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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.

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Oct
12
2011

The Perfect Getaway

So I had stopped watching the weather forecast several days ago as I just didn't want to know when this absolutely amazing weather we have been having was going to come to a close. It has been a wonderful stretch of sun, and warmth, and blue sky - just perfect to truly enjoy the fall season.  I ventured out late afternoon yesterday to "walk the property" - which actually meant a walk down to the lake to see if colors had popped since I was there just 3 days ago. 

I couldn't help but take a picture of this on my way over!

Interlaken October Fall Foliage CT

It was the perfect day for a stroll to the lake...

Interlaken October Fall Foliage - Lakefront CT

So I arrive and see this!  WOW - the color did pop in just a couple of days.

Interlaken Fall Foliage Lakefront CT 

I then spot a couple relaxing and just had to wander over to check on them....

Interlaken CT The perfect getaway

So this was the highlight of my walk, meeting this nice couple from Darien, CT.  And this is what you do after you just road the Harlem Valley Rail Trail on your bike for 21.4 miles!  R E L A X !  They said their ride was a scenic one, and they didn't even realize they had gone the whole way down to Wassaic until they were practically there.  What a day to be out on a bike!  I then had to ask them what other fun things they did while here on their three day package and it seems like they did all the things I keep blogging about!  YES, they did go to the local wineries, including the Cascade Mountain Winery in Amenia, NY.  YES, they did visit Ellsworth Farm in Sharon, CT and had some cider and their yummy cider donuts.  YES, they did dine in Morgan's on Sunday - one had the Seared Georgia White Shrimp with parsley pesto, slow roasted tomatoes and thin spaghetti, while the other enjoyed the Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with parsnip puree and fennel-potato-wild mushroom hash dish.  YES, they did take a canoe ride around this gorgeous lake.  NOT YET, though, was the answer for "did you go hiking?"- but it was a possibility for the morning.  What a relaxing vacation they were having - no specific plans, no time restraints - just doing whatever they felt like doing, and enjoying the great outdoors.  Sounds perfect to me.  Sound perfect to you?  There is still plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful season exploring this part of Northwest Connecticut.  Give us a call or book on-line!


Oct
11
2011

Just wait...

until I am covered in color!

Interlaken Lake Wononscopomuc CT wedding site

Lake Wononscopomuc in Lakeville, CT. 

Get married next to me.  Take a canoe ride on me.  Sit by me and read a book.  Picnic next to me.  Come visit me!

Take advantage of our Fall Foliage package this coming weekend - you will fall in love with this area! 


Oct
8
2011

Picture perfect

It is an absolutely gorgeous day in New England.  Perfect.  Perfect to visit the farm markets, go for a hike, explore a vineyard, take a bike ride, go for a walk, get married (Congratulations Eric and Donna!), take a canoe ride, play tennis, go apple picking, buy some mums, go for a drive and admire the colorful mountains, explore a corn maze, the list of fall fun goes on and on.... the winter will be long and cold so now is the time to get outside and enjoy this amazing weather!

The property is looking good! 

Interlaken New England Foliage packages

Look at that sky - AMAZING!

Interlaken Foliage New England packages

Interlaken New England Foliage packages

Now this Guest has the right idea!  I didn't list "take a nap in the sunshine" as something to do, but how lovely does that look?

Interlaken New England Foliage

Getting married and thinking of a fall wedding?  Here is what you can expect! 

Interlaken New England Fall Wedding

Cocktail hour is usually held right here, weather permitting of course (and it is certainly permitting this weekend)

Interlaken New England Foliage packages

One last look before I head inside...

Interlaken Wedding Courtyard CT Foliage

So think about coming up to New England for a visit!  We've even created a Fall Foliage Package to make it easier for you - we include some assistance with your gas to get here and include some assistance to taste the harvest of fall in our dining room.  Come and join us - we'd love to have you share in this wonderful season with us!


Oct
6
2011

A Culinary Challenge

If you are looking to take your key employees somewhere for them to "get to know each better", build better communication and have some fun along the way, Interlaken is the perfect place to accomplish just that!

A couple of weeks ago, a Senior Management Team from an electronics company in Connecticut came to us for this very reason, and walked away a "stronger, more cohesive unit".  In addition to their dinner, a bonfire and a Radical Race, the team also took part in the Culinary Challenge.  Given it involves food, you know I was there snapping some photos!  

