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The Lakeside Blog is happily written by Michelle Bruck at the Interlaken Inn, Lakeville, CT. She writes about what there is to do at Interlaken and why you should come stay with us, fun local events, great places to visit and cool things to do – in and around Lakeville & Salisbury Connecticut.

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International Housekeepers Week

Yes, we celebrated it at Interlaken! 

International Houskeepers Week Interlaken Inn

Every year the second week in September is deemed International Housekeepers week and we at Interlaken are so into showing our appreciation of the hard work the cleaning and service staff provides to you, our Guests!  As you can see, we all go to great lengths to make it as much fun as possible.  Helen Boyles is the queen of making all of us look our best!  Thank you Helen!

International Houskeepers Week Interlaken Inn

Not only does she alter our appearance (just a bit for some of the staff) she also challenges our abilities.  Here we are putting together wood puzzles as fast as we can so we can win a bag of M-n-M's!

International Houskeepers Week Interlaken Inn

International Housekeepers Week

International Houskeepers Week Interlaken Inn

She also challenged our knowledge of the property by putting together a little quiz of details she felt everyone on staff should know.  Just when we thought we knew all there was to know about Interlaken, Helen pulled out questions that stumped us all!

Now a celebration is not complete unless there is food involved, and boy, was there food involved.  Our Internationals friends gave us a taste of Bulgaria with shopska salad, kebapche, chicken noodle soup, cucumber and dill soup, salami dessert, creme caramel, and rice pudding, just to name some of the yummy flavors of their home country.  The Interlaken Chefs also treated us all to bountiful lunches featuring Greek and Southern cuisine.

International Houskeepers Week Interlaken Inn

Thank you to everyone on the Interlaken Guest Services Cleaning Staff for all you do!  And thank you, Helen for making it a super fun week in honor of them of all!



Meet Marconi!

Interlaken Inn pet friendly hotel in Connecticut

Another first at Interlaken:  Marconi had his first canoe trip on Lake Wononscopomuc this summer.  His owners tell me he spent alot of time wading in the lake and watching the birds go by.  "Doggy heaven" is the quote for this cutie!

Marconi's owners had a great visit with us too:

We loved our stay at Interlaken so much that we could not wait to tell our friends how great it was. We also posted some wonderful photos on Facebook and on the strength of our recommendation and photos, several of our friends have already booked their stay with you.  Your staff is so lovely and welcoming we will absolutely be back there again! 
Thank you, and we will see you again very soon.
There is still a good month left before the lake gets too cold for any sort of wading - so give us a ring soon to book your fall getaway with your pup!


Wedding ideas

You've chosen Interlaken as your wedding destination.  You have visited the wedding pavilion and have fallen in love with the large outdoor space surrounded by gardens.  Now it's time to make that space uniquely your own for your special day.  Let me show you how today's soon-to-be married couple added their personal special touches - perhaps they'll give give you some ideas for your future wedding at Interlaken!

Releasing the butterflies at the lakeside ceremony

Interlaken Lakeside ceremony - butterflies

Paper airplanes!

Fall wedding at Interlaken inn lakeside ceremony

Find your seat!

Interlaken Inn Wedding - Seating chart


Interlaken Inn fall wedding favors

For the sweethearts

Interlaken Inn sweetheart table at fall wedding

Little fishes for the kids table

Interlaken Wedding destination - kids table

Keeping the kids busy!

Interlaken Fall Wedding - for the kids


Interlaken Fall Wedding Cake

Fall Wedding at Interlaken cake pieces

Check out some of their other photos on Interlaken's Facebook page! (like the PLUNGE!)


Pavilion Proof!

Unique Meeting Venues at Interlaken Inn

Here is proof that we truly use the pavilion for many other events besides weddings!  Out with the dance floor and round tables and in with the eight foot tables and widescreen!  The pavilion is setup classroom style for a group of about 100 attendees.  A beautifully bright and airy spot - truly a unique meeting spot for a large group.  Actually, Interlaken has got several unique locations for any size meeting you'd like to have.  Contact Kristy Barto for further details!


Your First Visit

We all remember the many firsts that happen in our lives, so for all of you who have visited Interlaken can you remember your very first visit one?  How did you find out about Interlaken before making that first visit?  A recommendation from friends?  Maybe your child was accepted at Hotchkiss and they told you we were right next door.  You are an avid Race fan and heard we were only 6 miles from the Lime Rock Race Track.  Maybe your company sent you here for a conference.  Your friend was getting married and you were invited to attend his destination wedding.  And let's not forget the common Google search! 

The Guests that had their very first visit here back in 1974 found us through an ad that was placed in the New York Times.  The property was just what they were looking for for their young family and so the long relationship began and still continues.  If you do the math, that is 38 years!  Judy was kind enough to send me along a photo from that very first visit and here it is - the little boy in the photo is now 40!  (This may sound familiar if you read my blog a couple of weeks back - this is the photo she promised she would send.)

 Interlaken 1974 First Visit

I know many of you have been visiting us just as long as this family has so I would love to hear about your very first visit - please feel free to share with me at michelle@interlakeninn.com


Virginia - you were right!

Sometimes Guests make me hungry. 

Morgans nightly dinner special

The Guest that did it this time for me was Virginia.  Virginia stays with us often and has been staying with us for about 15 years now.  There was a dish we used to serve in our restaurant years ago that Virginia has yet to find anywhere else as much as she loved it at Interlaken - so we make it for her.  Each time she stays, Eric Stoetzner (who was the Chef back then) prepares this special dish for her and Virginia loves it just like the very first time.  Now realize my amazement when, during her stay this past week, when she proceeds to tell me she thinks she may have found a dish that is better than the Pecan Chicken!  I told her this was impossible as I knew how deep her love for the chicken was - plus I knew Eric's ego would be crushed!  

