Monday, September 28, 2015

Auburn, NY - October 1st - 11th, Events in the Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

"Fall in the Finger Lakes" rolls off the tongue as beautifully as it catches the eye. The lakes act as giant mirrors, reflecting the reds and yellows of the surrounding foliage, doubling the vibrant colors the season has to offer. Come see the beauty at and around 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn.

New York State Fall Foliage Report -  Check out the latest report and color progression map for the current best leaf peeping!

Every Saturday & Sunday Night through the end of October - Fairground Frights, NYS Fairground Frights, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY. Syracuse in the Finger Lakes has many options for travelers looking to celebrate Halloween. The Haunted Hayride, the Circus of Horror, the Crypt, Frankenstein’s Mansion and the Insane Asylum are all open to thrill seekers! All events are recommended for travelers nine and above. Rates start at $8 and vary based on attraction, but a ticket to all attractions can be purchased for $20. Website:

Every Saturday from October 1st through November 28th - Finger Lakes Distilling Saturday Tours, Finger Lakes Distilling, 4676 NYS Route 414, Burdett, NY. We now offer a Saturday morning tour of our facilities at 11 a.m. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and consists of a brief introductory video, a walking tour of the distillery, a sampling of three spirits, and a complimentary Finger Lakes Distilling glass. The focus of the tour will be on the production of McKenzie Whiskeys – grain handling, processing, fermenting, distilling, and barrel aging – though other spirits will be covered, as well. The tours will run every Saturday from October 1st through November 28, 2015, and costs $18 per person. Call (607) 546-5510 for more information.

Oct. 3rd & Oct. 4th - Skaneateles Fall Fest, Skaneateles, NY.
Saturday: 11 AM – 4 PM. “Fall in Love with Art” open house at 14 artist studios in and around Skaneateles. Another eight artists will display their work at Loft 42 and Imagine, while student works will be on view at Skaneateles High School.” Tickets available for this self-guided tour at Skaneateles Chamber, Imagine & Gallery 54, Cost: $25/person. An artist reception will be held from 5:30 – 7 pm October 3 at Loft 42, Cost: $50/person
Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM Build your own Scarecrow in Clift Park. In case of rain event will be held at the Skaneateles Y. Tickets $10 per scarecrow available at Skaneateles Chamber and Skaneateles Y. Proceeds benefit Skaneateles YMCA.
Saturday:  Noon – 4 PM. Horse & Wagon Rides departing from the Sherwood Inn.
Sunday: BRUNCH: 8 AM – Noon Bountiful Homegrown Brunch. A delicious pancake brunch featuring locally sourced ingredients and specialty dishes by Chef Joelle Mollinger of Joelle’s French Bistro. Tickets: $9/adults; $6/children. Free for ages 4 and under. Advance sale tickets are available online at Rain or Shine. Free parking. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Sunday: 1 – 6 PM Local musicians, food, raffles, games, face painting, animals and more. Dog friendly. Fun for people of all ages Amberations, 2223 Amber Rd. Marietta.
Sherwood Inn Fall Fest: Noon – 5 PM on the west lawn. Food, live music & beverages. (315) 685-3405.

Oct. 2nd - October 4th - Apple Harvest Festival, Downtown Ithaca, NY.  Ithaca's premier event of the Fall, Apple Harvest Festival is a three day celebration of food, fun, and apples! The 33rd Anniversary of the Great Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival set to take place on Friday October 2nd (12pm-6pm), Saturday October 3rd (10am-6pm) and Sunday October 4th (10am-6pm). The 2015 Apple Harvest Festival holds plenty of apple’s, local produce, fresh baked goods, family entertainment at every turn, games, rides, prizes and live performances on two stages. First time visitors can witness a variety of wonderful local entertainment while also visiting the historical outdoor pedestrian shopping mall, The Ithaca Commons. The pedestrian mall is the epicenter of the festival and the gateway to a nostalgic journey to harvest season fun. Over 100 vendors will be selling unique apple varieties, hot apple cider donuts, kettle corn, local farm fresh baked goods and a multitude of around the world specialties. Wineries and cideries have regional beverages available for tasting and purchase.  Looking for quality goods, visit 50 different handcrafting artisans along Cayuga Street at the fall craft show which includes jewelry, ceramics, home decor, body care, specialty gifts, unique sculpture, clothing and so much more. Website:!

