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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.

Comments? Email me: Michelle-at-InterlakenInn.com


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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.


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