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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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!
Merry comments from our Guests make the Interlaken staff very Merry! Here's what I've heard this past week:
- This is the 4th year I have stayed at the Interlaken. I must say that your restaurant is fabulous! The menu is varied and the food is delicious. My friends and I especially love the shrimp, beet with goat cheese salad! The price is fair and the ambiance is peaceful, perfect for enjoying your meal. The group that I visit with uses the rooms downstairs. The bathrooms are clean and well stocked and always working. The front desk staff is responsive and pleasant. They are also helpful with any requests. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean. I always have an enjoyable stay.
- My son and I had a wonderful visit to the Interlaken Inn. We hope to return next year when he has an official visit/interview for Hotchkiss. Everyone was extremely kind and the food was yummy. We hope to see you soon.
- Our stay was great. We have stayed here a few times. We feel that a movie, 3 course dinner for 2 and a room to stay is such a good deal for the price. Thanks so much for a great stay!
- Yes, I was there for our annual scrapbooking weekend. It is a perfect place for us to go and scrapbook. The food is good , the hotel is quiet and quaint, and the people are nice. Thank you and hope to see you again next year!
- Thanks for reaching out. My dad had purchased a "Date Night" package for my girlfriend and I. We had a wonderful time. The room was very comfortable and our dining experience at Morgan's was superb! Thanks for everything.
- I am happy to say that our stay at the Interlaken was very satisfying. We were victims of an ice storm and were basically displaced from our home for that particular evening. The gentlemen that I initially spoke with and made the reservations with was both professional and courteous. The woman in the evening when we checked in as well as the woman that checked us out were informative and helpful! It was a difficult week for us and they all helped make it easier!
We were also pleasantly surprised with the rooms!
Come and be Merry with us!
Thirteen new vanities are being installed into the bathrooms of the Victorian-styled Sunnyside house at Interlaken! Nice granite tops, brushed nickel faucets, wood shelving - just one part of the Sunnyside bathroom renovation.... once complete, photos to follow!
Someone asked me the other day "Where's your blog"? I was like "What do you mean where is my blog"? I mean, I did go away on vacation for over a week, so I didn't do any new writing, but by no means did I want my blog to disappear!
I have been writing the Interlaken blog since September 2009 - writing about all the fun things that happen at Interlaken that I love. I love weddings. I love hearing when a wedding books, then I love seeing it all come together on that magical day, and am ready with camera in hand to take photos and post them and then tell you what is unique about each one! I love quilting and scrapbooking weekends - I love seeing familiar faces of these crafters - I always feel inspired by their creativity - it fills the entire place! I love seeing couples sneaking away for the night on one of the many packages we offer - the "Night on the Town" package seems to be gaining in popularity! I love seeing a race enthusiast polishing their "baby" in the parking lot. I love seeing a dog lover vacationing with their pet in one of our pet friendly accommodations, walking them to the lake or tossing them a ball in the field behind Sunnyside. I love seeing families that are looking to explore the local area, such as taking a hike up to the Appalachian Trail just a few miles away. I love seeing parents visiting their children at Hotchkiss School, or parents visiting with their children and in hopes they'll become a Hotchkiss student! I love long-term stays, like Memaw from last summer - it was great to see her every day for 6 weeks - such a nice lady! Oh my, I went off on a tangent for sure!
So back to where I started....so it was true my blog couldn't be found for a few days so I stopped writing as I wanted to make sure if what I was still writing could be found! It is, and my new blog home is now entirely on our new website! Bear with me as the blog postings are completely uploaded (right now we have through August 2010 listed, and then this month) - it will all be put back together by the end of this month. If you are looking to visit us in a certain month, be sure to pull up my blog archives as you can read what has happened that may be of interest to you!
Beginning tomorrow, I will continue on with my March Madness of new things happening at Interlaken this season, so be sure to check back in!
Mobile enabled web pages. Yup, Interlaken is creating pages from our new website (did you visit it yet?) that are adapted for smart phones and other portable devices. Look for interlakeninn.com to be mobile along with reservation applications. Wherever you go, you will have access to Interlaken, imagine that?! Gee, I wonder if this blog will be accessible as well? I’ll have to ask Dan about that! Anyway, those days of scrolling over your device to see the entire page of Interlaken are almost over – should be up and running in the next week to 10 days. Can’t wait!
My new home blog you like it? www.interlakeninn.com
Stop reading right now if you think I’m going to talk basketball, because this gal certainly is not! I am referring to the changes and the renovation madness going on this month at Interlaken! I could either write all about it in this one blog and have it be really really long, or I could write short blogs daily throughout the month, giving you snipits of what lies ahead. I’ll choose the latter of course, and will certainly include some pictures as progress is made.
