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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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Families Unite!

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!



Friends Forever

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. 

Girlfriend's Getaway at Interlaken Resort Lakeville CT

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


Beatlemania Again

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.


Building your Team at Interlaken

Before I write anything, let me show you the pictures first.  What fun do you think is going on here?

Team Building Photo Safari at Interlaken Conference Center Lakeville CT

Team Building Photo Safari at Interlaken Conference Center Lakeville CT

Team Building Photo Safari at Interlaken Conference Center Lakeville CT

Team Building Photo Safari at Interlaken Conference Center Lakeville CT

Team Building Photo Safari at Interlaken Conference Center Lakeville CT

Team Building Photo Safari at Interlaken Conference Center Lakeville CT

It's a Photo Safari! 

The Photo Safari is just one of our many team building options we offer at Interlaken.  Not just for corporate groups, our team building activities are a wonderful and productive way to bring together groups of people to accomplish a specific task.  But what is the ultimate goal?  "To have fun"!

The Photo Safari is where the group is divided into teams, and each team is given a digital camera along with a list of items they must find about the property.  Some clues include:

  • Find the cow on property, take a photo of two of your mates milking the cow
  • Entire team in the dark with light shining on their faces
  • Everyone’s hand on a white birch tree
  • Team playing “duck, duck, goose” on lawn with Interlaken Inn sign in background

Now, the fun doesn't stop there!  The real challenge lies when the group heads back to the meeting room and all photos are placed on an LCD projector and each photo is "judged" to see if it qualifies for points.  For example, even though one of the groups were all around the white birch tree, one team member did not have her hand on it, so that photo did not receive the points.  This is where there are some grumblings in the crowd, so remember it's all about the details!  The team with the most points wins! 

Just one of many Team Building options available at Interlaken!


Welcome CT Challenge!

Bike riding through scenic Northwest Connecticut to support Cancer Survivors - sounds like a 'win-win', doesn't it?

CT Challenge 2014 at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

The Interlaken once again is honored to welcome the many cyclists arriving here to support the CT Challenge, a 2-Day Ride beginning tomorrow, Friday, July 25th.  Cyclists will ride about 80 miles of gorgeous countryside down to Fairfield, CT.  The event continues on Saturday where over 1000 riders will depart on Day 2 of the Challenge from Fairfield to Westport, CT.

Funds raised support survivorship programs and events at the CT Challenge Center for Survivorship and at hospitals around the State who are members of the CT Challenge Survivorship Network, in addition to groundbreaking research that will benefit cancer survivors everywhere.

The Connecticut Challenge empowers cancer survivors to live healthier, happier and longer lives by creating and funding unique survivorship programs and research.  In 2012, programs funded by the CT Challenge impacted the lives of over 54,000 cancer survivors. 


360 degree views

I was fortunate enough to take a boat out onto Lake Wononscopomuc this afternoon, and thought I'd share my beautiful and relaxing views with you.

Interlaken Lakefront boating CT

Lakefront boating at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

Interlaken lakefront boating Lakeville CT

Completely surrounded by beauty.

No matter where you look, this is what you'll see.  As you approach the perimeter of the deepest lake in Connecticut you will also see some amazing homes (both year round and summer), the always busy Lakeville Town Grove, jumping fish, the mighty Hotchkiss school on the hill, a very small 'island', and some seagulls.  You'll also see the Interlaken's lakefront which looks like this:

Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT lakefront boats kayaks canoes

There are other places to stay when visiting this part of Connecticut and up into the Berkshires, but why miss out on this wonderful amenity?  It's a must do while visiting Interlaken.

Only 6 more weeks of summer!  Come and relax.


"Where is that?"

I love when Guests share photos with me, especially pretty ones like this:

Lakefront Ceremony at Interlaken Inn Lakeville, CT

This Guest attended a wedding at Interlaken in June.  Kathy writes:

"The Wedding setting overlooking the Lake was spectacular. My daughter took a fabulous picture of the setting and everyone that sees it asks "Where is that?" and cannot believe it is right here in CT!!"

Yes, right here in Lakeville, CT.  I think it's even prettier in person.

Do you have a photo from a wedding you recently attended at Interlaken?  Please do send it to me and I'd be happy to post it!

If you would like a photo like this to be in your own memory book, visit our Wedding page for more details on how to get married by the lake at Interlaken.


Day 5: Wedding Set-up

I know, you are thinking, “Michelle, how is that new”?  "You are always blogging about weddings at Interlaken"!  Well, this set-up is new.  In all my years of admiring weddings under the pavilion at Interlaken I’ve never seen this particular one.

Summer weddings at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

The "new" is the long table that created a wonderful "frame" along the edges of the pavilion.  Very pleasing to the eye!

Weddings at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT


Day 4: Interlaken's Hot Dog Cart

This is probably the cutest of my new this week!

Hot dog cart at Interlaken Inn's lakefront CT

Even if you aren't hungry, there is something about hot dogs from an old-fashioned hot dog cart that can make you crave for one.  It's just plain cute.  Our Guests enjoying our lakefront on the weekends this summer will have the option of this quick bite to eat and of course a cold drink.  Try to walk by it without being tempted! 

Of course, if you want lunch served to you in air conditioning, our restaurant Morgan's is open for lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday from 11:30am to 2pm.  Fresh salads and sandwiches, special cocktails and of course, yummy desserts!

Hot Dog cart at Interlaken Inn's Lakefront CT

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