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THE LAKESIDE BLOG

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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May
6
2012

"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).....

Interlaken Inn Perrella Art Workshop

 and they use their favorite techniques to create rich, lavish, patterned surfaces featuring the "Circus".... 

Interlaken Perrella Workshop Mixed Media

SO UNIQUE!

When it is time for a learning session, those interested wander out to the courtyard....

Interlaken Unique Meetings Venue CT

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!


May
5
2012

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.

Hotchkiss Sailing Team Lakeville CT

  • 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!

Spring Wedding at Interlaken Lakeville CT

Spring Wedding at Interlaken Lakeville CT

Interlaken Inn Spring Wedding Lakeside

Fun weddings at Interlaken Inn

 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 weddings@interlakeninn.com to come and see us!


May
4
2012

57 Essentials

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!


May
3
2012

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!


Apr
25
2012

Lake Cottage Hideaway

 

One of my very favorite accommodations at the Interlaken is opening for the season next week - the Lakeside Cottage. 

Lakeside Cabin Interlaken Lakeville CT

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!

Interlaken Private Lakeside Cabin

Interlaken Lakeside Cottage Lakeville CT

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.

Lakeside cottage Interlaken Lakeville CT

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!


Apr
22
2012

Interlaken Earth

This is the Earth at Interlaken.

 

Interlaken Lakefront

Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT Lakefront

INterlaken Inn Courtyard

Interlaken Lakeville CT Route 41 views

Interlaken Inn view from Townhouses

Interlaken Courtyard Lakeville CT

Interlaken Lake Wononscopomuc CT

Interlaken Courtyard Lakeville CT

Interlaken Inn Lake Wononscopomuc Sunset

 


Apr
20
2012

Every day is Earth Day!

Interlaken Green Lodging Property

As Earth Day approaches this weekend, Interlaken is already celebrating.  In fact, we celebrate all year long!  Being one of the first hotels in the State of Connecticut to become a Certified Green Lodging Property (and the only one in the Northwest Corner), Interlaken Inn Staff is proud to work in an earth friendly environment!

  • Recycle bins are in each Guestroom, as well as large recycling units around the property
  • Installation of an ozone machine in our laundry room to guarantee that our towels and sheets achieve the whitest and safest clean technology without throwing harsh chemicals into the earth
  • Use of an in-room House TV Channel describing our amenities and the local area (no paper use)
  • Our Chefs continue to add food scraps (such as from fruits and veggies) to our composting bins.  The organic matter is then used in the raised herb beds that will grace your plate in Morgan's restaurant
  • New plantings from Salisbury Garden Center are low maintenance, hardy and of native varieties.  The gardens around the property are populated with grasses and perenniels, and annuals that require significant water and fertilizer are limited
  • The amenities in our Guestrooms come in Biodegradable bottles
  • Use of green cleaning products in all Guestrooms and public areas
  • All rooms have 2.0 GPM (gallons per minute) aerators on bathroom sink faucets
  • Purchase at least 20% of food from local farmers (in season) for Morgan's, such as Skyfarms greens and lettuce, Fleisher organic meats, fruits and veggies from Mr. Church, among many others
  • Automatic light sensor shut-offs for meeting rooms and office space
  • Participation in the Clean the World program, where remaining soap bars from Guestrooms are collected, recycled and redistributed to poverish countries around the globe.

We will continue on with our mission for 2012 and send a big thank you to all Interlaken Guests who also support the preservation of our natural resources!

 

 


Apr
18
2012

Truly an Interlaken "Guest" Blogger

I know you've met this beautiful boy before: 
Interlaken Pet Friendly Inn CT
It's Saxon!  Saxon and his owners stayed with us this past weekend.  I asked Virginia if she'd be interested in being my first ever actual "Guest" blogger and she happily agreed.  Here is what she had to say about her weekend getaway!
We have been going up to the Interlaken Inn for many years now, and we do not know how it is possible, but it keeps getting better and better. 
 
We arrived Thursday to get a little R&R before the Weekend Getaway Life discovery Series on Saturday.  It was so nice to see Winston and Helen and Kevin and Michelle on arrival.  It touched us to feel so welcomed. 
 
We did our usual jaunt down to Millerton for a stroll on the Rail Trail and look at the shops.  We came back later in the afternoon and the sky was so dark.  It was starting to get very windy and it was raining.  So we went down to the lake and low and behold..a beautiful rainbow was there and it was so close to us.  I have never seen a rainbow so close..it was right where the docks go when they are in the lake.
 
