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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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Interlaken remodels Main Lobby

We’ve recently remodeled our Main Lobby, adding warm colors and comfy furnishings. The fireplace keeps the lobby toasty-warm, and we’re looking forward to your reaction when you visit us.


"It's Better than a Cruise"

Interlaken is – according to Harriet, who booked Interlaken today for her family gathering next June.  There are five celebrations in her family in 2011 – a 50th birthday, a high school graduation, a 75th birthday, an 80th birthday, and a 55th wedding anniversary – major milestones all in need of a wonderful celebration!  Really, they could have chosen anywhere (a cruise being one of them as she said) but Harriet thought of Interlaken and felt we would be the perfect spot to spend quality time with her family.  She has been staying at Interlaken on and off over the past 25 years (the first time being a day at Lime Rock Park), and thought it would only be appropriate for all of the many outdoor and cultural activities in the local area for her family to do together.  They have booked several rooms in the Sunnyside Victorian House, and look forward to some family time both in the lobby area of the building and outside on the wraparound porch.  Onsite, Harriet, her daughter Karen and the rest of their family intend to swim in the pool, play basketball, play tennis (on our brand new courts!), volleyball, have a softball game in the Sunnyside field, arrange Spa appointments at ELLORA, and have celebratory meals in Morgan’s Restaurant.  They will also spend much time at our lakefront, where they will go kayaking, canoeing and do more swimming – and of course, enjoy a picnic lunch lakeside one of the days!  Offsite, they intend to hike (Bash Bish Falls, the Appalachian Trail, Monument Mountain, Sunset Rock), bike ride (Harlem Valley Rail Trail), and see some shows (Infinity Hall, Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, Tri-Arts, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Edith Wharton House).  It’s certainly a jam-packed 5 nights, 6 days of fresh, clean country air in the relaxed environment found just South of the Berkshire Hills!   

You certainly can’t do all of this on a cruise, Harriet is quite right about that. 



Remember that song by the J. Geils Band?  One of my favorites, along with Freeze Frame of course.  (now you know I’m a kid of the 80′s!)  Guests Matt and Jessica just stayed at Interlaken for 3 nights, ending their last night at a concert at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT with none other Peter Wolf, lead singer of the J. Geils Band!  Matt and Jessica said the show was great, and that theaters like Infinity just don’t exist anymore.   Infinity hosts shows year round – click here to see their entire schedule to find a show that may take you back to younger days (as Peter Wolf would for me!)

Matt and Jessica decided to take a break from their home in Manhattan before Thanksgiving and come and visit this beautiful part of the country.   In addition to the Infinity Hall “Night on the Town” package, they also chose the Millbrook Vineyard Tour package another night of their stay.  This gave them tickets to the Vineyard along with dinner for two in Morgan’s (which they told me was “excellent”) , two glasses of wine (most likely a Millbrook selection!), continental breakfast for two and of course their overnight accommodations.  They had a good time traveling in the area checking out other vineyards, other restaurants (Matt said @ the corner in Litchfield was fantastic) and just relaxing in the country!  A well needed break for the two of them.

If you need a break with your sweetheart, then maybe Interlaken is the place for you.  We’ve got many packages to offer, many great places to eat in addition to Morgan’s, great vineyards, great concerts, much antiquing, many hiking trails, great local shopping, and wonderful fresh air for you to enjoy!

Click here to view all of the packages we offer!


A gift is just a phone call away

OK, let’s face it.  The holiday shopping season is upon us.  As soon as the home stretch of Thanksgiving appears, the houses become decorated with holiday lights – and the Black Friday madness begins!  I went shopping with my mom this past Friday, and I’d venture to say the day could have been called “dark gray Friday”!  I was surprised at how many people were out and about, creating long lines that I just wasn’t in the mood to be in.  We decided to cut our day short and head home, and do some on-line shopping instead!  Interlaken can help you do some holiday shopping – perhaps not on-line at this point (2011 will bring us that option – among other cool on-line options) – but by simply giving us a call at 1-800-222-2909.  We can offer you gift certificates in any demonimation and for anything you’d like – from a simple overnight, to a romantic dinner for two, to an overnight with a romantic dinner and a massage.  Or, check out all of the packages we offer at our website (click here) and pick the perfect package for that special someone – Millbrook Wine package, the Petaway package, Night on the Town – we have so many choices.  If you’d rather do just a flat dollar amount, we can of course do that too.

