Monday, March 30, 2015

Clean The Stains from Your Enamelware Pot in 15 Minutes

If you own an enamel pot then I'll bet you've burned something in it before.

InnSider Secret: Here's how to get the stains out in 15 minutes!

My beloved MacKenzie Childs stock pot gets well used here at the inn.  Among other things, we make large batches of lemon curd in this pot and if you don't watch lemon curd carefully or if you don't stir it constantly while it's cooking you end up with a burned bottom on the inside of your pot. 

Some scrubbing got rid of the crud but there was still a really ugly stain left behind and while this doesn't affect the pots ability to be used it just doesn't look clean.

As I was wondering how I was going to get the stain out of my pot I remembered how well a dish detergent tab had worked on the inside of our stainless steel coffee carafes so I thought I'd give it a shot.  My results are shown above. Although the stain is not completely gone it sure is a lot better than it was before.

Here's what I did -
  1. Put the pot on the stove and add a couple inches of water in the bottom.  
  2. Turn the burner on and bring the water to a boil over medium high heat and then turn the heat down to simmer.
  3. Add a couple of squirts of dish soap - I used Dawn Direct Platinum Foam 
  4. Add a dishwasher tab - I used  Finish Power Ball
  5. Put a timer on and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes your results should be similar to mine but if not try letting it "cook" a little longer.
That's it!  Rinse and dry the pot and you are ready to go!  I hope you enjoyed this InnSider Secret from 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn and that this works as well for you as it did for me.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Auburn, NY - March 27th - April 5th Events in the Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

What's happening near 10 Fitch the next few weeks?

MARCH 27-29  -  Cruisin' the Tropics Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Warm up with a self-guided "cruise" along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail for a taste of fine regional wines paired with tropically-themed dishes.  Gear up in your tropical best, and visit up to 29 participating wineries, all decked out with their own taste of the tropics!

Mar. 28th – May 24thMade in NY 2015 Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Made in New York is an annual juried exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center that showcases artwork by contemporary New York State artists. Made in New York 2015 opens officially at 10am on March 28, with an Artists' Reception and Award Presentation from 4-6pm. Made in NY 2015 features paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, fiber, media art, and more. Admission $6/adults, Art Center members and children under 12 are always free, Tues.-Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 1-5pm. 315-255-1553

Mar. 28th & 29thWelcome to Maple Weekends 2015 -  Schoolyard Sugarbush, 5967 Appletree Point Rd., Moravia. Pancake breakfast (donations requested) to support the local New Hope Fire Department. Our family takes great pride in the taste & quality of our maple syrup. Come have fun, ride along to collect sap, tap a tree, taste the sap, taste & buy the different grades of maple syrup, maple cotton candy, maplecream, maple candy, and maple sugar, and more. We will have maple ice  cream, maple popcorn, maple hot dogs, maple soda. Located 11 miles south of Skaneateles on 41-A. Visit and see the future of NY Maple produced in rural communities and see why New Hope is famous for pancakes and pure maple syrup. 10am – 4pm. 315-497-3480

Mar. 28th & 29th - Smokey Hollow Maple Syrup  8597 Pierce Rd., Jordan. Tours of sugar shack, samples of maple products and explanations of how trees are tapped, and pure maple syrup is made. Making maple syrup - maybe wax on snow, maple granulate We have maple popcorn, maple soft ice cream, maple cotton candy, and molded maple sugar. Pancake breakfast at Smokey Hollow all days 9-1. Fee $6 per person.Kids under 5 years old free. Consists of OJ, coffee, hash browns, sausage and New Hope Mills pancakes, with Smokey Hollow Pure Maple Syrup!! Come join us in our heated pavilion. 9am-4pm. 315-689-9833

March 28th - April 5, 2015 - Spring Break Activities at Corning Glass Museum - One Museum Way - Corning, NY 14830
Special activities each day. Free with admission. Encourage creativity and imagination to blossom over spring break. Visit the Museum of lots of family-friendly activities that will keep both you and the kids busy and happy. Admission for kids and teens is always free, and local residents (living in ZIP codes beginning with 148, 149, or 169) can visit for just $9, making the full line-up of events and activities an affordable option for families of all sizes. Make Your Own Glass Make a spring egg, a windchime for the summer, and much more! Additional fee. Projects exist for all ages. We recommend booking ahead of time. Glassmaking Demos Watch as expert glassmakers transform molten glass into beautiful objects at the live, narrated Hot Glass Shows. Don’t miss the Flameworking, Glassbreaking, and Optical Fiber Demos. All demonstrations take place in the Innovation Center area and are included in the cost of admission. Garden Gallery Hunt Kids can explore the galleries and find glass objects inspired by spring to create their own glass bouquets. Family Hidden Treasures Tours Explore the Museum through one-hour, family-friendly tours. 11:00 am and 1:30 pm during school breaks.

