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 at Michelle@InterlakenInn.com
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Reasons to visit Interlaken
There are so many Guests at the hotel this weekend, and there are about a dozen different reasons they are all here – and here they are:
1. Maplebrook School Staff and Parent’s Annual Retreat
2. Ski and Stay Package
3. Millbrook Winery Package
4. Looking for a house to buy in the area
5. Going to see “The Full Monty” at the Warner Theater
6. Visiting their child who attends Hotchkiss School
7. Checking on their house that is being built in the area
8. Celebrating an 8 year wedding anniversary
9. Heading to Infinity Hall for the Mardi Gras party!
10. Visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA
11. Getting an Unstress Facial at ELLORA’s Spa and Sanctuary
And the last reason is..
12. Dining and dancing the night away on our Valentine’s package!
It’s not too late!
Valentine’s weekend is here, and we do have a few rooms still available, so no worries – just give us a call and we can still take care of you! (1-800-222-2909). But, just so you know, there are still rooms available on Sunday (actual Valentine’s Day of course) – and if you have President’s Day off from work, Sunday may work for you just as well. A gentleman just called and he booked the Sleigh Ride package for Sunday night, and his sleigh ride is scheduled for 11am on Monday. How romantic is that? Although we didn’t get the 12 – 17″ of snow predicted, we did get a few inches, just enough to coat the hills of Northwest CT! Perhaps visit the Millbrook Winery for a wine tasting, or stay on our Infinity Hall package – they have an event scheduled Sunday night at 8pm. There is still time to plan for an overnight getaway! Click here to see what packages we offer, or give us a call – we’d love to make arrangements for you and your special someone!
Family reunions at Interlaken
The Interlaken property has been the host of family reunions for many years now, but this year is “the year of reunions” as we have 30% more booked than in any other year in my tenure at Interlaken. That’s incredible! I think there are many reasons our property is the perfect setting for them, one being location. Now, location “first” meaning – 2 hours north of NYC and 2 hours west of Boston – a wonderful halfway meeting point, and “second” location being that we are in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshire mountains. Even though the area is full of arts and culture and hiking and beauty, once here, many families choose just to stay here the entire weekend. From kayaking on the lake (canoeing too!), swimming in the pool, a softball game behind Sunnyside, a pool game in our hospitality center, an evening bonfire complete with cocoa and s’mores – would there be any other reason to leave the property?! The property is truly set up for activities that just bring and keep the family together. How about playing catch with the nephew you haven’t seen in years in our Courtyard? Or sitting on Sunnyside porch, sipping Harney and Sons Iced Tea, catching up with your Great Aunt? Get the family together and start picking some dates, and then contact our Sales Manager Kristy Barto to make the arrangements – she’d be happy to create a package just for you! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more details!
The Full Monty – right here in CT!
At check-out this morning, a couple was raving about the performance they saw last night at the Warner Theater. Being from NYC themselves, I asked them how it compared to Broadway shows, and they said it was excellent, and completely unexpected! They loved just driving on country roads through Northwest Connecticut to the theater, located 40 minutes away in Torrington, CT. The theater has undergone a major revitalization and according to this couple, is extremely elegant. I have yet to go there myself, but will definitely get there this season! The Full Monty runs the weekend of Valentine’s Day, and other upcoming shows include Doubt and Charlotte’s Web. So now you can add this theater in, and along with Infinity Hall, as your entertainment options when staying with us! Check out www.artsnwct.org for a full listing of events in the area.
For the past 84 years, ski jumping has been held at the Satre Hill over in Salisbury, CT, just about 5 minutes away from the Interlaken. It’s amazing to think that the Eastern National Ski Jumping Championships are held right here in this quaint Connecticut village! And it’s so much more than the ski jumps – it is an entire weekend of fun for the entire family! There’s a chili cookoff on Friday night, the jumps on Saturday at 1pm, an Ice carving competition, the Snow Ball Dance on Saturday evening, and then more jumping on Sunday. I love to watch the ski jumping at the Winter Olympics on TV, but to see the ski jumps in person is so awesome! The weather is predicted to be sunny with a high around 30 each day, with a slight chance of snow showers on Saturday – so dress warmly! We still have rooms available this weekend, so come and stay with us and make a weekend of it! Visit www.interlakeninn.com to make a reservation, and for more information about Jumpfest 2010, click here!
Tea for Two – with Harney and Sons!
