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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A RIVER runs through IT
"IT" being the beautiful countryside of the Litchfield Hills, and the "RIVER" being the Houstaonic River!
I usually head North on Route 7 as I head out from Interlaken, but the other day special plans brought me down to Cornwall, so I headed South on Route 7 instead. Well, I must say - what a pretty ride it was! You actually "hug" the mountainside while driving through thick shady trees, so lush and green, and for many miles the river runs right alongside you. It was a bright sunny day and the river was just sparkling! I wanted to stop the car and jump in! (OK, maybe just dip my toes in!). I am always talking about water, but referencing our lakefront, so I thought it would be nice to still talk about water and reference the beautiful Housatonic River instead!
You can actually paddle 10 miles of this river by simply visiting Clarke Outdoors in West Cornwall, CT, right on Route 7, just 10 minutes away from the Interlaken. You can either rent a canoe, kayak or a raft for your adventure out on the water. Your wet journey will begin in Falls Village (transported by van) and then end at the Housatonic Meadows Picnic area. Halfway through you will go under the historic Cornwall Bridge,and you can stop and either picnic there or find a nice place for lunch in the little village. Bring your camera (waterproof is recommended!) as there will be many places along the way to take some amazing nature shots. This is definitely on my agenda this summer with my family, be sure to put it on yours too!
Golf X 7
Interlaken is fortunate enough to have not just a couple of golf courses nearby, but, yup, count 'em - 7! I am not a golfer, but if I was and came to Interlaken I'd think I was in golf heaven! Over the course of a long weekend it would be possible to play a round at all seven of them! Each course is listed in more detail on our website - so click here for more specifics.
One course we recommend highly (and not just because it's right next door to the Interlaken, within walking distance) is the Hotchkiss Golf Course. This semi-private 9 hole course is certainly lovely to drive by each day, so I would be confident to say it's an equally wonderful course to play! I asked someone who plays there often (but not often enough of course!) and here are his thoughts about Hotchkiss Golf Course:
"It's such a peaceful course surrounded by such a historic facility (Hotchkiss School). Whether you are playing the fourth hole looking out at the beautiful music auditorium, or seeing the breathtaking views of Lake Wononscopomuc on the sixth hole, or being challenged by the ninth hole (which he happens to think is one of the most difficult in all of Connecticut), Hotchkiss Golf Course is a course not to miss. Mr. Kennedy who runs the center is a real pro and a knowledgable Lakeville resident."
Summer Fun is coming!
For anyone who spent their holiday weekend here with us at Interlaken, either taking a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or kayaking at the lake, you couldn't help but feel SUMMER in the air! The sun was bright and hot each day, the sky was blue with puffs of clouds, and the temperature couldn't have been more summer-like! Honestly, it was such a pleasure to get a jump on the season like this since Mr. Winter hung around New England way longer than preferred! Anyway, who wants to talk about winter anymore? Since Memorial Day is the "official" kick-off to the summer for Interlaken, I thought it would be fun in my next several blogs to give you a taste of what happens around here in the quickly approaching "official" summer season!
Everyone needs to take the time to visit this charming summer theater over in Sharon, CT. You will be amazed at the talent that comes from this 300 seat air-conditioned building that has been home to Tri-Arts since 2003. There are shows to fit the entire family for a pleasant afternoon or evening out! Each year, the shows are fabulous, and this year is no exception! The featured shows are:
42nd Street - June 23rd to July 10th
RENT - July 15th to July 24th
Hairspray - August 4th to August 21st
There are also some other shows during the season, one being DIVAS DO THE RED CARPET. Interlaken is a proud sponsor of this show running at the end of August.
Now remember that Morgan's Restaurant is open for a bite to eat either before or after the show! Tri-Arts Theater is just 10 minutes away from the Interlaken property.
Where will you be this weekend?
Will you be at Interlaken?
Walking through our courtyard?
To get to our outdoor heated pool?
Or will you be sitting with Brandon Scimeca underneath the Wedding Pavilion, discussing your upcoming lakeside wedding?
Or will your favorite canine be checking in for you?
Or will you be admiring the peaceful waters of Lake Wononscopomuc at our private lakefront area?
Or will you be enjoying a glass of wine on your screened-in deck, looking out over the Courtyard, just waking up from a nap in one of our Main Building King bedded rooms?
Or will you be challenging someone to a game of tennis on our newly resurfaced courts?
Or will you be taking this canoe out on the deepest lake in Connecticut?
Or will you be talking with other Race enthusiasts on the wraparound porch over in Sunnyside after an eventful day at Lime Rock Park?
Or will you be relaxing under the stars in the Lime Rock Suite with your special someone?
Whatever it is you will be doing, I hope that Interlaken is part of your holiday weekend!
Get a head start on SUMMER FUN!
Memorial Day weekend at the Interlaken is considered the kick-off to our summer season. The temperatures are finally warm enough for all of our outdoor amenities to be up and running. If you are able to join us this long weekend to get a head start on your summer season, read on to find out what is you have to look forward to at and around the Interlaken property!
