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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A little Q&A about Winterfest!
Q: So, Vanessa, what exactly is this Winterfest that I've been hearing about and that is coming up soon?
A: Winterfest is way to beat the winter blues! From Friday, January 30th right through Sunday, February 8th there's always something going on both indoors and out. This year it's both Restaurant Week and Jumpfest and other goodies in between such as Hot Cocoa Tasting, the Annual Snowball, Human Dog Sled race, Ice carvings, Winter-themed Art Gallery Openings, Kids Activities, Leaf Blower Hockey, and right here at the Interlaken on Wednesday, February 4th our "Wintermingle".
Q: Wintermingle?! Well isn't that a play on words of our weekly Intermingles! Tell me about it!
A: Well, our mixologist Tom has come up with a great winter cocktail to warm our spirits along with Chef Scimeca's exquisitive tasting of HDO's. And the best part is it's all complimentary and is happening from 5pm to 6pm on 2/4.
Q: I love food. Tell me more about Restaurant Week.
A: So, Restaurant Week gives the opportunity for patrons to try new restaurants while receiving great specials and offers. They also have the opportunity to win one of many great prizes if they participate in the Passport program.
Q: I love prizes. How do I get one of those Passports?
A: Guests can pick up passports at any participating restaurant when they dine at the restaurant they will get a stamp from that restaurant. Once you collect three stamps you can send your card to me at the Interlaken and I will enter you into the drawing. One of the prizes is an overnight stay at Interlaken, a gift certificate to Pastorale, a gift certificate to Oak Hurst, and a few others too.
Q: Which restaurants are participating in this Passport program?
A: There is a website that lists all of the Participants and it lists their events and specials. We encourage people to check back regularly as we continue to update and add new promotions.
Q: I saw the Jumpfest last winter, it's so cool. Anything new this year?
A: Same great jumping as the previous years, and this year there is something new: A Jump Simulator. It's for kids and it simulates the jump experience perfectly.
Q: How else is Interlaken involved?
A: We are excited to welcome back Hillrock Distillery on Sunday, February 7th from 4pm to 6pm. Last year it was a very successful event and we are sure it's going to be even. A free taste of bourbon to warm your insides after enjoying the outdoor activities at Jumpfest and in "The Secret Corner"! We are also offering a great overnight package that includes accommodations, ski jump tickets, a dining credit at our restaurant, Morgan's and breakfast for two. It's a wonderful value!
M: Well thanks, Vanessa, for filling me in on this cool festival! Certainly a fun way to embrace the fun things winter does have to offer.
V: I so agree! It's going to be an exciting and entertaining 10 days for people of all ages. See you there!
New year, new look for our Townhouses!
Our first set of Townhouses are starting the new year off feeling pretty good, and of course they have every right to feel that way: The kitchen and bathrooms have received a long awaited renovation, and I am confident you are going to love the new look!
Don't worry, we aren't leaving the second set out! They are getting their facelift as we speak and that will be completed by the end of February. Hmmm, what else are we up to at Interlaken this year? Stay tuned to find out!
In the meantime, let me tell you about our Townhouses! They are duplex units that have a kitchen, dining and living area with a fireplace, two bedrooms (one on first floor, one upstairs loft), 2 1/2 baths, washer/dryer, a pull-out sofa sleeper and a shared deck that overlooks our courtyard area. They are ideal for larger families and couples that travel together since you have that nice living space to gather, watch TV, play cards and just relax. The Townhouses are perfect for Girlfriend Getaways as well - we have several of them through-out the year. We have also found that they work great for an intimate scrapbook retreat with your closest friends. Baby, it may be cold outside - but you can prepare dinner right in your new kitchen and enjoy it toasty warm near the fireplace!
New Year's is Happy at Interlaken!
Happy New Year!
The "Beatlemania Again" show last night here at Interlaken was awesome! Here's just a tidbit of how the evening started, and it only got better from here:
As everyone finished their dinner of Tenderloin, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Truffled Lobster Mac'n'cheese and various accompaniments of fresh vegetables and salads, the dance floor started to fill with fans of the Beatles, showing off their moves to many of the best hits of this iconic English rock band of the 60's. From "I want to Hold your Hand" to "Yesterday" to "Yellow Submarine" to "Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" the Fab Four played three sets, had three costume changes and entertained the crowd right before Midnight. The Emcee then introduced the crowd into 2015, and then the dance party continued after the champagne toast into the night. Some Guests I talked with this morning said it was 'the best party ever!'