Or shall I say Tea for Three? I have been drinking tea since I was eight. I remember sitting at my grandmother’s big kitchen table every Sunday afternoon with her and my mom, sipping tea out of dainty fine bone china teacups. I have been a huge tea drinker ever since, and nowadays, I love my tea with just a smidge of milk, and no sugar whatsoever. Everywhere I go I have tea, and there are plenty of tea brands out there – but I haven’t found one that beats my very favorite – Harney and Sons. Their company began in Salisbury, CT many years ago, and recently their headquarters moved across the border to Millerton, NY. They have a tea tasting room over in Millerton as well, and certainly a place for all tea lovers to visit. We are proud to serve Harney and Sons tea (both hot and iced) in our restaurant, as well as in our lobby each morning. When you visit us (www.interlakeninn.com) be sure to save some time to visit their tea tasting room, just 5 minutes away – find a gift of tea for yourself, or that tea lover on your list. You will not be disappointed!
P.S. Be sure to try their new line of bottled Organic iced teas – they are fabulous!
Birthday wishes to Norman Rockwell!
Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA
Who doesn’t love that famous picture posted as the GOOGLE DOODLE today? “Little Spooners” by Norman Rockwell, the famous Saturday Evening Post artist, is just one of many paintings you can learn about at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. We even provide admission tickets to this great museum in our Sleigh Ride package (click here for more details). The museum is a 40 minute scenic ride, and one of the most popular and recommended places to visit when in the Berkshires. Enjoy!
A message from our Chefs: “Please come join me in Morgan’s for a taste of our locally raised and crafted cuisine. We have been working with Superfoods as of late to bring you a cuisine that is not only delicious, but invigorating.” You must come in and try some of the new dishes our Chefs are creating – it will not only be the perfect portion-size, but will be such a healthy way to end your day. Our current Superfoods! plate: Wild salmon, spinach with hemp seeds, and quinoa-walnut pilaf. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Go ahead, make a reservation by our fireplace and come on over and try it! Learn more about our dining room by clicking here.
Now what about this! You are getting married to a SuperGuy (or a SuperGirl!) and you’ve got some SuperGuests that you wish to serve Superfoods to at your wedding. Absolutely! Fresh local ingredients? You’ve got it! Contact Brandon Scimeca (email@example.com) – he’d love to put together the perfect ingredients for your perfect day! Click here to learn more about weddings at Interlaken!
innovative dishes prepared exclusively from fresh, seasonal ingredients
Are you ready for a Culinary Challenge?
I hope the two corporate groups that are arriving next week are! It is such a unique teambuilding experience, and it adds a fun element to the standard “conference meeting agenda” that some companies have. It’s similar to something that you would see on the Food Network. Let me tell you about it: the group is divided into teams, and each team is given a work station. At each station, our Chef’s have put out about 10 ingredients that the team must use entirely. The challenge is to make up a menu for one appetizer and one entree, and then prepare those items using all of the ingredients. There is also a “pantry station” available to all teams so they can add what they need to make the perfect tasting dish. So it may be easy to write “Poached salmon with artichoke hearts” on the menu – but then to have to make it so it’s edible is another thing! Interlaken Chefs then taste the items from each team and then give scores for creativity, taste, and presentation. You know, I’m thinking I may wish to volunteer to be a judge, because if you’ve been reading my Blogs, I LOVE FOOD! Anyway, if you’d like to don an Interlaken apron and have your group be “culinaried challenge”, then give Kristy Barto, our Corporate Sales Manager, a call at 1-800-222-2909 ext 777 or send her an e-mail for an RFP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Licking of the fingers may lead to disqualification!!
Ideal skiing conditions!
The local ski mountains are stating great ski conditions, so now is the time to book your ski package and get on the slopes! I booked 6 packages today between the Mohawk package and the Butternut package – so I thought I’d share with you the conditions at each mountain:
Mohawk Mountain, just about 20 minutes away in Cornwall, CT, has 17 trails open, all packed powder – 20% expert, 60% intermediate, 20% beginner. Mohawk is the largest Ski mountain in Conneticut! Mohawk does offer night skiing. Check their website at http://www.mohawkmtn.com/CMX/index.php for hours and more information.
Ski Butternut, just 30 minutes in Great Barrington, MA, has all of their 22 trails open, packed powder as well. They also offer tubing, some fun for the entire family. Although Butternut offers skiing just during the day, their tubing trails are open this weekend 10am to 8pm. Their website is http://www.skibutternut.com/ for more information.
Book your package today for savings to both mountains!
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