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THE LAKESIDE BLOG

The Lakeside Blog is happily written by Michelle Bousquet 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
14
2012

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. 


May
10
2012

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!

and

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! 


May
8
2012

Fabulous Feedback!

"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.

Wedding:

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!"


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!


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