Top 10 Romantic Winter Things To Do In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch 24 Jan 2015, 4:54 pm
Top 10 Romantic Winter Things To Do In At or Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn
Warm weather months are not the only time things are smokin' hot here in the Finger Lakes!
Yeah, the kind of heat I'm talking about doesn't come from sun drenched skies or balmy breezes. It's what happens when couples spend time together doing fun things and enjoying each others company regardless of the weather. You can definitely rekindle the romance in your relationship during the winter here in the Finger Lakes. There is so much to see and do during every season in the stunningly beautiful Finger lakes so don't think that spring through fall are the only times to plan a visit, if you do then you may miss out on some wonderful, unique opportunities to enjoy the area at it's best and warm things up in your relationship. So here are my top 10 picks.
10. Visit the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail - Most people know about the Finger Lakes Wine Trail but do you know about our Cheese Trail? Even during the winter months you can enjoy delectable bites from the cheese trail alongside fantastic Finger Lakes regional wines during the Annual Preferred Pairings Wine & cheese event. 8 of the 15 cheese trail farms are open during the winter and most offer free visits and tastings but I recommend calling ahead to confirm hours.
"There is so much to see and do during every season here in the stunningly beautiful Finger lakes so don't think that summer or fall are the only times to plan a visit"
9. Outdoor Ice Skating - Grab your ice skates and camera, don’t forget a thermos of hot cocoa, and head on over to Taughannock Falls State Park to enjoy an afternoon together gliding across the ice on a designated skating area right in the middle of winter’s quiet, pristine, beauty.
8. Go A Treasure Hunt - Spend the day driving around the region taking in the beautiful Finger Lakes scenery as you go and stopping along the way to explore the areas unique shops, boutiques and art galleries. There’s no telling what special treasure you may find!
7. Explore Charming Skaneateles Village - This picturesque, historic, little village sits right at
6. Visit Waterfalls - Don’t let winter stop you! The beauty of nature in the Finger Lakes region can be enjoyed year round! Although the warmer months are certainly prime times to take in the many stunning waterfalls and gorges many of them are accessible during the winter season and provide a unique opportunity to view some spectacular icy waterfalls while you snuggle close to each other.
5. Snowshoe or Cross Country Ski at a State Park - Hot cocoa and snow! You can even go on a moonlight snowshoe hike at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savanna, just 24 minutes from Auburn, and snowshoe rental is available - if you have your own equipment you can cross country ski or go ice skating at Taughannock Falls State Park or hike and cross country ski at Fillmore Glen.
4. Visit The Wine Trail - The wine trail in winter? You bet! On the Cayuga Wine Trail there are 17 wineries, a cider, a meadery and four distilleries to visit where you can taste award winning wines plus take in breathtaking views of the lake, waterfalls and snow-covered landscape. Winter events on the wine trail include the annual Mardi Gras celebration as well as “Bacon On The Lakein.” My recommendation is to hire a car and driver so you can both enjoy the scenery and the wine without worry.
Take a class or attend an event at the NY Wine & Culinary Center - Experiences available range from simply hanging out and enjoying a locally sourced meal and drinks in the upstairs bistro to from a pizza making workshop to wine and cheese pairing, to hands on kitchen classes, chef instructed, where you prepare a meal and then enjoy it with the other participants. So much fun!
2. Romantic Candlelight Dinner for Two - There are so many wonderful places to experience culinary excellence here in the Finger Lakes. Check out restaurant reviews on Trip Advisor and plan a romantic evening with your sweetheart. Here my recommended picks for those staying at or near us.
And finally, my number one winter pick for the most romantic thing to do here in the Finger Lakes is....
10. Snuggle Up And Stay Warm at a Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast- The best way to heat things up after spending the day exploring the plethora of things to do in the area of course, is to snuggle up with your honey near a blazing fireplace while sipping regional wine or hot cocoa and nibbling homemade cookies during a stay at a charming area bed & breakfast. romance packages that hotels just can’t hold a candle to and with over 330 B&B's in the Finger Lakes to choose from you are sure to find the one that perfect to make your romantic memories in.
A romantic winter escape breaks up the long, cold, dark days of the season and can help you reconnect with one another in a special way, putting the spark back into your relationship. Bed & breakfasts offer warmth, intimacy and personal attention as well as some really unique and value packed amenities and romance packages that hotels just can’t hold a candle to.