Interlaken Culinary Challenge - team building CT

The Culinary Challenge is very similar to the many reality shows on TV but rather than just watching those shows you and your group are actually the ones performing in it!  Your group is divided into teams, you are given directions and the "secret" ingredient from our Executive Chef and then the time pressure begins!  The group must work together making a dish using that secret ingredient and our pantry items - the items are judged on presentation, use of ingredients, taste, timeliness, among other things. 

 Interlaken Culinary Challenge CT - team building

Interlaken Culinary Challenge - Team building CT

For this group, the secret ingredients were Maine Diver Scallops and Sunchokes (the root of a sunflower - ever had one, let alone heard of one?)  A dessert also needed to be prepared, and looking at these photos again I am wondering why I was not a judge!  Each team was judged accordingly and a winner was chosen!

Interlaken Culinary Challenge - team building CT

The planner that arranged this trip for this group made some wonderful comments about their team building time with us:

The food was outstanding! I work in Human Resources so I am aware that no matter what you do you cannot please everyone. This is not the case at Interlaken. You can please everyone with the food! There was nothing but rave reviews after each meal.

The bon fire was key to our team building experience. This was such a well done…event. It is not often that you can consider a bon fire an event but at Interlaken it really is. When I walked out of the front door and saw the torches leading the way to the fire my jaw dropped. That is just another finishing touch that I will think of as the Interlaken touch going forward. Our managers from Asia who were attending had Smores for the first time and they loved it.

The team building events were hilarious. The ping pong ball challenge was by far the hardest and most embarrassing but very fun. The culinary challenge was a great time too. It’s not too many Executive Chefs who will take time out of their schedule to play games with guests. This was great.

The entire trip was a success.  Thank you so much for helping our team become a stronger more cohesive unit. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We have so many options to build your team into a better unit - contact Kristy Barto at kristy@interlakenninn.com for more details! 


Oct
5
2011

Seven day forecast

Seven days of this!

Interlaken Autumn Sky

Sunshine! Puffy clouds! Blue Sky! Warm days, cool nights! 

The forecast for this coming Columbus Day weekend could not be better!  If you haven't made plans to take advantage of this long weekend, now is the time!  We still have rooms available for Friday night and Sunday night - and if you wanted to stay a full three nights (Fri/Sat/Sun) our lakeside cottage is still available.  (Now wouldn't that accommodation make for the perfect little getaway weekend?!)

  Imagine taking a hike on the Appalachian Trail and viewing the wonderful colors the season is starting to give us.  Or rent a bike and take a ride through the golden-colored trees over at the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  Pick some apples over at Ellsworth Farm in Sharon, CT.  Take your kids to the 56th annual Fall Festival over in Salisbury, CT and vote for your favorite Scarecrow.  Visit our private lakefront and take an evening canoe ride around the perimeter, then join us in Morgan's for dinner while you listen to the sounds of Scott Heth.  

The weekend is going to be perfect - don't let it pass you by!


Oct
1
2011

No longer a mess!

Remember a few weeks ago I posted the "What a mess" blog, along with this photograph?

Interlaken Inn Renovation 2011 CT

Well, the mess is cleaned up and it's now time to introduce our new "plum" themed prototype bathroom!

Interlaken Renovation 2011 CT

Ta-dah!

The other one is just as nice - rich "spice" colors complete that look!  Please ask to stay in Room 140 (King bed) if you want to see the plum option, or Room 139 (two Queen beds) if you want to check out the spice bathroom. 

One look will be chosen and the rest of our second floor main building will be renovated this winter.  This isn't the only renovation happening, check back often for more updates!


Sep
29
2011

"I'm local, too!" chimed in the tea bag

I knew at some point the Tea Bag from Harney & Sons would be saying this, and it is only appropriate with it being International Coffee Day today!  No one overshadows the Harney & Sons Tea Bag....

For my usual blog readers, here is your question of the day:  What is my favorite cup of tea?  (answer at bottom)

OK, back to the Tea Bag, and what a wonderful Tea Bag it is.  Bags, sachets, loose, you name it - Harney & Sons does it right, and has been doing so for over 25 years.  John Harney, Master Tea Blender, began this business in his basement right here in Salisbury, CT and has since moved his headquarters and adorable tea shop to the neighboring village of Millerton, NY. (remember, Frommer's Budget Travel calls Millerton one of the "10 coolest small towns in America").  If you are a tea lover or have one in your life, visiting the tea shop is a must do - it is a tea lovers dream!  We've been serving Harney and Sons Tea at Interlaken for as long as I can remember, and we certainly aren't the only ones.  Stay at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and you'll find it there - and that is just one place of thousands that serves this fine tea.

