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 at Michelle@InterlakenInn.com
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A Day Trip to the Berkshires!
This past weekend at the Interlaken sure was a busy one. Most of our Guests took advantage of the gorgeous weather and relaxed at the lake and swam in the pool. The tennis courts were booked, ELLORA took many spa services, the restaurant was full for dinner each night while Guests tried entrees from the new summer menu. And the dogs! We had so many Guests traveling with their pets this weekend. Since many Guests were here for 3 days, many wanted to take a “day trip” – so we pulled out our Berkshires map and highlighted the routes up to Great Barrington and points beyond. Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Theater are just a few of the items to put on the “to do” list. In fact, Tanglewood’s Opening night for the Boston Symphony Orchestra is this Friday, July 9th at 8:30pm.
Click here for a full schedule! Park along Main Street in Great Barrington and browse through the many shops and boutiques. Add some scenic hiking to your list and you are all set! Come back in the early evening to be freshen up for your dinner in Morgan’s – your turn to try the new summer menu!
Baby, it’s HOT outside!
When it’s this hot, what can one do besides staying inside planted near a blasting A/C? If you are staying at the Interlaken, there’s many fun things to do to beat this heat! Let’s start with the obvious – take a swim in our outdoor heated pool! Starting with 3 feet in the shallow end, the bright blue water is certain to cool you off! There are plenty of chaise lounges and umbrellas to keep the hot sun away. The next option is swimming in the lake at our private lakefront area. Canoes, kayaks, a paddle boat, docks for swimming, chairs for resting (yes, there are plenty of areas in the shade!) – the lake is perfect for the hot hazy days of summer. If that blasting A/C is truly what you crave, then you know movie theaters are always a good option! The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY, just 6 minutes away from the Interlaken, has the latest shows and is offering matinees all this week beginning at 1pm. Toy Story 3, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Grown-ups are the featured choices. Another cool place to visit is the bowling alley up in Great Barrington, Mass – about 30 minutes from Interlaken. How about guys against the girls? We played there yesterday and the girls ruled both games! Head back to the Interlaken, have some dinner in Morgan’s, and then off to our game room (air-conditioned of course!) – choose pool, air hockey or ping pong, or play a game of cards at our poker tables. There are so many fun and inexpensive ways to stay cool at Interlaken this summer!
A Happy Guest!
My name is Crystal and I am the “Guest” Blogger today! I am staying in the Woodside accommodation for a few weeks with my Grandma. She is taking very good care of me. I love it here. My room has a big bed and even a little couch that I like to lay on. There’s a refrigerator in the room where my Grandma keeps my food. She also has some biscuits for me, but she keeps these up on the desk. I tried to reach them, but I can’t. My Grandma takes me for walks all over the Interlaken property. It’s really big, but I have a lot of energy. My favorite place to stop along the way is at the front desk – they always give me treats there! I don’t like to swim, but there is a lake and I’ve seen other dogs swimming in it. This holiday weekend the Woodside building is full of dogs! I love it! I have made new friends – Fritz is a big black beautiful poodle who also likes staying at the Interlaken. Some of my new dog friends are sleeping on a very posh pet bed that Interlaken provides – request one for yourself! There aren’t many hotels that allow dogs, but Interlaken does and I am happy. When I am happy, my owners are happy! Like I said, I’ll be here a few more weeks, so if you want to come and stay in the Woodside house, just call up Interlaken and make a reservation. You can also go to their website and book a room there. Sometimes I find it hard to type with my paws and all. Anyway, I hope to meet you soon!
Celebrating Good Food!
As I was driving in this morning, I had plans to continue to blog about activities in July – the theme I’ve had all week. And the more activities I look for, the more I find out how busy the Northwest Corner and the Berkshires is this month! It’s truly a wonderful time to visit. And the weather we’ve had these past several days couldn’t have been better! Anyway, I’ll continue on with that tomorrow, as something happened when I arrived at work: I read the Interlaken’s FACEBOOK page (Follow us please!) and just had to “copy and paste” it into my blog today. Here’s what I read:
Raw Energy Soup: A salad of raw vegetables, fruits and herbs pureed into a smooth delicious soup. Chef Shaun garnished the green goodness with flax seeds and hemp oil. Light and clean tasting! There is a little bit of a zing to it from the pepper…Very filling!
