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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The views are breathtaking!
And the view I am referring to is the one from the latest landscape painting of famous artist David Dunlop now hanging in the Interlaken main lobby. This is our second purchase from David, and we find his paintings so exquisite! David captures the Lakeville area perfectly. No wonder he is an Emmy award winning artist! Be sure to admire Mr. Dunlop’s beautiful paintings during your next visit to Interlaken! You can’t miss them!
It’s OFFICIAL – we are GREEN!
We have always been environmentally conscious, but over the last six months we have really pushed forward with “going GREEN”. With assistance from the CT DEP, we made some changes, some simple, some not-so-simple - and it’s clear the result has been well worth it! I have blogged about many of the changes we have made, so now you will have to go back and read all about them! Thank you to you, our Guests, and the staff at Interlaken for taking care of our environment!
Create your Memories!
We are fortunate enough to have another Creative Memories group visiting us this weekend, for the second week in a row! This group is based out of Dutchess County, NY, and they visit us once in the Spring and once in the Fall. They do the same thing each time they are here: scrap, crop, laugh, drink wine, have contests, attend demos, get ideas, have gourmet meals, scrap, stay up late, get up early, and put together their life memories with paper and photos! We have 43 women in our two conference rooms, each with their own work station – which of course they need as you can see from all of their supplies! I absolutely love walking through the ladies, watching them be creative – I always walk away with a few good ideas! The leader of this Creative Memories group is Teri Meiers from Poughquag, NY. Teri has been involved with Creative Memories for eight years, and she has been the “Legendary Leader” for 2 of the last 3 years. (A Legendary Leader means she is one of the top 10 leaders of Creative Memories in the entire USA – way to go, Teri!). If you are interested in becoming a member or a consultant for Creative Memories, feel free to contact Teri – she would love to welcome you to her group and the world of scrapbooking! You can reach Teri at email@example.com, or at 845-223-6022. If you are tired of hearing me talk about bringing your scrapbooking team (or other crafty group) to the Interlaken property, then contact Kristy Barto, our Sales Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would love to be the weekend host your creative event!
Less than a dozen!
So a Baker’s dozen is 13, but what is one less than a dozen called? If there is a name, let me know! Otherwise, why am I asking, is what you are asking? That is how many available wedding dates we have left in the year 2010! Since I am in the process of taking apart our wedding scrapbook album and putting in some fabulous new photos (compliments of Eric Limon, a one of a kind photographer from nearby Massachusetts) – I am surprised there are any dates left! Mr. Limon captures our property perfectly – the gorgeous ceremony held lakeside, the casual cocktail hour on the lawn, Guests dining and dancing under the wedding pavilion, photos of the Bride and Groom sharing a private moment amongst the birch trees – there are just too many perfect picture moments to write about! And this property in autumn? Let’s just say “WOW”! Come see the property for yourself, check out the new wedding album – and see if Interlaken is the perfect place for you and your sweetheart to say “I DO”! Email Brandon Scimeca at email@example.com for more information on hosting the perfect Connecticut Wedding Weekend for your family and friends!
2010 Swim Championships are here!
It is a pretty exciting weekend for our friends and neighbors at the Hotchkiss School – it’s finally time for the New England Preparatory School Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted right next door to Interlaken at the Hotchkiss campus in Lakeville, CT on March 6th and 7th. Approximately 450 girls and boys from across New England will compete in the event, with the girls event on Saturday and the competition for the boys on Sunday. This will be the second year that Hotchkiss will host this major event at the Hixon pool. If you can’t make the actual event, you can follow live scoring updates at the NEPSSA website. We are happy to be accommodating the families and friends of those competing this weekend!
As I was enjoying 100% pure maple syrup atop my buckwheat pancakes this morning, I was wondering how I could make my breakfast even more perfect – and that would be FRESH 100% pure maple syrup! And in a few weeks, that is possible: Sharon Audubon, located 10 minutes away from the Interlaken in Sharon, Connecticut, is hosting its annual MapleFest on Saturday, March 20th from 10am to 4pm. Tours run throughout the day, and guests will have the opportunity to see how sap is collected from their Sugar Maple Trees and turned into fresh maple syrup. The syrup is available for purchase as well. Last year over 200 people took advantage of the tours – so call us today to make your official plans to stay with us on the official First Day of Spring 2010 and enjoy MapleFest!
