Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Finger Lakes Wine Industry

Coming to the Finger Lakes? Chris Zwierzynski, from shares some expert advice on the Finger Lakes and its wine industry.

If you’re a fan of wine and are trying to come up with some good vacation ideas, then there’s certainly no better place to visit than the Finger Lakes region of New York. The area itself just so happens to be the single largest wine-producing region in the whole of New York, which is certainly no mean feat as you’ll hopefully agree!

There are – roughly – over 100 vineyard and wineries centered around the lakes (with the majority being based around Cayuga, Hemlock, Keuka, Canandaigua, Seneca and Conesus), which – when you think about it – means there’s a whole load of wine being made out there! The reason that such a fertile industry is able to flourish is quite obviously thanks to the majesty and convenience of the adjacent lakes, as when a vineyard or winery is situated nearby, it benefits from what is known as a “lake effect”, which is essentially when the precipitation from a nearby lake condenses overhead in the form of rain and as we all know, if you’re trying to grow something, then you most definitely want to have your fair share of rain.

The resulting “lake effect” is what provides wine-makers with lush vineyard after lush vineyard, lending them the ability to produce grapes and wine of fantastic quality and abundance. Also, because of this, the grapes are protected from potentially crop-damaging frosts that typically occur around the times when the grapes are starting to shoot and just before harvest (two vitally important stages in the wine-producing process).

The Finger Lakes wineries produce a wide variety of well-known (and well-enjoyed) types of grape, including such favorites as Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Another interesting point of note is that wine is always in demand, so the Finger Lakes wine industry is in a continual state of growth, contributing vastly to the economy (and merriment) of the region. As well as this, the wineries also attract an increasingly large number of visitors and tourists, who in turn contribute to the economy via tourism.

So don’t delay, make sure you get in a visit to the Finger Lakes wineries and become a part of an experience enjoyed by so many others. While you’re there, you should take some time out to visit 10 Fitch for a romantic getaway and to crack open a bottle of the region’s famous wine!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New 10 Fitch Website Unveiled & New Package Released

Well, the day has finally arrived after over a year and our brand new website is now live! Woo Hoo! A big thank you to Acorn Internet Services who did a fantastic job and are friendly wonderful people to work with.

There is lots of new information on the site for those considering a stay with us including area information, things to do & see, restaurants, tons of new photos in the photo tour on the new Photo Album page and even wedding and small event information which is still being added even as I type this.

Please leave your comments about the new website here under this post! I want to know what you think.

Our new "An Enchanting Evening Package" has also been added which I designed primarily for couples looking to get away and reconnect but who are on tight budget and can stay just one night. The package is only $138 plus room cost and taxes but it can certainly be enjoyed during longer stays as well and the great thing about "An Enchanting Evening" is that after you check-in the two of you enjoy a light dinner in the privacy of your suite while playing the romantic board game, "An Enchanting Evening" which is yours to keep and take home.

First you both write down a "Secret Wish" that can be shared with your partner that evening. Then while nibbling on delectable cheese fondue and chocolate covered strawberries you move leisurely around the board by taking turns drawing cards and responding with the appropriate action or verbal reply until one of you reaches the end and your wish is then granted! What a romantic and memorable evening indeed! The following morning, at your predetermined time, we'll deliver your gourmet breakfast and the two of you can enjoy it together in the privacy of your suite.

It's a great little package and I'm excited to be offering it. There are several other new packages in developement so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to find out about them as they become available along with specials and area events so that you can plan your trip to the Finger Lakes. You will find the box to put in your email addy & sign up for the newsletter in the lower left corner of the 10 Fitch website.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Stay at 10 Fitch in 2010 & You Could Stay Free In 2011!

Beginning Jan 1st, all guests who stay with us in 2010 will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a FREE 2 night stay at 10 Fitch in 2011! The number of entries for your name will be determined by the number of nights you stay. If you stay one night with us your name will be entered one time. If you stay 5 nights with us your name will be entered 5 times! The winner will be randomly drawn at midnight on New Year's Eve and announced on our blog on New Year's Day. So come on and book your stay!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Winter Warmth Special - Save 35% off room rates!

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over you could probably use a little R&R right? There is no better time to come to 10 Fitch for a romantic getaway and cozy up in front of our new fireplaces and fall fast asleep at night in our most amazingly comfortable queen & King beds. And for a very limited time you can save 35% off your room rate! This offer is good anytime in January and there are no minimum nights required! Stay 1 night, stay 3 nights, stay 5 nights. Use the promo code below and save 35% off the room rate every night you stay!

