Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New pond, new friends at 10 Fitch

"Are You On The Lake?"

We often get calls from people looking to stay in the Finger Lakes who ask us if we are on the lake. 

We are not. We are located on a quiet side street in Auburn's historic district, within walking distance to downtown and several historic sites. But we are very close to several lakes including, Owasco Lake which is about 2 miles South, Cayuga Lake & the first of 16 wineries on the Cayuga Wine Trail; 15 minutes east, and Skaneateles Lake and it's charming village is just 15 minutes west of us. So while we are not on the water we are very close to it and we also have water in our back yard. You can't swim in it, or go boating but you can enjoy the relaxing wonderful sound that our little waterfall offers as our 7 colorful Koi swim in the pond.

When we bought 10 Fitch the previous owner had built a pond with a waterfall in the back yard. It was small, looked kind of like a volcano from the back of the property and we were always battling leaks and constantly having to fill it. The guests loved it. We loved the way it relaxing. But when it got to the point where we were having to put water in it every day we decided we needed to have it re-done. We wanted to take it out and have a larger pond put in... one that we could have fish in, and we wanted to use flat flagstone instead of the round rock and boulders that enclosed the original, so it would blend in better with the architecture of the building and the exisiting flagstone pathways and patios of the garden. We had bids from several different companies and decided to hire Sensenig's Landscaping in Waterloo, which we heard about through Dickman Farms We could not be more happy with the work that they did. The Koi pond came out beautiful!

And here is a picture of some of our new friends! I am trying to train them to eat out of my hand but you have to have a lot of patience, they are very shy.

There are two other Koi in the pond, Buttercup, a Koi about the size of Nemo, in fact you can just see his tail to the right of Nemo in the picture and Oreo is a small black & white Koi with two small red dots. All the Koi are fun to watch and each have their own personalities.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

10 Fitch Chosen As One of 14 Inns to Win Travelers' Choice For Romance Award

On July 1st, 2009, announced its "Travelers’ Choice for Romance" award winners. 10 Fitch, along with 13 other bed & breakfasts and country inns from all over the country were recognized with this award, which is brand new this year. The staff read each guest review that was submitted to them and analyzed the individual reviews posted on the site regarding romantic celebrations and tallied which inns drew the most ardent attention from guests for the quality of romance. The award recognizes both the romantic inns and the articulate guests who expressed what made their bed and breakfast stay so satisfying, revealing the unique qualities that create a truly romantic bed and breakfast getaway.

My dream for 10 Fitch from the very beginning was to create a quiet romantic escape for couples to come and leave behind the stresses of daily life, be pampered & spoiled in luxurious and peaceful surroundings while fanning the flames of romance. Romance in a relationship is so important but our lives are so busy and hectic these days that it's hard to slow down and just enjoy each other! At 10 Fitch we try to make that a lot easier by proving a beautiful, private, comfortable environment, lots of romantic touches, and great romantic packages that include all the elements for a relaxing getaway filled with romance.

We are truly honored to have received this award. We know that it is a direct result of our wonderful guests who have stayed here and wrote reviews, sharing the experience that they had together at 10 Fitch. We are so grateful and want to publicly thank them for choosing us a top romantic destination. Thank you!

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Here is a complete list of all the winners.

The Queen Victoria - Cape May, New Jersey
The Australian Walkabout Inn - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
10 Fitch - Auburn, New York
Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn - Belleville, Wisconsin
Christopher Place - An Intimate Resort - Newport, Tennessee
1800 Devonfield Inn, an English Country Estate - Lee, Massachusetts
Deer Crossing Inn - Castro Valley, California
Inn at Warner Hall - Gloucester, Virginia
Prairieside Suites - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Cloran Mansion - Galena, Illinois
High Ridge Manor - Paso Robles, California
Stonehurst Place - Atlanta, Georgia
Black Bear Inn - South Lake Tahoe, California
Reagan's Queen Ann Bed and Breakfast - Hannibal, Missouri

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Finger Lakes July 4th Weekend Events Near 10 Fitch

Fireworks & Syracuse Symphony
Date: Friday July 3, 2009
Time: Symphony 8:00pm- 9:45pm+-Fireworks 9:45pm+-
Location: Emerson Park on Owasco Lake, Route 38A Auburn, NY, 13021
Admission: $5.00 per car, handicap and senior citizens free
Syracuse Symphony performs on the lawn at Emerson Park, immediately followed by a large fireworks show along the shore of Owasco Lake. Alcohol not permitted in park.
More Info: 315-253-5611


Skaneateles: 8 miles from 10 Fitch-
Skaneateles Community Band Concert
Date: Friday July 3, 2009
Time: 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Location: Gazebo in Clift Park
Admission: FREE
Skaneateles Community Band plays lakeside every Friday in July and August
More Info: Skaneateles Chamber 315-685-0552

Anyela's Vinyard to Host Over the Top
Date: Saturday July 5, 2009
Time: 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: 2433 West Lake Rd, Skaneateles, NY 13152
Admission: No Cover Charge

For your listening and dancing pleasure.
Over the top will close out the weekend on Sunday, July 5 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
Come by for a fresh garden salad, or enjoy a cheese platter.
Wine sold by the bottle or glass.
No tasting and no cover charge


Sterling: 29 miles from 10 Fitch
Sterling Renaissance Festival
Date:Weekends beginning July - August 16th
Location:Sterling NY
Admission:Tickets pricing and purchase information
Annual Elizabethan festival with Twelve Stages of Continuous Live Entertainment, Interactive Village Characters and Lane Shows, a top-shelf Arts & Crafts Show,
Games and Rides,Live, Full-Armored Joust Tournament, Day-Long Feasting and Revelry!


Syracuse: 29 miles from 10 Fitch
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
Date: Saturday July 4th
Time:Gates open 5:00 pm
Location: Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds
Admission: FREE
More Info: 315-424-8222

Patriotic songs performed by the SU Brass Ensemble at 6:00pm and the Syracuse Symphony at 8:00pm with a grand fireworks display afterwards. There is no admission charge for this event. Parking for this event is free and available within the NYS Fair Parking Lots across State Fair Blvd. Parking attendants will be on hand to assist. For safety purposes, parking along the sides of Routes 690, 695 and 48 is prohibited. In case of rain, the concert moves to the Center of Progress Building.

The Falsettos Murder
Date: Saturday July 4th
Time:7:00 pm – 12:00 AM
Admission: $39.50 – registration required
More Info: Website;, Phone:315-469-6969, Email:

Interactive murder mystery dinner theater. Spoof of popular TV show, The Sopranos. Every Saturday night from June through August. Enjoy a wonderful meal & a great show!