The Lakeside Blog springs forth from the creative mind of Michelle Bruck at the Interlaken Inn, Lakeville, CT. She writes about events, great places to visit and cool things to do – in and around Lakeville & Salisbury Connecticut.
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Embrace the Fall Season
If you haven’t seen a tree with a touch of color yet, you can certainly feel it in the air already. The cool nights, the crisp mornings, the sun shifting in the sky – Fall Foliage season is quickly approaching and the Northwest Corner of Connecticut is well known for its beauty this time of year. I could give you many driving recommendations of wonderful views (which you will probably see en route to us) but why not change it up a bit and actually feel it? Take a walk through the woods, take a hike up a mountain, kick up the leaves – take all of the beautiful surroundings in before this fleeting season is gone!
Now, when to visit? Although the CT DEEP says that Northwestern Connecticut is in peak between October 9th and October 15th, the color does start much earlier, typically the last week in September (I’ve already seen a smattering of trees with touches of color). The last week of September includes the first weekend in October, and we happen to be offering a special “Fall Foliage Package” that includes your overnight accommodations and some offerings in our restaurant for a taste of the season – be sure to check the package out by clicking here.
Now, where to go in this area? We’ve got a few recommendations:
- Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent, CT (YANKEE Magazine voted Kent the #1 Fall Foliage town in Connecticut in 2010 – need one say more?)
- Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington, MA (highest waterfall in Massachusetts)
- Bear Mountain, Salisbury, CT (highest summit in Connecticut – amazing views!)
- Beaver Pond Trail, Lakeville, CT (walking distance from the property, lake side walk, waterfall)
- The Appalachian Trail, many access points in CT and MA (needs no explanation)
- Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Millerton, NY (perfect for bike riding)
To all of our Repeat Leaf Peeping Guests, please add to my list! Feel free to tell me about your favorite Fall spot in this area as I’d be happy to share with others who are looking to truly embrace this amazing and vibrant season!
Mixing things up at Interlaken!
So you've had a long day and you just ordered a cocktail, your favorite one. It comes out to you, complete with a salted rim, a wedge of lime and a cute sipping straw. The perfect blend of Tequila, triple sec and lime juice. It tastes perfect. How do they get it to taste so perfect? I've never seen a bartender make a cocktail using a measuring cup, which is what I would need in order to make the perfectly balanced Margarita. They give a splash of this and a splash of that and Voila! Maybe taking the Mixology program at Interlaken will help in appreciating our favorite drink!
Mixology is one of our newest team building activities offered here at Interlaken, and it's a fun hour filled with Brandy, Rum, Vodka and some not-so-expected ingredients. Name your bar, create your cocktail using standard and exotic ingredients, name your cocktail, taste your cocktail - then let the Judge decide!
Summer is not over yet!
I love happy Guests, and I love when happy Guests share happy comments like this with us:
"We can't say enough about Interlaken. We love everything about your Inn!"
I do love it a bit more, though, when they include great photos of their time spent with us!
This family was able to enjoy fun outdoor time at both of our lakefronts since they rented our Lakeside Cottage, shown below.
The Lakeside Cottage is the only accommodation on property that gives you access to the "back" lake. This means you have your very own private lake frontage on Lake Wononpakook, and this photo below taken from the screened-in porch shows you just how close you are to the water. Every Guest that stays their loves the seclusion this cabin provides. The cottage does have wi-fi, no worries!
The cottage has one King bedroom, a living area with a pull-out sofa, a kitchen with dining table, and a full bath. It also has a fire pit right at the shore, perfect for an evening campfire with s'mores. (look close, the fire is lit!)
Thanks so much, J, for sharing photos of your last visit of summer to Interlaken!
Maybe your Summer got away without a last minute getaway, but don't let Fall do the same! Believe it or not, there are a few dates when the Lakeside Cottage is available. Give us a call at 1-800-222-2909 to plan your Fall Foliage visit to Interlaken!
Harney Fest 2014
I've been waiting for this date to come all summer:
And two weeks ago it did, and I was fortunate enough to sneak away from work for a couple of hours to join in on the fun. There was live music, a large tent with huge savings on their tea and tea pots (I stocked up), t-shirts, books, and many photos of John Harney and his family and the history of their tea empire. The one fun I wasn't expecting was taking a factory tour. Oh my. I'll share with you what I saw, but you also have to experience the smell.
Open any bag or sachet or tin of Harney's tea and inhale. This is exactly what the entire factory smelled like. It was heavenly.
It was also huge. And it should be: you need a lot of space for all of that tea that is shipped worldwide.
Our tour guide was fabulous! Funny and knowledgeable. I wish I could remember everything I he told us about the art of tea making. You will just have to take the tour yourself!
The wrappers before they are wrappers!
One of the main tea boxing machines.
And they come out just like that...
There is a separate machine that prepares the iced tea bags.
Boxes of my favorite - Iced Green with Coconut.
There was tea everywhere. I wanted to put my head in this box, add hot water, a drop of milk, and sip away. Fortunately, the tour did end with a tea tasting hosted by Michael Harney, so I did get my tea fix afterall.
I'd say the time spent at the Harney Fest was almost a perfect one, but there was one thing that was missing, and that was the Master Blender for 30 years himself, John Harney. He was definitely there in spirit.
I am already looking forward to Harney Fest 2015!
Raft Building at Interlaken
What can one build with the following:
One can build a raft, of course, but its way more fun for more than one to work together to make that raft and float out onto the waters of Lake Wononscopomuc!
