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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.

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july
11
2010

DOG DAYS of Summer!

The Canaan Railroad days are in progress, and the Pet Adoption Center is doing very well! As of yesterday, the report was that seventy rescued dogs have found new homes! They (the Companion Pet Rescue Northeast) are set up at the Green at McDonald’s today through 5pm with more dogs ready to be adopted. You know if you stop by you will fall in love and head home with a canine in your car!

More dog fun: The Harlem Valley Festival of the Dog 2010 is happening today until 4pm at the Ledgewood Kennels in Millerton, NY. A dog show, dock dogs (measuring their jump into the water), flyball and frisbee, dog vendors – if you love dogs this seems like to the place to be today! Find them at 639 Smithfield Road in Millerton, less than 10 minutes from the Interlaken property.

Next Sunday, July 18th, Dyna is having a party for Dogs! Who is Dyna? Dyna is an Airedale who lives in West Cornwall, CT with her devoted owners, the Gannetts. Dogs and their owners can stroll through their landscaped park-like property and then have some fun time at the pool. The Gannetts have been acknowledged for their beautiful grounds by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens. Even if you don’t have a dog, you are welcome to stroll and admire this lovely property. This walk is part of a support effort of the Little Guild of St. Francis located in West Cornwall, so donations of $5 or more are appreciated. Click here for more information on this cute event.

Speaking of the Little Guild, planning is well underway for the 50th Gala celebration happening at the Interlaken property on Sunday, October 24th. The Little Guild has been placing homes for both dogs and cats for 50 years – everyone part of their organization has such a passion for what they do. Stayed tuned to my blog for more details on this upcoming event for all dog lovers!

 


july
8
2010

It’s cool and breezy in the trees!

In hot weather like this, we all need to hear this kind of thing!  And we also need to find out where these trees are!  It’s at the Catamount Adventure Park in South Egremont, MA, just 25 minutes from the Interlaken property.  They said this on Facebook the other day, and it makes me want to get harnessed up and zip through the trees!  Sound like fun?!  Let me tell you more:  The park is open every day from 9am to 5pm and is for ages eight and up.  If you’ve never done it, there’s a course for beginners, and if you’ve done zip lines several times before, there are also challenges for you as well!  There are 115 platforms spread over the 5 acre wooded setting with ropes/cables/wood and zip lines to get you from one platform to another.  The challenge is getting to each platform, and getting there as efficiently as possible.  Don’t worry, you are always attached to the life lines between the platforms!  I haven’t done this yet myself, but a Guest did and he told me it was a great way to spend quality time with his family – and it was lots of fun too!  Visit Catamount’s website for more details – click here!


july
7
2010

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!


july
6
2010

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!


july
4
2010

A Happy Guest!

Hello!

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!

“Ruffly” yours,

Crystal


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!


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