Saturday, August 30, 2014

Auburn, NY - September Events In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

There is just so much to see & do around here!

September 1st - 30th, 2014

Sept. 2nd & 9thOpen 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 cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm. 315-253-6669

Sept. 3rd – 24th - The Will Rogers Follies - Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Starring Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat! Celebrate the life of famed humorist, performer and Oklahoma-native Will Rogers in this song and dance spectacular. Set within the famous Ziegfeld Follies, every scene and song in this musical comedy is a lavish production number as we reminisce with one of American's beloved folk heroes. Stunning showgirls, tapping wranglers, stellar rope tricks and one of Cy Coleman's best scores, this winner of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) is a feel-good hit!   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  800-457-8897

Sept. 5th - All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Party - Life So Sweet 116 West Green Street, Ithaca NY 14850  Our All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Party is one event you don't want to miss. See all the details on our website here -

Sept. 5thFirst Friday EventsDowntown Auburn  and nearby participating sites.         
Seward House Museum, 33 South St. - Enjoy a relaxing evening in the beautiful gardens featuring live music by Cristofe Chabot performing renditions of traditional, folk & classic rock. Our featured gallery artist is photographer Dan Marquart exhibiting a new series of works titled Light & Shade: Photographic Conversations. As always, docents will be on hand to answer questions in the Dining Room & Drawing Room and complimentary refreshments will be served.
  • Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. - September First Friday will be hosted in the Case Research Lab instead of the Museum. Watch Case's test films and learn the history of the birth of talking movies. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - Fall exhibit reception,.
  • Finger Lakes ARTIST CO-OP, 101 Genesee St. - Finger Lakes Art Cooperative will be celebrating the September First Friday with guest musicians John Wilmot & Jacqui McCarthy who play hammer dulcimer & fiddle – Join us for music, refreshments and ART!  
  • Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St. - EXHIBIT Opening for SARA DAVENPORT - Sara Davenport primarily paints in realism using oils, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and pen & ink to achieve results. Originals & prints of her work will be available to purchase. The event will include a cash bar & complimentary snacks.
  • F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression, 39 Genesee St. - Making a Mark is about enabling gifted people to celebrate self-expression and empowerment through creativity. Reception with light refreshments. Free to enter, art is for sale & proceeds go to the artist who created the piece.
Sept. 6th - Venice Biennale Art Event - Venice Center Pavilion, 2532 Route 34, Venice Center.  The Venice Biennale: Venice, New York is a free art show for both exhibitors and the public intended to reveal the rich arts life of Seneca, Cayuga and Tompkins Counties. Reservations are required for display tables. Please contact:

Sept. 6th - Dark Hollow's First Annual Backwood's BashThe Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga.   Join us and our friends for a full day of music and fun. There will be 7 bands, food, drinks, camping, and loads of fun.   The Bands Dark Hollow The Blind Spots Two Hour Delay The Shining Star Band Solar Garlic Medicine Wheel Steep Saturday September 6, 2014 Pre-sale tickets will be $25 dollars until August 15th at which point the price will go up to $35. Camping Camping will be available for $10 a car on the day of the event. Campfires will not be allowed, however, host is planning a bonfire for the evening. Camping is carry in, carry out! Be respectful of the host. Alcohol This is critical, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BRING ALCOHOL INTO THE EVENT. Our host, The Apple Station, has a liquor license that could be affected. BRING A COOLER! The Apple Station will have a commissary where you will be able to buy beer, wine, soda and water. Additionally, The Apple Station will have draft beer for sale. Food Don’t worry about food, we will have plenty of vendors to provide nutrients for your groove party.  $35/ticket.  315-889-5184

Sept. 6th & 7th TomatoFestEmerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  The event will feature craft and commercial vendors, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, children's activities, rides, nonprofit booths, a farmers market, a pasta dinner and more. Free Centro shuttle bus from the Auburn High School parking lot to the main gate.  $3/adults, $1/children, child under 12 free with canned good, 11am-6pm.

