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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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Aug
28
2010

June brides – take a look!

Brandon just took a site tour last weekend for a couple that was interested in June of next year.  Just a few days ago, the deposit check was received and the planning begins!  June is a perfect month for an outdoor wedding – daytime temperatures average about 70 degrees in Lakeville, CT, with nice cool evenings.  The landscaping is lush and all of the annuals are planted.  Everyone is happy as the school year is ending and summer is right around the corner!

Here are some photos of a June wedding held here a couple of years ago. 

Photos from Eric Limon


Aug
22
2010

A Southern-style wedding at a New England Resort

My Saturday ritual on a day there’s a wedding at Interlaken:  I grab my camera and head out to take pictures of the pavilion all set and ready to go.  You may think “it’s the same old thing” as centerpieces are centerpieces, and cakes are cakes, but that is not so!  There are so many different flowers that can be arranged in so many unique ways, and cakes that are round, square, tall, short, with flowers, without flowers, well, you get my point!  I am always anxious to see how the couple has taken our neutral outdoor setting and made it their own for the evening!  It seems like each time there is just something I haven’t seen before – and today was no exception.  Bowls of peaches.  Yup, as simple as that, but just enough for me to say “how cute” and of course – what’s the significance of peaches?  Read on to find out what Brandon Scimeca, Food & Beverage Director and Wedding Coordinator, had to say about this!

 The groom is from Alabama, so they wanted a Northern wedding location with a Southern feel.  Peaches are perfect!  They also worked with Brandon to incorporate some Southern dishes into the menu.  Southern favorites such as pimento and cheese, wild salmon with green tomato peach relish, shrimp and grits, slow roasted fresh leg of pork, and buttermilk biscuits were Southern favorites chosen for the evening.   In addition to the cake, chocolate chip cookies,  brownies and seven layer bars were all served, and were all family recipes.  

In case you didn’t know, Brandon loves to customize menus to someone’s heritage or background, or even just personal family favorites.  Family recipes can also be incorporated into the menus to make the wedding more personal and unique.  Can you imagine sharing your favorite Aunt’s recipe at your wedding with all of your family and friends?  Brandon can pretty much do anything you want, so be sure to contact him to start planning your personalized wedding today!


Aug
21
2010

Good Morning Wedding Breakfast Guests

It’s a beautiful morning here at the Interlaken in Lakeville, CT, and the perfect morning to host a private breakfast out on our patio!  The couple getting married today have started the festivities of their celebration on the early side by gathering their family and friends for a private breakfast buffet our on our patio.  Seating is available both on the patio as well as outside at picnic tables on the lawn.  Pictures of the bride and groom, photos of their lives before they met and after they found each other are on display – certainly something for their Guests to check and talk about over breakfast!  I snapped some photos before everyone arrived, and here they are!


Aug
19
2010

Wedding Celebrations at Interlaken

Here are some more photos from an August wedding last summer at Interlaken.  There wasn’t a bright blue sky that day, but as you can see from the photos, it will still a perfect day for Elissa and Larry.  Happy One Year Anniversary!

All photos from Eric Limon Photography


Aug
18
2010

Wedding Week

A week of wedding photos on my blog, that is -  not a week long wedding!  Although, Interlaken does wedding weekends - why couldn’t one do a wedding week?  Now that would be fun!  Anyway, I’ve been having so much fun looking back at the weddings I planned a few years back, remembering the couples, their families, the unique details.  Here’s another wedding that happened at the end of August 2007 – the florist was amazing, the rich colors the bride chose made such a statement against the white linens  - and check out the evening shot of the pavilion!  So neat.


Aug
16
2010

Congratulations Shawn & Alex!

For those of you who have visited Interlaken’s restaurant Morgan’s, you may have met Alex and Shawn.  Previously greeting you during breakfast hours, Alex has recently moved to evenings serving dinner in Morgan’s.  You may not  actually see Shawn, but you meet him as soon as your dinner arrives as he is the Chef in the kitchen who prepares the amazing creative dishes you receive.  Shawn and Alex have been with us for about 3 years now, and just got married this past Saturday (yes, that perfect Saturday to have a wedding!).  Alex looked so beautiful, Shawn so handsome – and both so happy together!  It was a perfect afternoon as their family and many Interlaken friends shared in their celebration!  While visiting Interlaken, be sure to make dinner reservations so you can say hello to Alex and experience one of the many creative and delicious dishes her husband prepares!


