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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Employee Social Relationship-Building Experience
Guest Blogger today: Kristy Barto! Kristy is the Sales Manager for the Interlaken Inn & Resort in Lakeville, CT.
Employee Social Relationship-Building Experience
An intense meeting agenda is planned for your group which is why you need an event that is perhaps less of an event but more of an experience. It is an experience that will lead to team bonding and will form lasting relationships.
In today’s era of texting, tweeting, and Facebook messaging, there is less and less actual face-time amongst employees. Are we losing the ability to form a relationship? We know the foundation of every successful business is built on great relationships. Relationships are built over time involving trust and shared experiences and most definitely not formed through a tweet. We can “like” someone but that doesn’t mean we have a relationship with them.
It costs 1.5 times the average salary to replace an employee, but develop relationships, camaraderie among employees, and employees will be devout to much more than the weekly paycheck. After all, each of us wants to feel valuable and be of value at work, at home and to our friends. Relationships have power and value.
You need ideas of ways to encourage relationships among your team and the perfect opportunity to create a team experience is when you are all together for the off-site board meeting, manager’s meeting or corporate conference.
Here are some ideas which I have seen work at our property:
- A Lakeside Evening Bonfire- complete with tiki-torches, s’mores and hot cocoa
- Interlaken’s Radical Race- 2 hours of fun tasks involving a blind wine tasting, chocolate eating and tent building.
- Executive Lounge & Game Room- Poker, Ping-Pong, Air Hockey, Pool Table, after dinner drinks & snacks – a leisurely way to end your day
- Wine or Bourbon Tasting Reception- Let our sommelier guide the group in an informal tasting event prior to dinner
- The Mixer Reception- We provide the ingredients, you provide the creativity to develop the perfect cocktail.
As we tumult into the new “Social Era” we all need to stay focused on moving forward but basic fundamentals such as relationship building shouldn’t be tossed to the curb.
A Winter Wedding to Warm the Heart
A winter wedding. I love them! Today is the perfect day for a gathering of 100 family and friends to celebrate the love of Katie and Mike. I did my usual venture out to the wedding pavilion where the ceremony is set to happen, and had I not have known where to go, this cute sign would have helped me:
Our Atrium is set up for the ceremony, complete with evergreen trees topped with snow!
Now, this picture is a bonus! It's not too often I run into the entire bridal and their groomsmen... and they didn't mind one bit gathering to pose for me. The gowns are gorgeous, the men with their hats - admit this is a great shot!
Another bonus! I didn't want to get in the way of Katie coming down the stairs to meet her Dad, so I stepped way to the side and zoomed in and caught this shot. How beautiful! Off they go out to the Atrium...
The wedding pavilion is all set for their family and friends...
The DJ is ready to rock the room!
The Chefs have prepared Swordfish with fennel stuffing, Chicken stuffed with proscuitto & mozzarella and Filet with shallots, accompanied by baby carrots with chived butter and potato gratin.
Another cute idea!
Congratulations Katie and Mike!
The Convenience of Interlaken Inn
Interlaken may be located in the rural hills of Litchfield Country in the very Northwest Corner of Connecticut, but we are so close to so many things:
Morgan's restaurant - 0 miles
ELLORA Spa & Sanctuary - 0 miles
Hotchkiss Golf Course - .2 miles
Hotchkiss School - .5 miles
Indian Mountain School - 2 miles
Lime Rock Race Track - 2.7 miles
Skip Barber Racing School - 3 miles
Harney and Sons Tea Room - 3.4 miles
Harlem Valley Rail Trail - 3.4 miles
Salisbury School - 6 miles
Tri-Arts Theater - 6.1 miles
Sharon Audubon Center - 8.3 miles
Wassaic Train Station - 13.6 miles
Housatonic Outfitters - 13.9 miles
Mohawk Mountain - 14.3 miles
Infinity Hall - 17.8 miles
Just 15 minutes south of the Berkshires and 2 miles east of the quaint village of Millerton, NY, Interlaken is more convenient than you think. Let us make your accommodations while you visit any of the above destinations!
Romance any time of the year
Today is the official day of showing that special someone in your life how much you love them. Why not celebrate love every day? You can at Interlaken. Valentine's Day can be alot of work, but simple romance doesn't have to be.
We've created the "Survival List for the Romantic at Heart". We've listed several ideas for you to choose from and with a few details and small effort on your part, we'll help you look like a thoughtful and romantic superstar! Here's just one idea...
Arrive back at your Guestroom after a busy day... Upon entering your room, you notice the scent of soft candlelight coming from the bathroom. You hear the sounds of your significant other’s favorite romantic music and notice the bath has been drawn with your honey’s favorite scented bubble bath. The latest copy of your sweet's favorite magazine is laying right next to the booklight and robe.
We've got many more of these sweet and special ideas up our sleeve, so be sure to watch as our list of romantic options grow!
Show the one you love how special they are any day of the week at Interlaken.
