Thursday, April 30, 2015

10 Fitch InnSider Secret - Amazing Flat Iron In A Bottle!

I have a confession to make - I detest ironing and avoid it if at all possible.  

It’s such a time consuming, tedious chore!  

Now, I understand that some people actually find it relaxing, but I can think of much more enjoyable ways to relax :) I try really hard not to buy anything that is going to need ironing.  Years ago I bought a little hand held steamer which I thought would make de-wrinkling my clothes more tolerable and it did, but not much more.  You see, just like the iron, you had to fill it up, but with only distilled water, and then wait a few minutes for it to heat up and start producing steam and then you could use it on your clothes to get the wrinkles out.

Then my life dramatically changed forever a few years ago when I discovered Downey Wrinkle Releaser.  It comes in a spray bottle and works wonders on wrinkles and it’s really quick and easy to use. I loved this stuff and started using it all the time on mine and my husbands clothes.  My mom gave me a travel size bottle which is great because there's only one thing I detest more than ironing and that is ironing while on vacation! Yeah, I'm being a bit dramatic but I think you get my point. My wrinkle releaser has saved me from countless hours of mind-numbing ironing, I am sure!

I bought a bottle to keep in the laundry room for the inns linens and started using it on robes, table cloths, and sheets that came out of the dryer a bit wrinkly. As wonderful as this miraculous concoction is, I did find it to be quite pricey, around $8 for a 16.9 oz bottle, and I was going through a bottle in no time because of course, I wasn’t ironing anything! Then I a couple years ago I found a recipe on Pinterest for a homemade version and have not bought another bottle since! 

The recipe is simple and you only need an empty 16 oz spray bottle, fabric softener, rubbing alcohol and water.  Here's the directions for making your own wrinkle releaser-
  • Put 1 TBS of fabric softener and 1 TBS rubbing alcohol in the spray bottle and then fill the bottle with water, put the spray nozzle on and shake well to mix ingredients.  That’s it!  To use it you can take a garment and leave it on a hanger or lay it out on a flat surface, such as your bed, like I did with the blue shirt in the picture, and then lightly spray where wrinkled.  You want to dampen the fabric but not saturate it. Use your hand to smooth out the wrinkles and tug on the fabric slightly and then let it dry completely and the wrinkles should be gone!
I also use my wrinkle re-leaser to banish static cling, especially on blankets and microfiber sheets in the winter, and to freshen clothing.

So, why not make your own flat-iron-in-a-bottle, wrinkle-re-leaser spray and give it a try?  Tell me what you think!

10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn Rewards Guest Loyalty - New Frequent Fitcher Program

10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn Rewards Loyal Guests 10 Ways through Frequent Fitcher Program

It's our way of saying "Thank you for being our guests over and over again."

Our mission from the very beginning has been to provide an intimate, romantic escape in the Finger Lakes where couples can experience luxury, comfort, beauty, and relaxation in a way that helps them focus on their relationship, re-kindle passion and deepen their love for one another.  Certainly each and every guest who comes for a stay at 10 Fitch is appreciated and valued greatly, no matter how long their stay with us is. Whether 1 night or 10 nights, we love our guests! 

But a few years ago I realized that we had some guests who had stayed with us every year, or nearly every year, and some had stayed multiple times in a year, since we became the owners of 10 Fitch in 2007.  We have gotten to know these guests more personally and are always excited to have them come back, looking forward to finding out what is going on in their lives because they have become like family.  And while we do equally appreciate each guest, these guests have demonstrated loyalty to 10 Fitch that I felt needed to be recognized and rewarded in a special way.  So, the planning began and has been in the works for some time now until finally, last month, 10 Fitch, your romantic escape in the Finger Lakes, rolled out our brand new loyalty program which we have named, "The Frequent Fitcher Program."

"Thank you for being our guests over and over again."
As the name indicates, you become a member of the program by staying at 10 Fitch frequently.  How frequently?  Well, actually you can space that out anyway you like but, initially, you automatically become a member and enter the program once you have stayed 10 paid nights with us.  Depending on the length of your stay that might happen after just one visit but typically most guests enter the program after coming several times. For example, if you come every year in celebration of your wedding anniversary and stay 2 nights each time, you will become a Frequent Fitcher after 5 years.  Of course if you stay at other times during the year, for example Valentines, a birthday, fall leaf peeping, etc. the time that goes by before you become a FF is significantly reduced.