My first reponse was “are you serious”? I mean how good and healthy does that sound?! If you have been reading my blog (thank you very much by the way!) then you know I love food, especially food that is raw and healthy. You must come and try one of the amazing dishes that our Culinary-trained Chefs create and offer each night. Thursday evening I was fortunate enough to try the dinner special – are you ready? Wild Red Snapper with Southwest black bean and corn salad with blackberry anise glaze and scallions. I usually don’t eat and talk with my mouth full, but in this case I did: I kept saying “oh my gosh this is so good” over and over again. The Chefs are updating the dinner menu again to include the latest offerings of fruits and vegetables of the summer season.
So celebrate the holiday, celebrate a birthday, an anniversary – or in this case, just celebrate amazing food! Dinner reservations are recommended, so give us a call at 1-800-222-2909 and come celebrate! Morgan’s is open every night from 5:30pm to 9pm. After you have experienced an amazing meal, please tell me all about it – I’d love to hear!
Canaan Railroad Days are coming in July!
This year the big event takes place on Thursday, July 8th through Sunday, July 18th right in the heart of Canaan, CT, just 15 minutes away from the Interlaken. Businesses and organizations in Canaan all become part of this event, with fun activities for all ages happening on a daily basis. The “days” kick off with the Commerford Carnival Thursday, July 8th through Sunday, July 11th – always a big hit with the kids. Now is the time to satisfy that fried dough craving! The first weekend also hosts dog adoptions on Saturday the 10th and 11th. This year you can ”Ride the Berkshire Limited” – take the Housatonic RR up to Great Barrington, MA – the train departs every few hours and is offered July 10th, 11th & 18th. Fireworks, treasure hunt, gold panning, car shows, craft fairs – if you wish to visit Canaan, CT this is certainly the time to come! We can get you and your family settled with comfortable accommodations here at the Interlaken, and then a short drive away will allow you and your family all of these fun things. Click here for a full event schedule of Canaan Railroad Days! Click here to view our accommodations and availability!
July Food & Drink!
Have you made your fresh berry pie for the holiday this weekend? You can’t beat a freshly baked pie with freshly baked berries – blueberries and raspberries (along with strawberries) are now ready for picking at Ellsworth Farm in Sharon, CT, just 10 minutes from the Interlaken property. If your schedule doesn’t allow for picking, they have pints and quarts available for purchase. Ellsworth Farm will continue to have new fruits and vegetables available for picking, so be sure to check their website often to keep updated on what the latest is! Their hours are daily 8am to 6pm.
Now onto drink: let’s finally get that question answered on “what wine will work best with this pork dish”! Millbrook Vineyards in Lakeville, CT is hosting a “Food and Wine Pairing Seminar” on Saturday, July 10th from 6pm to 8pm. They will feature both their wines and other wines from around the world and will pair it up with the perfect food plate. Reservations are required, so be sure to visit their website for more details!
What’s your speed?
Even though the track can be the host of an amazing fireworks show (presented by the Salisbury Rotary Club), it’s probably best and more appropriately known for it’s car racing! This coming weekend, July 2nd and 3rd, is the Nascar Doubleheader Race. The Nascar Whelen Modified tour is teaming up with K&N Pro Series, and the SCCA Trans Am Racing series will also provide some exciting racing! If this race weekend isn’t enough, mark your calendars for the famous ALMS series happening on July 23rd and 24th – Lime Rock claims these prototypes and GT cars are “wicked fast” and also use “green” technology – which is quite interesting! (Interlaken likes “green things” – we are a Connecticut Certified Green Property) Click here to be led to the Lime Rock park website for more details!
If simply driving to a cute New England town is more your speed, then visit the Green in Sharon, CT for a taste of Sharon this weekend! A cocktail reception with tastes of old recipes from Sharon will be held Friday evening, and then on Saturday from 10am to 4pm is the open house – bring a picnic (take a “to go” lunch from Morgan’s – talk about tasty food!) and enjoy some free fun – the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny! The Green is located right in the heart of Sharon!