The lakefront. So peaceful and private. Enjoy the cool waters - 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 your Twilight book 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 newly resurfaced blue courts.
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 Village Cycle 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.
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.
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 the Grand-Am Rolex Series kicks off the season over Memorial Day weekend. 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!
Antiquing. You can pretty much head in any direction from the Interlaken and find an abundance of antique shops ready for your treasure hunt. Johnson's Antiques in Millerton, NY has a huge showroom to get you started.
All of this, along with so many other reasons to get a head start on the summer season and visit Interlaken Memorial Day Weekend! Click here to go back to our home page and check availability for you and your family!
Saving for a rainy day
Allright, who in New England is not getting this wet weather? There's one thing you can always do in the rain and that is EAT!
Morgan's restaurant at Interlaken is open nightly beginning at 5:30pm. You can choose from our regular Morgan's menu, like this Guest did below:
Brined, then Grilled pork loin with crisp polenta cake and hearty braised kale
You can hear from our friendly servers what the special is for the evening and decide on that! Let me share with you some of the most recent specials featured at Morgan's these past few weeks:
Wild black sea bass, saffron spring rice blend with fresh clam-black trumpet and asparagus broth
Herb and leek stuffed rainbow trout with avocado and orzo salad and salsa verde
Maple ginger glazed scallops with BBQ black beans and garlicky broccoli
Grilled organic hanger steak with mushroom duxelle, stuffed tomato, roasted potatoes, sauteed ramp and salsa verde
Wild black sea bass, bacon-potato-ramp hash & lemon garlic aioli
Braised veal osso bucco with parsnip puree, garlicky broccoli, roasted red peppers and thick crisp onion rings
Soy maple glazed sea bass, saffron israeli cous cous, tempura cauliflower and spicy sweet and sour sauce
Call us for reservations at 1-800-222-2909!
Woodside Work in Progress
Up until this very day, I have only posted "pretty" pictures on the Interlaken blog - but I couldn't resist taking a picture of what's happening out in one room in the Woodside building and letting you all know about it!
Woodside is the only building on property where pets are welcome (with the exception of the one new King room in the Sunnyside building), and we are now making these units more comfortable for you and your pet. Adult Guests will have more room in the bathroom area as we make that space one larger unit. Along the back wall, an exit door will be added allowing you and your pet to head out and enjoy a small courtyard area to relax, and perhaps to meet other dogs and their owners. The Woodside rooms will still be equipped with a Queen bed, a twin sofa sleeper, a flat screen TV with DVD player, a microwave and a refrigerator. The rooms will still have plenty of room for the posh pet bed for your favorite canine to sleep on! (read what Saxon has to say about those on our Facebook page!). The room is set be completed by mid-June, so if you are interesting in seeing it, just ask for Room 141 when making your reservation! I'll be sure to post a much prettier photo once it's all complete!
The countryside around Interlaken is breathtaking! This shot was taken on Route 41 just a few minutes from the Interlaken property. This is just one of many views that truly capture the beauty of this area of Northwest Connecticut.
The perfect view of Lake Wononscopomuc at the Interlaken Lakefront
What's your secret?
To get yourself geared up for the 11th annual Trade Secrets event happening the weekend of May 14th and 15th, why not pop Mom in the car this weekend and drive up to the Northwest Corner of Connecticut and visit the many nurseries and garden centers that abound in this beautiful area! Each place I have visited already seem to be just bursting with color and life - maybe not more than usual, but maybe just more appreciated after the super long winter we just had. Have you noticed how the white and pink flowering trees are just completely covered in blooms? The Interlaken property is fortunate to have some of these beauties...
Anyway, back to those nurseries and garden centers! So, you did it, you put Mom in the car and have the entire afternoon ahead of you. First stop: Salisbury Garden Center! For those who read my blog, you are nodding and saying "no kidding"! Salisbury Garden Center takes care of the gardens at Interlaken, so it's only appropriate that I mention them first! In addition to a wonderful variety of plants, trees and shrubs, you will also find a helpful and knowledgable staff ready to get your garden growing. Now, if you want some SUGAR in addition to plants, then Freund's Farm Market and Bakery in East Canaan, CT is a must stop for you! Just 20 minutes from the Interlaken can get you a freshly baked pie to serve to Mom! So your Mom is a bit eclectic? Maybe you should visit Beardsley Gardens in Sharon, CT as their motto is "from annuals to unusuals" - you could find that unique perenniel perfect for the unique Mom you have!
I could go on and on here, as there are plenty more great places in neighboring Dutchess County, NY and up in Great Barrington, MA. The staff at Interlaken will be happy to give you more details - give us a call at 1-800-222-2909 to make your reservations this weekend - and don't forget to make reservations for either a special dinner in Morgan's Saturday night or for a yummy Sunday brunch on Mother's Day! And remember - the Trade Secrets Event to support Women's Support Services is happening next weekend - find out more about that by clicking here - enjoy a wonderful garden and antique event while supporting a worthy organization!
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