Oct. 3rd-Oct. 4th - Pumpkin Chunkin' at Varick Winery, 5102 State Route 89, Romulus, NY.
Release your tensions by hurling pumpkins. How good is your aim? We dare you to try to hit the target! Guess the weight of Varick Winery's giant home-grown pumpkin and win a prize. 9:30am-6:00pm. $4.00 to sample six wines, fare is complimentary. Website:

Oct. 4th - Tunes in the Tent @ Heron Hill Winery, 9301 County Rt. 76, Hammondsport, NY.
Music by Crosseyed Cat Band! Sip, eat, relax & enjoy live music in the tent overlooking beautiful Keuka Lake! Casual food prepared by Blue Heron Cafe will be available to purchase in the tent...only with Heron Hill wines and NY craft beer. Free admission, 12:30 pm to 5:30pm. Check out their website, for more information,

Oct. 9th - Keuka Brewing Brewmaster Dinner, 800 South Main Street Canandaigua NY. Celebrate the fall season in New York State with Keuka Brewing Co. in our latest Brewmaster Dinner Series! Located in Hammondsport, NY, Keuka Brewing prides themselves on producing small batches of great beer. For this one-of-a-kind dinner, enjoy creative dishes developed by NYWCC chefs, while Keuka Brewing representatives walk you through each course with a perfectly paired brew! Website:

October 9th - 12th - 18th Annual Apple Tasting Tour, Wayne County. As the largest apple-producing county in New York State – Wayne County Tourism is partnering with 12 farms, farm markets, wineries, and a distillery in the area to host the tour, which includes “Tasting Weekend” on Oct. 9-12 (Columbus Day Weekend). Apple Tasting Tour activities include U-Pick Apples, Wine/Spirits/Hard Cider Tastings, Apple Tastings, and Kids Activities (hay rides & playgrounds, petting zoos, crafts, etc.) For more information call 800-527-6510 or go to Apple Tasting Tour.

Oct. 10th - Festival of Ales, Honeoye Falls Fireman’s Field located at 270 Monroe St., Honeoye Falls, NY. The Annual Autumn Festival of Ales featuring craft beer, live entertainment and a chili cook-off to benefit Mercy Flight. Over 3,000 beer lovers will travel to Honeoye Falls to sample over 30 craft beers brewed by CB Craft Brewers. Beers include CB year round brands and private label beers brewed for restaurants and bars throughout WNY. Several food vendors will be on hand as well. Festival hours are 1pm-5pm. For more information call 585-624-4386 or Tickets are $35 (advanced) and $45 (at the gate).

Oct. 10th - Oct. 11th  - Southern Tier Outdoor Show, Wilkins RV, 7520 State Rte. 415, Bath, NY. For $5 an entire family can enjoy exhibitors, demonstrations, wildlife shows and professional seminars. There will be interactive activities such as bowhunting, retriever contest, chili cookoff, youth fishing derby, hunting simulator, as well as food, shows and seminars! Call (607)-664-2300, or check out their website,

Oct. 11th - Fiddlers of the Genesee, 151 S. Main Street, Naples, NY. 2:00 pm at Bristol Valley
Theater - Toes will tap and feet will stomp as this roots music entourage returns to the BVT stage! With a repertoire that runs from reels, jigs, and hornpipes to waltzes, western swing and bluegrass, the Fiddlers (and guitar, banjo, mandolin, and hammered dulcimer players!) shed a whole new light on old-time music. Tickets prices: $15 for adults; $10 for ages 12-18; $5 for under 12. Website:

Oct. 11th - Chef’s Table-Family Style, New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY. Join us at The Center for a great family meal! Come create a perfect Sunday dining experience under the professional guidance of our Chef Instructor. Learn strong culinary fundamentals as you slice, dice, saute, and roast your way to a delightful dinner that will be shared with your group. Bring the kids - leave the cleanup to us! We recommend children ages 12 and up join us. 5pm to 7:30pm. Instructor: Jeffory McLean. Location: Hands on kitchen. Menu: Chicken Wellington, Pesto Macaroni & Cheese, Glazed Carrots , & Apple Tart Tatin. Price: $50.00. Class: Registration Open. Website :

Oct. 11th - Oct. 26th - Haunted History Tours of Auburn Seward House Museum, 3 South Street, Auburn, NY. Costumed guides take guests around Auburn’s Historic District, sharing macabre tales of Victorian funeral practices, the assassination attempt on Mr. Seward, the spectral sightings of Seward family pets, and the mysterious incident of Anthony Schimer’s gold. Adult tickets run $10 while children under 12 are $8. October 24, 25, and 26 at 6:00 and 7:00 PM – please call (315)252-1283 for more information and to make reservations for specific date & time.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

10 Fitch InnSider Secret - Easily Core A Whole Apple With A Melon Baller And Make Stuffed Baked Apples

Yay! It's Autumn! Time for all those delicious apple and pumpkin recipes right?  

Have you ever made stuffed baked apples?  They are so delicious and really very easy to make but one thing you have to do is take the core out of the apple while keeping the bottom of the apple in tact so that whatever you stuff it with stays inside.