Leisurely shopping for fresh, local fruits and vegetables is more your style? Check out the many Farmer’s Markets available every Saturday morning, including the one in Millerton between Main Street and Century Boulevard. Vendors showcase their goods from 9am to 1pm – and it’s more than just locally grown fruit and veggies – fish, wine, pasta, honey, heritage breed beef, pork and chicken, fruit pies, soup – and much more! Click here for more details!
Check back tomorrow for more July activities!
July kicks off with a Bang!
I’m not just referring to the annual Fireworks show at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT, just 6 minutes from the Interlaken property. There are so many fun things happening this coming month that I thought I’d share some with you each blog this week (and of course throughout the month at things pop up!) So let’s see what’s happening!
So of course, back to those amazing Fireworks at Lime Rock. The park opens at 6pm for picnicking, allowing you 3 hours to relax on a big blanket with some food and drink (concession is available) while you wait for the show to begin at 9pm. The cost is $15 per car, and every spot on the grounds are wonderful! Sorry, but dogs are not permitted.
Tri Arts Playhouse in Sharon, CT opened with its first production of the summer season with “The Wedding Singer” which will run through July 11th. If you loved the movie (and who wouldn’t with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore) than be sure to check out the local production of this musical comedy! Evening and matinee shows are available – click here for ticket information.
Pamper yourself this weekend as ELLORA celebrates her first weekend entirely at the Interlaken property! Pilates classes have been running for about a month now, and now services will be fully up and running over July 4th weekend! For any service – massages, manicures, facials, and hand and foot facials – you will receive a complimentary ELLORA tote bag. Services are by appointment, so be sure to call 860-435-1305 or ext. 181 from your Interlaken Guestroom phone to make arranagements. Her retail shop is also open Monday through Friday from 11am to 5pm in the Atrium building – so you can also bring home some luscious lotions and amazing scents to continue the pampering!
Check tomorrow for some more fun July activities happening in our area!
Yes, that’s right! The group coordinator of the conference being held at the Interlaken right now wanted to have an activity to go along with the bonfire (love those s’mores!) at the lakefront last night since the conference attendees would be sitting all afternoon for the meeting. Kristy Barto, our Corporate Sales Manager, offered Glow-in-the-dark Volleyball! Our staff set up the typical volleyball layout but laid the boundaries of the court with Glow Sticks and hung Glow Sticks from the top of the net so they could see it…and they used a glow-in-the-dark volleyball instead of the regular one. Certainly an energizing and fun activity, and certainly something to look forward to after a long afternoon of meetings!
This is a lucky group, as even this afternoon the coordinator has built a few hours of free time into their schedule so the team can take advantage of the lakefront activities and really enjoy the property. I just saw Kristy snapping some photos as they were swimming in the pool and boating on the lake. It’s a beautiful afternoon here in Lakeville CT!
Tonight they head over to the Executive Lounge and have planned their own “Game Night” using the table games that we already have. We’ll provide a self serve beer & wine bar and evening snacks and they get to socialize and continue building comraderie in a casual setting. Who would have thought a conference could be so much fun! Contact Kristy Barto at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what fun things she can plan for your group!
ELLORA Spa, Sanctuary & Pilates is almost complete with their move onto the Interlaken property from their studio over on Brook Street, Lakeville, CT. The Pilates segment of ELLORA have made their new home over in our Countryside building, the Tudor style house adjacent to the Interlaken’s main building. Pilates classes are currently offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 8:30am. These are group classes are for all levels and are available to Interlaken Guests. The cost is $12 for a one hour session. The Instructor, Rachel Hay, is certified by the Pilates Institute of America and was kind enough to give me a private session so I could see what Pilates is all about! I have done Pilates tapes before and I do have a small Pilates Performer at home, so I felt like I knew what I was doing – but Rachel proved me wrong! I have never been personally instructed like this, so to have her tell me to relax my shoulders, lift my rib cage, keep the spine against the mat – well, it truly challenged me to think about my body and how it was all working together. It all stems from the inner core, strengthening and lengthening. In my mind I knew what she was saying, but to make my body do it was a different story. Rachel is also available for private lessons, and will be adding more classes to the schedule in the near future. I encourage you to try one of her classes to see what I am talking about – I am sure you will walk away with a better posture after just one hour with Rachel!
For more information, call Rachel at 518-789-4140.
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