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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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Aug
19
2011

Music to my ears

On my desk upon my arrival this morning was a Guest feedback card from Morgan's Restaurant:

Food was excellent, staff was friendly & attentive,

loved the piano music!!

Along with the sounds of Scott Heth every Saturday, we now have piano music in our dining room Thursday - Sunday evenings.  Enjoy the music to your ears while you have excellent food and a friendly and attentive staff taking care of you!


Aug
18
2011

My Hometown

No, I am not writing about a Bruce Springsteen song again, but rather, truly, my hometown of Millerton, NY.  If the New York Times took the time to write about it, why can't I?

Millerton is a small town located just 5 minutes away from the Interlaken property.  As a young teen, I wandered the streets often (you could back then without worry) and visited the shops:  I bought penny candy and sometimes a magazine in Terni's General Store.  I would watch movies at the Moviehouse (one screen at that time).  I would wander through Riley's Furniture (when it used to be on Main Street).  I would buy a book at Oblong Books.  I would eat lunch at the Diner, now where the new Oakhurst Diner is. Over the years, I watched the Harlem Valley Trail develop, new restaurants come in, Delson's go out and an antique center come in its place, the movie theater increase to three screens, I watched the painting being done on the side of Sapersteins (oh yes, where I used to buy uniforms for work!), and please, let us not forget about one of my favorite places - Harney and Sons Tea shop!  Oblong now has a Junior, there are two florists, many salons, a coffeehouse, and an assortment of great little shops.  It also hosts a wonderful Farmer's Market every Saturday in the summer, right in the middle of the village.  It's no wonder that even Frommer's Budget Travel says Millerton is one of the "10 coolest small towns in America".  It's certainly a town worth visiting, and a place we send our Guests to frequently.  Come see this quaint small town for yourself!

Check out the article in the Times by clicking here!


Aug
16
2011

Saxon's back!

Do you remember Saxon?  If not, here is the beautiful boy, resting at the Interlaken Lakefront:

Interlaken Pet Friendly

He's so happy to be back, as evidenced by the kisses he laid on me!  I wish I had my camera handy at the time to show you proof... as Virginia said, this is his second home, so it was no surprise he was showering me with big kisses.  And these are the best kisses, you know the ones - it started at the base of my neck right up to my chin!  Keep an eye on this handsome therapy dog as he continues with his modeling - if you see an Airedale in print, it just may be Saxon!

It's so great to have you back, Virginia, Stephen and Saxon!  I am so happy you are enjoying your time with us, regardless of the damp weather!  Only sunshine for the rest of your stay, I promise!


Aug
13
2011

Dancing in the Dark

That is what the bride and groom and their family and friends will be doing later this evening under our wedding pavilion!  "Dancing in the Dark" is also one of their table names - the bride and groom are huge Bruce Springsteen fans, so rather than table #1, #2, #3, etc. their Guests will be sitting at tables named after some of the many hits by Bruce - Glory Days, Thunder Road, Working on a Dream... I was started singing them all as I wandered through the pavilion....

Wedding Pavilion Lakeside CT

Love these sunflower arrangements - Thornhill Florist

Interlaken Wedding Pavilion Lakeside CT

I couldn't help but take a picture of the Cupcake cake!

Interlaken Wedding Lakeside CT


Aug
11
2011

A poem

 

 

The sun is shining & the sky is blue,

What's a corporate group to do?

Gather the staff and take them away,

Drive to Interlaken Inn for the day!

A BBQ lunch is all prepared,

Swim across the lake, if you dare.

Grab a life preserver and a canoe,

Paddle the lake, and relax while you do.

Laugh with your co-workers, rest by the pool,

Sip Margaritas to keep you all cool.

The tennis courts are ready to play,

Get a game in before the sun fades.

To the Penthouse – where dinner awaits,

More cocktails on hand to seal your fate!

The bibs are on, the lobsters are steamed,

Strawberry shortcake topped with fresh cream.

More jokes, laughter and birthday cake

What a great time had between the two lakes!

 

Treat your employees to a fun day at Interlaken – contact Kristy Barto for more details!

 


Aug
7
2011

Dog Days of Summer

I am sure I have used this title before, but it is just the best title for today's blog as the word about pups enjoying themselves at the Interlaken property is spreading like crazy - our Woodside accommodations are just full of canine friends! 

Check out these pictures from Guests that stayed with us a few weeks ago.  Three sweet dogs, enjoying the Interlaken grounds, wouldn't hurt a flea....

Interlaken dog friendly

But might hurt a moose!  Russell told me every time they walked by the moose sculpture to get to the lakefront, that Freddy, Bogey and Coby barked at it, thinking it was real.  I love when little dogs try to show that their size doesn't make them afraid of anything!

Interlaken Dogs and Moose

Another pup who should have been here this week is FLIRT.  He comes often, and we miss him and his owners, and hope they'll be able to visit us again soon.