To receive your discount...
Book Your January Stay via the 10 Fitch website online following the steps listed under the availability calender using promocode winterwarmth

**Applies to new reservations only. Not valid with any other offer. May not be used in combination with buy one get one free certificates or any other discount.**

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Adding Value For Our Guests

Come along as we take you inside 10 Fitch and share with you some of the stories behind our one of a kind romantic escape for adults!

Originally posted on Jany 2, 2010

How I love this old house! All of it's nooks and crannies, the amazing woodwork, cabinetry and built-ins throughout, French doors flanking the entire back of the house offering spectacular views of the back yard and it's wild life year round, the huge hand painted mirror in the sun room, the chandeliers and original sconces and the fireplaces.

Originally the house had 5 wood burning fireplaces. On the first floor there was one in the dining room, living room and in the library. Sometime between 1968 and 2004, when Pat & Alice Buttarazzi owned the house and lived here with their 14 children, a gas insert was installed in the fireplace in the library. Alice came for a visit not long after we bought 10 Fitch and along with many other stories told me that one Christmas they had a chimney fire after burning some of the wrappings from the gifts in the library fireplace which the fire department had to put out. And even though it made for a very exciting Christmas no one wanted a repeat of that particular event so they decided to convert the library fireplace to gas.

When we bought 10 Fitch in 2007 the dining room, living room, and Equestrian Suite and English Suite all still had wood burning fireplaces. That first year we had the chimneys inspected and were told that the chimney which the living room and Equestrian Suite shared was not safe for the burning of wood. Now, I can't say that I was broken hearted about that since I found that hauling wood up and down the stairs, although great exercise, was messy, tiring and simply a pain in the butt! It also wasn't much fun being summoned when a suite had filled with smoke because the damper had been accidentally bumped when a guests had put another log on their fire. Oh! And then there was the clean up! Wood fireplaces are so dirty!

Our options were gas inserts, which is what the library fireplace is, or gas logs. We went with gas logs. They look amazing and nothing had to be added to the fireplaces except the gas line and the log sets. No ugly metal surround, glass doors, we use our existing fireplace screens, or metal lining. The look of our beautiful antique fireplaces remained in tact!

Converting to gas was also something that added tremendous value for our guests. Now they can have a romantic, cozy, fire whenever they want. When we were burning wood guests had to rely on us to start the fires for them and we would only do that once they were at the inn for the evening and weren't going back out, so basically after dinner. Now with a touch of a button on the remote their fireplace is blazing in seconds! If they want to leave the inn another button turns it instantly off. Now in Equestrian, they can sit in front of their fireplace and eat breakfast!

Equestrian was converted first, then the living room. In the fall of 2009 English Suite was converted to gas log. Unfortunately, because the gas line for English Suite had to be run up through the same chimney shared by the dining room fireplace we have been told that we can't have gas logs in the dining room. I'm so bummed out about that. But we are working on an alternative.

Right around Thanksgiving I was in BJ's shopping and went down the seasonal isle and saw a gorgeous electric fireplace. Yes, electric! Now, I am not a fan of electric fireplaces but this one was the most realistic I had ever seen, as you can see from these pictures, with and beautiful wood mantle which was like a piece of hand crafted furniture, and the effect of the flames and glowing logs was pretty convincing. Now, our only guest suite without an original wood burning fireplace was Garden View. We had talked about putting a gas log fireplace in there but it was going to be very expensive - $5000-$6000 because a custom mantle would have to be built and a gas line run with no chimney to hide it in. We hadn't even considered electric because I just didn't think they created the same feel as real flame fireplaces do.

So, I was very excited to see this electric fireplace in BJ's. There were several boxes piled up under the display and the price was $599. I figured they would get marked down after Christmas and I'd get one then. A few weeks later I was in BJ's and saw that they were all gone! I went home and told Rodney that all they had was the display. We decided to go buy it!
Garden View Suites new electric fireplace
Well, it was no easy thing to get that fireplace up the stairs to the second floor but it looks incredible and unlike the other suites, can be enjoyed from both the sitting room and bedroom! It can be run with or without heat and the brightness of the flame effect can be adjusted. So now Garden View joins the other two guests suites in offering a cozy, romantic fireplace to enjoy during the long, cold Finger lakes winters.

And I have just obtained information from the manufacturer of the fireplace and am hoping to purchase an insert to put in the dining room fireplace. These newer models even have cool features that you can control like chimney sounds, rolling, pulsating visual effects & crackling log sounds with simultaneous sparking effects!

Another improvement that was recently made, we replaced the queen size bed in Equestrian with a wonderful king size sleigh bed!

UPDATE: In 2011 we were able to put gas logs in the fireplace in the dining room.  The only electric fireplace at 10 Fitch is the one in Garden View Suite.

All five of out fireplaces are romantic and inviting and waiting for you to enjoy during your stay at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn from October - May.