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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.

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Dec
9
2010

Ski season is here!

Yes, it’s cold in New England, very cold.  I think the only ones who might be real happy about that are the skiiers!  We always boast about the three ski mountains near Interlaken, and SKI BUTTERNUT is the first moutain to open up this year.  I spoke to Keith from Butternut, and he says the 178 guns have been going 24/7 for quite some time and it will be a winter wonderland by the time they open on Friday, December 10th.  They hope to open with a minimum of seven trails, and maybe even up to ten, thanks to the addition of 30 more Top Gun snowmaking tower snowguns this year.  Wouldn’t it be cool to see them all in action right now?!  My question is:  Is the lodge open, and is it serving hot cocoa?  Keith told me to stop whining, bundle up and try snow tubing with my daughters.  In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Butternut has a great family oriented tubing center (hot cocoa is nearby) that is available on weekends (it opens later this month).  I’ll be sure to try it and blog about it with pictures after I do, so be sure to check back later for that!  In the meantime, for all of you skiiers – the season has officially started near Interlaken – so if your schedule allows, head to Butternut tomorrow for their grand opening and throughout the weekend as well! 

Click here for more information on Ski Butternut!


Dec
8
2010

Make it a Date Night!

Let’s face it – the holiday season can get pretty hectic.  There’s so much going on in just a few short weeks - cookie swaps, shopping, holiday parties, decorating, friends coming from out of town – and the list goes on and on.   Certainly the hustle and bustle of the season can put a dent in the time alone that you usually spend with your special someone.  As crazy as life can get, it’s important to make and have quality time with the one you love, even if you need to schedule it in!  Probably the most traditional and simplest of dates would be dinner and a movie, so Interlaken created the new Date Night package.  Our package goes a bit beyond the dinner in Morgan’s and a movie at the Moviehouse in Millerton, NY because it also includes an overnight room and breakfast for each of you, so you get even more quality time away from the holiday frenzy!  I would love to upgrade you complimentary to one of our Townhouse Suite units, so when making your reservation tell us you read about it in my blog and you’ll be enjoying some late night quiet time in front of the fireplace as well!  Click here for more information about this new Date Night package!


Dec
7
2010

Ringing in the New Year


The ball will be dropping before you know it!  Now is the time to get your plans settled before it’s too late!  The Guest count for Interlaken’s New Year’s Eve party in our Vineyard room is almost completely sold out, just a few seats left. 

But never FEAR, you can still ring in the New YEAR with us!

Because there has been such an interest in celebrating at Interlaken, we have decided to open up Morgan’s restaurant to allow more Guests to join in on the fun.  You can enjoy a quieter, more intimate setting there, where we will have a piano player providing the perfect ambience while dinner is served to you.  When it’s time to get up and boogie (do people still use that word anymore?!), you can wander right into the Vineyard room and dance to the sounds of Scott Heth and friends right through until Midnight.

Interlaken has been hosting New Year’s celebrations for years now, so you can feel confident that you’ll enjoy our party, love our food, and appreciate the short walk back to your Guestroom, where a plush Sealy Posturepedic awaits you!  Give us a call at 1-800-222-2909 now to make a reservation – or click here for more information about our New Year’s package!


Dec
4
2010

"O Christmas Tree"

One of my favorite holiday pastimes is getting the Christmas Tree.  Growing up, we always had a real tree – we would typically visit a farm and cut it down ourselves, or occasionally we would get a pre-cut one.  Either way, the tree always made the house smell so wonderfully as soon as it went up on Christmas Eve and all that week through New Year’s.  I have kept the tradition of the freshly cut tree each year with my family, but have sinced lengthened the time it is up by getting it the first weekend in December (tomorrow as a matter of fact!).  Lucky me, almost four weeks of that amazing balsam smell!!  I much prefer finding and cutting the perfect tree each year.  If you feel the same, read on for some suggestions of farms all within 30 minutes of the Interlaken property.  If you are staying with us, we’d be happy to get you some hot cocoa upon your return with your perfectly fresh cut tree!

