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THE LAKESIDE BLOG

The Lakeside Blog is happily written by Michelle Bousquet 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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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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