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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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 email@example.com 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.
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Entertainment choices galore near Interlaken!
There’s no need to go to a big city to have a choice of shows - we have a wide selection of show options right around the Interlaken! Let’s start with Tri-Arts at the Sharon Playhouse, a summer stock theater with shows beginning June 24th running through August 29th. The Wedding Singer, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Oklahoma are the scheduled shows this season, with a few others in between. (Interlaken is sponsor of Divas do More Broadway from August 27th to August 29th!). You will be amazed at the professionalism and talent that comes from this little theater!
Now, if you are looking for a concert rather than a theatrical production, then Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk CT is your place to go! They have some great shows lined up for this season!
Chamber music more your interest? Check out the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, also in Norfolk, CT. Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT offers both Chamber music (Sunday afternoons @ 3pm) as well as Twilight Jazz and Big Band music offered Saturday evenings at 6:30pm. Make Saturday date night and dance the night away outdoors with the sounds of the big band! For more info click here! And don’t forget about Tanglewood up in the Berkshires, famous for their casual lawn seats and the Boston Symphony Orchestra - well worth the scenic 50 minute trip from Interlaken! So lots of “clicking” in this e-mail, but worth it to find out the perfect show for you and your family! If you know of another place for entertainment, be sure to let me know!
Strawberries are in Season in CT!
As I was eating my Greek yogurt topped with locally picked strawberries for breakfast this morning, I decided that now strawberries are my favorite fruit, surpassing raspberries and blueberries (now mind you I might change back when these fruits are in season!). I do buy strawberries at my local grocery store year round, but nothing compares to the sweetness of a freshly picked berry this time of year. I do love to bake with them also (tonight it’s strawberry rhubarb pie at my house!) – but truly they are so sweet there’s no need to add sugar or anything to them – straight up the best! In strawberry season you will catch me at every local farm market buying quarts of them! OK so now you want to know what do strawberries have to do with the Interlaken? Well, just a short and scenic 15 minute ride from the Interlaken to the Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm in Sharon, CT will get you fresh strawberries for your very own! You can go the freshest way by picking your own, or buying ones already picked and for sale. Ellsworth has many other fruits and vegetables as well as their picking season is just beginning. Ellsworth is open 8am to 6pm 7 days a week. So now you can add this into your “color coded weekend” getaway this weekend of fun things to do! Can’t spend the night with us? Take Dad out for some brunch at Interlaken this Sunday, Father’s Day, and then head over to Ellsworth! Check out more information on Ellsworth Farm.
Color-coded weekend away!
So you just want to get away for the weekend, you and your sweetheart, before the summer begins and school lets out. You want to: stay close to home, have a great meal, walk in the sunshine, see some water, and sleep in a comfortable bed. Well, then, the Interlaken is the place to go to this weekend! The Interlaken is just 3 hours from Boston, MA & Providence, RI, 2 hours from NYC & the eastern Connecticut Shore and less 1 1/2 hours from Albany. If you live in any of these cities or between them, we’ll keep you close to home! OK, next is your great meal: Morgan’s has you set there. Fresh, local ingredients – check out last night’s dinner special: pan-seared sustainable Baramundi with sauteed swiss chard, shrimp and plantain fritters with a sechuan orange reduction. Need I say more? Sunshine: weather.com states partly sunny with high in the low 80’s in Lakeville on Saturday – that works! Water – you know we’ve got you covered there! Lake Wononscopomuc, deepest lake in Connecticut – Interlaken’s private lakefront with cedar swings, new reclining chaises, canoes, kayaks, a paddle boat, and docks for swimming. We also have an outdoor pool, heated nicely up to 80. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, a comfortable bed - we have just a handful of Sealy King Posturepedics left this weekend, and these are located in our Sunnyside Victorian building and also our Countryside Tudor style house. Each house is private and offers clean and quiet accommodations. I’ve planned your weekend – all you have to do is call us to make your reservation! 1-800-222-2909!
Golf lessons anyone?
OK, I admit it. I am not a golfer. I have been out on the course before, perhaps you could say “playing” but I don’t have the form, or shape, or proper hold, or patience, and actually find myself quite embarassed if others are on the course behind me, waiting to “tee up”. But if you are at my low skill level, or even have a bit more and wish for improvement, there’s help for you! Our neighbor at the Hotchkiss Golf Course, Jim Kennedy, is now offering lessons every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer. The Hotchkiss Golf Course is right next door to us, so it is within walking distance from the Interlaken property and a car is not necessary. The lessons are Friday from 1pm to 4pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, and there’s no need to have or bring your own clubs. Reservations are necessary, so give Jim a call at 860-435-4400. This golf teaching is for all skill levels, so even if you think there’s no room for improvement, perhaps Jim can give you some pointers! If lessons aren’t your thing, then feel free to play a nice round of 9 holes at Hotchkiss – and if 9 holes isn’t enough for you, then go around again! Many of our groomsmen get together at Hotchkiss to “play that final round” so to speak – so wedding couples, keep that in mind!
Canoeing on Lake Wononscopomuc
Have you ever done it? It’s so relaxing, and so peaceful on the lake, it’s like a form of meditation! We grabbed a canoe and went out as the sun was setting the other evening, and there wasn’t another soul out on that lake. We canoed around the perimeter of the shores and the water was so clear that you could see the bottom. We admired some houses along the way, came across a family of moths hovering on the water, and a few fish jumping to catch the crackers we tossed in. What I loved most about the lake was how quiet it was, even with the water lapping against the canoe. If only ELLORA could have hopped in and offered her massage services – that would have been complete bliss! Let me add that this was my first time in a canoe, and it certainly won’t be my last. We supply all boats, paddles and life perserving equipment right at the lake for Interlaken Guests on a first come, first serve basis. If you are looking for a bit more of an adventure, kayaks are also available for your use!
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