Things To Do
Staying at 10 Fitch provides you with an amazing opportunity to experience an exciting variety of wonderful things to see and do in the expansive and breathtakingly beautiful Finger Lakes region. You can explore attractions both very near the inn as well as within an hours drive or two. Pristine lakes, breathtaking waterfalls and gorges, rolling hillsides and vineyards, wineries, breweries, golfing, skiing, hiking and biking, museums and historical sites, and charming villages not to mention fabulous restaurants showcasing the Finger Lakes farm to table culinary abundance – it’s all right here awaiting your discovery and we don’t want you to miss any of it! If the length of your stay won’t allow time enough to take it all in we recommend that you choose from this selection of Must Sees and then plan to do more during a future stay with us.
Be sure to visit our Packages page to discover great values on lodging at 10 Fitch combined with fun-filled Finger Lakes activities.
Did you know that New York is the second largest producer of wine in the country? The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the first organized and longest-running wine trail in the United States. The first of its 16 wineries is just a 10-minute drive from our front door. You will find some of the most wonderful and award-winning producers of wines, from dry to sweet, classic to unique, including Rieslings, Merlot, and Dessert Wines. Nearly all wineries offer tasting rooms and gift shops with some offering a unique look at the processes used in developing their own vintages. Several have restaurants with lake view dining. For the ultimate in luxury and most relaxing way to experience the wineries and breathtaking views along the lake, 10 Fitch is happy to offer a chauffeured 6-hour winery/sightseeing tour and delicious picnic basket lunch for you to take along and enjoy. These options are available as additions to your stay. Cayuga Wine Trail Website
Breweries Finger Lakes Beer Trail
New York State’s premier craft beer destination – The Finger Lakes Beer Trail – promotes the growing craft brewing industry in the Finger Lakes, showcasing the region’s microbreweries and brew pubs. The trail is comprised of over 100 craft brewers spanning roughly 210 miles across the central part of New York State from Rochester to Syracuse down to the Corning and Binghamton areas, resulting in a trail overflowing with natural beauty along which tourists and beer aficionados alike can enjoy an abundance of delicious locally brewed beers. Breweries Finger Lakes Beer Trail Website
New York Wine & Culinary Center
Canandaigua – The New York Wine & Culinary Center serves as a gateway to the bountiful agricultural, food, beer, and wine resources of New York State. The Center serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as wine and beer from throughout New York State. Wine & beer tasting, lunch & dinner, culinary classes & demonstrations, winemaker dinners, special events, private parties, live music every Friday, unique gifts, and more. The Taste of New York Lounge Restaurant at NYWCC’S has just been awarded Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence for their wine list. New York Wine & Culinary Center
15 minutes from 10 Fitch: Enjoy the picturesque village and lake views of Skaneateles just 7 miles away, while being able to retire away from the hustle and bustle in the evening to 10 Fitch. Boasting one of the cleanest lakes in the country, Skaneateles has much to offer including boating, shopping, fine dining, and breathtaking views. The beauty and tranquility of the lake has made it a mecca for generations of vacationing families, including former President Clinton and his family. Skaneateles Website
Mackenzie-Childs Shop and Farmhouse Tour
Aurora 20 minutes from 10 Fitch: Unique & whimsical home furnishings, Majolica pottery, and tableware from MacKenzie-Childs grace many of the rooms here at 10 Fitch. Located in the town of Aurora just 30 minutes away, you can shop at MacKenzie-Childs and purchase treasures for your own home, see how the pottery is made and take a tour through the magnificent farm house, which is a feast for the eyes. Mackenzie-Childs Shop and Farmhouse Tour Website
Waterfalls, Gorges, State Parks
Fillmore Glen State Park – Moravia 25 minutes from 10 Fitch: 941 acres including gorge and waterfalls, with camping, swimming, hiking, and fishing available. Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The park is named for Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the U.S., who was born in a log cabin near the park. A replica of the cabin is located in the park. Fillmore Glen State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park
“Trumansburg” 1 hour from 10 Fitch: Truly one of the most outstanding natural attractions in the Northeast, Taughannock Falls State’s waterfall is one of the highest east of the Rocky Mountains dropping an amazing 215 feet, which is 33 feet higher than the American side of Niagara. The park also features picnic areas and hiking and nature trails. Taughannock Falls State Park
Ithaca 1 hour from 10 Fitch: Flowing down the east side of Cayuga Valley, Buttermilk Creek drops more than 600 feet over 10 separate waterfalls and through two discreet glens in the park. The main attraction, Buttermilk Falls, is directly accessible and visible from the parking lot in the lower area. The other waterfalls are accessible by crossing the bridge over the creek in the main parking area and hiking the gorge trail. Spring, early summer, fall. The park’s trails are closed after November, but Buttermilk Falls is still accessible from the lower parking lot area. The upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas, and playing fields. The lower park has a campground, pool, and playing fields, beyond which is Larch Meadows. Larch Meadows is a moist, shady glen and wetland area through which a nature trail winds. Park activities, including tours through Buttermilk gorge, are offered weekly from July 4th through Labor Day.
