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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"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?
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Phone: 800.222.2909 ext 777
Do you like my new look?
The Blog is not the only one with a new look! Here are other things that got a new look this year:
Morgan’s Fall dinner menu!
Early Harvest Butternut Squash Soup
Crispy Falafel with Labne, Local Grape Tomatoes, Avocado, Cucumber, Sweet Potato Gaufrette
Late Summer Garden Basil Pesto with Spaghettini, Grilled Tiger Shrimp, and Local Vegetables
Roasted Free Range Half Chicken with Local Autumn Vegetables and Lemon-Herb Butter
Organic Strip Steak, Sweet Potato Puree, Sauteed Baby Spinach, and Sherry-Demi
The main lobby
ELLORA Spa and Sanctuary
LCD’s with DVD players in all Townhouse Units
Wedding reception chairs
Cedar Swings at the lakefront
More new is planned for Interlaken – stay tuned for updates!
I love that this part of Northwest Connecticut is referred to as “foliage central” and was also named a top rated destination for all leaf peepers – thank you Yankee Magazine! The towns of Kent and Litchfield were named specifically, and Interlaken is located very close to these quaint New England villages – just choose Route 7 South or Route 63 South and you are there! Thanks to Mother Nature, the fall foliage season has started early and if we continue to get warm sunny days the colors will linger into November. If you ask me, the autumn season could never last long enough! Anyway, now is the perfect time to plan for that hike you’ve been wanting to do all summer but never did, and your reward will not only be the fantastic views but you will be able to admire the amazing vibrant autumn colors! Why not see as much as Connecticut as you possible can? Bear Mountain is the tallest peak in CT, and can be hiked to via the Undermountain Trail for 2 miles, then connecting with the Appalachian Trail for about another mile to the top of Bear Mountain. It’s been deemed as a strenuous hike by the www.berkshirehiking.com website, but well worth the adventure. If hiking is just not your thing, then maybe just sitting on a cedar swing at the Interlaken’s lakefront is more your style! The trees are now touched with color – the next few weeks should be amazing!Admire the beauty - no energy required!
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I would love to work like this all day, wouldn’t you?
Interlaken Resort and Conference Center
Complimentary wi-fi service, even outside!
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