I am sure that my love for Harney & Sons has something to do with it being born right here in Salisbury.  Knowing John Harney, watching his business grow over the years, watching his growing family becoming involved, hearing how they travel all over the world, both learning and giving seminars, opening a second tea house in SoHo, and constantly winning awards.  Mr. Harney was just presented the Cha Jing Lifetime Achievement Award.  I'll be sure to congratulate him the next time I run into him in town!  If you wish to find out more about Harney and Sons, click here.

If you haven't tried a cup yet, it is really time you did.  If you stay at the Interlaken, it is the only brand we will offer you so you will have no choice!  Start your day with English Breakfast while you enjoy our complimentary deluxe continental mid-week breakfast.  Time for afternoon tea?  Come have a cup of Earl Grey with me.  Complete your dinner in Morgan's with a cup of Japanese Sencha Green Tea. 

Any time of day is the perfect time for a cup of Harney Tea!

Interlaken Harney & Sons Tea CT

  Answer: Irish Breakfast


Sep
24
2011

"I'm local", said the egg

That is what the egg in our restaurant said the other day.  It was stamped in hot pink "I'm local".  It was really the cutest egg I ever saw.  I took a picture of it but it is hard to read - have you ever taken a picture of an egg before?  This is not the only local item in our restaurant or on our restaurant menu.  The majority of our menu choices include local ingredients, including Farmer Church's Sweet Corn Soup and Seared Breast and Braised Leg of N.Y. Duck with Cherries and Local Beans with Walnuts.  We support our local farms, including Coach Farm, Sky Farm, Church Farm, Feather Ridge Farm and Farm Girl Farm.  I love when the deliveries come in as their cars are full of fresh heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, and other vegetables - it is a beautiful sight!  I think that would make a nice candle scent - "fresh vegetables".  Anyway, we all know what a difference using fresh ingedients when cooking can make, so come and try a dish in Morgan's to taste for yourself!  Our menu will be changing frequently as the fall season brings us a huge assortment of wonderful items, but click here to see the latest offerings!

Interlaken Inn Local Farm ingredients


Sep
21
2011

International Day of Peace

According to Chase, today is International Day of Peace.  Of course peace means many different things to many different people, but let me share with you how Interlaken Guests reference the word PEACE:

We came here to get some peace and quiet for our dogs from the 4th of July fireworks in our Queens NYC neighborhood and you delivered.

It is such a beautiful piece of property and very relaxing.

Although it rained most of the time, we had a nice time touring the nearby towns and relaxing on the porch.

A very comfortable stay, clean and quiet.

The lake was beautiful and relaxing. We enjoyed a swim and a canoe ride around the lake.

We truly enjoyed our stay.  The setting is relaxing and beautiful to look at.

We could not have wished for more. The ambience, quietude, our room (Rm.120 in the main lodge) were all perfect.

My husband was at Lime Rock so I spent my day at the Inn.  Everyone was very nice, and I had a relaxing day.  

The grounds were beautiful and it was very quiet.

My husband and I had the most relaxing stay and are in love with the Cabin I would like to plan a week every year in June if possible.

Hotel staff was very courteous.  I went to recharge my batteries and found that everyone respected privacy

We really enjoyed our quiet weekend, and hope to come back again.

Our brief stay at your inn was very nice and relaxing.

Smores over the bonfire, exploring with the kids and quiet nights on the screened porch. Just what we needed.

We had a wonderful time.  The room was wonderful, the food was fantastic, and the location was quiet and peaceful.

and lastly...

It was fabulous.  Your hospitality was incredible and you pampered us every day.  I can’t wait to come back to your hideaway in heaven.


Sep
17
2011

Color my world

Interlaken Lake Wononscopomuc

Picture these pretty trees speckled with color in just a few short weeks... how gorgeous will that be?  So many trees are already showing signs of gold and yellow and red, so by as early as next weekend the lakefront should be stunning - how about you take advantage of the special Romance package we are offering then and see this beautiful countryside for yourself?  Or come mid-week and take advantage of our new Fall Foliage package.  Either way, picnic lunch in it, wine taste in it, canoe in it, kayak in it, hike in it, bike in it, walk in it, apple pick in it, corn maze in it - just be out in it!


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