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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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Apr
14
2011

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!

Rwanda visits Interlaken

 


Apr
13
2011

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!

 


Apr
12
2011

Interlaken has got C O L O R !

Spring at Interlaken

And here's proof!  Thank you Salisbury Garden Center for bringing beautiful color to our front entrance!

  Spring at Interlaken

Spring at Interlaken


Apr
7
2011

It's so BREEZY at Interlaken!

And I am not referring to a weather condition! 

Pet friendly at Interlaken

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....

Pet friendly at Interlaken Lakeville CT

And his adoring owners loved watching him do this!

Pet friendly at Interlaken

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)!


Apr
5
2011

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… 

Interlaken Country Quilter's

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…

Interlaken Country Quilter's

I love that Country Quilters loves us too!

Emailed to Kristy Barto, Corporate Sales Manager:

 Dear Kristy,

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.

Warm regards,
Claire

 Interlaken Country Quilter's

Interlaken Country Quilter's


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