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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What are you thankful for?
As many families gather today to celebrate the holiday, I am sure (or at least hopeful!) everyone is thankful for each other.
What size is your family tree?
Big or small, Interlaken welcomes family reunions any time of the year. It's quite exciting for me because in 2014 I will be the one to coordinate all of the reunions for Interlaken. I've already talked with several Guests interested in our property next season, and one is already scheduled for June 2015. For many of the people I've spoken to, they love the setting of our property as they feel it "keeps their family together". No huge amusement parks with characters (although fun) or large cities to get lost in (also fun) but rather an all inclusive resort in the peaceful countryside of Northwest Connecticut.
Sleep well. We have Sealy Plush Posturepedic mattresses in every room that will rest you comfortably after a day spent at the lakefront or hiking on the Appalachian Trail. We have accommodations to fit all sizes of families from those single travelers up to families of eight. We also have rooms that allow pets, so no need to leave your four legged family member at home.
Eat well. Start your day off with a hearty New England breakfast buffet. Order a picnic lunch and enjoy your meal lakeside. Time for an old fashioned BBQ on our patio followed by a bonfire at our private lakefront with s'mores and hot chocolate.
Breathe well. There's nothing like waking up and taking a deep breath of fresh country air every morning. Listen to the birds sing as you take a long walk on a local trail or nearby scenic route.
Play well. Challenge one another to a game of tennis, ping pong, air hockey or pool. Canoe or kayak around the perimeter of the deepest lake in Connecticut. Swim in our outdoor heated pool. Swing your clubs at the Hotchkiss Golf Course right next door. Arrange a wiffle ball game on the Sunnyside lawn. Sign up for one of our Family Team Building activites, such as the Culinary Challenge or Radical Race.
Travel well. Being right at the tip of Northwest Connecticut and less than 1 1/2 hours from the Hartford and Albany Airports, Interlaken is the perfect location for those living in Boston, New York and any part of Connecticut. We are also only a 2 hour ride from mid-town Manhattan.
Gather well. With 30 acres, there are plenty of spots to gather your family. On your Townhouse Suite deck overlooking the Courtyard. In adirondack chairs on the wraparound porch of Sunnyside. In our lounge chairs with the perfect lakefront view. In the Executive Lounge room for wine and cheese, games and cards. In the Vineyard for a special sit down dinner.
Celebrate well. An anniversary? A birthday? We would love to be a part of making whatever it is extra special.
Explore locally. Visit nearby Millerton, NY, voted by Frommer's as "one of the coolest small towns in America" (big honor as there are lots of small towns in America!). Hike the tallest peak in Connecticut at Bear Mountain in Salisbury. Horseback ride in the Litchfield Hills at Lee's Riding Stables. Visit one of the many State parks including beautiful Kent Falls in Kent, CT. Head up to the Norman Rockwell Museum in the Berkshires.
Plan well. If you have a family then you are already halfway there! I'd absolutely love to show you our property and find the best accommodations for your entire family. I know every room by heart. I love talking food so we could plan some awesome menus together. I promise that the planning of your family reunion will be a fun experience for both of us. Contact me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to learning about your family tree!
It's not every day that I see this in one of the meeting rooms at Interlaken:
We had the pleasure of having the 2013 - 14 U.S. National Women's Hockey Team stay with us last night. They are in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut to face off with the Salisbury School Boy's Team at the Flood Athletic Center this afternoon. Be sure to click on the link to see some wonderful professional photos of the players in action.
Baby, It's Cold Outside
The temperatures have dropped now, so yes, it's cold enough for snow - at least these past couple of days in Lakeville. In fact, our first "snow" of the season covered the property yesterday morning: a nice pretty dusting just to remind us that the season is approaching and to be prepared for some fun winter activities!
Given the chill in the outside air, it was only appropriate to have Tom and Heidi from our closest ski mountain - Mohawk Mountain - join us for our Intermingle this evening. With a hot toddy in hand and the fireplace crackling behind us, we talked about the quickly approaching ski season at this mountain just 20 minutes from Interlaken. Tom said Mohawk is the perfect mountain to teach your children to ski because of its convenient size and family friendly environment. With 25 trails and 7 lifts all set in a scenic state forest in Cornwall, CT, Mohawk offers lessons for all ages, rentals and even night skiing. Skiiers, don't get too excited just yet: their opening day is optimistically scheduled for the first weekend after Thanksgiving - with a more realistic opening day for the second weekend in December. If the cold temperatures like this stick around, you can start making your plans to stay at Interlaken and ski at Mohawk Mountain with your family!
We are Comfortable
Comfortable: providing physical ease and relaxation.
Very comfortable bed
The rooms were very comfortable
Beds comfortable and rooms well maintained
The beds were very comfortable
I thought the bed was great
The rooms were very comfortable
Our accommodations were really cozy
The room was very clean and comfortable
Other recent Guests also went on to say:
My room was beautiful, immaculate, comfortable, well-lighted, and spacious. Just right in every way. I slept really well both nights, due to the quiet, the lack of intrusive lights, and the wonderful mattress.
Clean and crisp the rooms
The room was nice and I must say very clean
The rooms were exceptionally clean
If you are in the mood for a comfortable night's sleep in a clean room, come stay at Interlaken.
Here they are again, Deb and Pam.
