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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 at Michelle@InterlakenInn.com


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Mar
10
2012

Creativity is in the Air!

If you had the chance to learn about quilting, wouldn't you want to learn it from these two nice ladies? 

Quilting Series Interlaken CT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me answer that question for you:  YES!  Two of the nicest and most knowledgable quilting ladies you'll ever meet!  Nancy and Claire are here today as part of our Weekend Getaway package "Life Discovery Series" and this is their invitation to you:

Sit with us while we talk about the rich history of quilting, with emphasis on traditional quilts and patterns.  Discuss the re-emergence of a solid interest in quilting, the development of the art and craft of quilting since then, up to the modern day of art quilts using non-traditional materials.  Patchwork and quilting techniques to make very wearable clothing.  Throughout our presentation we will have many quilts to show, lots of show and tell to bring the stories to life.  Pick up a new hobby or just increase your appreciation for the beauty of quilts!

So you may have missed this week (regrettably so!), but it's not too late for next Saturday where you can join Rachel Hay and have "A Pilates Experience", followed by "The Body as a Mirror of your Pain and your Health" with Lynn Simpson.  You can sign up for our Weekend Getaway in CT package anytime (either Friday night or Saturday night, or both nights!) or choose any of our packages and still join us (for a nominal attendance fee).  We have programs running through early May, and the full listing of these programs is right on our packages page.  Hope you'll join us one of these weekends!


Mar
7
2012

October Wedding Opportunity!

October is a splendidly colorful month in New England, from beginning to end.  I always use to think that by the 20th the leaves and the color was pretty much gone, but as evidenced over the last several years and by these photos this is not the case!  These photos were taken on October 27th - and that happens to be the only date left in October 2012 that is available for a wedding.  Tell me this would not be the perfect background for some amazing photos?

October wedding CT

Can you imagine you and your new spouse in front of this pretty tree, surrounded by your family and friends for a stunning photo?  Or your Guests mingling amongst the pumpkins and mums in the courtyard area, drinking a hot toddy in the crisp autmn air?

October wedding CT

Fall wedding CT

Our wedding pavilion is the perfect size for 100 people up to 220, and anywhere in between.  You could bring the same autumnal colors inside the enclosed heated pavilion just like this couple did:

 Fall wedding CT

Transform the pavilion anyway you'd like!  How about a Halloween Masquerade Ball?  Years ago there was a wedding held here at the end of October (wish I took pictures!) and everyone came in costume, there was trick or treating (I mean really, can you imagine what the candy bar would be like with all that Halloween candy?!), bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving.  How fun would the photo booth be?  The base cloths could be black, topped with yellow and orange and white (who doesn't love candy corn?), centerpieces of mummies and witches - OK I could keep writing about this as there are so many ideas!  Anyway, what I really wanted to tell you was that this (October 27th) is the only fall date available for a fall wedding in 2012, so if you are thinking of the autumn time please visit our wedding page for more photos, our packages and how to arrange coming to take a tour soon!

Interlaken Fall Wedding CT


Feb
22
2012

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. 

 

Interlaken Lakeville CT Team Building

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.

 Interlaken Lakeville CT Team Building

 


Feb
18
2012

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:

Interlaken Winter Wedding

Our Atrium is set up for the ceremony, complete with evergreen trees topped with snow!

Interlaken Winter Wedding Ceremony Site

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!

Interlaken Winter Wedding CT

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...

Interlaken Winter Wedding CT

The wedding pavilion is all set for their family and friends...

Interlaken Winter Wedding Pavilion

The DJ is ready to rock the room!

Interlaken Winter Wedding Pavilion DJ

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.

Interlaken CT Wedding Table

Another cute idea!

Interlaken Lakeville CT Winter Wedding

Congratulations Katie and Mike!

 


Feb
16
2012

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!


Feb
14
2012

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.


Feb
11
2012

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!


Feb
9
2012

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!

 


Feb
6
2012

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.


Feb
3
2012

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!


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