Interlaken offers many Team Building programs for both corporate and retreat groups, and even for families like this one. Families are divided into separate teams and their task is to visit our "Island Shop" and purchase the right items that will allow them to build a raft that will hold 2 team members to row out to the Interlaken dock and back. Sounds easy, and certainly sounds fun, doesn't it? Let the following pictures show you how it's done:
The Captain and First Mate come back from the shop sharing what they purchased.
The team starts to assemble the perfect flotation device.
A ship wouldn't be complete without a team flag.
On your mark, get set, go!
The race begins on the deepest lake in Connecticut.
The raft will go faster and stay afloat only if there is huge clapping and cheering from the team members on dry land!
The winners! Well, not quite. There's one more activity that decides the ultimate champions:
A three legged race!
The waters of Lake Wononscopomuc will start to cool down and put the raft building on hold until next season, but no worries, this is just one of many Team Building Activities offered here at Interlaken. Contact me and I can tell you more!
When family members are located all across the country, the venue choices to reunite are endless. But when this family decided upon Interlaken this summer, this is what happened:
"We had a great time at our family reunion and everything worked out very well for us. In fact, many of my family members said this was one of the best reunions that we have had, and that includes 16 reunions at different locations around the country over the past 30 years!
The Interlaken staff was very accommodating and handled our requests very quickly. The rooms worked out great-- as you may know we used a combination of rooms in the Sunnyside house, the townhouses and the main building. That gave us plenty of space to spread out. Everyone loved the porch at the Sunnyside house-- we had requested tables to be placed there which your staff was able to do and that became a great hangout space for us. We also requested tableclothes, garbage and recycling cans, and an easel there and they were all placed there shortly after our request, which we really appreciated. The townhouse that we used to prepare lunch for our group seemed a little light on cutlery (cutting knives) but we managed with what we had. Internet service in the main building was spotty but I understand that there had been power outages in the area and that was being addressed.
Regarding food, the meals were very well received and I know that we worked closely with your chef, Brandon, to make some accommodations for us. Our first night dinner had some delays getting some of the food on the buffet replenished, but overall the food was excellent and the waitstaff pleasant and helpful. We had also requested that the staff hold off on opening bottles of wine until they were needed and while they opened several more bottles than we needed on the first night, we were able to use those on the following night. We appreciated that we were able to use a covered space when rain was forecast the night of our outdoor BBQ and that you were able to move the bonfire and the raft building event around to accommodate the weather changes. The bonfire was also a big hit and we appreciated the staff's helpful nature in getting that set up and closed out when we were done.
The raft building was a big success as well,and we appreciate the well-organized activity. Also, Interlaken provided us with smoothies and snacks that afternoon which was a nice addition to the event. William, Vanessa and Jodie were helpful in keeping us "on task" for that event.
Overall, we had a great time and appreciated the hospitality that Interlaken showed our group. We are considering returning there for a future reunion.
Thanks to Interlaken for providing us a great venue for our reunion."
When your family decides to reunite at Interlaken, I am ready and waiting to plan that with you!
This August visit marks the 6th year that these lifelong friends have visited Interlaken. This year also marks their 50th anniversary of college graduation together, so even more reason to celebrate! I am so happy to be standing amongst this group of women as they leave their families behind and continue to strengthen the bond of friendship at Interlaken every summer.
After many years of visiting us, one might say they've seen it and done it all in this area, but each year brings back favorite things as well as something new. Harney and Sons Tea Room, Edith Wharton House, Tanglewood, riding through the Berkshires, dinner at Morgan's, and just relaxing in the living room of their Townhouse unit make it all worthwhile for this group of 6 ladies. (Should be 7 - see you next year Kathy!). My favorite part of their visit was when I was able to enjoy a cocktail and some hdo's with them during our Wednesday evening Intermingle hour, and my other favorite part was making their reservations for 2015! I love it when Guests find our property to be the perfect place to relax and reunite - thank you ladies!
Why did I title this blog my favorite Beatles song?
New Year's Eve 2015
Yes, it's happening so save the date!
More details to follow!
Our Table is Open
You can make dining reservations at Morgan's Restaurant several ways - call us, email us, or sign up via Open Table. Open Table is such a convenient way to find a restaurant, check for availaibity and read reviews:
Great find, food and service
We were guests at the Interlaken Inn and after debating the propsect of having dinner "off campus" we decided to try the hotel restaurant "Morgan's". What a great decision. The food was excellent and very fresh. The salad and soup were delicious and nicely presented. The entrees flavorful and well proportioned. The salmon was perfectly prepared. The special pasta was excellent as well. The service was professional, knowledgeable and courteous. Our server, William, demonstrated a great instinct for the right balance between providing attentive service and leaving us alone at the table.
Want to see some of the dishes recently prepared at Morgan's? View Morgan's Instagram! Be prepared to get hungry!
What are some our most popular dishes these past couple of weeks? Let me share.
Sauteed Organic Scottish Salmon with Cucumbers, Beluga Lentils, and Saffron Yogurt
Hudson Valley Duck Breast with Grilled Nectarines, Farro, Lacinato Kale, and Red Wine Caramel
Maine Lobster with Sweet Peas, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Ricotta Gnocchi
And don't forget dessert:
Cardamon-burnt orange Creme Brulee
We also offer a Chef's Tasting Menu - A six course Chef's 'farm to table' tasting menu for dinner in Morgan's Restaurant. Call us to reserve and Chef Scimeca will customize a private menu based on the bounty of the Litchfield Hills and Berkshires.
Our chef tasting on Friday night was simply amazing and we can not say enough good things about it. So good that we ate at the restaurant again Saturday night!
Morgan's Restaurant is open 7 days a week, and reservations are happily accepted.
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