It's like clock work - the first weekend in November we can count on seeing happy faces like this for the annual "Quilts and Treasures" retreat here at Interlaken. There are 45 women here this weekend, all have their own quilting station and plenty of big tables to spread their work out on. It looks like such fun!
This year these ladies are working on a very special quilt for their son/nephew and his new bride - a "Wedding Signature Quilt". This was new to me so naturally I had to take a closer look.
They are just starting to create this special masterpiece: At the wedding each Guest signed a piece of fabric with their love, good wishes, great advice - and some of the smaller Guests drew pictures to the special couple. Now the ladies get to put it altogether for this priceless quilt that will last a lifetime!
We can get your group, whatever their creativity may be and whatever size group, set for an annual weekend at Interlaken too! Just contact Kristy Barto at email@example.com for more details.
The New Year
The New Year will be starting in just 60 days - have you made your plans yet? Not that I am asking you to jump over Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, or Christmas - but let's "begin with the end in mind" this the holiday season! It's easy to book the New Year's Eve Hotel Package:
What: New Year's Eve Celebration
When: Tuesday, December 31st
Where: Interlaken Inn, Lakeville, CT
Who: You, our Guests, both repeat and new!
How to have a good time:
- Raw bar with clams, oysters, shrimp
- Extraordinary dinner buffet (Menu) for two, plus antipasto and salad stations
- Full premium open bar all night
- Dancing till midnight & beyond
- Midnight balloon drop and champagne toast
- Overnight accommodations
- Breakfast buffet on New Year's Day
Please call us anytime at 1-800-222-2909 to make your reservation. We'd love to ring in 2014 with you!
A beaming Bride and Groom
I love to taking pictures of the weddings here at Interlaken (as you probably know if you are a regular blog reader.) The pretty ceremony at the lakefront, the reception area under the pavilion, the amazing flower arrangements, the cake, and any other special touches the wedding couple has chosen. This time, however, I am proud to actually show photos with people in them!! And happy ones at that.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Garelick, united in marriage over Columbus Day Weekend.
We were honored to be the chosen venue to take care of their family and friends for their once-in-a-lifetime event. I am going to venture to say they were pleased with their choice too as witnessed in the bride's review on weddingwire.com:
"My husband and I got married here on 10/13/13. We had the most amazing time ever, largely in part to the event coordinators Stephanie and Brandon. They were extremely helpful throughout the process and made everything stress-free. On the day of the event everything went seamlessly. It is a truly beautiful property and the people there make it even more perfect. I would HIGHLY recommend this place for your wedding or event. The food is also fantastic!"
Thank you, Jen, for sharing some photos. We look forward to seeing many more!
Morgan's on Instagram
This is what Ruby Beet and Coconut soup looks like.
While many local restaurants are serving the typical butternut squash (and there is nothing wrong with that!), here at Morgan's Restaurant we are offering this bright and creative soup to start your evening meal. It's delicious along with our cottage dill rolls.
A Private Party
Normally every weekend we have a combination of Track visitors, Wedding Guests, School parents, Romantic Couples, Retreat Participants, and Families. This weekend, however, "everybody knows your name". A property-wide wedding is taking place and the festivities began early Friday and will go right until Noon on Sunday.
Friday began with canoeing on the back lake to the Mary Peters Memorial Park. A Food Truck arrived for the Rehearsal dinner with brick oven pizzas (and more) for all Guests to enjoy while the air was filled with jazz music. A bonfire with dark and milk chocolate for s'mores (complimented with Octoberfest) by the lakefront concluded the first day of their special weekend.
Today arrives and the sky is blue, the temperature is comfortable and the colors at the lake are perfect for their lakeside ceremony. This time of year is just so beautiful.
Although you can take a leisurely walk to the ceremony site, this adorable limo trolley was available for all Guests to enjoy.
The Bride is planning to arrive at the ceremony in this Old Time Checker Cab (which was in the movie "When Harry Met Sally" among many others).
Let the party begin under the wedding pavilion! There's a photo booth inside to capture every moment.
Truly where "Everybody knows your name" - first names only that is!
Set for 190 Guests, our staff was ready to provide each Guest with a Kale Salad with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing and Zucchini Carpaccio, Pinenuts, Lemon Oil & Basil as the first courses. Guest could then choose either Black Cod with Soy Butter Sauce & Green Onion and Sesame Seed Garnish, Filet Grass Fed Beef with Mushrooms & Thyme, Portobello Mushroom stuffed with Quinoa, Spinach, Pinenuts & Red Pepper Sauce or Chickpea Stew with Red Peppes, Zucchini, Coconut Milk, Brown Rice and Harissa. All to be accompanied by root vegetables and green beans with lemon zest and roasted garlic.
In addition to this amazing cake above, this table below will soon become a pie bar. Yes, many fresh pies all baked by Freund's Farm Market and Bakery. Every flavor imaginable is represented and available ala mode with fresh whipped cream and toppings as well. As if this isn't enough, there will be dark chocolate covered strawberries and a cookie tray at each table.
Flowers by Country Gardeners.
The party will continue in Morgan's with late night snacks such as vegetarian tacos and guacamole and chips, and plenty of Corona.
The special weekend will be concluded with a Sunday Brunch for all Guests with a bagel bar, an oatmeal bar, New York bagels, an omelet station, hashbrowns and pancakes.
If you'd like to book your "private party", contact Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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