Seekonk Tree Farm, located at 32 Seekonk Road in Great Barrington, MA.  A scenic ride up through the Berkshires, just off Route 71.  A wide selection of trees (cut your own and pre-cut) as well as wreaths, roping, etc.  A favorite of many Interlaken employees!

Angevine Farm at 40 Angevine Road in Warren, CTThrough the woods and into the Litchfield Hills you go to visit this lovely Christmas Tree Farm!  Visits from Santa, a Christmas Barn full of festive handmade gifts, garland, wreaths. etc.

Evergreen Farms at 407 North Tower Road in Millbrook, NYNaturally farmed Christmas Trees for an old fashioned Christmas!  Located in Dutchess County, NY, the farm is full of Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir and Spruce trees for you to select from.  Sue from Interlaken remembers visiting this farm when she was little with her family!


Nov
30
2010

Interlaken remodels Main Lobby

We’ve recently remodeled our Main Lobby, adding warm colors and comfy furnishings. The fireplace keeps the lobby toasty-warm, and we’re looking forward to your reaction when you visit us.


Nov
27
2010

"It's Better than a Cruise"

Interlaken is – according to Harriet, who booked Interlaken today for her family gathering next June.  There are five celebrations in her family in 2011 – a 50th birthday, a high school graduation, a 75th birthday, an 80th birthday, and a 55th wedding anniversary – major milestones all in need of a wonderful celebration!  Really, they could have chosen anywhere (a cruise being one of them as she said) but Harriet thought of Interlaken and felt we would be the perfect spot to spend quality time with her family.  She has been staying at Interlaken on and off over the past 25 years (the first time being a day at Lime Rock Park), and thought it would only be appropriate for all of the many outdoor and cultural activities in the local area for her family to do together.  They have booked several rooms in the Sunnyside Victorian House, and look forward to some family time both in the lobby area of the building and outside on the wraparound porch.  Onsite, Harriet, her daughter Karen and the rest of their family intend to swim in the pool, play basketball, play tennis (on our brand new courts!), volleyball, have a softball game in the Sunnyside field, arrange Spa appointments at ELLORA, and have celebratory meals in Morgan’s Restaurant.  They will also spend much time at our lakefront, where they will go kayaking, canoeing and do more swimming – and of course, enjoy a picnic lunch lakeside one of the days!  Offsite, they intend to hike (Bash Bish Falls, the Appalachian Trail, Monument Mountain, Sunset Rock), bike ride (Harlem Valley Rail Trail), and see some shows (Infinity Hall, Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, Tri-Arts, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Edith Wharton House).  It’s certainly a jam-packed 5 nights, 6 days of fresh, clean country air in the relaxed environment found just South of the Berkshire Hills!   

You certainly can’t do all of this on a cruise, Harriet is quite right about that. 


Nov
24
2010

Centerfold

Remember that song by the J. Geils Band?  One of my favorites, along with Freeze Frame of course.  (now you know I’m a kid of the 80′s!)  Guests Matt and Jessica just stayed at Interlaken for 3 nights, ending their last night at a concert at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT with none other Peter Wolf, lead singer of the J. Geils Band!  Matt and Jessica said the show was great, and that theaters like Infinity just don’t exist anymore.   Infinity hosts shows year round – click here to see their entire schedule to find a show that may take you back to younger days (as Peter Wolf would for me!)

Matt and Jessica decided to take a break from their home in Manhattan before Thanksgiving and come and visit this beautiful part of the country.   In addition to the Infinity Hall “Night on the Town” package, they also chose the Millbrook Vineyard Tour package another night of their stay.  This gave them tickets to the Vineyard along with dinner for two in Morgan’s (which they told me was “excellent”) , two glasses of wine (most likely a Millbrook selection!), continental breakfast for two and of course their overnight accommodations.  They had a good time traveling in the area checking out other vineyards, other restaurants (Matt said @ the corner in Litchfield was fantastic) and just relaxing in the country!  A well needed break for the two of them.

If you need a break with your sweetheart, then maybe Interlaken is the place for you.  We’ve got many packages to offer, many great places to eat in addition to Morgan’s, great vineyards, great concerts, much antiquing, many hiking trails, great local shopping, and wonderful fresh air for you to enjoy!

Click here to view all of the packages we offer!


