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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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Meet Brandon Scimeca

Time to learn more about Brandon Scimeca, the Executive Chef (and Food and Beverage Director) at Interlaken.  If you have visited us you may have seen him either donning a Chef's jacket, or wearing a dress shirt and pants for a wedding house visit, or carrying in bushels of fresh vegetables from his garden with the help of his son.  You have definitely met him, though, in every meal you've had if you have head the pleasure of dining in Morgan's.  He is the man with the farm-to-table mission - click the link below to read the article in the Litchfield County Times to learn more about his passion.  And when you are done, do make a dining reservation with us to savor the last tastes of summer!



It all started with an ad in the New York Times

I had the pleasure to meet some Guests that had their first visit here to the Interlaken back in 1974.  To do the math for you, that would be 38 years ago.  How did their first visit to the Interlaken come about?  They saw a small ad in the New York Times featuring a hotel in the Berkshires that had a lake, and knew that is just what they wanted for their young family.  I listened happily to how the Interlaken used to be back then and how things have changed over the years.  For those of you who have also been visiting us for that many years read on for some of the changes Judy shared with me  - you may remember how things used to be too! 

  • The lake is still the beautiful lake.  Back then, there were two docks and a large sandy area
  • The outdoor pool was not heated but had a diving board and slide
  • The Atrium/Health and Fitness Center was not built, and there was no wedding pavilion
  • The Townhouses and coordinating garages were for sale
  • The restaurant was in the front room and very elegant, and the deck portion of now Morgan's was not enclosed
  • The Peters family and Nick Beni Sr. were the owners.  In fact, one of the Peter's daughters had their shop on property, For the Birds, which then moved into Lakeville/Salisbury
  • Their room rate was $28
  • The private lakeside cottage was not an available accommodation

Local area:

  • The Harlem Valley Rail Trail was not developed
  • The diner in Millerton was there (but with different current owners of course)
  • Saperstein's and Terni's were in business in Millerton
  • The Ragamont was in operating in Salisbury

There were so many other changes Judy mentioned, and it's hard to remember them all!  I have asked Judy for any pictures of her first visits to the Interlaken and she promised to send them my way.  I'll be certain to share them when I receive them!  If you have long ago memories of Interlaken, be sure to share them with me at michelle@interlakeinn.com!



Woofles and Petie

The boys made it!  Woofles and his brother Petie, Boston Terriers, spent the afternoon at the Interlaken's lakefront today, and I just had to wander down there and meet them.  (I know, tough job I've got)  Although it may look it from these photos that they relaxed all afternoon, they didn't:  their Mom Eva played them hard in the water, preparing them as new members to the Hudson Valley Dock Diving Club.  There's a practice pool located in Millerton, NY (voted one of the 10 coolest small towns in American by Frommers, by the way) and that is how Eva found us.  She stayed in one our newly renovated Woodside pet friendly rooms and took advantage of the Pet-Away Package , a packaged made especially for pups and their owners.  I am certain we'll be seeing more of these cuties!

Interlaken pet friendly resort lakeville ct

pet friendly resort in Lakeville CT Interlaken Inn

Interlaken Inn pet friendly hotel divingdocks


Tuscan Table for two

Table for two times 74 that is!  In addition to the Wedding Guests enjoying this bountiful Tuscan Table at the cocktail hour, Interlaken servers will also offer passed hdo's and cocktails to everyone mingling on this gorgeous summer day in New England.  There is no need for indoors on a day like today, so after the Guests gather on the courtyard lawn amongst the gardens they'll wander under the pavillion and enjoy the rest of the wedding reception to great food, great company and great music late into the evening. 

Interlaken Inn Weddings Outdoor Cocktail Hour

Interlaken Inn Wedding Cocktail Hour

Interlaken Lakeville CT Courtyard for Wedding Cocktail Hour

Interlaken Inn Wedding Pavilion CT

Interlaken Inn Wedding Cake


Perfect Pairings

Peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, chocolate and vanilla, Tom and Jerry - it's nice when things go together!  I've talked about the wonderful desserts that Morgan's has been offering and now we've paired them up with the perfect after dinner drinks.  Alone they are wonderful, but each one will taste better with the other!