Sept. 7th - If This Quilt Could Talk Series - Post Civil War Memories Stitched in Time - Historic Mentz Church, Mentz Church Rd., Montezuma.  Speaker, Cheryl Longyear, Montezuma Town Historian. History of antique crazy quilt being donated to Frontenac Museum.  Suggested donation $5, 2pm.  315-776-4656

Sept. 7thHistoric Fort Hill Cemetery Tour Fort Hill Cemetery, 19 Fort St., Auburn.  Please join historian and guide Laurel Auchampaugh for a fascinating tour of the beautiful wooded Fort Hill Cemetery overlooking downtown Auburn. Its hilltop location, fortified many centuries ago by the mysterious mound building peoples of North America, later was reputed to be the site of an important Cayuga council seat and village.  In 1852 the hilltop was dedicated for its current function; it remains an active cemetery today. On the tour you will learn about the lives of several eminent citizens who are buried there, including the man first buried here, Judge Elijah Miller, his famous son-in-law William H. Seward, his daughter and granddaughter. Elsewhere in the cemetery, pay your respects to abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman, to members of the Osborne, Willard, and Case families, and to many others who contributed to America's story. Take a tour of the gothic stone Bradley Chapel, and learn the story of a 50 foot tall obelisk inscribed, "Who Mourns for Logan?" In the event of rain, the talk will take place inside the Bradley Chapel.  Tickets for the tour are $10 for adults, $5 for students. These may be purchased at the time of the tour, or in advance at the Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson Street in Auburn during office business hours Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am-4pm. Call 315-252-0339 for more information. This tour is sponsored by the Community Preservation Committee. Proceeds benefit the Fort Hill Cemetery and the Willard Chapel.
Sept. 7th – Sunday Music Series:  Alison and Zoe - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Our Sunday Music Series features local and regional upcoming artists. Alison and ZoĆ« are two Irish-born sisters. They are singer-songwriters who create enchanting harmonies and weave stories with their poetic original songs. They share songs in living rooms, on trains and buses, around fires, on stages, and mostly anywhere else that you might meet them. They are currently working on their first all original album entitled "Emerge." They hope to one day travel the world sharing their music and learning songs from different cultures.  Admission $10, APT Members $9, 4pm. 315-253-6669

Sept. 13th & 14 - 12:00PM – 4:00PM Leaves & Lobsters on the Lawn 2014 Glenora Wine Cellars 5435 State Route 14, Dundee, NY 14837
Choose between the Lobster Dinner or the Ala Carte Menu! Lobster Dinner $52.00 plus tax or General Admission $15.00 (tickets are available online or over the phone) Join us for a lobster bake! Lobster Dinner Ticket holders receive admission to the event, a whole Lobster, ½ doz steamed clams, salt potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw, corn bread, rolls, homemade brownies, and iced tea. General Admission Ticket holders receive admission to the event and live entertainment. -Ala carte menu available (items priced individually). Wine is available by the glass and bottle. Saturday’s Band is Steve Southworth & the Rockabilly Rays play from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Vineyard Stage. Sunday’s Band is Bob’s Brother’s Band will play from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Vineyard Stage. 800-243-5513

Sept. 14 - 19th Annual Purple Foot Festival at Casa Larga Vineyards

Casa Larga's annual harvest celebration will be held Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., rain or shine at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport, NY. It began, and continues to be, a way to celebrate and kick off harvest time at the winery and highlight the Colaruotolo family's Italian heritage. The Festival is best known for the authentic old world grape stomping that earned it the name of "Purple Foot."

But the Purple Foot Festival offers much more than foot-staining grape stomping. Guests can take their purple feet around the vineyard on hayrides, a vineyard tour or to the family-friendly activities. Activities for those under 21 include a children's area, a kid's maze, face painting, crafts, and a wide array of vendors with family-friendly wares.  For the adults, there will be live music performed by the band Loose Change, a Sangria Tasting Bar, a Harvest Tasting Bar, spirit and beer tastings, and tours of the winery.

Tickets are available at the Casa Larga Vineyards Wine Shop, Wegmans and online at

Advanced Tickets: $15
At the Door: $17
Wine Lover Club Members:  $13
Under 21: Free 

Sept. 19 - 20 - Antique & Classic Boat Show International in Skaneateles

The international show is double the size of the FLC show. Expect to see 150 of “the nicest vintage boats from across North America,” says event co-chair Janice Miller.

“It was a great coup for Skaneateles to get this show,” she notes. All classes of antique and classic boats will be represented. 

Craft and other vendors will be set up on the grounds. Rides into the village will be offered aboard the Judge Ben Wiles.

Want to buy your own antique boat? You can do that, too, at the Field of Dreams.

The show runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and is handicap accessible. Free parking will be available on the country club grounds off Route 41A, with a shuttle to the show. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children.