Although I love to go to stores and shop (there are some great little shops in and around the Lakeville/Salisbury, CT/Millerton, NY area), sometimes it’s nice to take the option of sitting at home in your cozies and still be able to find and order the perfect gift.  Interlaken will make it simple for you – just give us a call!

1-800-222-2909, anytime.


My new favorite dish!

I was fortunate enough to dine in Morgan’s last night for dinner, and needless to say, and once again, I was overwhelmed when the vegetarian dish came out and was placed in front of me. 

“Crispy falafel, labne, naan bread, grape tomatoes, avocado, cucumber and sweet potato gaufrette”

I regret not having my camera with me as what I wanted most to do at that moment was take a picture and run to my blog to talk all about it! 

The naan bread was layered with the avocado, the tomatoes, cucumbers and then topped with the falafel balls – yummy!  Next to it were the most amazing sweet potato gaufrette – you have got to try them!  I’ve never had them before and will certainly plan to have them again!

Morgan’s Restaurant – be sure to try it when you visit Interlaken! 


Be Creative with your Memories!

I have many favorite group and Guest moments at Interlaken, and one of them is when the Creative Memories group led by Teri Meiers is in the house!  She is here along with Margaret, Jamie and about 25 other scrappers, surrounded by their many scrapbook products – paper, cutters, adhesives, pens, the latest tool, embellishments, ribbon, albums, edgers – and most importantly – precious photos of their family and friends.  Being a scrapbooker myself, there’s nothing quite like preserving special moments (and even every day moments) through the use of papercrafting.  Creative Memories makes it easy for you!  They have a huge selection of coordinating products to help you get more pages done in the already limited amount of scrapbooking time we seem to have.

It’s only appropriate that Creative Memories partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant wishes and make dreams come true for seriously ill children.  Along with hefty yearly contributions, proceeds from the sale of the Creative Memories Make-A-Wish line are also given to make amazing memories for these special children in need.

Supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is another goal for Jamie, a Creative Memories Mom who has a son with this disease.  She sells adorable stuffed animals at every Creative Memories event she attends and the money is given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for research to find a cure for this horrible disease.

The supportive nature of Creative Memories continues on as buckets of soda caps are collected and offered to the St. Jude Research Center.

If scrapbooking and helping children struggle with disease are your passions, Creative  Memories would be the perfect fit for you.  We welcome the group twice annually here at Interlaken, but some Independent Consultants in the group are branching out and organizing more weekend scrapbooking retreats.  The next one is scheduled for January 21st and 22nd, 2011, and is being led by Kristine Shaw.  In addition to the basics (a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, great workspace) you can count on the usual weekend fun:  raffles, demonstrations, inspiration, and as one woman said: WINE!  There are spaces still open for this weekend, so be sure to contact Kristine at KrisKreations@hvc.rr.com for more information!

Thank you, Teri Meiers, for continuing to bring yourself, the ladies, all of your supplies and knowledge to Interlaken every year.  We admire your support of so many worthy Foundations.  To meet Teri and visit the Creative Memories website, click here!


"Elephant Ears"

Kristy Barto, the Interlaken’s Sales Manager, would like to take the blog reins and share something special with you today.  It’s certainly worth a listen!

Volunteerism is a healthy part of our commitment to our community at Interlaken. Our management team encourages volunteering and Interlaken gives back to our community in many different ways as a business but also as a family. Many of our staff members volunteer whether they are Little League coaches, firemen, Girl Scout Troop Leaders or helping at our local Salvation Army branch.

About a year ago country artist, Jimmy Wayne, was our guest at Interlaken while filming a webisode with Daryl Hall from “Hall & Oates” for “Live from Daryl’s House”. During his stay I had the pleasure of getting to know Jimmy and learning more about his turbulent past and his ambition to help at-risk youth across America. Jimmy was homeless as a teenager and if it wasn’t for the Costner family taking him in at the age of 16 when he was living on the streets, there’s no doubt that Jimmy Wayne wouldn’t be the successful artist he is today.

On January 1st of this year Jimmy started his journey to walk across America from Nashville to Phoenix (1700 miles) to help raise awareness for at-risk foster youth and homeless teens. During this time, he founded Project Meet Me Halfway which I’ve had the honor of volunteering for over the last several months. I wanted to share with you this special message from Jimmy Wayne and bring attention to November being “National Adoption Month” in an effort for every youth to have a place to call home.