Refresh and Renew at Interlaken, Lakeville, CT
We know how long the winter months can be, and a "refresh and renew"ing of the body is usually necessary to get us through to Spring. Perhaps you are like me and work on the weekends, so a mid-week getaway is right up your alley. We've got you covered on both!
Laura Hess-Hay, owner of ELLORA Spa & Sanctuary, just put together this special "Refresh and Renew" Spa Package for mid-week travelers only. Perfect for both single Guests and those traveling with another, this package includes just what you need to invigorate yourself! The true focus of the package is the spa service - and you receive two: an exfoliating, buffing and hydrating facial as well as a classic massage performed by the expert staff at ELLORA Spa. You will have a restful night's sleep in one of our special King accommodations and awake to a veggie egg white omelette (if you choose) in our complimentary continental breakfast room. Refresh and renew at Interlaken!
Discovering our Weekend Getaway Package
I told you about our Life Discovery Series happening right here in Lakeville, CT beginning at the end of this month. These are fun little programs to introduce you to and have you learn more about those topics that appeal to you. If you are looking for that little weekend getaway, plan it around the topic you like to add some interest to your weekend. We have 10 wonderful topics to choose from:
Cooking Vegan - Brandon Scimeca
Your cup of Tea - John Harney
About Quilting - Claire Oehler and Nancy Mirman
A Pilates Experience - Rachel Hay
The Body as a Mirror of your Pain and your Health - Lynn Simpson
Intro to Digital Scrapbooking - Teri Meiers
Texas Hold 'Em - Brandon Scimeca
Mind your Manners, Fido - Virginia Slowik
Looking youthful at every age - Laura Hess-Hay
Intro to Wine - Sam Bacco
The Weekend Getaway Package we have created allows you stay either one or two nights and gives you the chance to relax in the country, dine in our restaurant, Morgan's, watch a movie and snack on some popcorn, enjoy some welcome wine or afternoon tea, and the chance to discover an interest you've been curious about. No commitments, no strings - just meeting an expert in their field, wishing to share their passion with you. Pick a weekend and join us!
Finest ingredients, finest dining at Morgan's
What is the latest in Morgan's restaurant? Chef Scimeca fills you in!
Come and visit
Morgan’s and try one of our favorite new additions to the menu, Handmade
Ricotta-Proscuitto Ravioli with White Shrimp, Saffron and Poppy Seeds.
Chef Scimeca and staff hand rolls the very eggy style dough very thinly. The filling is a combination of local Coach Farm Ricotta, Proscuitto di San Danielle, and Herbs.
This is combined with a true flavor of Venice. Venice was the main port city during the spice trade and it’s cuisine is a reflection in that. Saffron and Poppy Seed is a classic combination that highlights the diversity of Italian cuisine. With port cities you get amazing crustaceans, hence the white shrimp.
Want to view our entire menu? Click here! Morgan's is open 7 days a week and gladly accepts reservations.
Fireside Wedding Package
So yes, I am writing about weddings again. It might be that I am attending one this weekend and am just in the mood, or maybe it's just an every mood for me - I'd be happy to talk weddings any day of the week! A few days ago I shared the new winter wedding intimate affair option with you (click here if you missed it) , but maybe your Guest list includes slightly more than 20 but less than the minimum of 100 we offer in our wedding pavilion. Never fear, Interlaken has created a package for those in between! Our new "Fireside Wedding Package" is perfect for 20 - 60 people and includes all you need to unite and celebrate your love. We've done events of this size before so I've got some pictures to share - let me dig them up and I'll post later this month! In the meantime, make an appointment with Stephanie DiDomenico via email and come see the Interlaken's wedding space in person!
Groundhog Phil says WINTER for CT?
I truly think all of us New Englanders are ready and waiting for it, so thank you Mr. Groundhog Phil for confirming six more weeks of winter! But define winter please: Cold temps and lots of snow? Medium temps and freezing rain? Mild temps and no precipitation at all? It's funny how one can now add that last definition in as that is what we've had so far! But really - the local ski resorts are ready and Interlaken is waiting! We want you to take advantage of our discounted ski packages and hit the slopes! We also want you to take your sweetheart on a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the beautiful Connecticut countryside - snow is needed please, Mr. Groundhog! Now mind you snow is not 100% necessary for a weekend getaway at Interlaken as we do have many packages that don't require it - enjoy wine tasting, a romantic dinner and a movie, a couples massage, a night on the town - check out all of our packages to find the perfect weather permitting one for you!
An Intimate Winter Wedding Destination
Although Interlaken can host your special day accommodating up to 220 Guests, there are also many of you looking for a more intimate affair. Interlaken can still be your destination choice! Gather up to 20 of your closest family members, bring them to Interlaken, exchange your vows as the snow falls, and then have them toast your love with champagne over a three course dinner near the fire in Morgan's restaurant. You can keep it as simple as this, or you can include overnight accommodations as well to make a weekend of it. We will work with you to make the smallest of affairs as special as the grandest of affairs! Click here for more details.
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