I hope that I've convinced you that you don't have to wait until the snow melts and the flowers start blooming before you plan your trip to the the beautiful Finger Lakes and more importantly, your romantic escape with the one you love. If you would like ore information just send me an email with your questions. I'm happy to help! I hope to see you soon here at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn, your romantic escape in the Finger Lakes.
Auburn, NY - January 23-31 Events In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch 23 Jan 2015, 3:52 pm
Jan. 24th - Travis Rocco Duo Lake House Pub, 6 W. Genesee St., Skaneatles NY 9:30 PM – 1 AM (315)554-8194. www.lakehousepub.com & www.travisrocco.com
Jan. 24th - Whiskey Education - Mirbeau Inn, Skaneateles, NY Join us for Whiskey Education with our bartender Ed, to taste these fine New York whiskeys. Featuring McKenzie Whiskey from Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, NY, as well as Hudson Whiskey from Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, NY. No tickets or reservations required. Taste at your own pace with .4-.5oz pours & complementary small bites for $20. 2:00pm - 5:00pm. (315) 685-5006 www.mirbeau.com
Jan. 30th, - Feb.1st - Moonlight Trail Ride Painted Bar Stables, 4093 Lake Street Burdett NY a once in a lifetime experience: Moonlight Trail Rides. Explore the winter wonderland by the light of the full moon. This memory making romantic adventure only gets more beautiful as the moonbeams reflect off of the snow as your horse walks through the crisp night. Dates for upcoming moonlight rides are: January 30 - February 1 @ 5:30pm February 27 - March 1 @ 6:00pm April 3 - April 5 @ 8:00pm May 1 - May 3 @ 8:30pm. Request your Moonlight Trail Ride at www.paintedbarstables.com
Jan. 30th & 31st - "My Old Lady" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. A down-and-out New Yorker inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father and is stunned to find a refined old lady living there with her protective daughter. The movie features an all-star cast with Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott Thomas. My Old Lady is the directorial debut of renowned playwright/screenwriter Israel Horovitz, father of producer Rachael Horovitz. Tickets $6, 1/30, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 1/31, 8:00 pm. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315- 253-6669
How to Pocket Wrap & Create a Gift Wrap Clasp 13 Jan 2015, 9:58 am
Innsider Secret: Fun And Easy Gift Wrapping Techniques!
Make a built in pocket for your cards, silk flowers, photo, embellishments, additional gift, whatever! Get creative!I've got two 10 Fitch Innsider Secrets to share with you today and they both focus on gift wrap. One secret is a sweet way to wrap your packages neatly hiding any seams while at the same time creating a cool little pocket to hold whatever you like! You can tuck in a greeting card and write the recipients name on the envelope so it also serves as a gift tag. But you are not limited to cards. You could add all kinds of things to the pocket, personalizing it for the person you are giving it to or to fit the occasion as I did in the Valentines example here.
|Gift Wrap Pockets Are Fun to Fill!|
|torn, crumpled, sad gift wrap rolls!|
Watch this 6 minute video to learn both of this months 10 Fitch Innsider Secrets.
Hope to see you soon at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn, your romantic escape in the Finger lakes!
Resolved to Live Healthier - The Incredible Shrinking 10 Fitch Innkeeper 12 Jan 2015, 7:07 pm
But this year something happened shortly after New Years. I had not made a New Years resolution to lose weight in years, I'd really just given up trying but on January 6th 2015 I celebrated my 51st birthday and something just clicked. It hit me that it wasn't about losing weight, it was about living healthier. I needed more than a weight loss program.... I needed to be re-programmed to live lighter! It's difficult for me to put this into words but it's like a light finally went on and for the first time that I can remember I believe that my life is dramatically changing.... for the better.
"It felt good to actually feel my muscles..."On January 7th, the day after my birthday, my journey began. I've set some goals, there are going to be a lot of changes, not just in the area of physical fitness, and not just for me but for my hubs too because he is coming along on this ride with me and we are both going to be happier, healthier and lighter because of it!
So, the first thing I'm doing is learning to eat healthier and getting into an exercise routine. I know that I need a more active lifestyle but with my schedule it's tough! But I have to start somewhere.