So how exactly do we recognize and reward our most loyal guests? Here are 10 awesome ways-

  1. Each time you accumulate 10 paid nights with us we will send you a FF Voucher for 1 free night in any available suite on any available date.  There are no black-out dates for using the voucher and it never expires until you redeem it.
  2. You receive 2 entry slips in our annual New Years Eve FREE 2 night stay drawing for every paid night of your stay instead of just 1 entry slip.
  3. We will enter you 3 times in the New Years Eve drawing, instead of once, for every referral that leads to a booking
  4. You will find out about exclusive last minute specials before anyone else.
  5. When you stay 2 or more consecutive nights you may choose from the following list of options to enjoy during your stay with our compliments: breakfast served in your suite one morning OR Cheese Fondue & Sparkling Juice OR Dessert Fondue & Sparkling Juice OR Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Sparkling Juice OR Cheese, Fruit & Cracker Plate & Sparkling Juice.
  6. Possible early check-in if available
  7. Possible late check-out if available.
  8. Prior to arrival request your favorite 10 Fitch breakfast to be served during yoru stay.
  9. Enjoy 10% off everything in our gift shop- sheets, robes, mugs, soap & more.
  10. Your gift certificate purchases for others will count as a 1 night stay for you.
Guests know that they have entered the program and become FF's when they receive a welcome letter along with their free night stay voucher in the mail.

The 10 Fitch Frequent Fitcher Program adds tremendous value to your stay at 10 Fitch. We are thrilled to be able to offer it to you and look forward to seeing you during your next stay to Auburn, NY, in the beautiful Finger Lakes.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Auburn, NY - May 1st - May 3rd, Events in the Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

May 1st - First Friday Events - Participating Historical & Cultural Sites & 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!
  • Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - Opening of MakeRooms at the Schweinfurth! Participate in art making in our NEW Clay Studio and NEW Sewing Studio.
  • Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. - Exhibits on view are People Helping People: Celebrating 50 Years of Community Action on the first floor; and Processing the Past: Glass Plate Negatives from Our Collection on the second floor.

May 1st & 2nd - 23rd Annual Wine & Herb FestivalParticipating wineries on the Cayuga Wine Trail. If you have a green thumb, and even if you don't, you definitely don’t want to miss our 23rd Annual Wine & Herb Festival. Build your garden full of fragrant herbs and veggies. You’ll receive a wine glass, a garden plan and a plant carrier at your starting point winery plus potted herb or veggie plants from each of the 17 participating wineries. As you savor herb- prepared cuisine, you’ll be offered a wine that compliments that dish and be able to take home the recipes, so that you can be the highlight at your next get together. You’ll also be offered up to 3 additional wine tastings. At the end of the event, hand in your ticket to be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes!

FRIDAY 1 - 5 PM, the following wineries are participating:
  • King Ferry, 658 Lake Road, King Ferry, Ny
  • Long Point, 1485 Lake Road, Aurora, Ny 
  • Montezuma, 2981 Auburn Road, Seneca Falls, Ny
  • Six Mile Creek, 1551 Slaterville Road, Ithaca, Ny
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, 10 - 6 PM, all 17 wineries are participating. At King Ferry or Long Point wineries only, you can start at 9 AM on Saturday, on Sunday 10:00AM. At the other starting wineries you can start at 10:00AM on both Saturday and Sunday. A Couple ticket receives, 2 wine glasses, 1 herb or veggie per winery, one garden plan and one plant carrier plus wine and food pairings, extra tastings and recipe cards. A Single ticket receives, 1 wine glass, 1 herb or veggie per winery, one garden plan and one plant carrier plus wine and food pairings, extra tastings and recipe cards. Designated Drivers receive everything stated above except they receive a mug instead of a glass. Be sure to buy your tickets early for we have a limited amount per weekend. 800-684-5217

May 1st - Love, Shirley Temple. Movie Costumes, Dolls, and Childhood Memorabilia from Her Personal Archives, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607
Be among the first to view rare memorabilia from the life of American icon Shirley Temple when the Personal Childhood Collection of Shirley Temple display kicks off its nationwide tour at The Strong. The display includes dozens of objects from Temple’s early life and from her years as America’s sweetheart, such as original costumes used in her Hollywood films, dolls from her personal collection, and childhood gifts from other artists and actors spanning her classic years from 1928 to 1941. The display is sponsored by Theriault’s. Included with general museum admission fees.

