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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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Baby, It's Cold Outside

The temperatures have dropped now, so yes, it's cold enough for snow - at least these past couple of days in Lakeville.  In fact, our first "snow" of the season covered the property yesterday morning:  a nice pretty dusting just to remind us that the season is approaching and to be prepared for some fun winter activities!

First snow at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

First snow at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

Given the chill in the outside air, it was only appropriate to have Tom and Heidi from our closest ski mountain - Mohawk Mountain -  join us for our Intermingle this evening.  With a hot toddy in hand and the fireplace crackling behind us, we talked about the quickly approaching ski season at this mountain just 20 minutes from Interlaken.  Tom said Mohawk is the perfect mountain to teach your children to ski because of its convenient size and family friendly environment.  With 25 trails and 7 lifts all set in a scenic state forest in Cornwall, CT, Mohawk offers lessons for all ages, rentals and even night skiing.  Skiiers, don't get too excited just yet: their opening day is optimistically scheduled for the first weekend after Thanksgiving - with a more realistic opening day for the second weekend in December.  If the cold temperatures like this stick around, you can start making your plans to stay at Interlaken and ski at Mohawk Mountain with your family!



We are Comfortable


Comfortable:  providing physical ease and relaxation. 

Very comfortable bed

The rooms were very comfortable

Beds comfortable and rooms well maintained

The beds were very comfortable


I thought the bed was great

The rooms were very comfortable

Our accommodations were really cozy


The room was very clean and comfortable

Comfortable sleep at Interlaken Inn CT

Other recent Guests also went on to say:

My room was beautiful, immaculate, comfortable, well-lighted, and spacious. Just right in every way. I slept really well both nights, due to the quiet, the lack of intrusive lights, and the wonderful mattress.

Clean and crisp the rooms

The room was nice and I must say very clean

The rooms were exceptionally clean

If you are in the mood for a comfortable night's sleep in a clean room, come stay at Interlaken.



Familiar Faces

Here they are again, Deb and Pam.

Quilting retreat Interlaken Inn CT

It's like clock work - the first weekend in November we can count on seeing happy faces like this for the annual "Quilts and Treasures" retreat here at Interlaken.  There are 45 women here this weekend, all have their own quilting station and plenty of big tables to spread their work out on.  It looks like such fun!

Quilting Retreat Interlaken Inn Lakeville ct

This year these ladies are working on a very special quilt for their son/nephew and his new bride - a "Wedding Signature Quilt".  This was new to me so naturally I had to take a closer look.

Quliting Retreat at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

They are just starting to create this special masterpiece:  At the wedding each Guest signed a piece of fabric with their love, good wishes, great advice - and some of the smaller Guests drew pictures to the special couple.  Now the ladies get to put it altogether for this priceless quilt that will last a lifetime!

We can get your group, whatever their creativity may be and whatever size group, set for an annual weekend at Interlaken too!  Just contact Kristy Barto at kristy@interlakeninn.com for more details. 


The New Year

The New Year will be starting in just 60 days - have you made your plans yet?  Not that I am asking you to jump over Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, or Christmas - but let's "begin with the end in mind" this the holiday season!  It's easy to book the New Year's Eve Hotel Package:

What:              New Year's Eve Celebration

When:             Tuesday, December 31st

Where:            Interlaken Inn, Lakeville, CT

Who:               You, our Guests, both repeat and new!  

How to have a good time:               

  • Raw bar with clams, oysters, shrimp
  • Extraordinary dinner buffet (Menu) for two, plus antipasto and salad stations
  • Full premium open bar all night
  • Dancing till midnight & beyond
  • Midnight balloon drop and champagne toast
  • Overnight accommodations
  • Breakfast buffet on New Year's Day

Please call us anytime at 1-800-222-2909 to make your reservation.  We'd love to ring in 2014 with you!


A beaming Bride and Groom

I love to taking pictures of the weddings here at Interlaken (as you probably know if you are a regular blog reader.)  The pretty ceremony at the lakefront, the reception area under the pavilion, the amazing flower arrangements, the cake, and any other special touches the wedding couple has chosen.  This time, however, I am proud to actually show photos with people in them!!  And happy ones at that. 