Nov
20
2010

A gift is just a phone call away


OK, let’s face it.  The holiday shopping season is upon us.  As soon as the home stretch of Thanksgiving appears, the houses become decorated with holiday lights – and the Black Friday madness begins!  I went shopping with my mom this past Friday, and I’d venture to say the day could have been called “dark gray Friday”!  I was surprised at how many people were out and about, creating long lines that I just wasn’t in the mood to be in.  We decided to cut our day short and head home, and do some on-line shopping instead!  Interlaken can help you do some holiday shopping – perhaps not on-line at this point (2011 will bring us that option – among other cool on-line options) – but by simply giving us a call at 1-800-222-2909.  We can offer you gift certificates in any demonimation and for anything you’d like – from a simple overnight, to a romantic dinner for two, to an overnight with a romantic dinner and a massage.  Or, check out all of the packages we offer at our website (click here) and pick the perfect package for that special someone – Millbrook Wine package, the Petaway package, Night on the Town – we have so many choices.  If you’d rather do just a flat dollar amount, we can of course do that too.

Although I love to go to stores and shop (there are some great little shops in and around the Lakeville/Salisbury, CT/Millerton, NY area), sometimes it’s nice to take the option of sitting at home in your cozies and still be able to find and order the perfect gift.  Interlaken will make it simple for you – just give us a call!

1-800-222-2909, anytime.


Nov
18
2010

My new favorite dish!

I was fortunate enough to dine in Morgan’s last night for dinner, and needless to say, and once again, I was overwhelmed when the vegetarian dish came out and was placed in front of me. 

“Crispy falafel, labne, naan bread, grape tomatoes, avocado, cucumber and sweet potato gaufrette”

I regret not having my camera with me as what I wanted most to do at that moment was take a picture and run to my blog to talk all about it! 

The naan bread was layered with the avocado, the tomatoes, cucumbers and then topped with the falafel balls – yummy!  Next to it were the most amazing sweet potato gaufrette – you have got to try them!  I’ve never had them before and will certainly plan to have them again!

Morgan’s Restaurant – be sure to try it when you visit Interlaken! 


Nov
14
2010

Be Creative with your Memories!

I have many favorite group and Guest moments at Interlaken, and one of them is when the Creative Memories group led by Teri Meiers is in the house!  She is here along with Margaret, Jamie and about 25 other scrappers, surrounded by their many scrapbook products – paper, cutters, adhesives, pens, the latest tool, embellishments, ribbon, albums, edgers – and most importantly – precious photos of their family and friends.  Being a scrapbooker myself, there’s nothing quite like preserving special moments (and even every day moments) through the use of papercrafting.  Creative Memories makes it easy for you!  They have a huge selection of coordinating products to help you get more pages done in the already limited amount of scrapbooking time we seem to have.

It’s only appropriate that Creative Memories partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant wishes and make dreams come true for seriously ill children.  Along with hefty yearly contributions, proceeds from the sale of the Creative Memories Make-A-Wish line are also given to make amazing memories for these special children in need.

Supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is another goal for Jamie, a Creative Memories Mom who has a son with this disease.  She sells adorable stuffed animals at every Creative Memories event she attends and the money is given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for research to find a cure for this horrible disease.

The supportive nature of Creative Memories continues on as buckets of soda caps are collected and offered to the St. Jude Research Center.

If scrapbooking and helping children struggle with disease are your passions, Creative  Memories would be the perfect fit for you.  We welcome the group twice annually here at Interlaken, but some Independent Consultants in the group are branching out and organizing more weekend scrapbooking retreats.  The next one is scheduled for January 21st and 22nd, 2011, and is being led by Kristine Shaw.  In addition to the basics (a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, great workspace) you can count on the usual weekend fun:  raffles, demonstrations, inspiration, and as one woman said: WINE!  There are spaces still open for this weekend, so be sure to contact Kristine at KrisKreations@hvc.rr.com for more information!

Thank you, Teri Meiers, for continuing to bring yourself, the ladies, all of your supplies and knowledge to Interlaken every year.  We admire your support of so many worthy Foundations.  To meet Teri and visit the Creative Memories website, click here!


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