May 1st - Geneva Concerts Presents Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St, Geneva, NY 14456
7:30 p.m. Pricing : Adult $30 / Senior $25 College Students $10 / K-12 Free
May 1st -  Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum 2015 Season Opening, 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point, NY
The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum opens for its 31st season. Built in 1870, the beautiful, historic lighthouse now houses exhibitions on the history of Sodus Bay, lighthouse keepers tools, and other maritime artifacts. Admission includes access to the lighthouse tower lens room. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $4 Adults; $2 Students K-12.

May 2nd  -  "Kentucky Derby Party" The Inns of Aurora, 391 Main Street Aurora, NY 13026
Watch the race, sip a julep, & come dressed for derby ! 5:00-8:00pm $35/person Reservations please. 315-364-8888.

May 2nd-3rd - Keuka in Bloom, 2375 State Route 14A, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Treat yourself to the best of magnificent Keuka Lake at the height of Spring. A tremendous bargain, every year a sell-out! Each winery will offer samples of world-class vintages and herb-inspired foods. Ticket holders will also receive at each winery one flower and one herb, each in a 4" pot and ready to plant. Tour all seven wineries and return home with fabulous wines, great recipes and the following 16 plants just in time for Spring gardening! Event hours: Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm.

May 2nd - Warbler WalkSterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling. As the weather warms and the tree buds swell the woodland warblers return to their breeding grounds. Many of thse small and very colorful birds are just passing through the Sterling Nature Center while others will stay and nest. Join us for a relaxing walk along the trails in search of the woodland warblers. Free, 1pm. 315-947-6143

May 2ndJulie Budd in “Center Stage”Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E. Lake Rd., Auburn. Julie Budd is considered to be one of the most exciting singers on the scene today. While enjoying a multi-faceted musical career, Julie Budd's credits range from television to film, the New York stage, and symphonies all over the country, along with the most lavish casinos and showrooms everywhere. The New York Times raved with a full 2-page glowing retrospective of Julie's career, declaring Ms. Budd "The Consummate Performer." She began her professional career at the tender age of twelve, after meeting record producer/orchestrator Herb Bernstein. He immediately took Julie under his wing and introduced her to Merv Griffin at a recording session in New York City. After hearing Julie sing, this "Mini Girl with the Maxi Voice" was invited to appear on more than 100 of Merv's Shows. From there Julie went on to appear on The Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight and every major TV show. In the years that followed, Julie co- starred with such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, and Liberace. Tickets $50, 8pm. 315-253-6669

May 2nd - Relay for Life Yard Sale, 116 Clinton Street, Seneca Falls, Ny
All proceeds to benefit American Cancer Society. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have items you would like to donate to the sale, please call Maria at  (315) 568-8067.

May 2nd & 3rd Cinco de Vino - Lake Ontario Wine Trail. Visit participating locations along the Trail to sample fine wines and spirits paired with sangria and salsa. This is a self guided tour. A full list of particpating locations is coming soon- please stay tuned! Check the website:

May 3rd - Glenora Wine Cellars Feast and Fest 2015 SeriesGlenora Wine Cellars 5435 State Route 14, Dundee, NY 14837 
Glenora Wine Cellars’ Retail Team and the talented chefs at Veraisons Restaurant once again present the very popular wine and food pairing series Feast and Fest. Held one Sunday a month from January until April, these events provide a fun afternoon of delicious food, award winning wines and great entertainment. Event times are from 1:00pm-4:00pm at Veraisons Restaurant. Reservations are required and can be made by calling retail at 1-800-243-5513 Ext 415.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Auburn, NY - April 8th - April 26th, Events in the Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

Apr. 8th -  Live MusicOak & Vine at the Springside, 7141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn. Enjoy live music with Colin Aberdeen at 8pm. No cover charge, $10 beer buckets! 315-252-7247

Apr. 8th  - Winemaker Wednesday - Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Winemaker Wednesdays is a limited series of custom winery experiences for those who love to learn about wine, experience it, and talk about it, as much as they love to drink it.  Each participating winery will offer a special event or activity for this unique series. This is an unticketed event that takes place on the second Wednesday of each given month.

