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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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!
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