Hobby Happiness at Interlaken Inn!
The snow didn’t stop the traveling of these two groups to the Interlaken this weekend! In fact, many decided to come a day early, just to make sure they made it and to get a head start on their favorite hobbies. We have a knitting group from Westchester County joining us for their third year. Picture this: a large, cozy meeting room complete with fireplace, beverages (dark hot chocolate) and snacks (warm chewy pretzels) – and 30 women knitting, talking, laughing into the wee hours of the morning. The scrapbooking group has returned for the 4th year and this group is more of a ladies reunion – 15 women that have known each other for a very long time that get together around the topic of scrapbooking – their kids, their pets, their vacations, their everyday moments. It’s so wonderful to have all these ladies returning to our property, cherishing all of their memories, and making new ones this weekend!
Connecticut Green Lodging Certification
We are in our final phase of it becoming official! We have completed all of the minimum requirements, and then some. In our latest meeting, we reviewed the programs we have in place, and talked about further improvements we can make. Looking forward to Spring, Brandon Scimeca, Food & Beverage Director and Wedding Coordinator, plans to use the composting material we’ve been building up all winter to make a raised herb garden -so when you see “freshly picked rosemary” on the Morgan’s dining menu, you will know exactly what that means, and you can’t get any fresher than that! All of the Chefs are excited about that, and Brandon certainly plans to expand the bed in the future to include vegetables as well.
We are also excited about the introduction of our new Guestroom Amenities from EcoFresh. Both the product itself and the container it comes in is biodegradable. This is a brand new concept that just became available, and we are proud to be putting these earth friendly items in our Guestrooms! All of our cleaning supplies also have the “Green Seal” of approval as well.
Let me tell you, it feels so GOOD being GREEN! Stay tuned as we institute more “Going Green” items at the Interlaken – and look for the official logo from the State of Connecticut on our website to be posted next month!
Fun Fun Fun!
This is how a 5 year old girl described the tubing center at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, just 30 minutes north of Interlaken. I ran into her and her family this morning in the lobby and they told me about the fun afternoon they had. Usually open on the weekends only, the family was able to go there yesterday because of the special hours this week due to winter break. There are 5 lanes and tons of tubes, and a lift to take you back up the hill. You must ride separtely in the tube, so this young lady lady felt like such a “big girl” going all by herself! She even loved being pulled back up the lift to the top! The best part that the Dad of the family liked was not having to pull the kids back up the hill! They also stopped and had some hot cocoa and a snack in the lodge – which is a must-do after being out in the cold! No one in this family skis, so tubing was the perfect option for them to get to head to the Berkshires and be out in the cool refreshing air. The center is open until 8pm tonight, and then from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. The ski area is open for another few weeks, so there is still time to come and visit and do some tubing yourself! Visit skibutternut.com for more details. Now, for a family of four, I suggest staying right in our Main Building – each room has 2 Queen beds, and is close to our lobby area to pick out a complimentary movie, or a bite to eat in our restaurant. Non-skiiers make your plans!
Dining = Donation!
Morgan's Restaurant at Interlaken Inn, Lakeville, CT
I was just reviewing the contributions that I’ll be sending out shortly to several local organizations as part of the Morgan’s Dining program, and thought I’d share with you how this program works in case you are not aware. Interlaken has and is always supportive of many local organizations, and a few years ago, we wanted to give back even more, so we created the Morgan’s Dining Program. You don’t have to be a “member” or carry around a “club card” or anything - in fact, you simply need to treat yourself to a wonderful meal in our restaurant, select one organization of your choice that is listed at the bottom of your dining receipt, and we will send that organization 5% of your total restaurant check. It’s truly a WIN-WIN for everyone: you can enjoy one of the fabulous meals I’ve been blogging about as we give a donation back to your favorite local association! Treat yourself and Give back! Dinner reservations are recommended, so give us a call today at 800-222-2909!
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