Flow: Variable, depending on rainfall. May be a trickle in mid-summer. Waterway: Buttermilk Creek. Buttermilk Falls State Park Website
Is south of Seneca Lake, a beautiful, scenic 1 hour and 8 minute drive from 10 Fitch. This state 778 acre state park is open year round but the three trails featured trails are open from mid-May until early November. There is a picnic area and pavilions. The entrance fee for a day picnic is $8 per car. Two of the trails run along the rim of the 400 foot deep narrow gorge which is the showpiece of the park. There are more than 800 stone steps on The Gorge Trail which will take you over stone bridges and over, under and along the parks 19 waterfalls. Spectacular in any season, especially beautiful in the fall. Watkins Glen State Park Website
Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway
With gorges at its south end, vineyards on its gentle slopes, and marshes at its north end, the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway features diverse landscapes and spectacular views. A tour around its 87 miles will take you through charming historic villages, by scenic waterfalls, parks, and farmland, and to unique lodging, dining, shopping, wineries, college campuses, and more. Enjoy the ride on Cayuga Lake’s Scenic Byway every season of the year.
Historical Sites & Museums
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1894 chapel is a masterpiece of Tiffany design. It is the only complete and unaltered Tiffany religious interior in the world with a nine-panel rose window, a three-paneled stained glass window, 14 opalescent nave windows, nine leaded glass chandeliers, and more. Willard Memorial Chapel Website
William H. Seward House
A registered National Historic Landmark, this grand home was the long-time residence of William Henry Seward, Governor of New York, Secretary of State to Presidents Lincoln and Johnson, and leading figure in the purchase of Alaska. Owned and occupied by four generations of family members from 1816 to 1951, Seward House contains an impressive collection of their furnishings, documents, photographs, decorative arts, and household items. Enjoy a guided tour through 17 rooms filled with family & historic treasures. Seward House Website
Harriet Tubman Home
A conductor on the Underground Railroad who led hundreds of slaves to freedom, Harriet Tubman settled in Auburn after the Civil War and operated this home for aged and indigent African-Americans. Harriet Tubman Home Website
The Case Research Lab Museum
Auburn is the birthplace of talking movies! Founded in 1916 by Theodore Willard Case and his father, Willard Case, the Case Research Lab is where the first commercially successful system of sound film was invented. Case Research Lab Museum
Theater Mack - The Pitch
Summer only – A unique opportunity to enjoy cocktails as you watch and give live feedback to some of the next generation of composers, lyracistsand writers, in a caberet style setting, as they work on developing their musicals.
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
A multi-arts facility, located in Auburn, New York situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes. We offer exhibitions, art classes, a gift shop, and multi-arts programs including music, film, folk arts, poetry, storytelling, and more. Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center Website
Auburn Public Theater
Theatre, music, comedy, cinema, lectures. Every Tuesday night is “Open Mic Night” Snask and wine/beer are available for you to enjoy while you are entertained or perform music, spoken word, comedy, dance and more. Doors open at 7:30 Auburn Public Theatre Website
Morgan Opera House
Aurora 25 minutes from 10 Fitch: On the second floor of the Aurora Free Library, performing arts productions are offered March December. Morgan Opera House Website
Del Lago Resort – Casino
Del Lago Resort & Casino, the Finger Lakes area’s newest and most exciting addition to the community, is just a 15 minute drive from 10 Fitch. Discover the thrills of gaming and live entertainment, as well as the wonderful cuisine in their restaurants and then head back to 10 Fitch for a truly relaxing and personal lodging experience. See the Del Lago Resort – Casino Website to find out about upcoming live entertainment options as well as to check out the restaurant menus.
The Finger Lakes are a virtual playground with all kinds of fun and exciting outdoor activities for you to enjoy during your stay and in every season. We are delighted to offer, as an addition to your stay, a freshly prepared picnic lunch for you to take with you and enjoy while you explore.
Auburn Fleming Trail, Auburn: Converted from an old railroad bed, this is a 1.6 mile trail through scenic woods, wetlands, and farmland. At the southern end of Owasco Lake, in the village of Moravia, Fillmore Glen State Park is a favorite destination off the lake. These hiking trails afford some of the most magnificent views of gorges and waterfalls in all of the Finger Lakes. The trails around the Cowshead area are paved and easily accessible. The Gorge trail, North Rim, and South Rim trails are moderately challenging, and all three afford great scenic vistas.
