Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Deer Join Us For Breakfast

The first week in November I came down with a nasty sinus infection and chest cold and was banished to the innkeepers quarters up on the third floor of the inn away from guests and from mom who was trying to stay healthy before she left on vacation on the 15th. It is a very rare thing for me not to welcome guests and interact with them during their stay but that first weekend I didn't go near a soul! Mom did everything, including prepare and serve breakfast.

One couple, Erin & Dennis Sprong, stayed with us 4 nights that first week. During breakfast one morning they watched with mom as a family of deer wandered into the back yard between mom's house next door and the inn and took photos of the doe and two fawn as they enjoyed nibbling on their own breakfast from one of the flower beds. At some point a buck joined the other three and Mom said they were in the yard a couple of hours before they disappeared into the secret garden at the back of the property.

It is not unusual for us to see deer and other wild life in the back yard but it never ceases to amaze me. I love that our guests sometimes get to witness these moments with us and we always get just as excited as they do. The astonishing beauty of God's creation is all around us, even right here in the middle of the city of Auburn, and I am grateful for each reminder of His care and that He delights in bringing us joy in simple every day things, like deer enjoying breakfast in our back yard and guests who were thoughtful to send along to us some of the photos that they took that morning in early November. Thank you Erin & Dennis!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pride Of New York 1st Annual Harvest Fest This Weekend

If you love fresh, delicious food and drink and you're going to be in the Finger Lakes area this weekend you might want to check out the 1st annual Pride of New York Harvest Fest being held in Syracuse at the New York State Fairgrounds, November 13-15. Restaurateurs from across the state will provide cooking demonstrations and seminars including Wine & Chocolate, Wine & Cheese, Favorite Beers With Favorite Foods and more. Purchase a ticket and enjoy unlimited tastings and purchasing savory sauces, quality meats & cheeses, unique specialty foods, fresh-from-the-farm produce and wonderful local wines & hearty beers.

The Charity Gala, supporting the Syracuse Rescue Mission Junior League and the American Red Cross will be held on Friday, November 13th from 6pm - 8:30pm. Tickets for the Gala ae $75 per person and 100% of the ticket proceeds benefits the charities. Charity Gala Ticket Holders will also receive a pass at the event for access to one of the two weekend days of the Harvest Fest.

Tickets for Saturday, November 14, 2009 or Sunday, November 15, 2009:
$20.00 advance sale
$25.00 at the door
Each ticket includes unlimited tastings and one seminar, based on availability.

Advance sale tickets are available for $20 by calling 315-487-7711 ext. 0 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or online through Ticketmaster. Advance sale tickets will be sold through November 12.

For additional information, tickets, directions, downloadable vendor map & schedule visit the Harvest Fest Website

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Boy Who Enjoyed A Spoiled Girls Getaway at 10 Fitch

In June of this year a wonderful group of girls came for our popular Spoiled Girls Getaway and celebrated their 40th birthdays together. One of them, Cheryl Tolentino was 7 months pregnant with her first child at the time. When we asked if it was a boy or a girl Cheryl said they wanted to be surprised. In late August I received the following email from Jen Malone who was the one who had arranged the weekend away with her friends-

Hi Cheryl -

I hope you & your mom are doing well!

I just wanted to let you know that a little boy was at our "Spoiled Girls Weekend" this past June. Cheryl had a son, Ronin Vaughn Tolentino Ferraro. He was born via C-Setion on Monday Aug 10th at 7:32pm. He was 7 lbs 6 oz and 19 3/4 inches.

Enjoy the pictures!


So, without further adu, please let me introduce the very first boy who ever attended a Spoiled Girls Getaway at 10 Fitch!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Catching Up And Moving On

As I write this I've been sick for several days and banished to the 3rd floor... away from guests and mom, who is leaving for a much needed vacation on the 15th. She will be going on a cruise with her sisters so I'm trying not to get her sick! Yesterday at breakfast she and the guests got to watch several deer in the back yard, a doe and a couple of fawns and then a buck, all nibbling on tthings at the back of the property. They were there for a couple of hours and the guests took lots of photos which they said they would email to us so I could post a few on the blog. I can't wait to see them myself!

Well, October was another very busy month for us at the inn. Guests come to the Finger lakes to experience the amazing beauty of the local fall foliage in all it's dazzling glory. When our suites are full most of our day is spent taking care of things here at the inn so there aren't many opportunities to get out with my camera during that small window of time when the leaves are at their colorful peak and before they all fall to the ground leaving the trees naked! Many of our guests opt for the chauffeured winery/sightseeing tour that we offer and come back gushing about the beauty of the countryside. In my opinion, there is no better way to experience the wine trail around Cayuga Lake. You can relax and let someone else do the driving while you enjoy tasting regional wines and drinking in the glorious scenery! One of these days I hope to do this as well but for now I'll have to continue to live vicariously through our guests!

Last year on a beautiful sunny fall day, Rodney took me out around Skaneateles Lake one afternoon so I could take some photos. Although many of the leaves had already fallen off the trees and a lot of them were bare and brown, the brilliant color of the sky that day sprinkled with fluffy white clouds was a consolation and I did get several nice shots that I was happy with including this panorama.

Skaneateles lake Fall Foliage

This year we had a stretch of rainy, windy weather and I was afraid that I might not get any photos at all! But one afternoon, which was supposed to be sunny but was not, mom and I headed down the street to Fort Hill Cemetary with our cameras and then into Skaneateles for lunch. Here are some of he shots that I took.

The park in Skaneateles

Skaneateles park

And this guy was out enjoying the day in Skaneateles with his owners!

And this one I took right in our back yard.

Time to put the lawn furniture away!