Apr. 10th - New York Craft Beer Dinner Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora. Toast the craft brews of NYS with this four course dinner. Reservations required. $60 ++/person, 6pm. 315-364-8888

Apr. 11th - Curator Talk: The Battle of Cherbourg Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn. Collections and Exhibitions Manager, Matthew Mac Vittie, introduces the museum's new Civil War exhibit via discussion of a seascape depicting the sinking of the USS Kearsarge by the CSS Alabama. Reservations required as space is limited. Admission is $5 for general public, $12 for tour & talk, 1pm. 315-252-1283

April 11th - Spring Barrel Tasting: Meet The Winemaker Hosmer Winery 7020 route 89, Ovid, NY 14521. Meet our winemaker, Aaron Roisen and learn more about the process of making Hosmer wine! Sample and compare three vintages of our featured wine including our current vintage, a past vintage and samples of the not released vintage. Additional wines available for tasting. Saturday, April 11th, 12-4pm. Featuring local samples from Chef Williams Creations $5 Tasting Fee. Website:

Apr. 11th - International Tabletop DaySterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling. In honor of International Tabletop Day the Sterling Nature Center is hosting its third Board Game Extravaganza. This program is open to the public and board games will be provided or you can bring your own. This is a great opportunity to have fun with your friends and to try out a game or two you haven't played before all while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Sterling Nature Center. Free and open to the public, 1-4pm. 315-947-6143.

Apr. 11th - New Vintage Days at Swedish Hill Winery -  4565 State Route 414, Romulus, NY 14541. Be one of the first to taste and purchase our new vintages! With the release of these vintages also come special discounts! Come experience how Mother Nature has influenced your favorite wines and find some new wines to fall in love with! Visit prior to the event for a list of wines that will be featured April 11th & 12th at our Finger Lakes tasting room.

Apr. 11th & 12th - Va Va Bloom Garden ShowDickman Farms Greenhouses & Garden Center, 13 Archie St., Auburn. Whether you are just beginning to garden or an experienced gardener....Dickman Farms has a weekend geared to turning your thumb green! Dickman Farms Va Va Bloom Garden Show will be bigger and better than ever! The weekend is filled with fun for the entire family including free seminars with captivating guest speakers, workshops, tours, and fun gardening activities for all ages. Free, 4/11, 9am - 5pm, 4/12, 10am - 5pm. 315-253-3030.

Apr. 12th - Loren and Mark - Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians.  Influenced by Americana, Jazz, Country Western and Classical music, Loren and Marks unique style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and their songs feature Lorens superb vocals with some beautiful harmonies from Mark. Guitar playing like you've never heard before! Tickets $12, 7pm. 315-253-6669

Apr. 12th - Wine and Food Pairing Dinner The Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga. Master Chef Etienne Merle for an extraordinary food and wine pairing dinner.
First Course:
Cured Salmon with Herbs marinated in Extra Virgin Oil and spicy red sauce. Matao Garnacha - Spain
Second Course:
Free Range Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, light cream, mixed greens with spinach & Extra Virgin Oil Cabal Sauvignon Blanc - Argentina
Third Course: 
Petite Salad with M's Cheese Thirty Weight Whitle - New YorkFourth Course
Croquembouche - (stuffed, glazed creampuffs) Green Light Sparkling Wine - New YorkLimited Seating - Reservations Required - 315-889-5184

Apr. 18th  - Genesee Country Museum’s 17th Annual Antiques Show & Sale -1410 Flint Hill Rd. Mumford, NY Select western New York antiques dealers participate in this exceptional indoor show and sale. Browse through an extensive collection of furniture, paintings, militaria, books and ephemera, jewelry, porcelains and glassware. $7 ($1 discount if purchased on line). Preview Party and private shopping night on Friday evening, April 17, 6-8pm ($30/$25 members)

Apr.18th - Opening Weekend at Watkins Glen! - 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Experience the twists and turns of our world-renown road course from the driver's seat of your personal vehicle. Take your car on the track for three paced laps behind an official WGI vehicle for $25 per vehicle, per three laps. Proceeds benefit several local charities.

Apr. 19th  - Spring Wine & Food Pairing - New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaugua, Ny.  Get a taste of spring in the Finger Lakes with fine seasonal local foods paired with New York wines!  Enjoy a lunch-sized portion of three foods that emphasize seasonal ingredients and learn how the flavors change when paired with three different styles of regional wines.  All ability levels welcome to this introduction to wine pairing. 1pm to 2pm.