Mar. 31st & Apr. 7th - Open Mic Night - Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed café. 315-253-6669

Mar. 27th & 28th - "AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda" - Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. AWAKE is an unconventional biography about Paramahansa Yogananda, the world- renowned author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s.Many highly influential people -- including Steve Jobs, George Harrison, and Russell Simmons, all of whom are featured in the film -- have been deeply impacted by Yogananda.. The Gathr Films Theatrical on Demand model is today's vanguard technology for delivering a message to communities across America. Admission $10, 3/27, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 3/28, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

Mar. 28thTreleaven Wines Spring Open HouseKing Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry. Come celebrate the return of warmth and sunshine with us at our Spring Open House! We'll have free live music, and wine specials. Enjoy some face time with winemakers and learn about the wine making process. Free, noon-4pm.

Mar. 28th -  Inns or Aurora Wine Dinner -  391 Main Street, Aurora, Ny. 6:30 pm,  Taste the best of our region with a five paired course dinner at the Inns of Aurora. For more information or to place a reservation contact, (315) 364-8888 or visit

Apr. 1stMovies at the MackTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn. Hitchcock Films America - Featuring “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943) directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotton. Enjoy the cozy setting. Admission $3, 2:00 & 7:00 pm. 315-253-8051

Apr. 2ndCelebrate Spring at Bet the FarmBet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market, 381 Main St., Aurora. Join Kit each Thursday in April for specially selected tastes featuring 1 or 2 of our wines and some choices from fellow Finger Lakes winemakers. He and Nancy feel these wines will help your dinner pairings, help you shake the winter blues and brighten your day - and your palate. Today featuring Wines for Easter. 5-7pm. 315-294-5643

Apr. 3rdFirst Friday Events – Participating sites and businesses around downtown Auburn.
Seward House Museum, 33 South St. - Join us for a First Friday reception! Enjoy live entertainment, a contemporary art exhibit& complimentary refreshments!
Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. - Opening reception for People Helping People: Celebrating 50 Years of Community Action. This exhibit is a collaborative community exhibit showcasing the Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency.
Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - Visit the newly opened "Made in NY 2015" exhibit and enjoy light refreshments.

Apr. 3rd - Painted Bar Stables offers a once in a lifetime experience: Moonlight Trail Rides. Explore the winter wonderland by the light of the full moon. This memory making romantic adventure only gets more beautiful as the moonbeams reflect off of the snow as your horse walks through the crisp night. Dates for upcoming moonlight rides are: January 30 - February 1 @ 5:30pm February 27 - March 1 @ 6:00pm April 3 - April 5 @ 8:00pm May 1 - May 3 @ 8:30pm Request your Moonlight Trail Ride at

Apr. 5th Easter Sunday BrunchAurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora. Connect with friends & family over our great buffet. $40/person, 10:30 am – 2 pm. 315-364- 8888

Apr. 5th -  Easter Buffet - Veraisons Restaurant, Glenora Wine Cellar 5435 State Route 14 Dundee, NY 14837. 11am - 4pm, $29.95 for Adults~$12 for Children (12 and under) Advanced Reservations Required!  or call 1-800-243-5513.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Madness at 10 Fitch in Auburn NY - We're Celebrating Your Un-birthday!

 Wonderland Awaits! 

Don't Be Late!

Yes, today is March 18th and we are 3 weeks into the month already and I'm just now posting about March Madness. Better late than never right?  I'm sure the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland would agree.

We did announce March Madness in our March newsletter which went out at the end of February and I also posted an announcement about it on the 10 Fitch homepage.  The thing is I wasn't entirely sure I was going to do March Madness this year.  But let me back up a bit-

First of all, our March Madness at 10 Fitch has nothing to do with basketball.  I borrowed the title a few years ago when we we were trying to figure out a way to get more people to come for a visit during the month of March.  So I came up with the idea to call it March Madness and promote it by saying we'd gone crazy and were giving prizes away to our guests during the month of March.  We had a lot of fun and so did our guests. In fact, that was our best March to date.

I'm not sure why but we didn't do another March Madness promotion again until this year and even though I didn't think to do it this year until the end of February I decided to bump up the fun a little by creating a Wonderland atmosphere here.

We are adorned for the Mad Hatter's un-birthday tea party and all our guests who come in March are the guests of honor at the party.

Now, the party isn't a literal tea party but is rather an ongoing tea party themed celebration going on all month.  And we have plenty of tea and other beverages on hand as well as goodies and presents so it is very festive and fun.

I asked the white bunny if he would do a little video with me for you and he reluctantly agreed.  You can see the videos that we did below - the white bunny is in two of them :)

Intro Video

The White Rabbits Debut

What Can You Do In The Finger Lakes In March?  I'll let you know in this video!

A Few More Ideas About Things To Do In March

The White Rabbit and Mad Hatter Give You A Peek At Some of the Un-birthday Presents

Space and dates are very limited so do not delay in booking your stay if you want to be a part of the celebration! To check availability and reserve your spot at the party click here now!

Wonderland awaits!!  Hope to see you there!