Friday, January 29, 2016

10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn - February Finger Lakes Romantic Getaway Specials

Valentines Day is just around the corner!  This year it falls on a Sunday but Monday is Presidents Day so it makes for a nice long holiday weekend.  Can't get away that weekend?  Not to worry!  We celebrate this romantic day of love all month long here at 10 Fitch located in New York's beautiful Finger Lakes wine country, so if you need a little break after the holiday frenzy, February is definitely a great time to come stay with us.  You know that one of the best ways that you can improve your relationship is by spending quality time together. To help you plan your romantic escape, totally hassle free, we've created some very special romantic packages, which we are offering for the month of February only.

1. Sweetheart of a Deal Package -

For the ultimate romantic experience, and for a very limited time, you can save BIG, up to $425 off the retail price, with this all inclusive, 2 night stay, romantic, indulgent package for two! 

On the day of your arrival imagine entering your suite to find a dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries & sparkling juice to share. After you're all settled in, our licensed massage therapists will arrive to spoil you both with a 60 minute couples Swedish massage right in privacy of your suite.  Later you can enjoy dinner at one of the many nearby and excellent and restaurants before returning to 10 Fitch where you'll find romantic music playing, your bedroom illuminated with flickering candlelight, silk rose petals strew on your bed, a box of chocolates and a goodie bag filled with fun romantic items to enjoy during your stay and take home to enjoy later.

The next day enjoy a gourmet breakfast in your room before your driver picks you up and takes you out on a private 6 hour tour of the Cayuga Wine Trail region. Bring your Vino Visa coupon book and enjoy discounts and free tastings at participating wineries.

After a day of exploring you can return to 10 Fitch and relax in your suite.  At the appointed time we will deliver to you a charming rattan picnic basket filled with a bottle of sparkling juice, cheese & crackers, fresh fruit, grilled panini sandwiches, chips, and homemade soup, all the fixings for a romantic in-suite picnic, especially nice in front of your fireplace. After dinner we will return with your warm sweetheart brownie and vanilla ice cream, dessert to share, how romantic!  The rest of the evening is yours to relax and enjoy each other!

You will enjoy breakfast in the dining room before checking out and you will take home two 10 Fitch mugs as a keepsake so you can remember your stay each time you drink from them. Plus we will give you a $50 Gift Certificate to use on a future stay or give away as a gift! Now THAT is one big sweetheart of a deal!

This package may not be combined with any other special, discount, or offer. 

The Sweetheart Of A Deal Package includes all of the following-

  • Any available Suite for just $199 per night, 2 night minimum required - (excludes Valentines Weekend) 
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Sparkling Juice
  • A Dozen Roses
  • Candle light, rose petal & chocolate turn down service
  • Private in suite couples massage
  • Romantic en-suite picnic dinner
  • 6 hour winery / sightseeing tour of Finger Lakes Region
  • BONUS: Vino Visa Coupon Book to use on wine trail
  • Romantic & Fun Goodie Bag 
  • Box of Chocolates
  • Two 10 Fitch Logo Mugs
  • gratuity for Massage therapists
  • gratuity for winery tour driver
  • BONUS: $50 Future Stay Gift Certificate 
To check availability or book this package CLICK HERE

2. Truly, Madly, Deeply In Love Package

Save $66 off the regular price PLUS an *additional 10% off the regular room rate on a 2 night minimum stay, with this limited time special!

Celebrate your deep and abiding love for each other here at 10 Fitch with this romantic add on package, available only for the month of February. It's the perfect way to treat the love of your life to a special and unforgettable romantic escape in one of our three suites, each with cozy fireplaces to snuggle up in front of, the most comfortable beds dressed in amazing linens and luxurious, private baths.

The Truly, Madly Deeply Package includes all of the following:

  • A Dozen Red Roses
  • Candlelight, rose petal & chocolate turn down service
  • Breakfast in-suite one morning
  • In-suite 60 minute Swedish couples massage
  • Cheese plate & sparkling juice
  • Box of chocolates
  • Romantic Goodie Bag
  • Gratuity for massage therapists
  • 10% discount off your room rate
Room cost & taxes are additional

To check availability or book this package CLICK HERE

Monday, January 25, 2016

Auburn, NY - February 1st - February 29th, Events in the Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn is the place to be in February! Our specialty is love & romance, as is February in the Finger Lakes. We would love to pamper and take care of you and your special someone. 