Apr. 24th-26th - 23rd Annual Wine & Herb Festival -
If you have a green thumb and even if you don't you'll definitely not want to miss our 23rd Annual Wine & Herb Festival. Build your garden full of fragrant herbs and veggies. You will receive a wine glass, a garden plan and a plant carrier at your starting point winery plus potted herb or veggie plants from each winery. As you savor herb-prepared cuisine, sip our fine wines and make sure to take home the recipes so that you can be the highlight at your next get together with these great recipes. Hand in your ticket to be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes from: Corning Museum of Glass, Experience! The Finger Lakes, Geneva on the Lake, Holiday Inn-Finger Lakes,  LaTourelle, S&S Limousine, The Hotel Ithaca, Tuxill House, Water to Wine.  Friday 1pm - 5pm, the following wineries are participating: King Ferry, Long Point, Montezuma, Six Mile Creek.  Saturday and Sunday, 10 - 6 PM, all 17 wineries are participating. At King Ferry or Long Point wineries only, you can start at 9am on Saturday, on Sunday 10am. At the other starting wineries you can start at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday. A Couple ticket receives, 2 wine glasses, 1 herb or veggie per winery, one garden plan and one plant carrier plus wine and food pairings, extra tastings and recipe cards. A Single ticket receives, 1 wine glass, 1 herb or veggie per winery, one garden plan and one plant carrier plus wine and food pairings, extra tastings and recipe cards. Designated Drivers receive everything stated above except they receive a mug instead of a glass. Be sure to buy your tickets early for we have a limited amount per weekend. Packages will be available with accommodations at local hotels in Ithaca, Auburn and Seneca Falls, with transportation and tickets to the event.

Apr. 24th - Johnny Mathis - 885 EAST MAIN STREET, ROCHESTER, NY 14605 - 
An Evening with Johnny Mathis Price: $48 - $103 Run Time: 2 Hours April 24, 2015 Show Time: 8pm Celebrating his 59th year in the music industry, Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records longest-running artist.
A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music eclipses passing fads and trends, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories -- from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.
Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," and "Misty”, Mathis has recorded more than 80 albums and has had 50 hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. During his extensive career he has had 3 songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2003 Mathis was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. On April 24 Mathis comes to Rochester to perform some of his greatest hits and personal favorites. Website:

Apr. 24-26 - Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend - Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Friday, 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are good for 2-1/2 days. Come for one day or the whole event weekend! Celebrate spring on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail with the classic pairing of wine and cheese! Co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, each participating winery will offer a cheese-themed dish to pair with fine regional wines. Ticket-holders will receive a gift at your chosen starting winery and can collect recipes along the way.

Apr. 26th - Lecrae Anomaly Tour - 885 EAST MAIN STREET, ROCHESTER, NY 14605
Featuring Andy Mineo DJ Promote April 26, 2015 @ 7:00pm Price: $21.00 for Groups of 10+ ( $26.00 Advance Tickets $46.00 Deluxe Tickets which include early entry and a Q&A with Andy Mineo! $100 VIP Anomaly Experience which includes a catered buffet-style light dinner, VIP Anomaly souvenir merchandise item, early entry, souvenir laminated pass and a personal appearance and message by Lecrae!
What began as a way to reach the youth in a nearby juvenile detention center, through hip-hop, eventually became chart topping success for Lecrae as a critically acclaimed rapper, with over 1.8 million collective album sales. In the past two years, Lecrae has released 3 genre-redefining projects. He dropped his first mixtape in 2012, Church Clothes, hosted by Don Canon, which went double platinum on Datpiff, garnering over 500,000 downloads and debuting #10 on iTunes as an EP.
Following that, in probably what was a major upset in Gospel music, Lecrae made history as the first hip-hop artist to win a GRAMMY® award in the Best Gospel Album category for his sixth studio album Gravity. Gravity debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Rap Charts, and #1 Independent with over 73K units sold during its first week. The album featured key production from GRAMMY® award winning producers DJ Khalil and Heat Academy. He also celebrated video premieres of his singles "Mayday," "Fakin'," and “Confessions” on BET and MTV. Along with the biggest win of his career, Lecrae was also nominated for a Billboard Award, BET Award and Soul Train Award, and won a Dove Award. Lecrae closed out an incredible 2013 on several major tours, including Rock the Bells, and put out his second mixtape, Church Clothes 2, which has sold over 40K units after being downloaded over 150,000 times.