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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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July
31
2011

Not your average hotel food...

Hotel restaurants have a stigma, you know, and many times for good reason.  Certain hotels with restaurants usually have banquet facilities as well, so it’s almost assumed by the Customer that the food they are eating in the restaurant is the same frozen prepared “heat and serve” product that was being prepared for the banquet.  Now, I certainly understand that this may be the best option when you are serving several hundred people for a large event, but not here at Interlaken!  All of our food is prepared from scratch (for both our restaurant AND for our weddings/banquets) using the finest, local and organic ingredients as much as possible.  Our menu changes many times during the week to add the freshest ingredients from our local farms, such as Farm Girl Farm, Feather Ridge Farm, Sky Farm, and Coach Farm.  Our Culinary-trained Chefs love to produce creative items using the finest products we can find.  Here are what our Guests have said about Morgan’s:

Food was delicious

Food is yummy

A great dinner at Morgan's

Dinner was excellent

We greatly enjoyed the dinner

The food was top notch and the service was just the right amount of friendliness and privacy

The one meal we had at the restaurant was very good

The food was delicious

We especially enjoyed the cuisine of the restaurant

The food is great!  All three of us are huge fans of the Morgan Burger

The food delicious (this is a popular one!)

Dinner at your restaurant was better than expected.

Don’t you want to eat at a restaurant with reviews such as this?  Come try us.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

 

Morgan's at Interlaken

 


July
23
2011

We are note friendly

Question for you:  When is the last time that you hand wrote a note to someone, expressing your gratitude?  I'm guessing most will say "it's a been a while".  Now, when is the last time you left a handwritten note for the Manager of a resort you have stayed at?  I'm going to guess all will say "it's been quite a while" - or perhaps never! 

In today's world of texting, emailing, and voicemailing - hand written notes are a rare thing!  Now, not to say there's anything wrong with any of these above ways to communicate (as a matter of fact, we receive many positive comments via email from our Guests, and love it!), but there is something especially touching about a hand written note.  Maybe because it is such a thing of the past, and something that doesn't happen often.  This rarity happened at Interlaken this week:  a Guest just stayed with us in our Lakeside Cottage and enjoyed their time so much that they left the following note at check-out:

Interlaken Resort Note

Now, not only did this Guest write a note, but their DOG wrote a heartfelt note as well!

Interlaken note from Dog!

Now, how cute is this?!  Thank you Caryl, George and Riko!

The Lakeside Cottage is written about quite often on my blog, on our Facebook page, and on Tripadvisor.  For those of you wishing for peacefulness, tranquility, a connection back to nature, a connection back to your family or complete privacy, this is the accommodation for you. 

Interlaken Lakeside Cottage

There are a couple of dates still open this summer and fall. Give us a call - you might love it enough to write a hand written note as well. (although emails are happily accepted too!)


July
21
2011

A wedding hunt

I was doing my daily walk around the property, camera in hand, hoping to meet some Guests enjoying the property.  I love seeing families at the pool (cold drinks anyone?) and people sitting on their patio with their dogs.  In addition to meeting a family all the way from Denmark (visiting us in between their trip in NYC and Boston) and a group of ladies (who have known each other since they were 12!) here on a girlfriends getaway - I saw this:

Interlaken Wedding Scavenger Hunt

Pretty, right?  But besides it being pretty, I noticed the horse sculpture was holding something.  The horse usually does not hold anything... So I got closer:

Interlaken Wedding Scavenger

Not close enough:

Interlaken Scavenger Hunt

OK, this is when I realized it was part of the Scavenger Hunt that the Bride and Groom created for their Wedding Guests!  A little extra fun to challenge friends and family to see how well they truly know about the happy couple, and also to make sure Guests are discovering all aspects of the Interlaken property!  As clues were collected by each Guest, they would fill in the crossword puzzle at the farewell brunch on Sunday, and a gift to the winner was awarded!  Very cute, I just love these neat ideas!

Interlaken Wedding Pavilion

It was a perfect day for a wedding and a perfect weekend to make it a destination one!

Interlaken Wedding Pavilion - cocktail hour 

Cocktail hour


July
20
2011

Sweet sunset

Interlaken Lakefront Sunset

Interlaken Lakefront Sunset

Interlaken Lakefront - it's waiting for you.

