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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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November Wedding Poem

To the bride getting married this Saturday:


Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Hurricane Sandy is gone,

What's left for you?

Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT Fall tree

Let me tell you!

Fall trees are red,

The sky is blue,

This red tree, pumpkins and mums

Will all be here for you!

Interlaken Inn October 2012 courtyard

Interlaken Inn Fall wedding CT

 A partly sunny and cool day is forecasted for your special day.  See you soon!


Bandit's Vacation

Meet Bandit, the latest pooch to have visited Interlaken for a mini vacation. 

Well, maybe I shouldn't call it 'mini' as Bandit sure was able to do alot with his Mom and Dad in a short period of time, as evidenced by these cute photos.


He was able to pose by one of the many sculptures from Denis Curtiss...

Interlaken Inn pet friendly resort

He was able to discover a beautiful waterfall with his Mom right adjacent to the Interlaken property...

Interlaken Pet friendly property in Northwest CT

And he was able to play catch behind the Sunnyside building with his Dad.

Interlaken Pet friendly hotel in Connecticut

I am sure this Tibetan Terrier did other fun things around the Inn as well, and will explore the area further since Bandit's Mom's email said: 

"We will definitely come back!" 

We look forward to your return soon!


Short and Sweet

Love your Inn! Have already recommended your Inn to friends and family.  Looking forward to visiting you again.

A few simple words can certainly make someone's day.  Have you made someone's day today?  Another Guest made my day:

We Loved our stay at the Interlaken Inn. Everyone was very friendly, our room was so comfortable and our stay was Fabulous.  Thank you.

and then there's this one:

Dinner and breakfast were, without question, amazing and perhaps the best meals available in the area. The service was terrific, and the waitstaff made our meals very enjoyable. 

and this:

Your Inn is fantastic!  We had an amazing dinner and breakfast!  The staff was extremely friendly and helped us with any of our needs.  We are planning to visit the Interlaken in the future!  Great Job!

and let's end the day with this one:

Whenever I am in that area I love staying at the Interlaken Inn - it has a cozy atmosphere and I feel like I am with Family.


Saturday sweetness

Wedding destination at Interlaken Inn CT

I wandered out to visit the wedding pavilion (as I do almost every wedding) and I have to say this was a first for me to see.  How cute is this?  "Orange you glad she said YES" - love it! 

Interlaken Wedding Favors


Fall into Sunnyside

I was talking to a Guest the other day and assisted him in planning a visit to Interlaken later this month.  He does have some business to attend to but thought it would be nice to surprise his wife with a little romance as well.  I love surprises!  Since his wife loves the Victorian-styled look, I selected my favorite room in the Sunnyside building for him, private with lots of sun exposure.  Along with seating on the wrapround porch we have adirondack chairs nestled for two in a more private setting as well.  Cocktails for two for sure!

Sunnyside building at Interlaken Inn

Paul, here's a view as you head from your Guestroom - a nice leisurely stroll to the main building and restaurant area.

Sunnyside Building View of the property Interlaken Inn

Make business pleasure by choosing unique and very private accommodations like Sunnyside. 


Holiday Packages

Romantic Escape, Night on the Town, Wine tasting, Petaway - these are just a few of the standard packages that Interlaken offers on a year round basis.  We have just added two new holiday choices to our package family for the upcoming season - read on to find out what is inside our package!

Holiday Shopping at Local Shops

Make this holiday season more enjoyable for everyone (including you)!  Interlaken Inn is the perfect place to enjoy the company of friends and family, and take advantage of the many area activities and local artisan shops!

‘Tis the season for giving and Interlaken is offering a reduced standard room rate this holiday shopping season to entice you and yours to visit New England and discover our quaint nearby towns. Simply mention the code “Gift Wrap” when making your hotel reservation and bring a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to our local Salvation Army for the “Angel Tree Program”.