Aug
14
2010

Wedding nostalgia

OK, I admit, I am feeling it now.  Since seeing Annika and Luke, the bride and groom from 2007 that was just here renewing their vows, I’ve become quite nostalgic with the weddings that I did plan back at that time.  I took photos at most of the weddings from then, and plan to post them over the next few weeks.  A few things have changed – such as our new reception chairs, more greenery and flowers around the pavilion, a new hot tub in our Honeymoon Suite, a crosswalk to get your Guests safely over to Route 112 to the beautiful lakefront ceremony site – and some things haven’t changed, which in  my book is a good thing!  If you are like me, and just love looking at wedding photos from even people you don’t know, be sure to check back in with me over these next few weeks to see some amazing wedding photos at Interlaken!  Here are some from Annika and Luke’s special day in August 2007 – they had a picture perfect day, just like today is in Lakeville, CT!

P.S. You know who to contact if you are looking for a wedding venue, right?  Brandon Scimeca – email weddings@interlakeninn.com!


Aug
11
2010

A Romantic Renewal

Just three short years ago Annika & Luke said their vows at the Interlaken lakefront, and now just three short years later they are here today, recreating that special moment by renewing their vows.  It is a gorgeous day today, just like their wedding day was in 2007.  I had the privilege of planning their wedding with them – their choice of yellow daisies, so happy and fun, and their amazing first dance (Annika is a professional pilobolus dancer) will always stand out in my mind when I think of their wedding day!  They will be dining in Morgan’s restaurant this evening – our Chefs will be preparing exactly what they had on their wedding day! 

Congratulations Annika and Luke!


Aug
8
2010

Gorgeous weekend at Interlaken!

On perfect days like yesterday and today, it’s just so easy to wander the property and take photos of what is happening.  The big beautiful sun, bright blue sky, trees swaying in the breeze, flowers in bloom, low humidity!  All good things – especially when combined with picnic tables for picnicking, adirondack chairs for reading, the pool for swimming, the Sunnyside lawn for dog walking, the lake for boating.  Lets round out this perfect weekend with a celebration of marriage!  A Sunday afternoon wedding – love it!  The wedding pavilion is ready to go!  And yes, if you think the Lilys in these photos are fragrant – you are 100% correct! 


Aug
7
2010

Family Fun Weekend Coming Up Soon!

Summer is ticking away, but there is still time left to plan that weekend getaway with your family!  Next weekend – August 14th and August 15th – seems like the perfect time as there are so many family based events happening in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut!  In addition to the usual property amenities we have available for families (swimming in the outdoor heated pool and the lake,  canoes and kayaks, tennis, the game room) and the every day local fun such as bicycling on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, miniature golf in Canaan, local movie theaters, farm markets, there are special events happening next weekend that you should consider:

  • Sharon Audubon Festival – Saturday 8/14 and Sunday 8/15 9:30am to 5:30pm.  Interlaken is happy to be a “wood thrush” sponsor for this annual event in Sharon, CT, just 10 minutes from the Interlaken property.  Many events are scheduled each day, with highlights being an Animal Show at 1pm on Saturday, a falconry demo at 3:30pm, and then Sunday Atka the Wolf @ 1pm and then music and comedy with Nancy Tucker @ 3:30pm.  Adults are $7 and kids are $5.  Click here for more information!
  • Family Festival at Music Mountain – Saturday 8/14 from 11am to 4pm.  Enjoy the afternoon with stilt dancers, mimes, , bagpiper, all kinds of music – concession is provided or bring your own picnic!  Free admission, and 10 minutes from the Interlaken property.  Click here for more information!
  • OKLAHOMA!  Everyone has heard of this classical musical, and it’s playing just 10 minutes from the Interlaken property at Tri-Arts Playhouse in Sharon, CT.  Bring your family to see this award winning musical – you will be amazed at the shows the Tri-Arts theater can produce, with many Northwest Connecticut residents taking part in it!  Friday, August 13th and Saturday, August 14th at 8pm and Sunday, August 15th at 5pm.  Click here for tickets and more information!
  • Salisbury Bank’s Millerton community day on Saturday, August 14th from 9am to 1pm.  In addition to “shredding it” (click here for more details on that!) there will be free food, face painting, live WQQQ broadcast, fun and entertainment for all!  Just 5 minutes away in Millerton, NY.

Make reservations for your family fun weekend today – click here to do so!


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