Here are some events we found going on around 10 Fitch for the month of February:

Feb. 3rd - Movies at The Mack : Bringing Up Baby, Theater Mack, 203 Genesee St, Auburn, NY.  Theater Mack Presents Movies at the Mack. First Showing at 2:00 PM & Second Showing at 7:00 PM. $3 Admission. Showing Bringing Up Baby (1938) Directed by Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant. Call 315-253-8051 for more info or visit

Feb. 11th - 21stSyracuse Winterfest 2016, Syracuse NY
From the center of downtown Syracuse to surrounding areas throughout Onondaga County, everyone joins in the celebration. Kids will be kids, even when they’re middle-aged. And there are no age limits when it comes to enjoying the displays, entertainment, games and culinary delights created by hundreds of hands. What a Party!
With more than 100,000 people attending dozens of indoor and outdoor events, parties, cook-offs, various competitions plus an abundance of other activities, Syracuse Winterfest draws the second largest audience in all of Central New York. Lucky Us! It was 32 years ago when winter in Central New York was not such a wonderful time. We still have the snow, the ice, and the cold, but now that Winterfest is here, you can delay your southern vacations to enjoy the celebration.

Feb. 11th - Feb. 21st - The Post Standard Treasure Hunt! The 29th annual Treasure Hunt, presented by The Post-Standard and, begins Thursday, Feb. 11th and ends when the medallion is found or at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21st. if it’s not found. A 1.5-inch plastic medallion is hidden somewhere in Onondaga County. Follow the daily clues in The Post-Standard, ePost-Standard, and Twitter @syracusedotcom. Join the conversation at #PStreasurehunt.
Find the medallion and you’ll win $1,000. Double that to $2,000 if you’re a home-delivered subscriber. See The Post-Standard, ePost-Standard and for complete contest rules. Call (315) 676-2496 for more information!

Feb. 13th - Starry, Starry Night Wine Dinner, Vineyard Restaurant at Knapp Winery, 2770 County Road 128, Romulus, NY. Twinkle lights and flickering candles- just a couple of nuances to set the tone for a very special Valentine Dinner for your Valentine. Our chef promises to create a special dinner made for family, friends or your special someone in mind and he guarantees a better idea than roses and chocolate. 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. Please purchase your tickets on line to reserve your spot. $74.90 pp, includes tax and gratuity. Call 1-800-869-9271 for more information.

Feb. 13th - Sweetheart Snowshoe and Bird Friendly Chocolate Tasting, 2295 Route 89, Savannah, NY. Love is in the air this Valentine's Day. Bring your sweetheart, friend, neighbor and family for an adventure to explore Montezuma's winter wonderland. Sample delicious bird friendly chocolates and discover how these sweet treats protect important wintering warbler habitats. Fees apply. 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm. Call (315) 365-3580 for more information.

Feb. 14th - Special Valentine’s Day Sunday Tour and Shore Package, The BoatYard Grill, 525 Old Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY. Join us for a special Tour and Dinner package, featuring our Seneca Vinifera tour featuring wines paired with chocolate, followed by a Valentine's Day dinner at The Boatyard Grill. Together, Experience! The Finger Lakes and The Boatyard Grill are offering a Sunday Tour and Shore Package! Enjoy one of Experience! The Finger Lakes half-day wine tours on either Cayuga or Seneca Lake followed by dinner at The Boatyard Grill. Tour departs at 12pm right from The Boatyard Grill and returns by 5:30, just in time for a dinner and a sunset. Guests will receive a welcome local wine or beer upon arrival for dinner. Includes: - One seat on a half-day experience,  $30 gift card towards dinner that evening. - Welcome glass of local wine or beer upon arrival for dinner after your tour. Price: $125.00 per person. This price includes the above and the transportation, tasting fees, added services, and special food pairings. This price is associated with our public tours which require a minimum of 5 guests. Alternate pricing and touring options are available for tours that do not meet this minimum. Website :

Feb. 14th - Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale, 5857 Ny-96 Farmington, NY. Here is a perfect antidote for cabin fever: On Sunday, February 14, 2016 the 17th annual Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale will be held at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. There will be over 40 quality antique dealers displaying their wares. Wares typically include country and period furniture, clocks, lamps and lighting fixtures, jewelry, postcards, paintings and books, linens, and all kinds of antique accessories. 9 am - 4 pm. Admission: $6.

