10 Fitch in a Nutshell:
On a quiet street in Auburn, New York, 10 Fitch is a welcoming B&B that is lovingly cared for; guests will receive the same attention. Cheryl Barber, with her mother Sally’s assistance, runs 10 Fitch. There are mom’s homemade chocolate cookies, coffee and tea, bottled water and sodas, health bar snacks and chocolates, terry robes and, at night, on bed pillows, the next day’s weather forecast.
Guest Rooms at 10 Fitch:
10 Fitch has three suites, each with a different character. We were in the Garden View, aptly named as it overlooks 10 Fitch’s lawn with two koi-filled ponds. Our sitting room at 10 Fitch had a working fireplace, two rattan chairs, a dresser, and a large flatscreen TV. The bedroom is comfortable, with ultra-soft spa sheets, a natural wood floor, and lamps on either side, set at just the right height for reading. Our marble bathroom was spacious and featured a rain shower. Toiletries are from Gilchrist & Soames and the house soap is handmade for them by Dorian Valley.
Dining at 10 Fitch:
The breakfast menu changes daily. For couples who would rather eat in their room than share a table with four other guests, the owners comply. One morning’s breakfast, with the door open to the garden, was fresh melon followed by crepes with asparagus and ham, plus marinated heirloom tomatoes and artichoke hearts. 10 Fitch will assemble picnic lunches for couples going sightseeing and picnic dinners for en-suite dining.
Destination Weddings at 10 Fitch:
10 Fitch can host an intimate wedding. The garden, with its patio and two pools, is a beautiful setting. In cooler weather, vows can be exchanged in front of the fireplace in the drawing room. The Willard Chapel is a rare example of the work of Louis C. Tiffany in Auburn. It is the only complete and unaltered Tiffany chapel known to exist in the world and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The chapel is nondenominational; all faiths are welcome and civil ceremonies can also be conducted here.
Romance Packages at 10 Fitch:
10 Fitch aims to create an environment that is romantic, quiet, intimate and fun; they make it clear that this is not a place for children under 16. Romance and honeymoon packages can include red roses, tasty snacks brought to the room, in-room massages, and a private chauffeur-driven winery and sightseeing tour of the Finger Lakes region. Special requests are welcome. There are good restaurants nearby. We recommend the restaurant at Elderberry Pond, situated on a 100-acre certificated organic farm, and Moro’s Table in town. Fresh made-to-order tacos and enchiladas were the treat at Mesa Grande Taqueria.
Spa Services at 10 Fitch:
There is no spa at 10 Fitch, but the owners can arrange for a licensed massage therapist to perform a Swedish or deep tissue massage. Therapists bring their own tables and set up in the guest's suite. Additional services are available at the Center, a spa in downtown Auburn that offers a Couples Celebration treatment. We shared a bubbling hydrotherapy bath followed by aromatic side-by-side body massages and ended with a platter of fruit, cheese, chocolate, tea, and champagne.
Activities at 10 Fitch and Nearby:
The mid-18th century Seward House, the home of Lincoln’s Secretary of State, is maintained with its original furnishings. It’s up the street from 10 Fitch. Nearby is the house Seward sold to his friend, Harriett Tubman. The Case Research Laboratory, where talking pictures were invented, is next to the Cayuga Historical Museum. In autumn Montezuma’s National Bird Sanctuary thunders with the calls of a million migratory birds, a kind of avian Serengeti. The Merry-Go-Round Theatre, located in Emerson Park, produces a season of large-scale musicals and the Auburn Public Theater hosts music, theater, dance, and film.
What Could Be Improved at 10 Fitch:
10 Fitch is eager to hear suggestions from guests. Cheryl sends a personal note to guests asking what improvements they would welcome. Past ideas that now have been implemented include a printed TV channel list and magnifying make-up mirrors. Currently on the improvement list are plans to widen the curved driveway for ease of parking without destroying the grass and flowers and replacing two of the older TV sets. We hope they will add fresh squeezed juice to the list.
Is 10 Fitch Right for You?:
10 Fitch is a place for couples who would be happy in an immaculate, comfortable, and attractive B & B with good food and a quiet garden. 10 Fitch provides a nice balance between friendliness and privacy, with the balance on the private. Although all suites at 10 Fitch were occupied during our stay, we were the only couple at the breakfast table (the others opted for breakfast in bed).
10 Fitch Info:
10 Fitch Avenue
Auburn, NY 13021
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