I'll share a little video with you later that will show you exactly how we core our apples here at 10 Fitch when we are baking up a bunch of them for the first course at breakfast. You can fill your apples with anything really.  I like to use granola and cheese. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Auburn, NY - Sept. 14th - Sept. 30th, Events in the Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

September is bittersweet, as we savor the warm days and cool nights of summer’s end and welcome the excitement and joy of fall in the Finger Lakes! Come and celebrate another spectacular season of bountiful harvest in New York's wine and apple country! 

Beak and Skiff Apple Farm and Country Store, 2708 Lords Hill Road (Rte. 80, LaFayette, NY.       For a family-friendly apple adventure, head to Lafayette, New York, to take a tractor ride to the orchards for prime picking of the season's best Empires, Northern Spies, Red Delicious, or McIntosh varieties.  Visit the farm's country store, wander the corn maze, or sample apple wines, cider, and apple vodka at the nearby Beak and Skiff Winery.

Red Jacket Orchards, 957 NY-5, Geneva, NY
One of the oldest orchards in the region, Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva, New York, was originally planted in 1917 and has grown for the last 50 years under the management of the Nicholson Family.  Located along the rolling hills of Seneca Lake, the orchard and juice company is certified by Food Alliance as a sustainable producer.  Offering some of the region's finest fresh fruits and juices, the Nicholsons are committed to using environmentally-friendly practices, such as Integrated Pest Management, to produce quality products while protecting their fertile land.

Sept. 14th - Violinist Fritz Gearhart, Hockett Family Recital Hall,  Ithaca College,  953 Danby Rd.,  Ithaca, NY. This event is free and open to the public. It features professional violinist Fritz Gearhart. Violinist Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie six times since 1998. Gearhart has been heard frequently on National Public Radio including several live broadcast performances. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Music.

Sept. 15th - Sept. 30th - The Calamari Sisters' Big, Fat, Italian WeddingMerry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn, NY 13021. Present day. A Kitchen. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
When the Calamari sisters bulldozed upon the musical comedy scene, who knew that three years later, one of them would be tying the knot? Or will they? There's nothing like an arranged Italian wedding to bring out the crazy relatives, wacky missteps and of course, food, food, food! Join Delphine and Carmela as they sing, dance, laugh and cook their way through such favorites as "Chapel of Love," "Love and Marriage," "Get Me To The Church On Time" and "River Deep, Mountain High." RSVP for your seat to the wedding! Audience: Anyone who has worn a hideous bridesmaid's dress, or squeezed into a tux or done the Chicken Dance. Rated PG-13. Call the box office for ticket prices & times at 1-800-457-8897.

Sept. 16th - Candlelight Dinner and Ghost Tour, 111 South Main Street, Naples, NY. Have a family-style dinner at the Naples Hotel and a talk with innkeeper Dominick Gallo. After dinner, enjoy a ghost tour of the entire hotel. Dominick has experienced numerous ghostly events, and as you tour the hotel he will be there to validate the spooky happenings that occur every day! 4pm-9pm. The cost of dinner and tour is about $35. Dinners will be schedule for Wednesday nights in the fall. Call hotel for more information at (585) 374-5630.

Sept. 18th & Sept. 25th - Food & Wine Experience at Fox Run Vineyards, Fox Run Vineyards
670 South Route 14, Penn Yan, NY. Guests will be welcomed by a dedicated staff member for a personalized experience around the Fox Run Vineyards estate. Begin with a 45 minute walking tour of the vineyards and winery followed by a light lunch served in the historic barrel room featuring a selection of local products. Lunch is accompanied by a flight of six Fox Run wines including a dessert wine served with something sweet. Each guest will receive a souvenir Fox Run logo glass. Reservations can be made at least 24 hours in advance online, or by calling 315-536-4616. The cost is $40 per person plus tax

Sept. 18th - Harvest Music Festival
Downtown Corning, NY. Gaffer District and Elmira Savings Bank invite you to the 20th annual Harvest Music Festival. Join us for Finger Lakes wine and beer tastings, two days of live music, food and fun for the whole family! Website:

Sept. 19th- Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant, Chef's Signature Wine Dinner, 2770 Ernsberger Rd. Romulus, NY.  This dinner, scheduled during the height of harvest promises to be a gastronomical experience not to miss, as the chef works with local products to create flavors of the Finger Lakes that all of us will enjoy. This five course dinner will be paired beautifully with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Chateau LaFayette Reneau Wine Cellars, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. 6:30PM - 10:00PM Tickets $74.90, visit website to purchase,

