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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Interlaken welcomes Symphrose and Consalata!
Interlaken was honored to be chosen as a host property for a Rwandan businesswoman and her associate as part of Bpeace, a non-profit network of business professionals who volunteer time and skills with entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries including Afghanistan, Rwanda and El Salvador. If you are aware of the genocide of 1994 in Rwanda, then hearing Symphrose's story of her survival and rebuilding of her life and dream are even more amazing. She is now the proud owner of Le Petit Prince Hotel with 25 guest rooms, a conference center, a swimming pool, and a restaurant, all sitting on beautiful landscaped grounds in the now peaceful country of Rwanda. They are here for 2 full days, gaining knowledge and sharing knowledge with Interlaken staff members about the hotel business. I loved spending time with them this morning talking about staffing issues, Guest feedback programs, and of course, social networking. It's always in apprencticeship programs like this that those that "teach" learn as well! I shared how Interlaken is now proud to be a CT Green Lodging Certified hotel, and they informed me of "Vision 2020", the country's plan for a green economy. They advised me if I should ever visit Rwanda to leave my plastic bags at home as they are not allowed at all in their country - contents included!
It was a pleasure for Interlaken to be a part of their two week learning visit to the US!
Bring home some local color!
So yesterday Salisbury Garden Center brought Interlaken the beautiful colors of Spring to its front entrance - thank you Emily from SGC! I was able to talk to Emily earlier today about the upcoming season at Interlaken (their 7th one here making our gardens look lovely!) and as usual, I am quite excited to see the lush greens and colors of the season appear once again! In addition to the beautiful hangers on the Sunnyside Porch, the ferns at the Woodside Building, the grasses at Countryside, the window boxes at the Townhouses, the huge colorful pots at the outdoor heated pool and the multitiude of color around the Wedding Pavilion, Emily and crew have other new plantings in store for us. Once summer comes, you will notice new grasses at the Woodside building, a new garden at the walkway up to the victorian Sunnyside building - and my personal favorite - a new look at the front entrance to the main building. I won't give any more details than this - you will just have to come up this summer and see for yourself!
Do you want to get some color from Salisbury Garden Center too? The store is conveniently located on Route 44 a mile east of the center of the quaint village of Salisbury, less than 10 minutes away from Interlaken property. They are open every day from 8:30am to 5pm, offering a wide selection of annuals, perennials, house plants, trees and shrubs, along with garden equipment and gifts. If you are in the mood for pansies, SGC is the place to go! Beginning this Saturday, April 16th and for many Saturdays following through June, they are offering a "Saturday Design Series" with designer Christine Krause, who will offer one-on-one consultations to make your garden be the best it can be! To get more information about this program, visit SGC's website by clicking here. I know I can't wait to get my thumb green once again this season! Visit Salisbury Garden Center to get your spring plantings started today!
Interlaken has got C O L O R !
And here's proof! Thank you Salisbury Garden Center for bringing beautiful color to our front entrance!
It's so BREEZY at Interlaken!
And I am not referring to a weather condition!
Breezy is an 8 month old Cock-a-Chon - combine a Cocker Spaniel with a Bichon Frise and wah-lah! You have cute Cock-a-Chon. Breezy has a beautiful white coat with a few patches of tan, big brown eyes and the sweetest puppy breath ever - he was full of kisses for everyone!
Super adorable, right?! And super smart too, because Breezy chose to stay at Interlaken and loved his first visit with us! Of course he chose the new and improved king-bedded room in the Victorian-styled Sunnyside building as his pet friendly accommodation. He loved his private entrance, how he could just prop himself up and look outside to see if he could spot another dog, perhaps staying over in the Woodside accommodation....
And his adoring owners loved watching him do this!
Time to bring your pet to Interlaken! We've got a total of nine pet friendly rooms - eight in Woodside with one Queen bed and one in Sunnyside with one king bed. A posh pet bed is provided for your favorite canine, along with plenty of property for walking and playing with your dog, including a nice leisurely walk to the lakefront. Winston is known to spoil pups with plenty of treats, so be sure to bring him/her in upon arrival.
If you aren't sure Interlaken is right for your pet, we have pet references! Please contact Crystal ("A Happy Guest" July 2010 blog), Saxon ("Saxon's stay at Interlaken" October 2010 blog) or Flirt (I am such a FLIRT! February 2011 blog)!
Colorful & Creative Country Quilters!
I love ‘em!
I love driving to work on these special weekends, knowing the meeting rooms are full of colorful fabrics, patterns, sewing machines, irons, batting, needles, & threads…
I love arriving to work and seeing the familiar & happy faces (this is my favorite part - always a big smile & hug from Claire!)….
I love seeing them all head upstairs to Morgan’s, knowing they will be receiving a tasty meal to overly satisfy their taste buds and give them the energy they need to get them quilting late into the night…
I love wandering between the tables and admiring their work, finding out what quilt is being made and why, and who will be the lucky one to receive it…
I love that Country Quilters loves us too!
