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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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july
3
2010

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!


july
2
2010

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
1
2010

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!


jun
30
2010

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!


jun
28
2010

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!


jun
24
2010

Nighttime Volleyball?

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 kristy@interlakeninn.com to see what fun things she can plan for your group!


jun
23
2010

Performing Pilates!

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.


jun
22
2010

Vacationing with your Pup!

If you’ve been to the Interlaken before, then you know we absolutely love meeting your dog, petting them and giving them treats.  (we apologize if we give them more attention than we give to you!)  

We also love to make sure they sleep well so we provide posh doggie beds for them to get a good night’s rest so they are energized and ready to go the next morning!  (you know that as soon as you even move your pinky toe your dog is at your bedside waiting to greet you!)  We also have beautiful grounds for walking your dog and a deep lake that your dog can swim in (we don’t have doggie beach towels, so be sure to bring one to wipe him off with!).  You can also order a “to go” dinner from Morgan’s and eat outside with your pet (by the lake is the perfect spot ).  Accommodations for pets are in our Woodside building – all rooms have a Queen bed and a pull-out sofa sleeper, a microwave and a fridge (to keep your dog treats in if necessary!)  It’s clear we provide everything that is needed to make your pet comfortable and happy to be on vacation – so please provide your Dog with what they want the most – which is being  with YOU.  That is all your pet lives for and every dog owner in the world knows that.  

PLEASE do not leave your pet alone in your Guestroom!  

You may know how they act at home when you are not there, but when they are in a strange place no one can predict their behavior.  What most dogs decide to do when they are left alone is to call out for you – which means BARKING and lots of it.  This obviously disturbs other Guests from enjoying the peacefulness of the Interlaken.  If your vacation plans are too involved to include your dog with you, then perhaps your best bet is to find a family member to take care of him or book a kennel at home.  If your plans truly are to enjoy every moment with him, then give us a call and let’s get started on your doggie vacation!


jun
20
2010

Cycling with my Dad!

These are the plans of an 8 year old boy and his Dad, Mom, and older sister this afternoon.  They came up for the weekend for some swimming in the pool and kayaking on the lake. They also went to the Goshen Stampede (which the little boy said “was awesome!) After grabbing some Father’s Day brunch here at the Interlaken, they are going to head up north on Route 22 and head to Copake Falls where they will rent bikes at Bash Bish Bicycles right on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  The rail trail is so scenic and rural, surrounded by lush greenery with stunning views of valleys and farmland.  You can easily ride for miles and miles!  Bash Bish Bicycles is open every day but Tuesday, from 9am to 5pm.  So no need to load up the bikes, take advantage of Bash Bish rentals and take a two wheel ride through the country with your family!


jun
16
2010

The perfect June day!

For many things outdoors today – but especially so for the wedding happening at the Interlaken!


Guests will enjoy a glass of wine and passed heirloom brushetta at the cocktail hour on the lawn


The wedding pavilion surrounded by beautiful gardens


Tables ready for serving dinner, one entree choice being Ricotta Ravioli with summer vegetables & cream pesto dressing


Admiring amazing peonies centerpieces from Kamilla's Floral Boutique, Millerton, NY


Savoring the sweet taste from Sweet Williams Bakery, Salisbury, CT

Call or email Brandon Scimeca to book your perfect day! 
1-800-222-2909 or weddings@interlakeninn.com!

Call or email Brandon Scimeca to book your perfect day!

1-800-222-2909 or weddings@interlakeninn.com!


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