We hosted our first Spoiled Girls Getaway of 2009 this past weekend, a group of 8 wonderful women from New Jersey, friends who all have or are turning 40 this year. We have had lots of Spoiled Girls here in the 2 years since we have owned 10 Fitch, among them a group of hospice nurses, retired police women, brides & attendants, and those who graduated high school together. They all come for rest, relaxation & fun and while they are here the rooms & grounds of 10 Fitch ring with their laughter, are enlivened with the buzz of their chatter and illuminated with their smiles and the flash of their cameras. We LOVE having these precious ladies with us and are honored to be a part of them coming together and creating special memories together.
Jennifer, Cheryl, Linda, Jessica & Linda arrived on Thursday and got settled in. On Friday they ventured into Skaneateles after a breakfast of fluffy chile egg puff, moms blueberry cream muffins and honey glazed ham. The rest of the group, Tricia, Kris & Maria arrived around 4:00 at which time a cheese plate, hot hors d'oeuvres & raspberry iced tea were served in the living room and all the girls enjoyed 60 minute Swedish Massages in the privacy of their rooms. After they were all relaxed some of the girls went our for a bite to eat while Linda & Cheryl stayed behind and were the first to enjoy the fire pit out on the veranda. It is my understanding that although the others returned and sat by the fire a while, everyone was so tired that they all retired before 11PM! Oh these party animals!
Now, on Saturday mom stuffed the girls with her Belgian Waffles & apple maple chicken sausage before Sam arrived with the limo to take the ladies on their winery/sightseeing tour. When they returned some 6 or so hours later, I noticed many of the girls came in with MacKenzie-Childs & other bags, evidence of their shopping excursion, and boxes and bottles from some of the Cayuga Wine Trail wineries.
The told us what a a great time they had as they came in and then had a chance to rest a little while before they enjoyed dinner on the deck. Grilled chicken, sirloin & veggie kabobs, moms home made potato & pasta salads & BBQ beans with raspberry iced tea and lemonade to wash everything down. Later, home made brownies topped with lit birthday candles were brought out as mom & I sang Happy Birthday to our Spoiled Girls! At dusk another fire was lit in the firepit for the girls to enjoy and I don't know if anyone made it past 11 or not!
On Sunday morning we served a tropical breakfast sorbet and I prepared a new main course for the ladies, poached eggs over sweet potato hash draped with chipoltle pepper hollandaise, which they seemed to enjoy.
Then, sadly, it was time for our Spoiled Girls to leave us and return to their lives in New Jersey. Our hearts are filled with fondness for these girls, who were so appreciative of everything and were perfect guests in our home. We got to chat a little with some of them privately and with the whole group we enjoyed joking and just generally interacting with them. Cheryl is getting ready to have her first baby in August and I joked with her, first telling her that although I've had two of my own babies I don't have any experience birthing others, but then I said it could be great publicity for 10 Fitch to have a guest deliver here!
These girls left some wonderful messages to us in their room diaries, and we were surprised and humbled to receive a gift from them as they left, a bottle of Finger Lakes wine and extremely generous tip! Jersey Girls, that was truly unnecessary, you were a delight to have here, but we do so appreciate your thoughtfulness. Thank you! We enjoyed lunch on you after church and donated some of your gift to a fund that helps the less fortunate in our church and community. Thank you again.
Please let us know when Cheryl has her baby!