For more information, go to

Until Oct 5th - daily cruises on Skaneateles Lake, Mid-Lakes offers cruises each day from May 9 to October 5 on beautiful Skaneateles Lake located just 12 minutes from 10 Fitch. From a 50-minute sightseeing cruise to the US Mailboat to the romantic Dinner cruise there's something for everyone! See the many stately homes built along the shoreline of the pristine blue lake and relax as you ride oblong on the Judge Ben Wiles or Barbara S. Wiles boats. Pirate Day • Wednesday, August 13 Keep in touch with us on our Facebook page and Website as we plan a day of mayhem on the high seas! Kid's events, costumes, trinkets and fun await the adventurous on Skaneateles Lake and the Erie Canal! (315) 685-8500 

September Events Cayuga Wine Trail - Harvest Hoopla
1-30: Americana Vineyards - "Patriot's Club Month"
6: Hosmer Winery - Some Like it Hot
6: Varick Winery - Glorious Grape Day
6 & 7: Swedish Hill Vineyard - Fall Fever Days
6 & 7: Goose Watch Winery - Fall Fever Days
7: Goose Watch Winery - Jazz Festival
13: Montezuma Winery - Harvest Hoedown
13: Six Mile Creek Vineyard - Harvest Festival
13: Knapp Winery - Beef, Barrel and Blues Event
13 & 14: Thirsty Owl Wine Co. - 12th Anniversary Bash
14: Lucas Vineyards - German Festival
20: Buttonwood Grove Winery - Early Fall Foliage Festival
20: Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant - Farm to Table Part 1 Wine Dinner

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Don't Be Fooled By Hotel's Offering "Bed and Breakfast Packages"

Have you noticed the increasing number of hotels now offering some type of "Bed & Breakfast" package? 

Don't be fooled into thinking that these packages compare to what a real bed & breakfast offers! 

This video about what it might be like if a bed & breakfast offered a "Hotel Package," had me laughing out loud!  I think you'll see the humor, as well as truth in it too.

But really, my husband has a saying he's fond of when describing something that is fancied up to look more attractive on the outside but is essentially the same on the inside, "You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still going to be a pig."  It is what it is, a pig, and no amount of lipstick is going to change that fact. What you have is a prettied up pig and that is all.  No one would mistake a sow wearing lipstick for a beauty queen right?

Then why would anyone think that a hotel "Bed & Breakfast Package" is anything other than a fancied up version of what a hotel would normally offer and not anything comparable to the kind of bed & breakfast package that small inns and B&B's offer to their guests every single day? 

Offering a bed to sleep in and some kind of breakfast in a bundled form does not a genuine, authentic, "Bed & Breakfast Package" make!

I can kind of understand why hotels are trying to attract guests and entice them with the suggestion that they will have a bed & breakfast experience at their establishments since more and more people are discovering that bed & breakfasts are a better way to stay. But no matter what you call it, a true bed & breakfast package is only found at a genuine, authentic, one-of-a-kind bed & breakfast, not at a hotel.  Why?  For sure innkeepers know how to put together some of the most wonderfully romantic and uniquely original and fun packages, with everything from picnic lunches to in-room massages to hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, dinner cruises, golfing, and so much more. But I think the biggest reason many people are becoming B&B converts has less to do with what is offered in a package and more to do with the kind of experience they know they will have when they are there.

It's the genuine care given to the guests during their stay, the love with which hot, delicious, breakfasts are cheerfully prepared and served each morning, it's the warmth, enthusiasm and knowledge of the innkeepers for the area, it's  attractions and history, it's the uniqueness of the home, the authenticity, attention to detail and interaction guests will encounter. These are the intangible,  non-duplicateable things that a hotel could never offer in a "Bed & Breakfast package".

Hotel "Bed & Breakfast Packages" can offer a bed and they can offer breakfast and throw in a few niceties but make no mistake, it's world's apart from the value and experience that bed & breakfast guests enjoy when they stay at an authentic Bed & Breakfast.  Like the pig sporting candy-apple-red lipstick, it is was it is no matter what you call it.

I make you a promise, if you come to the Finger Lakes and stay at our luxurious, romantic bed & breakfast inn, you will encounter no prettied-up piggies here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

10 Fitch Guest Suites Layout

Even though we have great photos of all our guest suites published online, because each suite is composed of three rooms it is nearly impossible to tell how each suite is laid out just by looking at the photos so I have just added what I hope is going to be a very handy visual to the Guest Rooms page on the 10 Fitch website.  I will be placing links to it from each one of the individual suites pages as well so that anyone thinking about booking a stay at our luxurious romantic Finger Lakes bed & breakfast will have an easier time deciding which suite they might like to choose.  Thank you to Pat Shea for her questions concerning English Suites layout - it was that email that prompted me to finally get the visual up onto the website.  I started working on it over a year ago when another guest mentioned it would be nice to have.

August 12, 2014 - updated and added placement of bathroom fixtures and fireplaces.  Also enabled a PDF download.  Just click on the image below.

July 23, 2015 - updated and added arrows showing where the entrance to each suite is

10 Fitch Second Floor Guest Suites Layout & Room Entrance