Special Message from Jimmy Wayne:

“Elephant Ears” is a song I began writing on a flight from Nashville en route to Los Angeles. I was thinking about my sister and how she must have felt when she was a young child growing up in foster care. I remembered her being a sad little girl and very afraid, especially of grown men. The line “afraid to say I love you” was written directly from my experience observing her grow up.

My sister has no problem today saying the words “I love you,” especially since she recently adopted a 4 year old girl. That little girl gets more love than she would have ever imagined. She even favors my sister’s baby pictures.

Elephant Ears is a song for both parents and kids. It allows us to see both sides and watch a family grow. It inspires the listener to want to understand and want to help.

If someone is considering being an adoptive or foster parent, they must listen to “Elephant Ears.” This song will give them an understanding as to what the child is going through. Also every foster child should listen to the song to honor the parents who sacrificed so much to take care of them.

Please Click Here  for a Free Download of “Elephant Ears”.  Help us spread the word about the importance of adopting and fostering by sharing this link.  Thanks for all you are doing to help these kids.

God bless,

Jimmy Wayne 


Whoopi's favorite drink

Imagine my surprise when I just heard Whoopi Goldberg announce her favorite tea is also Harney and Sons!  It’s her birthday today, so The View is featuring her favorite things – and there I saw my favorite thing!  She announced that Harney and Sons are the only non-Chinese to be in the Chinese Tea Hall of Fame, and also loves that their tea sachets are made of silk.  What flavor am I enjoying right now as I write on the Interlaken Lakeside Blog?  Nourishing Japanese Green Sencha – try a cup of Harney and Sons Fine Tea today!  It will become your favorite too!


My favorite drink

I always drink when I blog.  It comforts me, inspires me. 

A nice hot cup of Harney & Sons Earl Grey tea.  I love it. 

The perfect cup of Tea


Interlaken is located in the town where Harney & Sons originated back in 1983.  It has been my favorite tea brand for as long as I can remember – and although they have been worldwide for quite some time, I will always remember how excited I got when I was at a very nice resort in Orlando many years ago and they served Harney & Sons tea!  Because I was younger at the time, it was hard for me imagine them distributing their tea from Connecticut all the way to Florida!  OK, as I said, I was young back then and didn’t get the entire picture!  I get it now, and obviously so does Harney:  their tea can be found at many gourmet shops and fine dining establishments all over (including Morgan’s restaurant!).  Now their wonderful tea shop over in Millerton, NY will have a sister:  Harney & Sons is opening a tea house in SOHO this coming Monday, November 13th.  433 Broome Street is the official address – I know I plan to stop in the next time I take a trip to NYC!   If you’ve never had Harney Tea, you must come to Morgan’s restaurant at Interlaken so that we can serve you up a nice hot cup! 


Getaway with your Girlfriends!

I’ve written about girlfriend getaways before, but why bore you again with my take on it!  Read it from a Guest who recently stayed with us:

My family organized a “girls weekend” at Interlaken to celebrate my sister’s 50th birthday.  We enjoyed the beautiful townhouse and adjoining townhouse room.  Our group included a wide range of ages from 2 month old  to a teenager, a college student, several shall we say baby boomers and  two 82 year olds (mom and mother-in-law).  Everyone was able to chill out and experience a relaxing time.  Our accomodations were lovely and the staff didn’t mind that we added a few decorations to celebrate the milestone birthday!   We had two hot breakfasts over the weekend in the main building which everyone enjoyed and a delicious meal at Morgan’s on Saturday night. 

It was a great time to visit the area to enjoy the Fall foliage and take advantage of the crisp mornings to canoe on the lake.  I want to personally thank Sue who recommended Freund’s bakery where we ordered a custom birthday cake that was absolutely delicious!

Thank you for a wonderful time and kudos to all the staff for their hospitality and high customer service.  We will definitely consider returning to Interlaken in the future!

Best regards, Betty

I wrote back to Betty, thanking her for the nice letter she wrote, and also asked her if she was able to visit the local area – and here’s what she wrote:

Our group enjoyed many outings during our weekend getaway including:  tour of Edith Wharton’s estate (the grounds are beautiful – although it may be a tad chilly in February), tour of the Norman Rockwell museum, a trip into Salisbury for the Fall Festival and scarecrow contest and we also drove to Norfolk on Saturday night to see Rhonda Larson at the Infinity Music Hall – very cool place, great acoustics and the Bistro/bar is a fun location to hang out after the show.

Thank you, Betty, for making it easy for all of the girlfriends out there to plan a weekend away!  Pick a date and give us a call – we can work with Betty’s options or create new ones – there’s something to interest everyone in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut!

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