Saturday, January 24, 2015

Top 10 Romantic Winter Things To Do In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

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.

"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"

    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.
    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
the top of pristine Skaneateles lake, just minutes from Auburn.  Take a stroll out onto the pier or enjoy the stunning view of the lake from the Clift Park Gazebo then pop into one of the local restaurants, taverns or a bakery to relax or grab a for a bite to eat before exploring the unique shops and galleries, all occupying space in buildings dating back to 1796.
    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 meadowy 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.
    3.    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 winter 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.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Auburn, NY - January 23-31 Events In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

Jan. 23rd - “A Taste of Cuba Dinner” at Joelle’s French Bistro, 4423 State Street Road, Skaneateles NY. 3 Courses, 3 Drinks. $68.75/person. Call for reservations, (315) 685-3063.

Jan. 23rd & 24th - "The Trip to Italy" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. 
Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip to Italy,  took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon-or semifictionalized versions thereof-on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Tickets $6, 1/23, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 1/24, 8:00pm 315-253-6669

Jan. 24th - Comedy Hypnotist Joe DeVito - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. Joe DeVito, professional stage hypnotist, has been performing his stage hypnosis show for more than 20 years. His comedy hypnosis show has been seen nationwide and internationally. Joe DeVito's stage hypnotist show has been successfully performed in clubs, at fundraisers, in high schools, colleges, after proms, as well as many special events. Tickets $25, 2:00 & 8:00 PM. 315-253-6669

Jan. 24th - Men Behaving Badly will host the Open Mic Night at Brew & Brats, Arbor Hill Winery & Grapery, 6461 Ny 64, Naples NY 6-9pm. Bring your voice and/or your musical instrument and join the fun. Brew & Brats Hours: 12-9 Sat. & 12-7 Sundays. Arbor Hill Winery Hours: 10-5 Sat. & 11-5 Sundays or when the flag is flying.

Jan. 24th - Travis Rocco Duo  Lake House Pub, 6 W. Genesee St., Skaneatles NY 9:30 PM – 1 AM  (315)554-8194. &

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

Jan. 25th - Tiffany Sunday Concert SeriesWillard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn. Dreading those post holiday blues? How about some swing to help you hold onto that happy New Year feeling? Join us at the Willard Chapel on Sunday, January 25 for a fun afternoon concert with Bob Piorun & the Swing Kats!  The SWING KATS - Ingrid Houghton, Bernie McNabb, Marty Losito, and Cookie Coogan - are a swinging, danceable vocal quartet, with Bob Piorun providing instrumental backing. They do retro music of the Big Band era of the 1930s and on through the 1960s, all in 4-part harmony. Check out their website at for more detailed information about them. To hear their harmonies and style of music, go to Youtube and type "Swing Kats Demo" or "Swing Kats Holiday Card 2013" in the Youtube page search box.. Admission $10, 2pm.  315-252-0339.
Jan. 25th - Sunday Music Series: Early Girl and Some Lost Boys - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. Donna Dennihy (guitar, lead and harmony vocals). Donna is a local singer-songwriter who has been performing with the band Edgy Folk for many years. She released her first solo album, Early Girl, in December 2013. Donna's songs have been described as sweet and poignant with understated beauty. Her recent project with friends Paul Wakker and Ted Williams features original songs from Early Girl, as well as traditional and cover songs with an emphasis on beautiful harmonies.... and having fun! Paul Wakker (bass, lead and harmony vocals)
Paul is a two-time SAMMY award winner and a founding member of The Lost Boys.  A voice like no other, Paul has been highly regarded for his lead and harmony capabilities. Ted Williams (guitar, mandolin, vocals)
,Ted is a member of the bluegrass groups The Mark Allnatt Band and John Cadley and the Lost Boys. $10 Admission, 4-6pm. 315-253-6669

Jan. 25th – March 15thBoth Ends of the Rainbow Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. This annual exhibition will feature over 1,000 works of art by local students and senior citizens from Cayuga County. Both Ends of the Rainbow is an annual exhibit featuring artwork by local students grades K-12 and seniors. The Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, January 25, from 12-5pm. Suggested admission is $3/adults, students & seniors free, Tues.-Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 1 - 5pm. Closed major holidays. 315-255-1553

Jan. 25th - 7th Annual Bridal Show The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars  Glenora Wine Cellars 5435 State Route 14 Dundee, NY  
12:00 to 3:00pm Free Admission to the Public Complimentary Champagne & Hors D’oeuvres Tour of our Luxury Inn and Cottage Strolling Bridal Fashion Show Cake Vendors, DJs, Florists, Photographers, Hair Stylists & Much More! Come visit our Tuscan Style Venue with spectacular views of Seneca Lake and our Vineyards 5435 State Route 14, Dundee, NY. 8.5 miles north of Watkins Glen. 1-800-243-5513 ext. 307 To register, visit :

Jan. 27th & Feb. 3rd - 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.

Jan. 28thLive Music - Oak and Vine at the Springside Inn, 7141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn. Enjoy live music with Edgy Folk at 8pm. No cover charge, $10 beer buckets! 315-252-7247

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

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. 315- 253-6669

Jan. 31st - The Justice League performs Rush - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. The Justice League is a group of Oneonta musicians who perform classic albums in their entirety. With a revolving team of musicians The Justice League has reproduced albums by the Who (Tommy), the Beatles (Sgt. Pepper, White Album, Abbey Road and more), Bob Dylan (Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks and more) and Genesis (Seconds Out). For "Rush: Exit... Stage Left" the Justice League is comprised of Darcy Gibson, Emmett Rozelle, MW Degan and Matt Gibson. Tickets $15, 8pm. 315-253-6669