Later on that evening and much to my surprise, I was fortunate enough to try the dish that beat the chicken.  It was the special for the weekend in Morgan's and you are looking at it above as it sat on my desk before me.

Homemade Spinach Pasta with Scimeca Heirloom Tomatoes with a light Parmesan Cream

I know why it beat the chicken.  When is the last time you've had homemade pasta, or actually, ever had homemade pasta?  I saw Chef Blake making the fettuccine earlier that afternoon and wow, how delicious it was.  It melted in my mouth!  Nothing beats fresh tomatoes picked from the vine that morning from Scimeca farm and then all mixed in a light cream sauce?  Virginia, you are so right!  Now mind you, V (as I call her) it will be hard to duplicate this dish in the middle of winter without the freshly picked tomatoes, but we'll do our best.  If not, you know you can always count on Eric to make you that nutty poultry dish!

Do you have a favorite dish that you can only find at Morgan's?  If so, make me hungry and email me about it!


What's happening behind those big grasses?

Three guesses as to what is happening under the pavilion this afternoon.

Interlaken Wedding Pavilion

Nope, it's not a bat mitzvah, although we did host one here earlier this week (contact Brandon if you would like to book one).  It's not a radical race team building event either!  Good guess though, as we do them often too - Kristy Barto can help you out with that.  A family reunion dinner?  Sorry, but Maura McQuade can assist you in planning one for your family!  Your three guesses are up!  Here are a few hints:

Interlaken Fall Wedding Cake

Interlaken Outdoor Wedding table for two

Yes, the first of many fall weddings this season!  Autumn weddings typically include the wonderful tastes of fall as well - here is what their Guests will be enjoying this evening:

Pear, Parmesan, and Arugula Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Pecans and Sage

Halibut with Lemon-Caper Nage

Braised Shortribs of Beef with Red Wine

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and Caramelized Root Vegetables with Sage

Interlaken Wedding Fall Pavilion

Interlaken Wedding Pavilion Fall Gardens



August's Top Performers

I am sure you've been checking the blog every day since September 1st just to see if I have posted the top selling items in the month of August yet!  Well today is your lucky day if you are checking in for that very reason.  I love to see the most popular items of the month too, so let's see who the winners are.  I am going to just focus on Morgan's Restaurant from now on as that is way more fun!

The winner again this month is the Salmon!  Wild salmon can be eaten without the fear of excess contaminants or mercury, and of course (as you must know) is a great way to get your Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet.  Tastes great and great for you?  I'm in.  The Wild King Salmon dish is currently being served grilled with marinated cucumbers and leeks, saffron yogurt, and pistachio.  Our second runner-up is the chicken entree:  Organic Chicken Breast with local thin beans, fingerling potatoes, roasted garlic-thyme jus.  Tied for third was the Strip Steak (Grilled Grass-fed N.Y. Strip with house worcestershire, horseradish, garlicky spinach) and the Snapper (East Coast Red Snapper with red pepper crust, local organic sweet corn, young scallions). 

Morgan's restaurant Snapper dish Lakeville CT

East Coast Red Snapper with red pepper crust, local organic sweet corn, young scallions

Hungry yet?  Wait, let me get you the dessert winners to complete your entire salivating mouth!

The Chocolate Ganache Torte has been taken down! The most ordered dessert in August was the Apple Fritter:  Local Apple Fritters with vanilla bean ice cream.  I have a feeling this is going to be the winner for September as well with everyone starting to get into the apple season again.  Our homemade ice cream/sorbet scoop came in second and no worries, the Double Ganache Torte with Pretzel ice cream came in a solid third. 


One last dip

Go ahead....

Interlaken outdoor heated pool

take one last dip in the pool like it was summer.  Relax and swim before these beautiful green trees turn into warm shades of oranges, reds and yellows and our pool closes for the season.

Our heated swimming pool will be open for another few weeks, so be sure to come very soon!


Summer Vacation

Hello all!   I'm back to blogging and happy to be doing so!  Where did I go?  I was fortunate enough to spend a week in a hot and sunny place with my family, ending the summer with a bang!  How did you spend the last few weeks of your summer?  Many people spent some time at Interlaken, and here's what they had to say about their final summer getaway!

  • All was wonderful, as has become the norm.
  • Even though we weren't too far from home it was still nice to get away. A special thank you to the dining room staff for putting a birthday candle in my boyfriend's dessert and singing! lol We would both recommend the Interlaken.
  • This was my third stay at the Interlaken Inn.  And just like my first time in was great.  Just minutes from Skip Barber @ Lime Rock it made my stay even more enticing.  But the main reason for my stays are the amenities you have to offer along with a great staff and great dining.  I will be back next year for another stay.
  • The staff couldn't have been more receptive and inviting. The room was clean and well taken care of. A real pleasure. I look forward to my next stay with you.
  • We had a very nice time and the facility did a great job with the wedding we attended.
  • Our stay was fabulous! The staff was genuinely welcoming and helpful. The food was delicious! The grounds were lovely.
  • Staff was very pleasant, diner was excellent and the room was clean.  We had a great time.  Thank you!!
  • please know that we were delighted  with our stay, accomodations, food, piano music, and most of all your very attentive staff. We look forward to our next visit.
  • Our stay at the Interlaken Inn was wonderful! The grounds are beautiful and the staff was not only accommodating, but made us feel welcomed.
  • We had a great stay at Interlaken in August. We loved the room and would definitely choose that type of room again (I think it was Sunnyside--the building in the back). Our favorite activity is canoeing on the lake.

Summer may be over, but the fun and relaxing times at Interlaken certainly are not!  Come visit us for a wonderful fall getaway!

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