning programming and events to complement the exhibit and coincide with the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Closed major Holidays.  Opening reception 5/23 from 5-8pm.  Suggested donation $3, Open Tues. - Sun. Noon - 5:00 pm.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

Now – Aug 9th – Menopause The MusicalMGR Downtown, Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Menopause follows four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! By Special Agreement with GFour Productions. By Special License from The Owner Jeanie Linders' Company. Book and Lyrics by Jeanie Linders.  Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897 

June 2nd & 9thOpen Mic Night - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

June 4thInns of Aurora Taste of Summer SeriesAurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Every other Wednesday throughout the summer, the Inns of Aurora will host a different local winery on its lakeside veranda for a tasting of their favorite varietals. Complimentary and open to the public. "The series is a great way for the Inns to play their part in introducing some of our favorite wineries to our neighbors and guests," remarks Alex Schloop, organizer of the series. "I love when people stop by on their way home from work, or use it as a reason to get out of the house and join us for dinner afterwards."  Today: Heart and Hands Wine Company.  Free, 4-6pm www.innsofaurora.com  315-364-8888

June 4th – July 2nd - Mary PoppinsMerry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  When the perfect nanny arrives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane to care for the Banks children, not only does their behavior improve - but their eyes are opened to a series of magical adventures and lessons. Based on the classic Disney movie and with the famous songs "Spoonful of Sugar," "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and the infectious and rousing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," this song and dance megahit is toe-tapping entertainment for the young - and the young at heart!  Call box office or visit web site for ticket prices & show times.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  315-255-1785

June 6th – Aug. 17th - Cartography & Art Quilt MapsSchweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Schweinfurth Art Center will be featuring maps this summer, but not your traditional maps of roads, countries or regions. The exhibits will showcase different artists' representations of maps, and include everything from quilts to digital imagery to sculpture. The main gallery will feature Art Quilt Maps by Valerie Goodwin and Cartography: Artists as Map Makers. The exhibit in Gallery Julius will be cuba: son los niños, a series of photographs taken in Cuba by Julieve Jubin, an Associate Professor of Art at SUNY Oswego.  Art Quilt Maps includes eighteen quilts by Valerie Goodwin. Goodwin is an artist and architect who creates fiber art inspired by realistic and abstract imagery of maps. "My work is noted for its use of color, emphasis on line and density. I try to convey ideas abstractly, through the use of collage, layering, transparency, density and improvisation," says Goodwin.  Cartography: Artists as Map Makers is a complementary exhibit which explores geopolitical themes, environmental issues, and historic and cultural themes. The exhibit includes artwork by twenty-eight artists from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. The show features a range of mediums: paintings, fiber arts, collage, sculpture, and more.  Tues. - Thurs. & Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Fri. 10:00 am - 8pm, Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  Art Center members and children under 12 are always free.  Closed major holidays.  www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553

June 6th - "The Longest Day"Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, we are showing the 1962 blockbuster The Longest Day. There will be two showings, at 1:00 and 6:30 pm.  Free.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

June 6th - First Friday Events - Participating attractions & around and at downtown Auburn.      
  • Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - Opening reception for Art Quilt Maps & Cartography Exhibition. 
  • Finger Lakes Art Cooperative, 101 Genesee St. - will celebrate First Friday with the music of Perform for Purpose featuring Khai French. As always, we will serve refreshments and of course, ART! 
  • Seward House Museum, 33 South St. - Join us for our first summer First Friday reception! The Honky Tonk Hindooz will be playing live in the beautiful Seward House Museum gardens and we will be featuring the eclectic and vibrant artwork of Sue Silverman in our gift shop gallery space. 
  • Representative Dan Maffei, 30 Dill St. - First Friday Photography featuring local photographers: Jason Countryman, Michael Bruton, Christopher Molloy and Marissa Smithler.

June 6th & 7th“Her” - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Joaquin Phoenix stars in Spike Jonze's soulful sci-fi drama about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system. Theodore Twombly (Phoenix) has built his career on expressing the emotions that others cannot. His job is to pen heartfelt, deeply personal letters to complete strangers based on details provided by the clients of the company he works for, and he has a knack for finding just the right words for every occasion. Meanwhile, reluctant to sign the papers that will finalize his divorce to his childhood sweetheart, depressed Theodore has slowly withdrawn from his supportive social circle, which includes his longtime friend Amy (Amy Adams), herself floundering in a failed marriage. When Theodore purchases a new state-of-the-art computer operating system with the ability to learn and grow with the user, he sits down at his desk and prepares to get his life in order. Adopting the name Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the perceptive software slowly begins to bring Theodore out of his shell by encouraging him to start dating again, and joining him everywhere he goes. Very quickly, their relationship turns intimate, with Theodore teaching Samantha what it means to feel human and Samantha giving him the strength to walk away from his failed marriage. Things soon get complicated, however, when Samantha's rapidly evolving knowledge base begins to alter the very core of their relationship.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 6/6, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 6/7, 8:00 pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

