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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: Michelle-at-InterlakenInn.com

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Ten Ten Ten!

I know you all agree that today’s date is cool, so it’s only fitting that I blog 10 reasons to visit Interlaken in this tenth month of 2010!

  • Take a 10 mile drive through the Litchfield Hills to admire the beautiful foliage, top voted by Yankee magazine!

  • Try the Fried Domestic Calamari with chipolte-lime aioli & salsa verde in Morgan’s for $10!

  • Five times 10 years equals the number of years the Little Guild has helped homeless pets!  Come celebrate and support on October 24th at the PawPurrazi Gala at Interlaken!

  • Hike 10 miles on the challenging and scenic Appalachian Trail!

  • Celebrate your 10 year wedding anniversary in one of our Honeymoon Suites with a private hot tub!

  • Have 10 fingers perfectly manicured at ELLORA Spa and Sanctuary!

  • Read the last 10 chapters of your book in a cedar swing at our peaceful lakefront!

  • Sample African Autumn tea at Harney and Son’s Tea Room in Millerton, NY, less than 10 minutes from the Interlaken property!

  • Choose from 10 varieties of apples at Ellsworth Farm in Sharon CT: Honeycrisp, Macoun, Cortland, Empire, Red Delicious, Mutsu, Northern Spy, Idared, Gala, and Macintosh.

  • You plus 9 friends equals the perfect 10 for a girlfriend’s getaway in one of our Townhouse Suites and adjoining room!


A Celebrity Pup!

You must click here to see a very handsome Dachshund on an Interlaken kayak gracing the New York Daily News! 

If you read my blog then you know I wander around often taking lots of pictures!  If you want your pet to be photographed at Interlaken and then posted on my blog, or Facebook, or our webpage, or perhaps even in a well known publication such as the NY Daily News, then come and stay with us and I’ll have my camera ready!


Yes, it's true!

The SUN is shining again in New England!  And actually the forecast looks perfect for this upcoming and busy holiday weekend here at Interlaken and in the Northwest Corner.  Friday is sunny, high of 70 and then Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day mainly sunny and in the 60′s.  Perfect fall weather to slip on a cozy sweater and head to Salisbury’s Fall Festival starting this Friday.  There will be music, tag sales, book sales, baked goods, crafts, sidewalk sales, the scarecrow display, the beer tasting at Satre Hill, the chili contest, the Bearcat 5K race, and so much more!  The best part of it is you will be outside in the wonderful weather for all of these fun events!  While you are there, let us know of the fun you are having via Facebook or Twitter!


Can you feel the HEAT?

I certainly could when I tasted the first preparations of the vegetarian chili made by Interlaken Chef’s Nick and Kody last night!  They were just bringing the ingredients together and I happened to be walking through the kitchen, so lucky me, I was able to try it and give my opinion.  It started with a “yum, what’s that flavor?” to “oh  my, this has got some heat!”  All good, though, as chili should have a kick to it.  Wait until Chef Shawn adds his suggestions to it – that is a man who knows hot!  They aren’t preparing this chili for Morgan’s, but they are creating it for the annual Chili Cook-Off Contest being held this Sunday, October 10th at Noon on the Green in Salisbury, CT.  Sponsored by Noble Horizons, all proceeds of the Chili Contest will benefit Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) Junior Olympic Ski Jump Competition.  This is just one event that is happening this weekend at Salisbury’s annual Fall Festival!  Be sure to stop by the Green at Noon on Sunday and place your vote by 1:30pm!  And remember:  Morgan’s at Interlaken!


Look Who's Talking!

Interlaken Guests are talking, that’s who!

“Everything was lovely, thank you”

“Thank you, very nice”

“Everything was great, thanks”

“Wonderful TV’s to watch the games on”

“Cookies were delicious, thank you!”


“Wedding was wonderful”

“Everything was very nice”

“Everyone put the wedding together with panache”

Come stay at Interlaken so you can talk to us too!


A HUGE sigh of Relief….

has been heard across New England by every couple (and their family and friends) who are getting married today!  Lakeville’s forecast for today is a high of 62, sunny and – this is the important part – O% chance of precipitation!  The sky couldn’t be bluer and the colors on the trees are just so intense in contrast to that blue sky.  I woke up extra early today just so I could get in a walk through the woods before my day began at Interlaken, and am so glad I did.  Even though the rain was pretty intense these past couple of days, there are still plenty of green leaves on the trees, and my walking path was covered with golds, yellows, oranges and reds.  The sun was peaking through the trees, the air was crisp – I couldn’t think of a better way to start my day!  I hope everyone takes the time to appreciate this amazing weather here in this part of New England this weekend!