Fall wedding at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT Columbus Day

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Garelick, united in marriage over Columbus Day Weekend. 

 Fall wedding at Interlaken Lakeville CT

We were honored to be the chosen venue to take care of their family and friends for their once-in-a-lifetime event.  I am going to venture to say they were pleased with their choice too as witnessed in the bride's review on weddingwire.com:

"My husband and I got married here on 10/13/13. We had the most amazing time ever, largely in part to the event coordinators Stephanie and Brandon. They were extremely helpful throughout the process and made everything stress-free. On the day of the event everything went seamlessly. It is a truly beautiful property and the people there make it even more perfect. I would HIGHLY recommend this place for your wedding or event. The food is also fantastic!"

Fall wedding at Interlaken lakeville CT

Thank you, Jen, for sharing some photos.  We look forward to seeing many more! 


Morgan's on Instagram

This is what Ruby Beet and Coconut soup looks like.

Morgan's Restaurant Interlaken Inn CT

While many local restaurants are serving the typical butternut squash (and there is nothing wrong with that!), here at Morgan's Restaurant we are offering this bright and creative soup to start your evening meal.  It's delicious along with our cottage dill rolls.

Did you know you can see more inviting dishes on Instagram?  Yes, Morgan's is now on Instagram - a great way to see what's cooking fast! 



A Private Party

Normally every weekend we have a combination of Track visitors, Wedding Guests, School parents, Romantic Couples, Retreat Participants, and Families.  This weekend, however, "everybody knows your name".  A property-wide wedding is taking place and the festivities began early Friday and will go right until Noon on Sunday. 

Friday began with canoeing on the back lake to the Mary Peters Memorial Park.  A Food Truck arrived for the Rehearsal dinner with brick oven pizzas (and more) for all Guests to enjoy while the air was filled with jazz music.  A bonfire with dark and milk chocolate for s'mores (complimented with Octoberfest) by the lakefront concluded the first day of their special weekend.

Today arrives and the sky is blue, the temperature is comfortable and the colors at the lake are perfect for their lakeside ceremony.  This time of year is just so beautiful. 

October wedding at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

Although you can take a leisurely walk to the ceremony site, this adorable limo trolley was available for all Guests to enjoy.

October wedding at Interlaken Inn Trolley

The Bride is planning to arrive at the ceremony in this Old Time Checker Cab (which was in the movie "When Harry Met Sally" among many others).

October wedding at Interlaken Inn CT

Let the party begin under the wedding pavilion!  There's a photo booth inside to capture every moment.

October Fall Wedding at Interlaken Inn CT

Truly where "Everybody knows your name" - first names only that is!

October wedding at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

Set for 190 Guests, our staff was ready to provide each Guest with a Kale Salad with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing and Zucchini Carpaccio, Pinenuts, Lemon Oil & Basil as the first courses.  Guest could then choose either Black Cod with Soy Butter Sauce & Green Onion and Sesame Seed Garnish, Filet Grass Fed Beef with Mushrooms & Thyme, Portobello Mushroom stuffed with Quinoa, Spinach, Pinenuts & Red Pepper Sauce or Chickpea Stew with Red Peppes, Zucchini, Coconut Milk, Brown Rice and Harissa.  All to be accompanied by root vegetables and green beans with lemon zest and roasted garlic.

October Fall Wedding Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

October Fall Wedding at Interlaken Inn Lakeville CT

In addition to this amazing cake above, this table below will soon become a pie bar.  Yes, many fresh pies all baked by Freund's Farm Market and Bakery.  Every flavor imaginable is represented and available ala mode with fresh whipped cream and toppings as well.  As if this isn't enough, there will be dark chocolate covered strawberries and a cookie tray at each table.

October Fall Wedding Interlaken Inn CT

Flowers by Country Gardeners.

The party will continue in Morgan's with late night snacks such as vegetarian tacos and guacamole and chips, and plenty of Corona.

The special weekend will be concluded with a Sunday Brunch for all Guests with a bagel bar, an oatmeal bar, New York bagels, an omelet station, hashbrowns and pancakes.