June 7thTraveling Militaria ExhibitCayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Command Master Sergeant Robert H. Good will present his traveling exhibit of militaria on the lawn behind the museum. The collection includes objects from the Civil War through Iraq, with a heavy emphasis on WWII. If rain, exhibit will be displayed in Theater Mack.  Free, 12-5pm.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

June 7th - Party on the IslandEmerson Park, 6914 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Dallas Smith performing live. Opening band - Stereo Suft. Tickets available on Eventbrite. Support the Owasco Fire Department. 21 and over.  Tickets $15/Presale, $20/at the door, 8pm-12am.  315-253-5611

June 7th - Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House -  Finger Lakes cheesemakers use fresh, farmstead raw milk to make several artisan cheese styles, including European, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and much more. Visit them anytime between 10-5 p.m. to receive farm tours, talk with the cheese makers, and taste cheese samples... all at no cost. Bon appetite!  New to the Open Houses this year is Cheese Trail Bingo. Visitors during the Spring Open House and the Fall Open House (October 11, 2014) can pick up a bingo card at any of the participating farms. They then present the card at each farm they visit and get the card stamped. Once they form a bingo, they mail in their completed card to the Trail to get entered for a cheese board and select cheeses from the Trail. The winner will be selected November 1, just in time for the holiday season.

The 9 Creameries that will be hosting the Open Houses on their farms are: 
  1. Dutch Hill Creamery, Chenango Forks
  2. Engelbert Farms, Nichols 
  3. Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, King Ferry
  4. Jerry Dell Farm & Store, Freeville
  5. Muranda Cheese Co., Waterloo
  6. Shtayburne Farm, Rock Stream
  7. Side Hill Acres Goat Dairy, Candor
  8. Sunset View Creamery, Odessa
  9. Vanillen Dairy, Ovid. 
 The two creameries that are participating at off-site locations are:
  1. Heaven Scent Cheese, Corning (will be sampling & selling at Lakewood Vineyards) 
  2. Kenton's Cheese Company, Trumansburg (will be at the Ithaca Farmers Market)  
June 7th - Old Ways DaysWard O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  All are invited to the celebration of the past at Old Ways Day at the Museum/Ed Center. The museum has planned a day of fun, excitement, learning, and family activities. Horse drawn wagon rides, and Model "T" rides will be given on the museum grounds. Tour the country store, country kitchen, blacksmith shop, one room school house, or the many other exhibits that the museum/Ed Center has to offer. The Herb Garden will be open and there will be many other exhibits and demonstrations of the years gone by throughout the day.  Lunch will be available for purchase and the gift shop will be open.  Come spend a day in the 1800's.  11am-4pm, free.  315-252-7644

June 7th - Jazz Benefit for Cayuga Museum with Omar TamezTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Jazz fans have a rare opportunity to hear two internationally-acclaimed jazz artists on Saturday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. in Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. Omar Tamez, Mexico's most respected jazz and new music guitarist, and Harv Sorgen, a celebrated drummer who has played and recorded with Hot Tuna, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby and many more, will be playing with Auburn's own Peter Mack, jazz bassist who has recorded several big band albums with the leading lights of modern jazz. Tamez, founder and director of Mexico's leading new music festival "ENCEUENTRO INTERNATIONAL," is a leading proponent of increasing cultural understanding through musical collaboration.  This performance is a benefit for the Cayuga Museum and is sponsored by Mack Studios. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the Cayuga Museum, or at the door on Saturday night. Cash bar is available.  8pm.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

June 8th - Of Many Voices: Antislavery Reform in Upstate New York, 1835-1860Historic Mentz Church, Corner of McDonald & Mentz Church Rd., Montezuma.  Guest Speaker, Linda Frank, Cayuga County Historian will offer discussion on how often when we think of the antislavery movement, we imagine a united front of reformers all working together to end slavery in the United States. However, the reality was very different as conflicting perspectives on how to go about achieving that end often brought reformers to loggerheads. The talk will discuss the many avenues that antislavery reform took from the founding of the New York State Antislavery Society in 1835 through the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. From religious reformers to abolition politics and from the Underground Railroad to the "Wide Awakes" this talk will highlight the conflicts within the antislavery movement and the many voices working toward a common goal.  Free, 2-4pm.  www.montezumahistoricalsociety.org  315-776-4656

June 8th - Classic Car Show - Northbrook Heights, 170 Murray St., Auburn.  Chicken BBQ, bake sale, DJ Bill Crolick 50th & 60's, Prison City Ramblers.  Free, 10am-4pm.

For The Season, Auburn Farmers’ Co-op MarketParking lot across from Curley’s Restaurant, 96 State St.. Auburn.  Fresh produce, flowers, honey, syrup, fruit, jam/jelly, and plenty of delicious baked goods. Bread, cookies, pies and pastries await your sweet tooth.  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30am to 2:00pm.

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