Feb. 16th - Winter Bird’s Nest, Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenvolt Rd, Sterling, NY. Now that the leave are off the trees it is easier to find them and you might be surprised at how close they are to the trials you hiked this summer. Come out to the Sterling Nature Center for a winter birds' nest walk and discover their not so hidden secret nesting spots and learn how to identify the bird from the nest.
FREE and open to the public. Call 315-947-6143 for more information or visit

Feb. 17th - Snowshoe Hike, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling, NY. Come to the Sterling Nature Center
and explore the winter landscape on our new snowshoes. Learn how to navigate safely while wearing snowshoes and venture out into the winter world to observe signs of wildlife. If there isn’t enough snow for snowshoe we will still go for a winter hike to explore the fields and forests of the nature center. The programs are free and open to the public; please remember to dress for the weather; snowshoes will be available if needed. 1pm-3pm. Admission: Free. Call (315) 947-6143 for more information.

Feb. 19th - Feb. 21st - Chocolate and Wine, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, 2 N. Franklin St. #320, Watkins Glen, NY. Enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake. Pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling chocolates, or foods prepared with chocolate, creatively paired with wine. Over the 2-1/2 day event, visit 30 unique participating wineries and enjoy a weekend of fun and relaxation. And with the event's proximity to Valentine's Day, spending the weekend with a loved one, sampling wine and eating an diverse variety of chocolate and chocolate-themed dishes, there is no better way to your love for each other than by enjoying this weekend-long event, together. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person. Use discount code FLTA when purchasing your ticket to receive $5 off! (Discount codes may not be combined with any other offers. Only valid for online ticket purchases. Discount valid for ticketed events, not Trail Passports. Tickets purchased without a discount code cannot be retroactively discounted later. Restrictions and exclusions may apply.

Feb. 20th - Feb. 21st - Cayuga Wine Trail’s 14th Annual Mardi Gras, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Travel winery to winery to sample their Mardi Gras-inspired dish and sip their fine wines. You'll also take home a recipe card featuring that dish, beads and a chance to win a prize at each winery!
Figure out the clues or riddles in a 16 clue scavenger hunt for a chance to win a case of fine wines from the Trail. Saturday 10-5pm, ALL 16 wineries are participating. Sunday 10-5pm, ALL 16 wineries are participating. Tickets $15 and up. Call 800-684-5217 or visit

Feb. 27th - Walking in a Winter Wineryland, 5986 State Route 89, Romulus, NY. Join us as we host the Montezuma Audubon Center for a guided snowshoe trek through the wood and vineyards, led by an Audubon naturalist. Come in and warm up with a wine and cheese pairing, then meet some owls and hawks up close with KrittrKris and Feathered Friends. $35/per person includes snowshoe rental and wine/cheese tasting ($30 without rental). Rain or shine (will become a hike if no snow). Pre-paid reservations are required - (315) 365-3588, or Website:

Friday, January 22, 2016

10 Fitch InnSider Secret - How To Create An Amazing Sleep Experience - Part 1

Creating An Ahhhmazing Sleep Experience Part 1


Innsider Secret - Your Mattress Pad Matters 

It's that time of year when I am bogged down with trying to enter a years worth of Quickbooks data to get ready for tax time.  It happens every year!  My intentions are always to take the time at the beginning of the month to put everything into QB from the previous month but it never happens because..... LIFE happens! LOL  So, here I am at the end of the year scrambling again.
"A mattress pad is one of those things that our guests never see and probably don't think about when they come here but it's extremely important part of their whole sleep experience during their stay."