Interlaken Pet Friendly

Let's not forget out the Cavachon, Breezy - who turns one year old this week!  Breezy loved his accommodations in the new pet friendly Sunnyside room.  Happy Birthday Breezy!

Interlaken Pet Friendly

Lastly, our good friend Saxon, a long time visitor to the Interlaken, all cuddled in our posh pet bed.  Plan your visit soon, Virginia - we've got your pecan-encrusted chicken waiting for you!

Interlaken Pet friendly

Does your pet love Interlaken?  Send me an email and a photo - I'd love to hear all about it!


July
31
2011

Not your average hotel food...

Hotel restaurants have a stigma, you know, and many times for good reason.  Certain hotels with restaurants usually have banquet facilities as well, so it’s almost assumed by the Customer that the food they are eating in the restaurant is the same frozen prepared “heat and serve” product that was being prepared for the banquet.  Now, I certainly understand that this may be the best option when you are serving several hundred people for a large event, but not here at Interlaken!  All of our food is prepared from scratch (for both our restaurant AND for our weddings/banquets) using the finest, local and organic ingredients as much as possible.  Our menu changes many times during the week to add the freshest ingredients from our local farms, such as Farm Girl Farm, Feather Ridge Farm, Sky Farm, and Coach Farm.  Our Culinary-trained Chefs love to produce creative items using the finest products we can find.  Here are what our Guests have said about Morgan’s:

Food was delicious

Food is yummy

A great dinner at Morgan's

Dinner was excellent

We greatly enjoyed the dinner

The food was top notch and the service was just the right amount of friendliness and privacy

The one meal we had at the restaurant was very good

The food was delicious

We especially enjoyed the cuisine of the restaurant

The food is great!  All three of us are huge fans of the Morgan Burger

The food delicious (this is a popular one!)

Dinner at your restaurant was better than expected.

Don’t you want to eat at a restaurant with reviews such as this?  Come try us.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

 

Morgan's at Interlaken

 


July
23
2011

We are note friendly

Question for you:  When is the last time that you hand wrote a note to someone, expressing your gratitude?  I'm guessing most will say "it's a been a while".  Now, when is the last time you left a handwritten note for the Manager of a resort you have stayed at?  I'm going to guess all will say "it's been quite a while" - or perhaps never! 

In today's world of texting, emailing, and voicemailing - hand written notes are a rare thing!  Now, not to say there's anything wrong with any of these above ways to communicate (as a matter of fact, we receive many positive comments via email from our Guests, and love it!), but there is something especially touching about a hand written note.  Maybe because it is such a thing of the past, and something that doesn't happen often.  This rarity happened at Interlaken this week:  a Guest just stayed with us in our Lakeside Cottage and enjoyed their time so much that they left the following note at check-out:

Interlaken Resort Note

Now, not only did this Guest write a note, but their DOG wrote a heartfelt note as well!

Interlaken note from Dog!

Now, how cute is this?!  Thank you Caryl, George and Riko!

The Lakeside Cottage is written about quite often on my blog, on our Facebook page, and on Tripadvisor.  For those of you wishing for peacefulness, tranquility, a connection back to nature, a connection back to your family or complete privacy, this is the accommodation for you. 

Interlaken Lakeside Cottage

There are a couple of dates still open this summer and fall. Give us a call - you might love it enough to write a hand written note as well. (although emails are happily accepted too!)


July
21
2011

A wedding hunt

I was doing my daily walk around the property, camera in hand, hoping to meet some Guests enjoying the property.  I love seeing families at the pool (cold drinks anyone?) and people sitting on their patio with their dogs.  In addition to meeting a family all the way from Denmark (visiting us in between their trip in NYC and Boston) and a group of ladies (who have known each other since they were 12!) here on a girlfriends getaway - I saw this:

Interlaken Wedding Scavenger Hunt

Pretty, right?  But besides it being pretty, I noticed the horse sculpture was holding something.  The horse usually does not hold anything... So I got closer:

Interlaken Wedding Scavenger

Not close enough:

Interlaken Scavenger Hunt

OK, this is when I realized it was part of the Scavenger Hunt that the Bride and Groom created for their Wedding Guests!  A little extra fun to challenge friends and family to see how well they truly know about the happy couple, and also to make sure Guests are discovering all aspects of the Interlaken property!  As clues were collected by each Guest, they would fill in the crossword puzzle at the farewell brunch on Sunday, and a gift to the winner was awarded!  Very cute, I just love these neat ideas!

Interlaken Wedding Pavilion

It was a perfect day for a wedding and a perfect weekend to make it a destination one!

Interlaken Wedding Pavilion - cocktail hour 

Cocktail hour


July
20
2011

Sweet sunset

Interlaken Lakefront Sunset

Interlaken Lakefront Sunset

Interlaken Lakefront - it's waiting for you.

 


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