Charlie Major Nature Trail – Skaneateles: This historic natural trail follows an old railroad bed for a little more than a mile – pretty, shaded, level trail is well maintained. There are three bridges, stone walls and lots of ruins from the former hydro-power industry which was once. Take the little detour and you will find yourself at Last Shot Distillery.
Owasco Lake, Auburn: With Emerson Park at the north and Fillmore Glen State Park at the south end of the route, this ride around Owasco Lake is one of the easiest and picturesque around a Finger Lake. There are no marked biking trails on the lake, so you will need to be comfortable with road riding. The circuit around the lake is a popular road route with easy to moderate Terrain. Emerson Park is a perfect starting and ending point.
Owasco Lake, Auburn: Public access to the lake is very limited to Emerson Park only. There is a public beach, as well as two hand and trailer launches there. Pontoon boats may be rented from Owasco Marine, a full-service marina located right on the outlet at Emerson Park. (147 Pulsifer Drive, Auburn, tel: 315-258-9096), and A-1 Marine located in Moravia but they have a boat slip on the outlet at Emerson Park. (1499 Rt 38, Moravia, tel: 888-896-9828)
Kayak and canoe rental is available at the South Shore Marina in Moravia (2810 Firelane 1, Rt. 38, Moravia, 315-497-3006)
Skaneateles Lake, Skaneateles: The northern tip of pristine Skaneateles Lake shoreline is nestled snuggly up to Clift Park in the center of Skaneateles Village where you can go for swim at the small public beach, walk out on the pier or take a relaxing Mid-Lakes Navigation cruise. Several types of cruises available. If you would like to get out on the lake but prefer to steer your own ship, Skaneateles Marina offers canoes, kayaks, tubes and pontoon boats for rental. http://skanmarina.com/
Cayuga County is a golfer’s paradise with ten public golf courses available from April – October. All of the courses are beautiful and offer challenges for any level of player. For those that like a shorter game, five miniature golf courses are also available, as well as disc golf at Emerson Park. Golf in Cayuga County
Montezuma Wildlife Refuge
Montezuma Refuge serves as a major resting area for waterfowl and other water birds on their journeys to and from nesting areas in northeastern and east-central Canada. Montezuma Wildlife Refuge
Skiing & Snowshoeing
10 Fitch is about an hours drive from two great ski resorts making it a perfect place to park your ski’s after a day on the slopes and relax away from the crowds in the evenings.
Bristol Mountain is located 1 hour 14 minutes from Auburn in the Western Finger Lakes of Upstate New York, right in the award winning wine country region. Bristol boasts a summit elevation of 2200’ and a base elevation of 1000’. The vertical of 1200’ allows Bristol Mountain to reign as the highest vertical between the Adirondack Mountains of the east and the Rocky Mountains of the west. The views from the top of the mountain are magnificent, as are the paths down each of the 33 slopes and trails, including a peaceful 2-mile run.
Greek Peak Just 1 hour from 10 Fitch, located conveniently off of I-81 in New York’s famous Snow Belt, Greek Peak has been in operation for over 50 years. With ample terrain suited to every ability and interest and friendly atmosphere, Greek Peak has long been the choice for fun-seeking families. Greek Peak’s grooming and snowmaking are second to none and with 32 trails of varied terrain, from treed glades and cruisers to super steeps, beginner to novice will be smiling all day long. Our terrain parks and half pipe invite the adventurous, while our Progression Park is more suited for riders just starting out.
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Cross country skiing and snowshoing are popular winter activities here in the FInger Lakes and there are plenty of choices near 10 Fitch where you can go to enjoy the outdoors and this great winter time activity.
The Auburn-Fleming Trail Only a 5 minute drive from 10 FItch, this is a flat 1.6 mile trail through woods, wetlands and farmland connecting Rt. 34 in the Town of Fleming to Dunning Ave. in the City of Auburn.
For additional information on places to ski and snowshoe you can visit this page.
Cornell University – Ithaca NY 50 minutes from 10 Fitch Cornell is an Ivy League University that was founded in 1865. “The first American university”. Representing a mix of eminent scholarship and democratic ideals. (607) 254-4636
Syracuse University – 45 minutes from 10 Fitch. Opened in 1873, Syracuse University provides post-secondary education in over 170 buildings in Central New York. The University aims at becoming the top, student-centered research institution in the United States. Tel: 1 315 443-1870
Hobart and William Smith Colleges – 40 minutes from 10 Fitch, in Geneva, New York. Hobart and William Smith Colleges are together a liberal arts college offering Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. (315) 781-3000
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