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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June's Top Performers
Drumroll please.... and the winner of the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix GT held today at Lime Rock Park is...Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Congrats also to the Vette fans (Geoff, too bad you weren't watching in person) who came in second and third. I got thinking, if Interlaken had a race, who would win? Let me share with you June's Top Performers!
Guestroom: Room 140! A Main Building King Bedded Room that faces the pool and is decorated like no other on property. Recently renovated in honor of a very special Guest that stayed at Interlaken while visiting Lime Rock Park.
Here's the view from Room 140's screened-in porch:
Guestroom runner ups are as follows:
Room 118 (a first floor room with two queens, same view as above), Room 161 (a Victorian-styled king room in our Sunnyside building), Room 150 (the winner in the pet friendly room category - a king bedded room also in the Sunnyside building) and Suite 209 with adjoining Room 210. *Honorable mention to Room 302 - a king bedded room in the Countryside building.
Onto the winners in Morgan's restaurant!
In a category all its own: Morgan's Burger! Local Barlow Farm Grass-fed burger with our homemade French Fries, choice of Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Grafton Cheddar, Berkshire Blue Cheese or Swiss.
Entrees: Salmon! Grilled Wild Coho Salmon, Marinated Leeks and English Cucumbers, Yogurt Sauce. I can attest to its yummiest personally.
I'd say come and try it but it's already been changed (we update quite often, as you know) on the latest menu to Grilled Wild King Salmon, Roasted Local Summer Squash, Pistachio Puree, Yogurt Sauce. Sounds just as yummy as the winner!
Runner-ups: Roasted Organic Chicken with Farmer Church's Local Spinach, Roasted Garlic-Thyme Jus and Grilled Grass-fed NY Strip with House Worcestershire, Horseradish, Grilled Asparagus. *Honorable mention: Homemade Asparagus Ravioli.
All in a day's work
I was chatting with a Guest who is coming to visit her 12 year old son who is at a local camp this summer near Interlaken. After taking her reservation for next weekend, she wanted some ideas of what they could do for fun for the weekend. So on and on I went with all the details and towards the end of the conversation she said "Well, I'd better get going as I have to get ready to go out" and I said "And I better get back to work". OK, so after I said that I had to laugh - "better get back to work"? I was working! That is how fun my job can be, lucky me.
So where am I going with this? Oh yes, the FUN! I am not going to list an amusement park (although they are fun). When you stay at Interlaken with your family, it's all about the great outdoors, both right at the Interlaken and in the surrounding countryside. Canoeing or kayaking on the lake, biking the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, hiking the Appalachian Trail, Horseback riding, picnicking near a waterfall (or at our lakeside), picking blueberries, flying through the trees at Catamount's Adventure Park, golfing at Hotchkiss Golf Course, visiting local Farm Markets (such as Freund's Farm), swimming in the lake, playing tennis - the list goes on. What's my favorite fun thing to do? (I bet you are all so surprised....)
What's cooking, Chef Karen?
It's always a loaded question when I ask one of our Chef's what the specials are for the evening. I know as soon as they tell me from the soup right through to the dessert I will be hungry and wanting to make a reservation! Yesterday was no exception. As soon as I heard the soup of the day, I was doomed.
Soup: Homemade Black Bean
Appetizer: Brandade, a french recipe: Salted Cod, Milk, Potatoes, Garlic Cream
Entree: Local organic Grilled Veal Chop, Wild Rice and Fresh Mushrooms
Dessert: Tiramisu (made the authentic Italian way)
Karen went on to say she also made Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee and a Blueberry Tart. Sounds like Karen had a busy afternoon!
Have I shared this beauty with you yet?
Double Chocolate Ganache Torte with Hazelnut Praline Ice Cream
This blog could be a mile long - I could talk all day about food, especially food that is made with the freshest local ingredients. Try Morgan's Restaurant - and save room for dessert!
I believe our newly landscaped Main Building is now complete!
A moose. A horse. A rooster. A llama. A cat. And now this canine! You can find all these animals and more at the Interlaken, thanks to Sculptor Denis Curtiss of Kent, CT. Denis is a Representational Sculptor working in bronze and steel, creating these amazing life-sized pieces. His metal sculptures are incredible and are often the focal point of photos with Guests visiting Interlaken. As you wander the property you'll be sure to meet up with them all! This guy announces to all we are a fun place for a vacation - come and play with us!
The View from 302
I owed you a photo from the Countryside building, remember? (Enjoy the View, June 27th)
Here it is, Room 302. The only room in the eight king-bedded room house that has a screened in porch. Actually, the only one in the building with a porch for that matter! Quiet and peaceful. A good book and a Harney Iced Tea is all you need!
I never expected this cuteness as I wandered down to check on the lakefront this morning. This dog was unbelievably adorable - he was truly goin' fishing.
I do not know if he caught anything but given his determination I can only bet he did. So many pups here this weekend! Vacation with your dog at pet friendly Interlaken this summer!
Panna Cotta Photo
Here it is - THE dessert I was telling you about in June 24th's blog. Thank you, Dan, for snapping a perfect shot of this wonderfully light and yummy dessert! My new favorite, for sure.
Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb, Toasted Oat Crumb, and Coconut "Snow"
Procession of People
That is the definition of a Parade, but in this case at Interlaken this morning it wasn't a parade of people but a parade of beautiful Aston Martin's, from vintage to new. I tried to pick one I'd like but couldn't decide, so any one of them will do. Check out more photos on Interlaken's Facebook page!
Enjoy the View
A question often asked of our staff: "Do any of your rooms have a view of the Lake?" The answer to that is YES! We have one accommodation that has a view of the lake, and that is our private lake cottage that I've blogged about. It has the most amazing view of Lake Wononpakook, what Interlaken considers our "back" lake. If you are unfamiliar with this secluded cabin, please read my blog dated June 21st or view the Guestroom/Lakeside tab.
So if the rest of our 85 rooms do not have a lake view, what kind of view do they have, you ask?
Here is a view from a Main Building Second Floor King room. This photo is not grainy - its taken from the screened-in porch. I always tell people these rooms have a distant view of the pool - and this is what I mean. Our Poolside first floor rooms also have this view from their porch (at eye level of course), but without the screened-in feature.
Here is a view from a Main Building Second Floor room - a new view! Prior to this past week, we would have said the view was of just the parking lot, but thanks to proper excavation and proper planting (thank you Junior's and Salisbury Garden Center!) the view is now a lovely one! As the final plantings happen this week, the view will only get better. For those Guests that have the need to keep an eye on their 'baby' in the parking lot, this is still a good choice. The first floor rooms have an even more green view.
This is a view from one of our Townhouse Suites/Adjoining Rooms. Sit and relax on your deck right on the grounds with the 'other side' of the pool and a distant view of the main building. Plenty of lawn space perfect for the kids to toss a frisbee! Adirondack chairs and picnic tables dot this courtyard area.
Peaking through the blinds of a newly installed back door in our Woodside Building. Our pet friendly rooms give you access to a pleasant grassy area for pups and their owners to relax or play.
Here is a view from behind the Sunnyside Building, our Victorian-styled house. The wraparound porch wraps right around to this view - grab an adirondack chair or two and relax the day away. Wine is also a nice compliment to this set-up!
Countryside, our last building. My apologies, but I owe you a photo of the view from that building. The house with eight king bedded rooms is completely occupied right now, so I'll snap one soon and post it at a later date. I can give you a hint, though: there will be green in the photo.
Let's move to the restaurant. Here is a view from Morgan's Deck - just a distant peak of the pool, waving to you while you are enjoying our full breakfast buffet offered every weekend. If you need help in deciding what to do for the day, this view may help with that! (I zoomed in, there's plenty of grassy area in between...) The other views from the breakfast room are of the gardens around the wedding pavilion and trees, more trees. Morgan's deck is also used for private luncheons and events and, very soon, for Morgan's dinner dining.
Remember: the lake is only a short walk away from all of our Guestrooms!
I don't mean "check it out", like "take a look" - I mean the hotel version of "check-out" - like depart, leave, vacate! It is one of my favorite days - and not because Guests are leaving, but because I can hear all of the fun things they did at Interlaken all weekend long. Now this weekend was an unbelievably gorgeous one, so needless to say I was a bit jealous by some of the things I heard:
- "We canoed around the perimeter of the lake". I have done this before - here's a photo I took last year when I had the pleasure. The lake and surrounding homes are gorgeous. The lake is peaceful and calm, just lovely. Major jealous!
- "We took our bikes and rode along Route 41 over to Sharon". I have not biked the flats of Route 41, but have driven it many times, of course, and have always admired the view right over the crest of the very first hill. Ellsworth Farm is over in Sharon - perfect place for picking fresh fruit!
- "We were here for our wedding tasting". OK, clearly one of my favorites! Tastings are so much fun for the upcoming married couple-to-be as our Chef's put together a sampling of their wedding food selections. Obviously no wedding tastings for me, but I have done many dining room tastings - remember just the previous blog, I'm taking photos of Dan taking photos of our latest menu items? I had a sampling then - delicious. And I am realizing I didn't even tell you about the most amazing dessert from that day: Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb, Toasted Oat Crumb, and Coconut "Snow". It's a seasonal one, of course, so be sure to visit Morgan's soon so you don't miss out on this one! (Sorry I don't have a photo of this one - I ate it too fast!)
- "We plan to hike to Bear Mountain." After biking the Harlem Valley Rail Trail on Saturday, this couple was going to wrap up their weekend with a hike to Connecticut's highest peak. What a gorgeous clear and sunny morning for a nice strenuous hike up the Appalachian Trail - major jealous here! I have yet to hike to Bear Mountain, but have hiked over at Sunset Rock in Copake Falls, NY - a much less strenuous hike but with equally beautiful views of the Hudson Valley - even in March!
- "I was here performing for Tri-Arts". Yes, even the performers stay with us! Here's a comment we just received on our Facebook page: Had such a wonderful time at the Interlaken that I left my bag there! Jealous that my dirty clothes will get to spend another night at this fine establishment. Hopefully, the gang and I will be back soon!
Thank you, Guests, for checking out!
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