Enjoy Double Ganache Tore with Pretzel Ice Cream with Patron XO Cocoa, Mexico

Taste Local Apple Fritters with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Clear Creek, Eau di Vie Pomme, Oregon

Savor Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Cherry Compote, Toasted Oat Crumb and Sour Cherry Sorbet with Pedro Zimenez Sherry, Bodegas Dios Baco, Spain

Sample Peanut Butter Semifreddo with Peanut Brittle and Chocolate Sorbet with Toschi Nocello (Walnut Liquor), Italy

Nibble Summer Strawberries with Balsamic Ice Cream and Red Wine-Caramel with Quitina Noval, Ruby Port

Morgan's is open 7 nights a week - be sure to come and visit us!


No obstacles at Interlaken

This Agility Master Champion will be staying with us next weekend - can't wait to meet Woofles!  Here he is weaving his way through an obstacle course...

Pet friendly hotel in Connecticut - Interlaken Inn


Not just for daytime

Interlaken Inn Lakefront

Just as peaceful and beautiful while the sun begins to set.


Will you Marry Me?

Proposals have happened before at Interlaken, but each time I hear that one is going to happen I get excited like it's the very first time!  Remember the one that happened in Morgan's last summer?  Or the one that happened right after the holidays?  We love being a part of such a momentus occasion, and this time was no exception. 

A pathway of rose petals and sweetly lit candles to a destination of more beautiful roses and candles, chilled champagne, and freshly made chocolate-covered strawberries - right to the spot of where she said YES!  Surprise!

Although this groom-to-be had his own thoughts on the big proposal, we've created a special Romantic Engagement Package that will make this moment an unforgettable one for the one you love.  It includes all of your meals as well as a photo shoot with photographer Eric Limon and a special discount off Interlaken's wedding packages.  You do know we do weddings here too, right?!  If you've got the right one for you and you've got a ring that fits, let us help you do the rest! 


July's Top Performers

Gold, silver, bronze.  We all know we are busy watching the Olympics or at least checking in with the medal counts each day.  Who were the gold, silver and bronze medalists at Interlaken for the month of July?  Here's the scoreboard!

Morgan's Entrees:

Morgan's Restaurant Interlaken Salmon dish

Gold:  Grilled Wild King Salmon, Roasted Local Summer Squash, Pistachio Puree, Yogurt Sauce

Silver:  Grilled Grass-fed N.Y. Strip with House Worcestershire, Horseradish, Garlicky Spinach

Bronze:  Pasta Bolognese: Pappardelle Pasta with Locally Raised Beef Ragu made in a traditional style

Morgan's Desserts:

Morgan's Restaurant Interlaken Ganache

Gold:  Double Chocolate Ganache Torte with Hazelnut Praline Ice Cream

Silver:  One Homemade Scoop of Ice Cream or Sorbet

Bronze:  Crispy Local Apple Fritters with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


The all-around winner in the Guestroom category is:

Interlaken Private Lakefront Cottage Rental Lakeville CT

The Lake Cottage!  Perfect scores in location for both privacy and beautiful views of Lake Wononpakook.  Certainly a winner in my book!


94 Moms!

Girlfriend Getaways Interlaken Inn in Connecticut

Meet Audrey, Esther, Bonnie, Michele, Susan, Jeannette, Beth, Diane and Gaby, the group known as 94 Moms.  Now, 94 is not the number of Moms nor is 94 their age, but 1994 happens to be the year that they all met while their children attended the same nursery school, and they have been good friends ever since.  For the past seven years they've gone away together for a girlfriend's getaway, leaving the husbands and all 23 children behind!  They spent some time relaxing at the lakefront having a picnic and cocktails (of course), swimming and boating, - you know, important friendship bonding activities.  They witnessed the wedding happening lakeside, and then they dined in Morgan's restaurant last night for dinner as part of the Girlfriend's Getaway package.  The 94 Moms started their day this morning with a full breakfast buffet, including fresh omelets, and were going to complete their weekend by visiting neighboring Millerton, NY for some shopping (Harney and Sons Tea Shop please) and lunch, and then off to Millbrook Vineyard and Winery for a tour and tasting.  What a fun and energetic group of Moms!  So glad I met them - and it all started with just complimenting Audrey on her handbag!  I am looking forward to their return next summer!

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