Last February, after seeing I don't know how many commercials of smiling, toned, fit, perfectly groomed people losing weight in all the Tread-Climber commercials, we bought one. Yes, another device to add to our collection. It arrived and they came and assembled it and it sat on it's mat in the basement. Until January 7th I had only been on the thing 3 times! Pathetic!
I am happy to report that as of today, January 12th, I have worked out on the Tread-Climber every day except yesterday. Today I also started doing some other muscle building exercises. It felt good to actually feel my muscles, I think I heard them too because they were definitely screaming at me, but at least I know that they are still there!
"... but I KNOW I can do this! I am excited!"
The healthier eating has been surprisingly easier since a friend turned me onto skinnytaste.com and a veggie spiralizer. The spiralizer is fun to use and every single recipe that I have made this last week has been delicious, satisfying and easy to make. I am making enough of each recipe so that we can enjoy at least two meals, one on the day I prepare it and one for the freezer for later because frankly, I do not have 1 or 2 hours every afternoon to spend in the kitchen preparing dinner for hubs and me! It's going to take some getting used to, planning menus for the week and shopping for all my ingredients at once and then spending some time to cook things up ahead but I KNOW I can do this! I am excited! This innkeeper is going to get fitter, lighter and healthier and I am inviting you to watch as the transformation happens!
"I've made a promise to myself to do this..."Why? Well, two reasons - I find it quite humbling knowing that you are there and because it will be a lot harder to not follow through with you watching.... kinda holding me accountable just because I know I've made a promise to myself to do this and I told you about it. So, thanks for reading this and please feel free to ask me how I'm doing or anything else that you might want to know about my journey.
Let the shrinking begin!
What Works - Syracuse.com Interviews David's Refuge at 10 Fitch 12 Jan 2015, 5:53 pm
Post Standard Interviews David's Refuge and Finds Out What Works
During a recent David's Refuge Weekend here at 10 Fitch the Post Standard sent a reporter to interview David's Refuge founders Warren & Brenda Pfohl
|Warren & Brenda Pfohl|
November 2014 marked the one year anniversary of our partnership with David's Refuge, a not for profit that provides cost free stays to parents of seriously ill children. To date 10 Fitch has hosted 14 David's Refuge exclusive two night stays at the inn, filling all three of our suites with a host couple and two couples with special needs children, who come to be refreshed and loved on. Some couples have shared a bit of their stories, and photos of their families with us and it truly a blessing to us to be a small part of what God is doing through the Pfohls and their ministry.
Recently, during a David's Refuge weekend at 10 Fitch, the Post Standard interviewed the Pfohls, taking photos and video of them them and the couples who were staying here. I am sharing the video below which gives a quick peek into David's Refuge. The article goes more in-depth about this amazing organization, how it started, what they do and what their plans are to expand. You will find the full article here.
Auburn, NY - January 10-17 Events In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch 7 Jan 2015, 8:53 amJan. 9th & 10th - "We Are The Best!" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. We Are the Best! is a story of three young misfit girls growing up in the early ‘80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedwig as a third wheel. With tender affection for its young characters, We Are the Best! paints a joyous and sharply observant portrait of the rebellious spirit of youth and growing up different. Tickets $6, 1/9, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 1/10, 8:00 pm. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
Jan. 10th - "All About Elvis" with Rex March Fowler - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. "All About Elvis" celebrates the legacy of Elvis Presley. It includes a screening of Rex's critically acclaimed film, 200 Cadillacs, and a live concert featuring early Elvis classics. Tickets $20, 8pm. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
January 10th, 2015 - January 11th, 2015 - "Sprice: An Explosively Good Time!" One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607 Get ready for some explosive fun with Sprice, a Rube Goldberg machine builder from Michigan and quarter finalist from season eight of America’s Got Talent. Be amazed as he creates an enormous chain-reaction structure featuring a variety of materials and detonates them at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Then construct your own chain-reaction creation using everyday objects. Included with general museum admission fees. Website: http://www.museumofplay.org
January 13th, 2015 - January 18th, 2015 - “Pippin” at Rochester Broadway Theatre Pippin Starring Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Lucie Arnaz as Berthe, John Rubinstein (the original PIPPIN) & Sasha Allen from TV's "The Voice" – Run Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes PIPPIN is Broadway's high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Join us… for a magical, unforgettable new PIPPIN. PippinTheMusical.com - See more at: http://www.rbtl.org/events.aspx?date=1/13/2015 January 13-18, 2015 Price: $32.50 - $72.50 Show Schedule: Tuesday - 7:30pm Wednesday - 7:30pm Thursday - 7:30pm Friday - 8:00pm Saturday - 2:00pm & 8:00pm Sunday - 1:00pm & 6:30pm.
