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.
Comments? Email me: Michelle-at-InterlakenInn.com
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Learning to Swim, Interlaken Style
I love it when firsts happen at Interlaken.
Meet Farley. Farley, a Wheaten Terrier, had his first swimming lesson during his recent vacation to Interlaken. Equipped with a doggie life preserver and, although he was nervous, his parents believe he would be willing to try it again. I am assuming he did the doggy paddle?
Here's Farley, back on dry land, enjoying the Interlaken property. Farley's parents say Wheaten's are a very special breed - loyal, loving and very friendly. (In fact, Interlaken's restaurant was named in memory of the Owner's Wheaten Terrier, Morgan.) This was the first time Farley's parents visited Interlaken, and here are the comments they shared with me:
"We had a wonderful, relaxing time on the lake, in the fields and on the trails. The food is delicious, the accommodations comfortable."
Q&A with Saxon, Interlaken's Fan of the Month!
Recent nominee and Winner of the Fan of the Month on Interlaken's Facebook page
Let's learn more about what this handsome Airedale Terrier thinks about his frequent visits to Interlaken!
What is your favorite room to stay in? Sunnyside 150 or Woodside 141. I like the sound of my nails on the floor. My toys are more playful as well. They used to just lay on the carpet.
What do you think of the dog beds Interlaken provides? I love the dog beds. I made my Mom call Miss Michelle to find out where she got the dog beds so I could have the same comfy bed at home. Miss Michelle was happy to share this and My mom got one for me right away. There are two types..plush snuggle and warm fleece blanket style...I am spoiled and I like the fleece one on top of the snuggle one.
What are your favorite treats you get at the front desk? COOKIES...PETS FROM WINSTON AND SUE...COOKIES..KISSES FROM MICHELLE... COOKIES THANK YOU!!! WOOF WOOF
Do you swim in the lake? While I am not an avid swimmer, I will wade in the shallow part of the lake. I go up to my elbows and bottom of my belly to cool off. When I have enough I lay on the grass next to my humans who are in the comfy lounge chairs! Sometimes I try to go on the swing chair too, 'cause I like to rock!
Where do you like to walk on property? I love the entire grounds. My mom always keeps me on a leash, because I am a terrier and I would chase anything, given the opportunity, but I like to pose with the beautiful plants and sculptures. I also love to visit the lobby for COOKIES! I love my morning walk down to the lake.
Does your mom or dad ever give bring you a "doggie bag" from Morgan’s Restaurant? If so, what is your favorite leftover? Roasted Chicken or any kind of steak. I also love cheese too. Anything my humans bring from Morgan's far exceeds any "doggie bags" I get when they bring stuff home for me. It is never as fancy, or as good as Morgan's fare. I feel like a lucky dog when I go to the Interlaken with them..I am a pampered pooch.
Where on property do you like to relax? I love sitting on the little hill by Sunnyside near the Adirondack chairs. I look over the dog run area and down to the back lake. My other favorite spot is down by the lake, but again, there is not a bad seat in the house as the grounds are so lovely. As long as my mom and papa have me with them I am happy. They never leave me in the room alone because they worry I might cry and upset our neighbors. I tell them I sleep, but they say come along because Interlaken doesn't allow it anyway. They could have left me at a kennel or dog sitters if they were going to leave me in the room alone. I love my humans.
Anything else you'd like to add, Mr. Saxon? I love the Interlaken because they take great care of me and my humans. They welcome me back every time and make me and my Mom and Papa feel special. The entire staff from the top down are wonderful and I can not say enough nice things about them..WOOF WOOF no cookies or cheese needed for this. I LOVE THE INTERLAKEN..AND I AM A PICKY CHARACTER AS MY MOM CALLS ME.
Memorial Day Madness!
The MADNESS that I am referring to is that Memorial Day is NEXT weekend!
Memorial Day weekend has been Interlaken's unofficial kick-off to summer ever since I can remember. It's the first weekend when the temperatures are consistently warm enough to allow all of our outdoor amenities to be in full swing! This year we are offering something we have never done before, and that is a special Memorial Day Weekend Package. It includes everything you need to get a head start on all things fun and outdoors!
- Overnight accommodations for three nights
- 25% Off in Morgan's Restaurant each night
- Litchfield Hills Touring Brochure with maps
- Picnic lunch with fern picnic hamper (yours to keep)
- Full Breakfast for two on each morning
Sound good? OK, now here are just some of the fun things you can do here right at Interlaken and in the surrounding area!
The lakefront. So peaceful and private. Enjoy the cool water - swim, canoe, kayak, picnic, swing, nap. Admire the beautiful views of Lake Wononscopomuc, the deepest lake in Connecticut.
The pool. Nice. Always freshly painted for the season, and always heated to a comfortable temperature of eighty degrees. Read the Hunger Games in between dips as you lounge among pretty flowers and greenery.
Tennis. We provide the racquets and balls, just pick a side and challenge someone to a game on our resurfaced blue courts.
The food. Morgan's features the freshest ingredients of the season from our local farmers, creatively prepared. Click here to see our latest menu!
