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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National Garden Month
April is finally here, the month that trees and flowers being to open. I am always excited to look to see what Spring has sprung from one day to the next. Right now, I watch as the snow continues to melt and the garden beds are revealed inch by inch. Soon the warm sunshine will transform the property into this once again, and grace us all season long with beautiful displays of color and scents all around the Interlaken.
Leaving the Big Apple
It's never been easier to get out of the Big Apple and up to the pretty Connecticut countryside at Interlaken Inn with our "Getaways from New York City" package. It's so simple: just buy a ticket on the Metro North Railroad to Wassaic at either 1:47pm or 3:43pm and we'll have a shuttle waiting for you to bring you to our front door. Here, you can leave all of the everyday hustles and bustles of NYC life behind you as we get you settled in one of our comfortable and quiet Guestrooms. Stroll around the property and watch as the first signs of Spring come to life once again. Wander to the pretty and calming lakefront and relax in one of our Cedar swings surrounded by the fresh country air. Rejuvenate at ELLORA Spa with one of her refreshing facials. Dine in Morgan's, where the food has been compared to some high quality NYC restaurants. Sleep soundly amongst 30 acres of peacefulness. Awake to a hearty breakfast and then relax some more before the shuttle service returns you back to the Wassaic station and Metro North Railroad andhome once again.
This special getaway package is available through the month of April only. Book your getaway soon!
World Water Day!
Vanessa is at it again, celebrating "World Water Day" with the Potter Quilt Retreat Ladies!
Every day is a celebration of something, and apparently we are celebrating water today. I celebrated by taking a brisk walk to my favorite body of water, and that is the Interlaken's lakefront. I know there's water under that big sheet of ice somewhere, and I can't wait to see it flowing once again very soon! Canoeing, swimming, raft building, wedding ceremonies, Intermingle cocktail hour - the lakefront is the perfect place for anything!
Now, we can't celebrate the lake when it's frozen (when is Ice day?) so Vanessa has acknowledged the day by creating these amazing pitchers of herb/fruit/spice infused water. Why have plain H20 when you can try Strawberry & Basil or Cucumber? The Quilting Ladies seemed to enjoy the fresh offerings - thanks Vanessa!
Interlaken has lots of water! Here is our outdoor heated pool which will be open once again Memorial Day Weekend....
Rent our private Lakeside Cabin this season and look out your window and see this beauty, Lake Wononpakook. (Yes, Interlaken is truly nestled between two lakes!)
We have two Suites (soon to be 3!) that have outdoor hot tubs....
And finally, you can't have a hot cup of Harney Tea without water!
Interlaken's Bridal Expo
Getting married and still in search for the perfect wedding venue? Getting married and you've already found your perfect wedding venue here at Interlaken? We've got you both covered!
Now is the ideal opportunity to come and experience Interlaken's wedding style at our very first (drum roll please...) Bridal Expo on Sunday, April 13th from 11am to 5pm. This is the biggest site tour we've ever done!
You will be able to see it all from the pretty lakeside ceremony site to the comfortable Guestroom accommodations to the dinner reception under the wedding pavilion. This is your chance to meet the vendors that put together all of the fine details from the flowers at the ceremony site to the centerpieces to wedding cake to the music that will get every family member up and moving for the night.
You'll be able to hear some ceremony music, sample some savory hors d'oeurves, admire unique floral arrangements, taste some amazing chocolate and meet face-to-face the many wedding professionals that will work hard to make certain your day is perfect.
Want to experience Interlaken from start to finish? Join us Saturday night, April 12th for a package created just for this show. Get to know Interlaken's Wedding Coordinator for some one-on-one time talking about your special day by reserving our Bridal Expo Package.
Mark your calendars!
Sunday, April 13th
11am to 5pm
It's the best day ever for one stop wedding shopping!
Eating of the Greens
Why was the tomato embarassed?
He saw the salad dressing.
There's nothing like fresh greens to do the body good, and the season for freshly picked local greens is right around the corner. We know as soon as the snow melts and the seeds are planted by the local farmers we will once again be blessed with fresh crops to make the most flavorful, savory and healthy salads served in Morgan's restaurant. The Heirloom Kale Salad with Local Honeycrisp apples, Black Olive Crunch, and Hazelnut is one of my favorites.
Morgan's is open 7 days a week and reservations are happily accepted.