 


July
10
2011

L O V E is in the Interlaken Air!

Last night there was a proposal in Morgan's restaurant.  How romantic is that?  They had an 8:30pm dinner reservation, and when they were done with their entrees, a dessert menu was presented to the bride-to-be with one, sweet item on the menu: 

Diamond Engagement Chocolate Cake

*comes with a real diamond ring

I wondered if she ordered it....YES of course she did!  So the staff brought over two glasses of champagne and then gave the couple some private time. 

Right now as I type this, they are out on a canoe at the Interlaken's lakefront...   

Interlaken Lakefront Engagement

I hope this couple realizes that Interlaken is a wedding destination property...

Congratulations to you both!  Thank you for letting Interlaken be a part of such a special moment in your lives!


July
5
2011

Perfect Summer Getaway

Your own lake.

Interlaken Lakeside Cabin

Complete Privacy.

Interlaken Lakeside cabin

Your own boat.

Interlaken Lakeside Cabin

Your own view.

Interlaken Lakeside Cabin

Secluded from the main property, this is a truly peaceful getaway. Drive down the long driveway through the woods to find our private lakeside cottage. You will find all that you need for a weekend or week long stay.

This cottage includes a king size bed, full size refrigerator and microwave, living room with sleeper-sofa, private bath, and a screened-in porch with a wonderful swing.  There is also a small fire pit at the water's edge, perfect for making a bonfire at night and roasting marshmallows.

Don't forget, you still have full access to the main property to enjoy our outdoor heated pool, tennis courts, our restaurant, and spa services.

We have some last minute availabilty for this cabin at the end of July through Mid-August.  Give us a call at 1-800-222-2909 if you are able to escape for a weekend or week long getaway!!   

I have met some wonderful Guests this season that have stayed at the lake cabin and have fallen in love with it! (we immediately have something in common...)  Thank you, Danielle Graham, for taking and for sharing such wonderful photos!  You truly captured the beauty of this lovely, private and tranquil accommodation at Interlaken!  I am so glad you and Fredy spent your 20 year anniversary with us, and hope we'll be a part of your yearly celebration!  See what Danielle had to say about her experience at the Lakeside Cottage on our Facebook page!  Here's another recent comment shared with me about the lakeside cottage:

"My husband and I had the most relaxing stay and are in love with the Cabin.  Would love to take my two boys up with us. This place is amazing and having all the needs we need, and was so happy to see smores makings. Thank you again - our ten year anniversary was amazing."


July
2
2011

Proper Property Use

I just walked around the property on this lovely warm day and was happy to see the property being used just as it should be!

Interlaken Courtyard Pool

Center stage of course is the pool.  Not that you would know it as it's hidden amongst the greenery!

Interlaken Courtyard Pool

But it's there, and in use by many.  Some basking in the sun, some relaxing under the umbrellas.  Some splashing, some diving, some jumping.  Some at the vending machine, and others enjoying some ice cold Coronas with lime, Rum and Coke, and Grey Goose vodka with a splash of cranberry.  Many ways to get refreshed on this nice warm day. 

Three young men playing basketball.  A woman walking her beautiful Golden Retriever.  A dad and his daughter tossing a ball in the lawn.  The bride and groom getting married tomorrow enjoying a picnic in the courtyard under a big shady maple tree.  A couple just arriving from NYC relaxing on the porch of Sunnyside.  A couple walking down to the lakefront.  A man outside our newly renovated Woodside pet friendly prototype room, petting his dog resting on his lap.  A woman heading over to ELLORA Spa and Sanctuary for a one hour full body massage.  Kids playing pool and ping pong in the Game room.  A family reunion catching up with each other over drinks at the bar.  And I saw all this within my 10 minute walk!

So many ways to properly use the Interlaken property!


July
1
2011

Weather Forecast for tonight: Dark

Well spoken, George Carlin!  But if you are at Interlaken this weekend with plans to see the Fireworks Spectacular over at Lime Rock Park tomorrow evening, then the sky certainly won't be dark!  Gates open at 6pm for picnicking, and the show in the sky starts at 9pm.  Sorry to our pet friendly Guests as dogs are not allowed.  $15 per carload.  A wonderful evening to relax on a blanket and celebrate the 4th of July! 


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