If you'd like to book your "private party", contact Brandon at dining@interlakeninn.com.



Sweet Spot

Read my chocolate lips: 


Milk House Chocolates Goshen, CT Interlaken

Chocolate Lover's Rejoice!  We've discovered a sweet spot less than 30 minutes away that is a "must see" if you are a chocolate lover. 

Thorncrest Farm & Milk House in Goshen, CT has shared with us their amazingly delicious and fresh chocolate creations - and we are all in love.  (my favorite are their sea salt caramels)  You can taste the freshness of their chocolates and this is why:  "The Magic is in our Milk":

 Milk House Chocolates Goshen CT Interlaken Inn CT

The foundation for Milk House Chocolates is our signature milk...

       We harvest our hay and pasture our cows. This ensures they are fed the finest sweetest hay and natural feeds; from this they produce this pure signature milk Milk House Chocolates brings you artisanal chocolates made in small batches one at a time with our fresh milk, cream and butter. Only all natural flavors such as fresh orchard frutis, garden herbs and honey are blended with the very best cocoa beans on earth to create these pralines and truffles. This is an amazing farmer to farmer connection. 

I do indulge in chocolate often and could truly taste the difference in Milk House.  Try it yourself.



Peak Performance

The phones at Interlaken are busy ringing and the question we are asked the most is  "How are the colors right now?"  

Interlaken Inn Fall Foliage Peak CT

"Gorgeous" I say.

Fall Foliage CT Interlaken Inn

It has been an amazing fall season in New England.  Sunny days and warm temperatures.   

Fall Foliage Interlaken Inn CT

Even though the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) says we are on the last day of the Peak Season in this area, I say we still have alot of more colorful beauty to see in the next couple of weeks.  There is still much green tucked in amongst the bright displays of yellow, reds, and oranges.  It's really quite stunning and worth the drive to see us and surround yourself in this amazing beauty.  We've got some great mid-week packages to take advantage of - the Fall Foliage Escape Package is certainly an appropriate choice!  Come see us before Autumn "leaves" us in 2013!


What a Mix-up

As we were busy "Intermingling" at 5pm last night, the sun over Lake Wononscopomuc was busy preparing for this beautiful sunset.

Interlaken Lake at Sunset Lakeville CT

Breathtaking, isn't it?  Thanks for snapping this, Kristy!

So what's the Mix-up?  It's you, our Guests, of course!  We have been meeting so many different Guests every week for over 4 months now, and it never gets old.  Everyone has an interesting story, regardless of their reason for staying with us.  I talked with a nice lady who was on her second week of a three week stay working for the FDIC.  This job sends her many places across the country all year long, but she was happy to be in this colorful area this time of year.  We look forward to her return on Monday!  We also had a couple on a Romantic Getaway celebrating their two year anniversary with us, their first time leaving their 8 month old son.  Of course I recommended taking a canoe ride around the lake as well as stroll hand-in-hand at the Beaver Pond Trail.  And yes, they both had an apple cider cocktail in their hand to both celebrate as well as to cope without him!  The Track guys - playing on the skid pad - there is always a group of guys (an occasional lady too though) that spent the day at the Lime Rock Track and always the response is "We had a great day".  Another woman was on a "Road Trip" traveling all the way from Ohio to Rhode Island to visit friends and found us along her way home.  She wsa also so impressed with the fall foliage in this area (did you know the Litchfield Hills were named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the most scenic driving destinations in the country?).  Another lady was excited to have her husband spend the day at Lime Rock Park so she could explore the lovely town of Millerton (and loving Harney and Sons Pomegranate Orange Iced Tea) for some major antique shopping.  Another young man was here visiting Hotchkiss School (we are all ready for Parent's Weekend and can't wait to welcome everyone) and was totally impressed with its college campus-like beauty.  Along with festive Apple Cider Cocktails, our fresh cottage dill rolls (that we serve in our restaurant) and other tasty HDO's, this one hour every week is quite an enjoyable one for all!  Join us every Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm at the Interlaken - see you then!

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