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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CT Green Property
"And the green grass grows all around, all around, the green grass grows all around"
I've been singing this song for several days now since my second grader is getting ready for her year end recital, and I was certainly humming it as I wandered the Interlaken property this afternoon! In addition to Interlaken being one of the very few Certfiied Green Lodging Properties in Connecticut, we are truly very GREEN this season!
With beautiful earth like this, it is only natural we support it 100% by making smart decisions in being environmentally sound. We are always boastful to have become one of the very first green lodging hotels in CT! We were recently recertified in April 2012. Check out our commitments to a better earth!
Visit us for a wedding, visit us with your dog, visit us with your children, visit us with your significant other - whatever the reason you'll be seeing GREEN inside and out!
Love on the Lake
60% of Americans believe in love at first sight. I know I do.
Memorial Day Mix-up!
It's all mixed up at Interlaken this Memorial Day Weekend!
- Weekend wedding, lakeside ceremony, cocktail hour on the lawn - would you like a summer watermelon skewer with feta and black pepper? Reception following under the pavilion surrounded by gardens.
- A Mom is here to support her daughter at the tennis match at Hotchkiss School
- A couple plans to watch the race at Lime Rock Track today and then check out the Sunday Royals Car Show tomorrow
- Another couple was looking to escape NYC and relax in the country. Their picnic lunch will be ready by 2pm today!
- A gentleman decided to bike 43 miles before most of us were even out of bed today! He cycled up Route 41 to Route 23 and then back south through the lush valley views on Route 22
- Another family is sitting out on the lawn as the kids decide whether to play baseball, wiffle ball, or kickball
- A father and daughter were challenging each other to a game of tennis on our recently refurbished courts
- Many families were relaxing lakeside, swimming and canoeing in the deepest lake in Connecticut
- A dip in the pool! One couple was out lounging at 10am - is that too early for a cocktail? I don't think so! Let us bring you one.
- A couple taking advantage of the Memorial Day weekend package - they decided to rent a pontoon boat over at O'Hara's landing in Salisbury, looking to catch some trout
- Golf anyone? A foursome set for their 2pm tee time at Copake Country Club
- Renting bikes over at the Rail Trail Supply Co. in Millerton, NY, hopping on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, picnic in hand
We have some availability left on Sunday night - give us a call so you can get mixed up too!
What's up with Grass-fed beef?
Can it really make a difference to your health?
You bet it can! Grass-fed beef is higher in healthy unsaturated fats and lower in saturated fats than conventionally raised cows that eat a corn-based feed, one that is often supplemented with antibiotics and growth hormones. If you are going to eat meat, choose grass-fed!
Our grass-fed beef comes from Barlow Beef at Wike Brothers' Farm, just five miles from the Interlaken property. Chef Scimeca gives Farmer Barlow what he needs for the week, and he hops on Route 112 and heads over in his pick-up truck with the delivery. Now that is local!! Taste the healthy difference by ordering a Morgan's burger next time you dine at Morgan's at Interlaken!
Learning to Swim, Interlaken Style
I love it when firsts happen at Interlaken.
Meet Farley. Farley, a Wheaten Terrier, had his first swimming lesson during his recent vacation to Interlaken. Equipped with a doggie life preserver and, although he was nervous, his parents believe he would be willing to try it again. I am assuming he did the doggy paddle?
Here's Farley, back on dry land, enjoying the Interlaken property. Farley's parents say Wheaten's are a very special breed - loyal, loving and very friendly. (In fact, Interlaken's restaurant was named in memory of the Owner's Wheaten Terrier, Morgan.) This was the first time Farley's parents visited Interlaken, and here are the comments they shared with me:
"We had a wonderful, relaxing time on the lake, in the fields and on the trails. The food is delicious, the accommodations comfortable."
Q&A with Saxon, Interlaken's Fan of the Month!
Recent nominee and Winner of the Fan of the Month on Interlaken's Facebook page
Let's learn more about what this handsome Airedale Terrier thinks about his frequent visits to Interlaken!
What is your favorite room to stay in? Sunnyside 150 or Woodside 141. I like the sound of my nails on the floor. My toys are more playful as well. They used to just lay on the carpet.
What do you think of the dog beds Interlaken provides? I love the dog beds. I made my Mom call Miss Michelle to find out where she got the dog beds so I could have the same comfy bed at home. Miss Michelle was happy to share this and My mom got one for me right away. There are two types..plush snuggle and warm fleece blanket style...I am spoiled and I like the fleece one on top of the snuggle one.
What are your favorite treats you get at the front desk? COOKIES...PETS FROM WINSTON AND SUE...COOKIES..KISSES FROM MICHELLE... COOKIES THANK YOU!!! WOOF WOOF
Do you swim in the lake? While I am not an avid swimmer, I will wade in the shallow part of the lake. I go up to my elbows and bottom of my belly to cool off. When I have enough I lay on the grass next to my humans who are in the comfy lounge chairs! Sometimes I try to go on the swing chair too, 'cause I like to rock!
Where do you like to walk on property? I love the entire grounds. My mom always keeps me on a leash, because I am a terrier and I would chase anything, given the opportunity, but I like to pose with the beautiful plants and sculptures. I also love to visit the lobby for COOKIES! I love my morning walk down to the lake.
Does your mom or dad ever give bring you a "doggie bag" from Morgan’s Restaurant? If so, what is your favorite leftover? Roasted Chicken or any kind of steak. I also love cheese too. Anything my humans bring from Morgan's far exceeds any "doggie bags" I get when they bring stuff home for me. It is never as fancy, or as good as Morgan's fare. I feel like a lucky dog when I go to the Interlaken with them..I am a pampered pooch.
Where on property do you like to relax? I love sitting on the little hill by Sunnyside near the Adirondack chairs. I look over the dog run area and down to the back lake. My other favorite spot is down by the lake, but again, there is not a bad seat in the house as the grounds are so lovely. As long as my mom and papa have me with them I am happy. They never leave me in the room alone because they worry I might cry and upset our neighbors. I tell them I sleep, but they say come along because Interlaken doesn't allow it anyway. They could have left me at a kennel or dog sitters if they were going to leave me in the room alone. I love my humans.
Anything else you'd like to add, Mr. Saxon? I love the Interlaken because they take great care of me and my humans. They welcome me back every time and make me and my Mom and Papa feel special. The entire staff from the top down are wonderful and I can not say enough nice things about them..WOOF WOOF no cookies or cheese needed for this. I LOVE THE INTERLAKEN..AND I AM A PICKY CHARACTER AS MY MOM CALLS ME.
Memorial Day Madness!
The MADNESS that I am referring to is that Memorial Day is NEXT weekend!
Memorial Day weekend has been Interlaken's unofficial kick-off to summer ever since I can remember. It's the first weekend when the temperatures are consistently warm enough to allow all of our outdoor amenities to be in full swing! This year we are offering something we have never done before, and that is a special Memorial Day Weekend Package. It includes everything you need to get a head start on all things fun and outdoors!
- Overnight accommodations for three nights
- 25% Off in Morgan's Restaurant each night
- Litchfield Hills Touring Brochure with maps
- Picnic lunch with fern picnic hamper (yours to keep)
- Full Breakfast for two on each morning
Sound good? OK, now here are just some of the fun things you can do here right at Interlaken and in the surrounding area!
The lakefront. So peaceful and private. Enjoy the cool water - swim, canoe, kayak, picnic, swing, nap. Admire the beautiful views of Lake Wononscopomuc, the deepest lake in Connecticut.
The pool. Nice. Always freshly painted for the season, and always heated to a comfortable temperature of eighty degrees. Read the Hunger Games in between dips as you lounge among pretty flowers and greenery.
Tennis. We provide the racquets and balls, just pick a side and challenge someone to a game on our resurfaced blue courts.
The food. Morgan's features the freshest ingredients of the season from our local farmers, creatively prepared. Click here to see our latest menu!
Spa. This word needs no further explanation! ELLORA Spa & Sanctuary will be certain to rejuvenate you. By appointment only.
Golf. Right next door at the Hotchkiss Golf Course. Nine holes with a par of 35. It's so close you can even walk there.