Sept. 19th - The Best of Seneca West Wine Tour
The western shores of Seneca Lake are home to some of the most well-respected wine-makers in the Finger Lakes. On this tour, you will learn their stories and taste the outcome of their commitment and passion to their craft. Our first stop is Kemmeter Winery, the boutique winery of Johannes Rienhardt.
After lunch, we make our way up the road to Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards, where we will enjoy a private tasting in the winery. Wiemer is considered one of the top Riesling producers in the United States, and was recognized by Wine & Spirits Magazine as one of the top 100 American wineries for 2014. Our final stop of the day is Red Tail Ridge Winery. Red Tail Ridge is recognized by the New York Times, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast as one of the best producers in the region.
Price: $145.00 per person. This price includes the transportation, tasting fees, added services, lunch, and special food pairings. This price is associated with a 5 person total guest count. Alternate pricing and touring options are available for tours that do not meet this minimum. Departure Locations: (This tour runs from 10:30 am-4:30 pm) Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 Geneva on the Lake, 1001 Lochland Rd (Rte 14), Geneva NY 14456 Belhurst Castle, 4069 Westlake Rd., Geneva NY 14456 To book this tour visit: call Experience! The Finger Lakes at (607)-233-4818, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.

Sept. 19th - Early Fall Foliage Festival at Buttonwood Grove, 5986 State Rte. 89, Romulus, NY. 1:00 – 5:00 PM - Join us for our annual Early Fall Foliage Festival and sit back and enjoy the music of Phil Dumond. A native of Watertown, N.Y,  Phil has been playing small concert venues and showcases for close to 30 years, opening for such acts as Buffalo Springfield, Benny Mardonis, George Jones and Willy Nelson. Using a looping system Phil’s rhythm’s and layering adds a complex texture to his music. Close your eyes and you will swear there’s more than a solo act going on! We’ll have food, vendors, wine pairings, wine slushies, and more! No cover charge. Website:

Sept. 19th - Through the Tasting Glass: The Wondrous Wines of Keuka Lake
Keuka Lake…where wine making first began in the region over 150 years ago. It is the birthplace of the Finger Lakes wine industry and the home of wine innovation ever since. This tour celebrates the wineries on Keuka who made history all those years ago, and those who continue to make history with some of the most talked about wines in the region. The tour begins in the village square in the heart of Hammondsport. Learn about the birth of the Finger Lakes grape and wine industry as we make our way to Pleasant Valley Wine Company, the first bonded winery in the United States. We will tour their historic winery, see the champagne caves from the late 1800’s, and learning how the winery grew to become Taylor Wine Company. We will then head back into the village of Hammondsport to enjoy a wine-pairing lunch at Luna Mezza Grille featuring local finger lakes wines. After lunch, the tour continues at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Wine Cellars, the igniter of the Vinifera wine revolution in the Finger Lakes. Visit Chateau Frank, their family’s sparking wine facility.
The tour culminates with a private tasting at Heron Hill Winery, where we will feature vineyard-specific vintages of rieslings, cabernets and other Finger Lakes varietals that are defining our region in the 21st century. To book this tour visit or call Experience! The Finger Lakes at 607-233-4818, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.
This tour is only available for private parties upon request, beginning May 24 and ending November 29th. A minimum of 5 guests is required to run this tour, a maximum of 13 can be accommodated. Please call 607-233-4818 if you are interested in this tour for your party. Website:

September 20th - Lucas Vineyards 18th Annual German Festival, 3862 County Road 150, Interlaken NY, 14847. Live Music by The Enzian Bavarian Band and Dancers, Grape Stomping, Grape Pies, German Food,Alphorn and Polka Contests, Balloon Art and Costumes with highlight the Festival. Lucas Vineyard’s Award Winning Rieslings and Gew├╝rztraminer will be featured. This event is fun for the whole family. Rain or Shine (under the tents). From 12:30 to 4:30pm, $5 cover charge, Free parking.
Sept. 26th - Rose Hill Food & Wines,  3373 Route 96A, Geneva, NY. 
As the sun begins to set over Seneca Lake, enjoy the tastes of autumn, with hors d’oeuvres and wine provided by area restaurants and wineries. The event will also include a raffle of many items and services donated by local businesses. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased through the Geneva Historical Society. For tickets or more information call 315-789-5151. Proceeds from the event support the historical society. Website:

Sept. 28th - Rupert's Table - New Orleans Creole, 431 Main Street, Aurora, NY.
Join Chef Rupert for a three-course New Orleans Creole inspired meal at the Inns of Aurora, E.B. Morgan House. Package includes dinner, overnight accommodations and homemade breakfast in the morning. $400 per couple. Website:

Sept. 30th - Fall Garden Mixer: Celebrate NYS Cider,
800 S Main Street, Canandaigua NY. We're continuing our popular Summer Garden Mixers and adding one more to the calendar for fall. Join us in our Garden Tent to celebrate the beautiful autumn season in New York State that provides for our fastly growing cider and hard cider industry! Cideries from across New York State will showcase their prized ciders, along with other fall-friendly beverages for you to sample. The NYWCC Culinary Team will prepare light bites incorporating incredible local bounty. Bring your friends and kick off cider season with us! 6:00-8:00pm, $10 per person. Website: