The Lakeside Blog is happily written by Michelle Bousquet 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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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!
Thousands of miles from home!
Ashley and Dan are that is, the couple that I met this morning in the lobby. I noticed this couple sitting close, looking over the Interlaken map, along with some other brochures from the area, and couldn’t help but ask if I could assist them in their plans for the day. “Oh thank you” said the young lady, and of course her accent led me to ask where they were from – “London” she replied. So then of course I had to ask her how she made her way to the Northwest Corner of Connecticut and the Interlaken! I mean seriously, this huge country and her and her sweetheart are sitting on our couch in Lakeville? I had to hear their story, and of course could listen to their wonderful accents all day long! They had attended a wedding for a friend in Chicago, and then wanted to see the sites in New York City. From there, they wanted to see some beautiful countryside, but needed something they could find off the Metro North line since they did not have a car. Ashley ”googled” some places, came across Interlaken, and made their plans to visit. Jack, a local livery service provider, was able to get them from the Wassaic Station to the Inn, and then is available if they need any other transportation over these next few days. Winston got them some breakfast from our kitchen for some energy before they decided to visit our lake, take some walks, and venture out on some local hiking trails. I can’t wait to see them tomorrow to see how their day in Connecticut went before there 2 week vacation in the US comes to a close!
Happy Hiking Full Pint, Karma & Strider!
Last week, Kevin, the General Manager of the Interlaken, was having breakfast at Toymakers Cafe (incidentally a very quaint local breakfast spot) in Falls Village, CT when he met three hikers taking a break from the Appalachian Trail. The setup of this cafe encourages diners to have conversations, so naturally Kevin and these three men started talking. It turns out, “Full Pint”, “Karma” and “Strider” were on their 89th day of hiking the Appalachian Trail (beginning in Georgia) and had 36 days left to go to the end in Maine. Three college buddies that have always wanted to hike the entire trail after reading the book “A Walk in the Woods”. Two of the three were thru-walkers, and the third was getting married in July. Kevin gave the three young gentleman a break, a chance to rest in an air conditioned room, take a long hot shower, enjoy the swimming pool and the lake before they headed back onto the Trail. Did you know that the Trail is 2178 miles long? That it takes approximately 5 million footsteps from one end to the other? That it crosses eight National Forests? I’ve highlighted some fun facts, but to hike the trail from one end to another is a feat that most people attempt but never accomplish. When you are visiting Interlaken and the surrounding area, you will certainly come upon many such hikers – maybe some are sectionals (doing the trail in sections) and some are thru-walkers, but less than 25% of people that start the trail finish it as a thru-walker. Congratulations to these three – we are sure they are going make it to their destination!
If reading this inspires you to get on the trail, there are many access points to the Appalachian Trail very close to Interlaken – click here for more information! For more local hiking in the Litchfield Hills and the Berkshires, click here! Happy Hiking!
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