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 REAL Spring Deal!
Now is the time to getaway and see Spring start coming to life! Many schools have Spring break in the next several weeks, so surprise your kids and take them away for a true nature 3 day vacation! There are plenty of hiking trails (including the Appalachian Trail) close by to the Interlaken where one can see the first hand signs of this amazing season. The buds on trees, blooming forsythia bushes, crocuses popping up, and have you heard the Peepers peeping yet?
Welcome back, Porsche Drivers!
Along with the pansies at the front entrance is another tell-tale sign of Spring when the regional chapters of Porsche and BMW return to the Lime Rock Race Track. It certainly was a cool morning this morning for the 2010 initiation, but I am sure they didn’t mind the cooler temps of the Spring given the long winter! New this year at Interlaken is our Skip Barber/Racers’ Lounge up in the Penthouse featuring a 55″ plasma TV. Racers will be able to enjoy a very casual atmosphere while enjoying complimentary snacks and the chance to meet all of the other driving enthusiasts – all on top of the Interlaken’s highest point – the Interlaken’s Penthouse Roof. Drive to Interlaken and Lime Rock Race Track this season!
Wedding Trade Shows
We just returned from our 4th trade show this season, this one being held at the Javits Center in NYC this past weekend. Even though the weather was amazing this first weekend of Spring, it still did not keep attendance down, at least not at the Interlaken wedding booth! We received many inquiries – there’s no doubt we will fill these few remaining dates this season, so now it is time to look for 2011 to get your preferred date! Connecticut is among the few states where civil unions can take place, so consider venturing up to the Northwest Corner of the State to see what we have to offer! Visit our website by clicking here! Thank you to all of those that visited our booth – we hope you will come for a tour soon!
Welcome home, ELLORA!
In just a few short months, ELLORA Spa and Sanctuary will call Interlaken property its new home! For the past couple of years, ELLORA has shared her service space between her Brook Street in Lakeville and the Interlaken – but the talks these past few weeks between Laura Hess-Hay, ELLORA’s owner, and Kevin Bousquet, the General Manager of Interlaken have led to the decision of ELLORA moving entirely onto our property. All of the services currently offered at Brook Street, including her Pilates Studio, will be offered here. We are all very excited about this new venture! Now, have you had a service at the Spa yet? Of the 2 dozen services Laura and her staff did this weekend, all of them were raving about them at check-out today. I heard “They are the best” quite often – now it doesn’t get much better than that, does it?! Watch for new packages that will include even more of their services – I am sure there will be one just for you! Until then, click here to see all of ELLORA’s fabulous offerings! I’ll keep you updated on her move-in progress over the next couple of months!
And who do you know that doesn’t have it?! Interlaken has a real HIGH fever this weekend – we are starting this first weekend of Spring with a BANG, and we love it! And the weather?! One could not ask for a better first day of Spring!
Our first wedding of the Spring season begins in a few short hours, and our wedding pavilion is set and ready to go! Kamilla of Kamilla’s Floral Boutique in Millerton, NY just finished decorating, and our service staff is putting the final touches on the tables. Doesn’t it look wonderful? Sixty Guests, mostly from out of town, will enjoy dancing and dinner, with Sea Bass with cherry tomatoes, basil and shallots as just one of the entree choices this evening.
Also staying and dining with us this weekend is the Hotchkiss School Lacrosse team, who are getting a head start on their season. As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect”, so why not get started even before the Hotchkiss spring break is over? With Interlaken and Hotchkiss School being right next door to each other, it was certainly an easy arrangement to be made!
And last, but not least of course, is the 3rd annual Style Fabrics quilt gathering in our largest meeting room, Will Rogers. About 2 dozen ladies, equipped with colorful materials and sewing machines, all at their own work stations, are enjoying their craft time – and of course, food time! One woman made me laugh as she said “I come here to quilt, but all I do is eat!” We offer packages that include all three meals per day, as well as two coffee breaks. Many of the ladies also make time in their day to book facials and massages with ELLORA Spa & Sanctuary - and all come back from their treatments relaxed and radiant! More news from ELLORA in the next few days!