"Hello" 2015, "Goodbye" 2014!
VLOG #7: Speechless
I intended to video Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, CT, just minutes away from the Interlaken. But when I got there I was totally speechless.
It is so amazingly beautiful. Can't even imagine the views in season, or with freshly fallen snow.
The views heading to it and from it.
The "Party Barn" is rustic yet elegant. The huge stone fireplace is something else.
I wanted to take it all in, so even got fancy with the Panoramic photo feature on my iphone.
Their solarium: gorgeous. Perfect spot for a cocktail hour?
So many beautiful locations for wedding photos. Actually, everywhere.
The breathtaking views are what led to my speechlessness. You have to see it and feel it yourself.
What is Lion's Rock Farm and how does Interlaken relate?
Click here to find out more about it and to see more stunning photos.
New England Skillet
What a nice way to start your day. And what a nice way to start your day differently at the Interlaken.
This is our "New England Skillet" Breakfast entree now being served in Morgan's restaurant every Saturday and Sunday at Interlaken.
It was delicious. Two fried eggs, potatoes, butternut squash, onion, peppers and kale. It's healthy too.
For years we've done our Breakfast Buffet for Guests, complete with scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, potatoes, fruit, pastries, etc. We decided to switch it up last weekend by offering yummy served entree options along with continental breakfast items. juice and coffee/Harney tea. Come try our Hot Lap Special or our Sunrise Delight, all prepared by William (he introduced you to our Penthouse Suite in VLOG #6). William will continue to change the menu to work with the best flavors of the season.
What a delicious and new way to start your weekend day at Interlaken.
VLOG #6: Lime Rock Park
Did you happen to see the article about Lime Rock Park in the latest issue of Car and Driver? The Track is featured in the December issue under "Track Clinic: How to Master Lime Rock". It's a great article - even if you think you know all there is to know about the Track it's worth the read!
I was able to visit Lime Rock on this gorgeous Fall afternoon and took a video of the Porsches enjoying some Track time. The mumbling you hear is me trying to talk - why did I bother?! This video sure beats any photo of Lime Rock I've ever posted.
VLOG #5: William and the Penthouse Suite
Let William take you on a tour of our latest Guestroom addition to the Interlaken, our Penthouse Suite.
VLOG #4: Fall Wedding at Interlaken
What a gorgeous day in New England for a Fall Wedding! A video of our wedding pavilion before the Guests arrive is much better than photos!
VLOG #3: Happy Quilters
Sharing emails like this with you make me very happy. What doesn't make me happy though is at the end of the vlog I say "What more Can I Say?" How dumb! There's plenty more I can say, and you can read what I can say below after you've watched the video.
I can say "Thank you so much, Claire, for taking the time to write such a heartfelt note. It means so much to the entire staff."
I can say "Thank you so much, Claire, for choosing us the first time and continuing to come back every year, twice a year, for over 10 years!"
I can say "Thank you, Quilting Ladies, for always coming in with a smile, ready to have a great weekend doing something you love."
I can say "Thank you, Quilting Ladies, for always being ready to eat! Between the three meals and two snacks per day, we bombard you with something to eat in what seems like every other hour!"
I can say "Thank you, Quilting Ladies, for bringing creative and happy energy to all of our meeting space all weekend long!"
I am realizing when the video is rolling I become a bit speechless!
If you want to bring your creative group (or even a non-creative group for that matter) to Interlaken, just give me a ring or drop me an email and tell me what you have in mind. Yes, I am now the one you would be talking with to make arrangements so don't keep me waiting!
VLOG #2: Welcome Penthouse Deck!
When I heard the Penthouse Deck was completed I could barely contain my excitement.
Although we have had the furniture for the rooftop deck off of our new Penthouse Suite all season long, we were waiting for the Bamboo Panels to be custom made and delivered to us. They finally were and they were installed this past week along with a new wood deck. It is raining today so I didn't plan to take photos (I like sunny day photos) but as soon as I saw it I ran to get my camera and phone as I just had to share it with you. I certainly plan to take more videos of both the Suite itself and this pretty deck that is just the frosting on the cake.
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