My last canoe ride

The other day I took my last canoe ride out onto Lake Wononscopomuc – for this season anyway!  Even though the day was cloudy at Interlaken, it was still warm, and the lake was as peaceful, tranquil, quiet and beautiful as always.  The trees were dotted with color, with the peak season still yet to come!  The canoes and kayaks will be available for our Guests at our private lakefront until about mid-October, so if you are visiting in the next few weeks be sure to get your last canoe ride in for this season as well!



You bet Interlaken does!  Check out the latest dessert menu at Morgan’s restaurant!

Fall Harvest Spiced Pumpkin Crepes with apple-currant compote, whipped cream and spiced local cider shot

Profiteroles with chocolate-rum syrup and vanilla ice cream

Chocolate Beignets with cherry creme anglaise and cherry ice cream

Crispy Apple Fritter with spiced pumpkin-rum-raisin ice cream

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

Local cheese board with herbed crostini

Selection of ice creams and sorbets are homemade using quality seasonal ingredients

Make a dinner reservation by calling 1-800-222-2909!


"Tour des Farms"

Interesting title, isn’t it?  What it actually is is even more interesting!  Freund’s Farm Market and Bakery in East Canaan, CT (less than 20 minutes from the Interlaken property) is the site of this unique biking experience that will allow you to pedal through CT farmlands, a winery, vegetable farms and dairy farms.  You will have your choice of a 12 mile, 25 mile or a 62 mile route.  Although I love biking on the Harlem Valley Rail trail (the paved railroad bed 15 miles long through rural landscapes of Dutchess and Columbia counties in NY state) this is certainly a biking experience worth looking into!  I mean, you won’t just see the foliage, you’ll be in it!  It’s planned for this Saturday, October 2nd beginning at 9am at Freund’s Farm on Route 44 – and the weather looks crisp, cool and sunny!  A registration fee is charged, and the proceeds from the ride will go to support the Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) program.  If you haven’t been to Freund’s Market, that is an adventure in itself this time of year!  Full of pumpkins, mums, produce, local syrup, baked goods – any harvest item you can think of!  And Freund’s will even collect your purchases and present them to you at the finish line.  Shopping and biking – love it!


Corporate Camaraderie- Interlaken Style

Today I pass over the Blog Reins to Kristy Barto!

There are many ways to experience Interlaken and one that is growing rapidly in popularity is to host what I’m calling a “Camaraderie Retreat”. We use fun, energizing, team building activities to create socialization within your group! Every company needs to give their employees the opportunity to get to know one another at different levels- for instance, who knew that Robert in Accounting would be so GREAT at “bobbing for apples” during our Radical Race Team Building activity! And that is just one of 13 different tasks that are associated with clues that the team must solve in order to get to their next destination somewhere on Interlaken property (we have 30 gorgeous acres and two lakes). What I like best about the Radical Race is that there is something for everyone to do- someone will be good at directions, someone will know a song that includes the word “green” and can teach it to the rest of the group well…and then perform it, and someone will be skilled at canoeing or kayaking. On top of all of this, you are all in it together; you have to stay with your team and work as a team to get to the end.

Verizon Wireless’ Regional Sales team came last week for a day of team building fun and after doing the Radical Race in the morning they had a traditional BBQ luncheon on our Terrace. After a relaxing lunch, we went full speed ahead into the “Rafting Excursion”. This isn’t your typical rafting event; our rafts are made by the participants with supplies they must purchase from our “Raft Store”. All teams receive the same amount of money at the beginning of the activity- but then they have to participate in a relay race to determine who gets first dibs in the store. Items are limited so it’s important to listen and follow instructions during the relay race. Every team makes a flag for their vessel and works to construct their raft. The finale is a rafting race to test the “sea-worthiness” of their craft- as a team they decide which two people will partake in the race (group knows in advance they will get wet). It’s amazing how creative people can be using the same type of materials to make their rafts. My favorite part of this activity is the bartering for items that goes on between groups as they are in the midst of construction- its fun to see the teams interacting and brainstorming together.

Interested in a team building experience for your group that will open doors and solidify relationships as well as create lasting memories?

Call or email me anytime.

Email: Kristy@InterlakenInn.com

Phone: 800.222.2909 ext 777

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