Spa. This word needs no further explanation! ELLORA Spa & Sanctuary will be certain to rejuvenate you. By appointment only.
Golf. Right next door at the Hotchkiss Golf Course. Nine holes with a par of 35. It's so close you can even walk there.
Biking. Rent bikes at Rail Trail Supply Co. in Millerton, NY and start your ride on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Start pedaling south on the paved railroad bed and take in amazing views of the farmland.
Adventure. Test your agility in the forest at Catamount Adventure Park with zip lines, ladders, bridges and other obstacles. Challenging fun for the entire family, as young as 7 years old. The park opens for the season on Saturday, May 19th.
Hiking. Loads of local trails, the most prominent being Bear Mountain and the Appalachian Trail. Berkshire Hiking is a great website to visit for a detailed description of each hiking trail in Western Connecticut as well as in the Berkshires and Southeastern New York. Inhale the natural beauty that surrounds Interlaken!
Horseback riding. Take a lovely trail ride through the rolling hills of Litchfield, CT at Lee's Riding Stables.
Racing. Lime Rock Park is just 6 minutes away from the Interlaken, and they kick off their season with the Trans-Am Race Weekend May 25th - 27 - and don't miss Sunday Royals Car Show on guess what day? Yes, Sunday. Visit this historic track just once and you'll be hooked!
Tea tasting. You knew this would be mentioned! You have to stop at Harney & Sons in Millerton, NY to see why Harney is my favorite tea. And then tell me what your new favorite is! My new favorite for the summer season is Organic Green w/Citrus & Gingko Iced Tea.
Entertainment. Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT will have Greg Brown on Saturday, May 25th and AJ Croce with Liz Longley on Sunday, May 27th.
Wine. A tour and a tasting at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in scenic Dutchess County, NY.
Fabulous Feedback, Part 2!
I couldn't help but share with you two more Guests comments that say it all!
This was my second year taking an art workshop at your lovely inn. I think we were treated royally and that every effort was made to meet our needs. The rooms (though I was barely in mine!) are clean and well maintained, and I loved having that little porch. Our workspace, which was open for us 24/7 was great. We all loved having snacks and beverages brought to us, and having lunch delivered each day was also a big plus. Not having to clean up and go out for food meant more time to devote to our projects. The dining room food was delicious. My roommate and I had two dinners there and one via room service, and were happy with them all. If another class is offered next spring I'll be there!
Hello everyone. I must say this was a Outstanding place to stay from staff, to atmosphere, to others I met on the grounds and around town. Had a blast and will return for the years to follow. Got to bring my puppy as well and he too was overwelmed with the greatness and kindness.. I thank you a hundred times over and looking forward to seeing and staying again and again.
Thank you both so much!
"Thank you for choosing Interlaken Inn"
This is in the subject line of the Guest Feedback email that all Guests receive from me shortly after departure. My inbox is just starting to get some replies from this past weekend, and since I blogged about both the Wedding and the Perrella Workshop, I thought it would be fun to share two of my favorite comments so far about each event:
Perrella Art Workshop:
I had a delightful time at the Interlaken Inn. Admittedly, I came for the fabulous art workshop, but I fell in love with the inn. The rooms are comfortable, each and every staff member I encountered was friendly and helpful, and thanks to your great chef, my tummy was very, very happy. I look forward to a return visit. Thanks again for making my artful escapade so enjoyable.
Thank your entire staff for the wonderful wedding for my niece. I cannot think of another suggestion to have had a better experience.
I hope to read many more comments like these this week!
"Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me!"
"Mixed Media Circus Maximum"
It's not every day that the Interlaken has two award-winning mixed media artists in the house! But this weekend we do, and about a dozen ladies have decided to join their workshop and run away to join the circus for the weekend!
With the "ringleaders" of Lynne Perrella and Anne Bagby, the ladies at the Perrella Art Workshop have their supplies (and do they ever).....
and they use their favorite techniques to create rich, lavish, patterned surfaces featuring the "Circus"....
When it is time for a learning session, those interested wander out to the courtyard....
All things creative like this are so interesting to me - to see all of the different supplies turned into such complex expression by each is so neat! With both professionals attending as well as those just as a hobby, this workshop definitely has many creative and positive vibes! Be sure to visit Lynn Perrella's website for more information - and be watching for the 2013 program at Interlaken!
Cinco de Mayo at Interlaken!
Many Guests at Interlaken this weekend! Here is how they are celebrating Cinco de Mayo!
- One couple is in Morgan's and they are getting a head start on the "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" by enjoying a Mint Julep, with hopes of a win from Daddy Nose Best.
- Another couple is celebrating being Grandparents to their favorite Indian Mountain School student and will be supporting "A Night at the Races" for a night of bidding to support IMS students, faculty and programs.
- A Hotchkiss Dad came to watch his son venture out onto beautiful Lake Wononscopomuc this afternoon for Varsity Sailing White vs. Salisbury.
- There's a always a couple in the crowd visiting Infinity Music Hall (57 Essentials by Connecticut Magazine!) - tonight they are seeing Arlo Guthrie's Boy's Night Out Tour over in Norfolk, CT.