It's true that "Good Things Come in Small Packages", so we've created some package options for those couples that have a want or a need for a smaller wedding celebration or vow renewal. The same quality of fresh food, warm efficient service, and close attention to detail, just on a smaller scale.
Although our venue is known for its wedding destination reputation, we have areas on property that tend to be more intimate, and we've got packages created around those special areas. Our first offering, for example, is at our Sunnyside house, a beautiful Victorian House set atop a hill overlooking the 30 acres of Interlaken. This house offers twelve Guestrooms, and private wraparound porch and perhaps most of all, a wonderful winding staircase for any bride to descend from.
We've created some options for you, but if you have something else in mind, please do let us know. It's your day and should be just how you want it. Contact Brandon Scimeca to start planning your perfect occasion.
What is going on behind this closed door?
It's a wonderful group of ladies all gathered in the coziness of one of our Townhouse Suites for a weekend of scrapbooking! And this.
I couldn't visit empty handed!
This scrapbooking group of ladies visit us twice every year, twice a year, to make certain they preserve all of their memories on colorful paper or digitally on their laptops. This Spring their gathering was a bit more intimate than usual, held right in one of our two-bedroom Townhouse Suites. As you can see a long table was brought in and clothed so each lady had the perfect amount of room to scrap (well, can we ever have enough room?!) Turn the music up! Walk around in your socks! Wander upstairs to take a nap so you can stay up all night! Stroll into the full kitchen, boil some tea and get a snack! Turn on the TV! Have all the comforts of home but without the chores or distractions - just a full weekend devoted to scrapbooking! Hmmm, count me in!
Our two bedroom Suites are perfect for about 6 adults and can accommodate any crafting group - quilting, sewing, crotcheting, needlepoint, stamping, spinning... if your supplies are mobile then we've got the room for you! Although we encourage dining in our restaurant for all of your meals, each Suite does have a full kitchen, just in case you have a Chef in the group. Gather your closest crafting buddies and come stay in one of our two bedroom Suites this Spring - we'd love to welcome you soon!
A Sweet Suite
You heard it hear first. Our new Penthouse Suite is coming soon!
Although many Guests would see the Penthouse sign in our main building and assume it was a Guestroom, it was in fact a small meeting room for many years, perfect gatherings for groups of 20 or less, and cozy intimate dinner gatherings, such as this from Thanksgiving 2012:
We then added a large screen TV and called it our "Skip Barber Racer's Lounge" where race fans could relax and meet up with other lime rock visitors. With a few years of talk about making it into a premier Guestroom at Interlaken, demolition began in early 2014 and the room is approaching completion and is set to be ready for sale in late March. I hope all goes according to plan as I am quite anxious to see this beauty set atop our main building roof with distant views of Lake Wononscopomuc, perhaps enjoyed from the rooftop hot tub?! Want some more details that are in the works? OK, click here! I won't tease you any further, you'll just have to wait and see how it all comes together.
So you heard it here first and you'll see it here first as I'll be sure to post photos at its unveiling in a few short weeks. We love improving our spaces!
National Craft Month!
What a great way to kick off National Craft Month with the arrival of our Scrapbook ladies this weekend! There are so many familiar faces in this group, all bringing more paper supplies than they do luggage! The creative spirit is alive as one wanders through the two meeting rooms - and so does the smell of Peanut Butter! Yes, it's also National Peanut Butter Day and we had to acknowledge that with our ladies with some warm peanut butter cookies and a wide selection of Reese's candies. Not part of the scrapbook group? No worries - celebrate with our Peanut Butter Semi-freddo special this evening in Morgan's restaurant!
The crafting month celebration does not stop here! Next weekend we will welcome back an intimate group of scrapbookers to a Townhouse Suite, and then two more Quilting groups will be joining us later this month. Have a craft group that needs a place that has lots of space for everyone, has lots of good food and snacks, and a happy staff to take care of their every need? We are your place! Contact Kristy Barto (email@example.com) for more information on booking your crafting retreat!
Boy, Mother Nature sure gave us a dose of Spring this past weekend, didn't she? I could hear the birds chirping, see the green leaves, smell the lilacs, taste fresh asparagus, and touch an earthworm... OK, everything but the earthworm... but really the 45+ degree temperatures in this area for 3 days has got all of us here in Northwestern Connecticut clamoring for more! We know this is coming and is worth the wait:
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