Interlaken Holiday Shopping Package includes:

  • $189 plus tax Room Rate Sunday through Thursday or $219 Friday & Saturday (standard guest room- ask about upgrades)
  • Our Gift to You- A $25 Interlaken Gift Card (valid between January 1st and April 30th, 2013)
  • 25% off in Morgan’s Restaurant at Interlaken
  • A “Holiday Shopping Pass” (present at local participating shops for discounts)
  • Area Map of Shops given at check-in
  • Homemade Cookies and Hot Cocoa at 4pm daily

The Holiday Shopping Package is available November 30th through December 23rd, 2012


New England Holiday Escape Weekend Package

A special weekend package designed for those who have always wanted a traditional New England holiday experience! We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our home with you. Enjoy decorating holiday cookies, live music, quaint towns and the famous Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

New England Holiday Escape Package includes:

  • Overnight Standard Accommodations (upgrades available for additional fee)
  • 25% off in Morgan’s Restaurant (all meals and drinks)
  • Our Gift to You- A $25 Interlaken Gift Card (valid between January 1st and April 30th, 2013)
  • Full New England Breakfast Buffet (each morning)
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating on Saturday from 3pm-5pm
  • The North Pole (Interlaken) Wrapping Station (we provide scissors, tape, hot cocoa, cookies and a paper cutter)
  • Live Music Nightly in Morgan’s Restaurant
  • Tickets to Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge
  • Wreath Decorating with Floral Designer from Salisbury Lawn & Garden at Interlaken (additional fee, reservations required)
  • Directions to Local Christmas Tree Farm for Cut Your Own Experience


Looking you up and down

Yes, that is what I did to this tree!  There is so much color popping in and around Interlaken as we head toward the fall foliage peak season.  This beautiful intense tree welcomed me as I walked into work today.  Check out the sky!  We've had some dreary weather lately so when the sky is clear it provides the perfect background to the beauty Mother Nature is giving us.  Now is the time to make your plans to visit us - you know the ride to us from wherever you come from will be pretty and will certainly remain that way as you wander the vast Interlaken property.  Come and kick up some leaves with us!  Peak season has even yet to arrive.

Fall Foliage at Interlaken Inn CT

Fall Foliage at Interlaken Inn CT

Fall Foliage at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT


Go Bearcats!

As you travel west on Route 112 coming down the hill, one can't help but notice the beautiful football field on the Hotchkiss School campus, right next door to the Interlaken property.  As this one (meaning me) is driving past it heading east I can't help but take a picture of the Bearcats in action.  Another sure sign of fall!

  Hotchkiss School next to Interlaken Inn

We look forward to the arrival of all Hotchkiss families for the upcoming Parents weekend!  Interlaken is open year round so you can visit anytime.


Stars of September

As much as I love going out to dinner this time of year, I also find dining out in the fall time to be stressful.  It is so hard to choose between all of the amazing flavors!  How can one choose between pumpkin and butternut squash ravioli, or an heirloom tomato salad vs. baby arugula with fresh pear?  And dessert is certainly a challenge as well - pumpkin bread pudding, maple walnut cake or fresh apple cobbler?  I suppose one way to win this little battle is to dine out often to catch all of the wonderful options!  Have you caught any local flavors at Morgan's yet?  Let's see what those dining in Morgan's chose the most in the month of September:

The entree star of September was:  Grilled Grass-fed N.Y. Strip with House Worcestershire, Horseradish, Garlicky Spinach.

The second star was the Pasta Bolognese:  Pappardelle Pasta with Locally Raised Beef Ragu made in a traditional style.

Tied for third:  East Coast Red Snapper with Red Pepper Crust, Local Sweet Corn, Young Scallions and Grilled Wild King Salmon, Marinated Cucumbers and Leeks, Saffron Yogurt, Pistachio.

(I had the pleasure of enjoying this dish!)

Morgan's Restaurant Wild King Salmon

The dessert winner - and I knew what is was going to be before I even looked:  Local Apple Fritters with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!

I was curious as to the most ordered appetizer in the month and it looks like our Guests went traditional: 

Classic Caesar Salad with Housemade Dressing, Marinated White Anchovies, Croutons

Morgan's is open every night and also has nightly specials.  Reserve a table today!


Yes, color in New England has arrived!

There always seems to be one tree that stands out amongst the rest, and this one, even on a dreary New England day, is the perfect representation of the vibrant autumn colors just starting to grace Northwestern Connecticut and the Southern Berkshires.  Just picture it with a bright blue sky behind it and it can knock your fall socks off!  Even though this tree is fully changing, no worries, we haven't hit peak season yet.  Now is the perfect time to plan a fall foliage getaway to Interlaken! 

Interlaken Inn Fall Foliage Packages CT

Notice the little guy in the photo enjoying the signs of fall as well.

Fall Foliage at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

Attention couples getting married at Interlaken this month - the colors are here in the courtyard area and more will be coming!  The lakefront is dotting with color as well, just waiting for you to arrive!

Fall Foliage near the Wedding Pavilion at Interlaken Inn

Interlaken Wedding Pavilion in the Fall

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