- About two dozen ladies are "mixing up the media" at the Perrella Art Workshop! Even though this is Lynne's third time holding her workshop at the Interlaken, it was the first time I was available to walk through and get to admire the work they do - more details about this in tomorrow's blog!
- And lastly, and certainly not least: One hundred and twenty of our Guests are here to witness the union of Carey & Grant, (with names like this they were destined to be together!) and did they ever pick the perfect Spring day for it! The sun is shining (it took all morning to get here) and the temp is a comfortable 70 degrees, the grass is green, the flowers have bloomed, and the Lake (lakeside ceremony) is its usual beautiful self!
At each place setting - how CUTE!
Love the thought of a Spring Wedding? Call Stephanie at 800-222-2909 ext 797 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to come and see us!
When something is deemed "essential" it's a must-do, wouldn't you agree?
In the 2012 Connecticut Travel guide published by Connecticut Magazine it lists 57 Essentials - Events, Attractions, Adventure & Culture - to do in Connecticut this season. With Interlaken being located in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, I did found many of the "essentials" Connecticut Magazine recommends near us, and was thrilled to see that we are located close to everything listed in The Hills are Alive section! Here is what they wrote about each one:
#30 Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, a rocking oasis for music lovers, hosts weekly concerts featuring both well-known musicians (Bela Fleck June 3) and emerging talent (AJ Croce May 27). Add dinner in the gourmet bistro (or order in, up in the mezzaine, during the concert), and you have a night to remember.
And you can count on us to make it a true "Night on the Town" with our special overnight package that includes tickets!
#31 Yale School of Music's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival presents classical concerts on the grounds of the Ellen Battell Stoekel Estate weekends, June 16 trhough August 18 (when students from all over the world convene to perform in Simon Carrington's Choral Festival). Picnicking is encouraged.
Speaking of picnicking, Interlaken has got you covered there as well! Our new Interlaken picnic blankets and picnic lunch options will make you both comfortable and nutritionally satisfied!
#32 Music Mountain Summer Music Festival in the Litchfield Hills town of Falls Village is a tradition. The festival presents chamber music by acclaimed artists (St. Petersburg String Quartet opens June 17) as well as jazz and country music through September.
Did you know that Music Mountain is the home of the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in this country? It sure is, and is just minutes from the Interlaken property!
Welcome back Perrella Art Workshop!
They are back! If you read my blog last May then you may have already read the following comment from one of the particpants, but it's so pleasant why not read it again!
Thank you for the follow up on my stay at Interlaken. I was extremely pleased with Interlaken. Everyone was exceptionally friendly, welcoming and responsive. My room was lovely and clean. If there was a problem with anything during the workshop hours in the studio, it was taken care of immediately. The studio space for the workshop with Lynne Perrella was perfect and it was wonderful that we could work as late into the night as we liked. Your staff provided us with fresh coffee and hot water before they finished their shift and it was greatly appreciated. They should be commended for extending themselves in order to make our late night work more comfortable. One gentleman refrigerated our leftover canolli’s, because he was concerned that they might spoil by the time we returned to the studio after dinner. How lovely is that?
I am looking forward to returning to Interlaken next spring for Lynne Perrella’s next workshop and look forward to staying at Interlaken once again. Thank you for great service!
About half of the workshop attendees are arriving this evening to get a head start on the weekend, while the official workshop starts Friday morning. In meeting with Lynne Perrella just a few minutes ago, she told me the topic this year is "CIRCUS". Hmm, that could be interpreted in many ways! Check back in a few days so I can share with you some photos of their mixed media creations!
Lake Cottage Hideaway
One of my very favorite accommodations at the Interlaken is opening for the season next week - the Lakeside Cottage.
You check in at the main property just like all other Guests. You are given a key card - and then directions to leave the property. No worries - we send you just past a couple of driveways and then you take your left. This left takes you on a dirt road through shady trees for about a 1/4 mile. Then, your destination is ahead. The sky opens up and you have a beautiful view of the lake with this sweet little cottage nestled right against it. Private. Secluded. Your secret hideaway!
This peaceful setting will force you to relax and listen to the beautiful sounds of nature.
Canoe. Kayak. Swim. Fish. Nap. Enjoy private time with your family. And at anytime you can drive (or walk) back to the main property to dine with us and take advantage of all our property amenities.
Those that have stayed in the cabin love it just as much as I do. Here's what one Guest wrote on Tripadvisor last year:
"One of the best places I have ever stayed at"
We stayed in the Lakeside Cottage. The cottage was immaculate, peaceful and ideal for a getaway. Interlaken provides everything you need, down to the graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars for S'mores on the bbq that they provided the charcoal and lighter fluid for. I didn't have to think about except relaxing and enjoying time with my fiance. And they are pet-friendly too. The price was great for the service and attention that we got. I will be back at least 2 - 3 times every year. Room Tip: Lakeside cottage. private, romantic, immaculately clean.
There are still some great dates available in May and June, so click here for more details!
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