Lakeville Lake Rainbow
 
Then we had dinner at Morgans with the new menu...The new dill rolls are so good..they are dangerously good.  My hubby had the strip steak that was cooked perfectly and I had the homemade ravioli.  For dessert there were fresh apple fritters that were the best we have ever tasted.  Also the homemade ice cream offerings are fabulous.  There was a pianist as well.  Lovely!
 
Friday morning we were greeted by the lovely Brenda at breakfast. There were tasty offerings of pancakes, croissants, cereal, etc. Brenda was so nice to us and she never met us before.
 
So what else to do?  Great Barrington is short drive and a cute town to walk around in.  There are a lot of stores and on the way up so many places to stop and shop as well.  Antique stores, garden stores, junque shops..so many.  Driving, walking and shopping can earn some rest.  Time to get back to the Interlaken  to rest on the adirondack chairs with a nice drink and this is ultimate RELAXATION.  Dinner at Morgan's offered a favorite request which we asked for prior to our arrival and grilled lamb chops.  The Arugula and strawberry salad is nice with just the right amount of dressing.  The grilled Asparagus are so good.  Morgan's is a four-star restaurant.  If you have a special dish you love, or a restricted diet, if you ask before your arrival, they will make it for you.
 
The opportunity of the getaway packages make the Interlaken a wonderful value.  They even have the life discovery series to appeal to a wide variety of subjects, quilting, cooking, poker, dog training tips..so many options to enrich your stay.  The staff is always friendly and offer suggestions.  I had seen a posting on the blog for a hike to Sunset rock.  Michelle let me know where it was.  We drove there and hiked up to the rock.  The views were lovely and it was worth the trip! 
 
Sunset Rock near Interlaken Inn, Lakeville, CT
 
We kept busy and the pool and canoes were not up and running for summer yet.  We will have to get back up to enjoy these as well.  Our Dinner at Morgans was wonderful again..The roasted organic Chicken was perfect.  The live music was great..good jazz sets.
 
As a dog lover, I spoke with many of the folks who brought there dogs and every couple were impressed by the newly renovated pet friendly rooms in Woodside.  They all are going to come back.  This should be good for the Interlaken.  They are pet friendly and re-doing Woodside is a great benefit. 
 
Woodside pet friendly Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT
 
If you like golf, bring your clubs...Hotchkiss school has a lovey course and there are driving ranges near buy, and the Interlaken has a green to practice on as well. 
 
I guess you can see why we love The Interlaken Inn.  The grounds are beautiful and the plantings and sculptures are fabulous.  The rooms are great and they are updating there like crazy. To top it off, you can't get a better staff...Kevin, Michelle, Sue, Winston, Eric, Dustin, Brenda, Helen, Carlos and of course Brandon made our stay one the best ever..and I thought that the last  time.  Also..thank you to all of the staff we do not see because they keep things going great to make us all happy! As I started this..they keep getting better and better. 
 
We do have one complaint...we always have to leave and go home!
Pet friendly Inn Lakeville, CT
Thank you Virginia, Stephen, and Saxon for being such loyal Guests of Interlaken!


Apr
12
2012

Taste of Spring - again!

I may be pushing the new Spring menu a bit much, but really, each time I try a new dish I just have to share with you just how amazing it is!  Here is today's creation - sorry it is blurry!

Grilled Organic Salmon, Marinated Leeks and Cucumbers, Garden Chervil, Yogurt Sauce

Morgan's restaurant at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

So let me start by saying I don't even like salmon, but let me tell you how much I love this dish.  The salmon melted in my mouth, so tender.  The leeks and cucumbers were the perfect compliment, dipped in the yogurt sauce.  I felt so clean and healthy after this meal - I felt like going for a run! 

 It sure makes a difference when the right people take the time to create a dish using the right products. You can always count on the Chef's in Morgan's to do so!


Apr
11
2012

A new tasty treat in Morgan's Restaurant

The Chef's in Morgan's restaurant are at it again, making delicious changes on the menu.  Now, this one isn't actually on the menu, but it is something you will enjoy when you order one of the many fresh and creative entrees:  Cottage Cheese Dill Rolls.  Everyone loves to snack on a little something before the meal comes, and these little guys are the perfect item.  So light, so delicious, so buttery - trust me, you will love them!  I ate them so quickly I didn't even have time to stop and take a picture.  Dine in Morgan's and you can taste them for yourself!


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