I love sharing this big, old, beautiful house with people from all over the country and world.  We have met so many wonderful, interesting folks in the 5 1/2 years we have been here. Each and every guest that stays at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn is special and appreciated and we so enjoy doing all we can to make their experience with us top notch. And every once and a while we are blessed to have guests stay with us who sort of turn the tables on us a little and make it a point to say or do things that make us feel appreciated and special as well.  Such is the case with Mike Derosa and his wife Maria, owners of Pino’s Press Artisan Olive Oil company in Syracuse, who recently booked a last minute stay with us.

Being small business owners who do everything themselves, work hard and strive for excellence I could relate to them and the difficulties they have trying to get away, relax, rest and leave work behind. On top of their business they also daily deal with a variety of health issues which keep Mike in constant pain and prevent him from sleeping well at night.  So when Maria’s birthday rolled around they decided it was time to get away. I’m so glad they found 10 Fitch!

Mike & Maria

Warm, friendly and very easy to talk to, over the course of the two days that they stayed here the couple and I engaged in a lot of lively conversation and shared much about our businesses and families. My husband Rodney was out of town for several days on business, mom is up north visiting family until the end of the first week in April and Ryan was away at his friends for a few days so I was glad to have them here helping to fill the space and quiet of this big house. Mike’s family is from Auburn and he is related to or knows many of the families who have owned or own businesses here in town. Mike also shared much about his health issues, his faith in God and love for his wife. I then had opportunity to share with the two of them our journey through cancer 2 years ago when Rodney was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He is fine now, thank the good Lord!

During that difficult time God drew us very close to Him and I told the Derosa’s how Rodney came home from his first appointment with his oncologist, before his chemo treatments began, and said that he had seen a bald eagle on the way home from the doctors and that bald eagles were his favorite bird.  Taking the opportunity to try and encourage him I reminded him of some verses in Isaiah 40, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

The following week as we were driving to the cancer center where Rodney was to begin his chemo treatments that day I looked out my window and there sitting on the branch of a tree close to the side of the road was a huge bald eagle!  I excitedly exclaimed, “Look!  Another bald eagle!”  Rodney face lit up with a big smile when he saw it and we marveled that twice in a weeks time Rodney had seen a live bald eagle.

There were many other wonderful things that happened that reassured us of God’s presence and love during that time, some of which I shared with Mike & Maria, and we talked about Mikes illnesses and agreed that every day we have on this earth with the ones we love is an incredible blessing.

Isaiah the Bald Eagle

After breakfast on the second day that they were here they went out to take the tour of the William Henry Seward House which is just down the street from 10 Fitch. I can’t begin to tell you how I felt when they came back that afternoon and said they had a surprise for me and handed me a little stuffed bald eagle! I don’t believe I have EVER seen a stuffed bald eagle before! Apparently Seward owned lot’s of unusual pets and a bald eagle was one of them, before it had even become our national bird. They said that when they saw it they just had to get it after hearing our story about the bald eagles! I was just overwhelmed with their thoughtfulness and kindness and the God-incidence of them going to Seward House and finding a bald eagle to bring back to me! Mike is holding Isaiah (as I named him) in the picture above and here’s a better shot of him. I was really excited to text Rodney about our thoughtful guests and send him a photo of Isaiah!

In the morning I came down to begin preparing breakfast and found the following message on my wipe off board where I write out the breakfast menu in the dining room.
Maria actually looked at one of our Deneen Pottery mugs with the 10 Fitch logo and image and rendered this drawing with a wipe off marker!! Yes, she is very talented and does the artwork for all their olive oil labels for Pino’s Press.

I was so touched by the message that I couldn’t bear erasing it to put the menu up!  But before they checked out that morning I prepared orange chocolate chip waffles with an orange caramel cream sauce and bananas and served it with spinach and feta chicken sausage.

I feel like I have truly made new friends and look forward to doing business with Mike and Maria and experimenting with their flavored olive oils in recipes for breakfast to serve our other wonderful guests and also look forward to having them back again so they can meet the rest of the family.

Thank you Mike & Maria for being such amazing guests and being such a blessing to me during your stay at our Luxurious Romantic Finger Lakes bed & breakfast here in Auburn NY!

10 Fitch, your romantic escape in NY states beautiful Finger Lakes region.

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