The first big change in this “in like a lion, out like a lamb” month is….drumroll please…..our website! www.interlakeninn.com has a new look, and as all of our information continues to transfer into the new website, you will find it much easier to navigate, larger and more pictures, more information and the reservation system is so much more user friendly! You will be able to see pictures and have descriptions of all of our accommodations right as you enter your travel dates, with all package options and amenity options as well, right at your fingertips. We are looking to make it as easy as possible to go away, and we hope this does it for you! Give it a try and let us know how you like our new reservation system and new website design!
Be sure to check in tomorrow for another change at Interlaken!
The B U Z Z in Salisbury, CT!
Drive through this small town and you will instantly feel it! From what, you might ask? Why, the Junior Olympics of course! The week this town has been waiting for has finally arrived! The opening ceremonies happened last evening at the Scoville Memorial Library – and the rather cold temperatures did not keep attendance down at all.
If you either visited Interlaken or made reservations at Interlaken, then chances are you have talked with Sue – she is the one who ventured out into the cold last night, waving her glowstick and pennant, ringing her cow bell, showing her local support! Watching from the steps of the Town Hall, Sue watched the parade of over 70 young athletes and their coaches descend into the small village of Salisbury as Master of Ceremonies, Marshall Miles got things started, commending SWSA and the many volunteers who worked so hard to make this all happen.
Curtis Rand, the First Selectman, offered a few words about the fundraising effort of the new jump, the first time of this huge event being in Salisbury, and of course being very proud of the town’s support. Sam Posey, a retired American racecar driver and sports broadcast journalist was also in attendance, and shared with the crowd his story of the time he covered a winter olympic louge event many years ago: he wanted to get on one of the sleds to try it, but he didn’t want to start at the top.
He finally decided the last corner of the louge track would be his starting point, and that was clearly enough for him. He was asked if he put his feet out to stop, and he certainly did: he wore through the bottom of his boots which led to bleeding heels – which also led him to conclude his louge experience! Sue said that you could hear a pin drop during The Star Spangled Banner – it was sung so beautifully last night. The huge torch was then lit, and George Kiefer, a former ski jumper, concluded the evening by announcing “LET THE GAMES BEGIN!”
Thanks, Susie, for sharing with us! As I write this, I felt like I went there myself! Actually, WHDD will carry the entire JO opening ceremony tonight at 6:30pm if you wish to catch it. Visit SWSA’s Facebook page for more information and photos by clicking here!
Interlaken is proud to support this wonderful event as Salisbury makes history! We welcome athletes, coaches, families and spectators all week long!
I am such a FLIRT!
My name is Flirt. I am an eight year old smooth-coated Collie. The other day I knew something was up as my adoring owners packed up the van and started heading Northwest. I was hoping deep down inside my doggy stomach that we would end up in one of my favorite places. Sure enough, as we headed around the bend on Route 112 past Hotchkiss School, there it was. The big INTERLAKEN INN sign! My tail started to wag - but wait, where were the pretty flowers? Usually when I come here I see grass and shrubs and flowers, but now I see big piles of snow, just like at home. Oh well, I am still so happy as I get so see my friends at INTERLAKEN! I know the routine: in we go, right to the front desk, where I step up to the counter and put on my best doggy face and sure enough, a treat is tossed my way! (if Winston is there, MANY treats are tossed my way!)
Y U M !
My owners talk for awhile with the staff as I sit and hope for more treats, but then we are off! Back into the van, heading around the main building, towards the new pet friendly room in Sunnyside. I can’t wait to see it, as I was told the room now has a new wood floor, new bedding and very soon a new couch and new look for the bathroom. Even though the Inn does provide very posh pet beds, my owners have packed my special bed from home – and the room is large enough for me to have my own space – there is even a little alcove area where my meals are prepared. I love the new look, by the way, even though it’s still in progress.
OK, time for a nap.
What, nap time is over and it’s time for my one of at least three walks of the day?! The field behind Sunnyside is awesome – plenty of snow there but hard enough that I can run right on it! I love the smell of the fresh country air! And today you can feel that Spring is coming. I hope we get to walk down to the lake later, another favorite place of mine.
OK, time for another nap.
Ahh, another walk – this time over towards the Woodside building, the only other pet friendly accommodation at Interlaken. (Not many places accept pets you know, even as cute as we are.) I love staying in Woodside too because this is my chance to meet other canines – including Crystal from New Jersey whom I met last summer. If memory serves, she was Guest blogger one day last year too! She’s right, it is hard to type with these big paws…
Anyway, the staff is really friendly here. They seem to really care that we have a good time and are comfortable. Even the Guests that have left their dogs at home seem happy to see me and want to pet me. I really like coming to Interlaken, and am glad my owners now come in both the winter time and the summer time. We won’t get to go there this time, but in the summer we’ll definitely take a long walk on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and other great hiking trails in the local area.
Dogs, take it from me – it’s definitely PAWS UP FOR INTERLAKEN!
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