Now stop reading this blog and get out there and enjoy the day before it’s over!
Arrangement from Kamilla's Floral Boutique
Set and ready for dining and dancing!
Quilting the weekend away!
The views are breathtaking!
And the view I am referring to is the one from the latest landscape painting of famous artist David Dunlop now hanging in the Interlaken main lobby. This is our second purchase from David, and we find his paintings so exquisite! David captures the Lakeville area perfectly. No wonder he is an Emmy award winning artist! Be sure to admire Mr. Dunlop’s beautiful paintings during your next visit to Interlaken! You can’t miss them!
It’s OFFICIAL – we are GREEN!
We have always been environmentally conscious, but over the last six months we have really pushed forward with “going GREEN”. With assistance from the CT DEP, we made some changes, some simple, some not-so-simple - and it’s clear the result has been well worth it! I have blogged about many of the changes we have made, so now you will have to go back and read all about them! Thank you to you, our Guests, and the staff at Interlaken for taking care of our environment!
Create your Memories!
We are fortunate enough to have another Creative Memories group visiting us this weekend, for the second week in a row! This group is based out of Dutchess County, NY, and they visit us once in the Spring and once in the Fall. They do the same thing each time they are here: scrap, crop, laugh, drink wine, have contests, attend demos, get ideas, have gourmet meals, scrap, stay up late, get up early, and put together their life memories with paper and photos! We have 43 women in our two conference rooms, each with their own work station – which of course they need as you can see from all of their supplies! I absolutely love walking through the ladies, watching them be creative – I always walk away with a few good ideas! The leader of this Creative Memories group is Teri Meiers from Poughquag, NY. Teri has been involved with Creative Memories for eight years, and she has been the “Legendary Leader” for 2 of the last 3 years. (A Legendary Leader means she is one of the top 10 leaders of Creative Memories in the entire USA – way to go, Teri!). If you are interested in becoming a member or a consultant for Creative Memories, feel free to contact Teri – she would love to welcome you to her group and the world of scrapbooking! You can reach Teri at email@example.com, or at 845-223-6022. If you are tired of hearing me talk about bringing your scrapbooking team (or other crafty group) to the Interlaken property, then contact Kristy Barto, our Sales Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would love to be the weekend host your creative event!
Less than a dozen!
So a Baker’s dozen is 13, but what is one less than a dozen called? If there is a name, let me know! Otherwise, why am I asking, is what you are asking? That is how many available wedding dates we have left in the year 2010! Since I am in the process of taking apart our wedding scrapbook album and putting in some fabulous new photos (compliments of Eric Limon, a one of a kind photographer from nearby Massachusetts) – I am surprised there are any dates left! Mr. Limon captures our property perfectly – the gorgeous ceremony held lakeside, the casual cocktail hour on the lawn, Guests dining and dancing under the wedding pavilion, photos of the Bride and Groom sharing a private moment amongst the birch trees – there are just too many perfect picture moments to write about! And this property in autumn? Let’s just say “WOW”! Come see the property for yourself, check out the new wedding album – and see if Interlaken is the perfect place for you and your sweetheart to say “I DO”! Email Brandon Scimeca at email@example.com for more information on hosting the perfect Connecticut Wedding Weekend for your family and friends!
2010 Swim Championships are here!
It is a pretty exciting weekend for our friends and neighbors at the Hotchkiss School – it’s finally time for the New England Preparatory School Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted right next door to Interlaken at the Hotchkiss campus in Lakeville, CT on March 6th and 7th. Approximately 450 girls and boys from across New England will compete in the event, with the girls event on Saturday and the competition for the boys on Sunday. This will be the second year that Hotchkiss will host this major event at the Hixon pool. If you can’t make the actual event, you can follow live scoring updates at the NEPSSA website. We are happy to be accommodating the families and friends of those competing this weekend!
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