Jan 13th & 20th - Open 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 café. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
Jan. 14th – Live Music - Oak and Vine at the Springside Inn, 7141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn. Enjoy live music with Bert Scholl & Friends at 8pm. No cover charge, $10 beer buckets! www.oakandvine.com 315-252-7247
Jan. 14th - "So What Are The Guys Doing?"- Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. So What Are The Guys Doing? Book Celebration Event with Panel on The Importance of Friends. The evening will include dessert, light refreshments, and discussion and readings by several community figures. There will be a cash bar, as well as a book sale and signing after the readings. The topic of discussion will be The Importance of Friends. So What are the Guys Doing? by David Figura is a thought-provoking read and the type of book that will spark conversation as readers reflect on a wide range of subjects from marriage and career, to sex and religion. Figura offers us the male perspective on some of life's toughest questions. Like many, David Figura reflected and took stock of his life when he felt at an existential impasse. His experience, and the truths he uncovered during his search, prompted him to write this book confident it would reach readers who could relate. $8 donation to the Calvary Food Pantry, 7pm. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
Jan. 16th – Burgers, Beers & Chief Big Way – Oak & Vine at the Springside, 7141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn. No cover charge. 7pm. www.oakandvine.com 315-252-8463
Jan. 16th & 17th - "The Babadook" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her 'out of control' 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel's dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called 'The Babadook' turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son's behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real. Tickets $6, 1/16, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 1/17, 8:00 pm. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
Jan. 17th – Wine & Movie Night – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry. On Saturday nights Treleaven will transform The Barrel Room into a movie theatre where you can sip on your favorite vino & munch on freshly popped popcorn with friends while watching a film! Tasting room open at 6pm for tastings and wine purchases. Admission $5, 7pm. www.treleavenwines.com 315-364-5100
Jan. 17th – Owl Prowl – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling. Nesting season has begun for the great horned owls. Join Naturalist Jim D'Angelo for an indoor introduction to the great-horned owl and other New York State owls. Then venture out on an owl prowl looking and listening for the nocturnal kings of the sky. The program is free and open to the public; please remember to dress for the weather. Snowshoes will be available if needed. Free, 7pm. www.cayugacounty.us 315-947-6143
Jan. 17th - Presentation by Professor Daniel F. Schultz - Ward O'Hara Ag. Museum & Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Jr. Education Center, 6880 E. Lake Rd., Auburn. Recently retired from Cayuga Community College, Dr. Daniel Schultz has been sharing his passion for sociology, anthropology, and history with students for 48 years. He has been a featured presenter at conferences, guest lectures, and speaker series throughout the United States. In keeping with the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the recognition of The Harriet Tubman Homestead as a National Park. This presentation will be most informative, entertaining, and will hold high appeal for all ages, from current students to those who are continuing their life long pursuit of local American History. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Admission and parking is free. Refreshments will be served. For More information call Martha Shaw at 315-252-1446 or contact the museum. Free, 2pm. 315-252-1446
Jan. 17th – Ravines Wine Cellars Dinner – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora. Join this renowed winery for a five paired course dinner. $60++/person, 6:30pm. www.innsofaurora.com 315-364-8888
10 Fitch Christmas Greeting - Free 2 Night Stay New Years Eve Drawing 24 Dec 2014, 9:37 am
The Pajama Elf Strikes Again! 21 Dec 2014, 5:25 am
So, with that little bit of information as a background, I present to you, The Return Of The Pajama Elf, Christmas 2014!
7 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.
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!
- 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.
- 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 :)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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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 MethodHave 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 -
- dirty carafes
- dishwasher tabs (we like Finish)
- enough boiling water to fill carafe
- about an hour