Emailed to Kristy Barto, Corporate Sales Manager:
Another hearty “thank you” to you and Kevin and all of the gracious, friendly and efficient staff of the Interlaken Inn. It is always such a joy to spend time with all of you and this weekend was no exception. The food continues to draw rave reviews (well, except for the “nut” ladyJ), but it was truly exceptional. Everyone appreciated the menu on Saturday evening for our 50s theme of Domestic Divas and the salmon on Friday night was “lip smacking good”, as someone said. Then there was the beet salad, the stuffed mushrooms, the great soups,…
We are most grateful for all of the extra efforts you expend on our behalf and almost all of our 8 new participants have already signed up for the fall which is a good sign. They loved everything about the Inn, the staff and our event and I thank you for your part in enticing them to return. We already have 33 deposits for the fall and hope to finish with a total of 50 ladies, which would be good for the fall session. I’ll keep you posted on our progress because I know the fall is a busy season for the Inn.
Again, thank you so much, have a most enjoyable summer and we’ll look forward to seeing you in October.
It's going to happen at Interlaken
I just know it is going to happen, one of these days. Maybe not this week (as more SNOW is predicted for Friday - please let that be an April Fool's joke), but it is going to happen at Interlaken. Very soon.
The brown grass will turn green, the naked tree branches will be full of leaves, the flowers will be in full bloom.
The sun will be bright, the sky will be blue, the air will be warm.
The pool will be full of crystal clear water, ready for the perfect swim.
There will be a bride and her bridesmaids, walking to the lakefront for a lakeside ceremony.
Someone will be enjoying their private lakefront area on Lake Wononkapook while staying in our cozy lakeside cottage.
The swings at the lakefront will have Guests celebrating their 20 year wedding anniversary swaying on them.
The wedding pavilion will be hosting an evening reception for a happy couple and their Guests, complete with its sides off, surrounded by lush green gardens.
There will be a corporate group experiencing raft building, one of our many team building exercises.
The new tennis courts will have an early morning match played by a couple on the Millbrook Vineyard Package.
Their will be a dog swimming in the lake.
I know that all this will happen at Interlaken very soon!
Niagara Falls. Disney Trip. Discovery Cove. Pets. Kids. Christmas. Dance recital.
These are just some of of the topics being scrapped right now by the SCRAPAWAY group of ladies that are visiting Interlaken this weekend. If you are a blog reader then you know I spend some of my day walking through the meeting room, gathering ideas, being impressed, and wishing I scrapped more every time one of these groups are in house! This is our third scrapbooking group in this month, and although this may a small group of ladies this weekend that doesn't mean they aren't full of creative ideas! One woman was kind enough to show me the Cricut machine (love it, the perfect way to get those small little letters you need), and the Sizzix machine was also there for all to use! There are bins full of "leftover" products that everyone is sharing and each lady has a huge table to spread out all of their products. There was coffee and tea and a platter of assorted cookies... if only there was one more table for ME! One of these days....
Give Kristy Barto a call soon so you can set aside the meeting space and overnight rooms for your scrapbooking event at Interlaken!
Wave to me!
If you have stayed with us before, then you know upon check-in that we hand you a re-programmable key to your Guestroom. Well, we aren't going to do that anymore. You are on your own. Find your own way in.
Just kidding! Instead of that key, we are going to hand you a re-programmable card that will get you into your Guestroom! Many hotels have them, but this one is different as you simply need to wave this little card in front of the door lock on your room and wah-lah! Open Sesame! There's no need to slide it in and not have the card be accepted - you know what I mean - when the light blinks yellow when you want it to blink green to get you in. And then it beeps at you. That can be so frustrating. And you never know how long to keep those cards inserted to get it to work either. But no worries with this new simple "wave" system! These cards will be encoded for each Guest with a property i.d., the date, time and room number. Besides being super reliable, they are also highly secure, just like our current system is.
So more new and improved at Interlaken for our Guests! They are coming soon!
Sunnyside Sneak Peak!
Almost near completion and I love them already! A few more finishing touches and they are set!
To all of those who have stayed in Sunnyside at Interlaken before, please come and stay with us in a few weeks and then tell me what you think! Haven't stayed in Sunnyside yet? Well, let me tell you what you are missing! A Victorian-styled house with a wrap-around porch, a winding staircase in the main lobby leading to the second floor, and a total of 12 decorative King-bedded rooms - you guessed it - all Victorian styled! All rooms were recently renovated, and the look of these new bathrooms compliment them perfectly! Sunnyside porch is the perfect place to watch the sunset (refer to my "Sunsets = Romance" blog written January 2010) and Sunnyside field is the perfect place to play with your pup (since one room in Sunnyside is now pet friendly). The house is set nicely on top of a hill towards the back of the property, so it tends to be one of our quietest buildings. Come and try Sunnyside for yourself!
"GREEN is the new WHITE!"
This is the saying outside on the sign at Salisbury Garden Center, the wonderful people who make the Interlaken gardens so pretty! Now it was true to its word last week as we were heading to GREEN as much of the WHITE stuff had melted, but welcome First Day of Spring and 3 inches of the WHITE stuff! Bye bye GREEN! I wonder if SGC went out and changed their sign?! Anyway, along with the new WHITE stuff blanketing the Interlaken property this morning comes 20 Queen beds up on our second floor in the main building with all new cozy WHITE duvets topped with what color accents? GREEN of course! This is the only WHITE I wish to see for the next several months, so Mother Nature please take note! And it's always GREEN at Interlaken as we are a Connecticut certified GREEN property... hope you like the new look!
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