Biking. Rent bikes at Rail Trail Supply Co. in Millerton, NY and start your ride on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Start pedaling south on the paved railroad bed and take in amazing views of the farmland.
Adventure. Test your agility in the forest at Catamount Adventure Park with zip lines, ladders, bridges and other obstacles. Challenging fun for the entire family, as young as 7 years old. The park opens for the season on Saturday, May 19th.
Hiking. Loads of local trails, the most prominent being Bear Mountain and the Appalachian Trail. Berkshire Hiking is a great website to visit for a detailed description of each hiking trail in Western Connecticut as well as in the Berkshires and Southeastern New York. Inhale the natural beauty that surrounds Interlaken!
Horseback riding. Take a lovely trail ride through the rolling hills of Litchfield, CT at Lee's Riding Stables.
Racing. Lime Rock Park is just 6 minutes away from the Interlaken, and they kick off their season with the Trans-Am Race Weekend May 25th - 27 - and don't miss Sunday Royals Car Show on guess what day? Yes, Sunday. Visit this historic track just once and you'll be hooked!
Tea tasting. You knew this would be mentioned! You have to stop at Harney & Sons in Millerton, NY to see why Harney is my favorite tea. And then tell me what your new favorite is! My new favorite for the summer season is Organic Green w/Citrus & Gingko Iced Tea.
Entertainment. Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT will have Greg Brown on Saturday, May 25th and AJ Croce with Liz Longley on Sunday, May 27th.
Wine. A tour and a tasting at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in scenic Dutchess County, NY.
Fabulous Feedback, Part 2!
I couldn't help but share with you two more Guests comments that say it all!
This was my second year taking an art workshop at your lovely inn. I think we were treated royally and that every effort was made to meet our needs. The rooms (though I was barely in mine!) are clean and well maintained, and I loved having that little porch. Our workspace, which was open for us 24/7 was great. We all loved having snacks and beverages brought to us, and having lunch delivered each day was also a big plus. Not having to clean up and go out for food meant more time to devote to our projects. The dining room food was delicious. My roommate and I had two dinners there and one via room service, and were happy with them all. If another class is offered next spring I'll be there!
Hello everyone. I must say this was a Outstanding place to stay from staff, to atmosphere, to others I met on the grounds and around town. Had a blast and will return for the years to follow. Got to bring my puppy as well and he too was overwelmed with the greatness and kindness.. I thank you a hundred times over and looking forward to seeing and staying again and again.
Thank you both so much!
"Thank you for choosing Interlaken Inn"
This is in the subject line of the Guest Feedback email that all Guests receive from me shortly after departure. My inbox is just starting to get some replies from this past weekend, and since I blogged about both the Wedding and the Perrella Workshop, I thought it would be fun to share two of my favorite comments so far about each event:
Perrella Art Workshop:
I had a delightful time at the Interlaken Inn. Admittedly, I came for the fabulous art workshop, but I fell in love with the inn. The rooms are comfortable, each and every staff member I encountered was friendly and helpful, and thanks to your great chef, my tummy was very, very happy. I look forward to a return visit. Thanks again for making my artful escapade so enjoyable.
Thank your entire staff for the wonderful wedding for my niece. I cannot think of another suggestion to have had a better experience.
I hope to read many more comments like these this week!
"Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me!"
"Mixed Media Circus Maximum"
It's not every day that the Interlaken has two award-winning mixed media artists in the house! But this weekend we do, and about a dozen ladies have decided to join their workshop and run away to join the circus for the weekend!
With the "ringleaders" of Lynne Perrella and Anne Bagby, the ladies at the Perrella Art Workshop have their supplies (and do they ever).....
and they use their favorite techniques to create rich, lavish, patterned surfaces featuring the "Circus"....
When it is time for a learning session, those interested wander out to the courtyard....
All things creative like this are so interesting to me - to see all of the different supplies turned into such complex expression by each is so neat! With both professionals attending as well as those just as a hobby, this workshop definitely has many creative and positive vibes! Be sure to visit Lynn Perrella's website for more information - and be watching for the 2013 program at Interlaken!
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