The other night, after spending several hours in Quickbooks, I got in my PJ's and settled down on the couch to watch a few minutes of TV as I unwound before going to bed. It was right around mid-night. I was flipping through the channels and saw that HSN was getting ready to reveal their "Todays Special Value" so, out of curiosity (uh oh) I paused to see what it was and boy am I glad I did! They have a line of exclusive bedding called the Concierge Collection and they were offering these amazing, super thick, zip-off-top mattress pads, any size, for just under $65! I was so excited! I ran back to the computer and spent the next 20 minutes or so placing my order, 2 pads for each of the guest room beds and 1 for both beds in our quarters on 3rd floor. You are probably thinking, "Really Cheryl? it's a mattress pad! Whoopty-doo!" right?  But these were not just mattress pads!

I can't tell you how many mattress pads we have purchased in the 8 years that we have owned 10 Fitch.  A Lot! A mattress pad is one of those things that our guests never see and probably don't think about when they come here but it's extremely important part of their whole sleep experience during their stay.  It has to be fresh and clean for every guest and it needs to be super plush and cloud-like and must also protect our expensive, luxurious mattresses.  But even expensive pads have been a disappointment to me because they have failed to hold up to even routine wear and wear.  Many of them literally have fallen apart after just a few washing's.  Or they stay together but the filling migrates bunches up making the pad lumpy, bumpy and very uncomfortable.  Or they just did not protect our mattresses from spills and stains they way they should have.  So when I saw THESE pads on HSN I was seriously excited.  The 4 inch super fluffy top is guaranteed not to shift or bunch up or fall apart in the washer and dryer.  It's made up of 2 layers, picture 2 slices of bread - the bottom slice (bottom 2 inches of the top) is attached to a cover that can accommodate mattresses up to 20" thick.

Now here's the cool part.  The top slice (top 2 inches) unzips from the bottom slice so you don't have to remove the whole pad from the bed to wash it.  You just unzip the top and throw that part in the washer! OMGoodness!  Ingenious I tell you! Listen, if it still doesn't sound exciting to you then maybe you should watch the demo that I watched.  Here's the recorded live demo.  They are no longer at the Special Value price but as of today, January 22, 2016, they are selling for $69.95 

UPDATE: 6.14.16 - Here is a direct link to purchase these mattress pads.  Unfortunately, they are now $89 but they are still worth it!

I am not affiliated with HSN or their Concierge Collection in any way and am not receiving any compensation for sharing this information with you, I just think that in theory, it's the best mattress pad I've ever seen and if it lives up to the demo then I am going to be one happy innkeeper.  They are on their way and I will let you know in a future blog post how we like them once they are on the beds.

"Did you know that one of the biggest triggers for night time allergies and asthma is dust mites?"

So now that I have gone on and on about my purchase I'll tell you why I decided to share this with you.  It's because I believe that a good quality,  thick, fluffy mattress pad is one of several key elements to having an ahhhmazing sleep experience.  That's exactly what we want every single guest to have when they come and stay here at 10 Fitch and in fact, we hear from our guests frequently that they did indeed have their best nights sleep ever, or in a very long time, while they were here. There are many things that we have implemented over the years to help provide that for our guests and I was thinking that I could share this knowledge with you so you can have a better nights sleep at home.

But why is a mattress pad so important you ask?  Besides adding a layer of cushiony softness mattress pads -
  1. Protect your mattress warranty
  2. Keep your mattress clean & dry (moisture in a mattress is not a good thing, not good at all.)
  3. Prolongs the life and comfort of your mattress  
  4. Help keep night time allergies in check
Did you know that one of the biggest triggers for night time allergies and asthma is dust mites?  * WARNING * I'm about to totally creep you out.  Ready? These tiny, microscopic bugs live in your mattress where they feed off skin cells that are shed every night. I know!  Gross right? So because you can't wash your mattress, you need a barrier between you and where these critters live that can be removed and easily washed.  In my book this is the numbero uno reason your mattress pad matters.

In the January 2016 newsletter I listed for our subscribers everything that makes up our "comfort cloud" beds here at the inn and give suggestions so that they can re-create the same sleep experience at home.  If you are not already subscribed to the newsletter you might want to sign up for it.  There's a place to do that right on the right hand side of the blog.