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THE LAKESIDE BLOG

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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jun
10
2010

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!


jun
9
2010

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!


jun
8
2010

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!


jun
7
2010

Millbrook Wine Package = June Wedding?

es, that is right – and let me tell you about it! Back in February, a couple named Kimberley & Chris stayed at the Interlaken after making a reservation using our on-line system for the Millbrook Vineyard Tasting & Tour Package. Included in this package is dinner for two, so while dining in Morgan’s, our Food & Beverage Director and Wedding Coordinator, Brandon Scimeca, struck up a conversation with them. The conversation had many topics, but finally came down to available Spring wedding dates. With onlythe first weekend in June open, Kimberley and Chris decided to have their intimate ceremony with us lakeside followed by dinner and dancing in our Vineyard room (how appropriate given they were on the “Vineyard” package!). So Congratulations Kim & Chris on your special day this past Saturday!

Book a package with us today and you never know – one of our available October wedding dates just might be perfect for you! As the saying goes – you’ll find it when you are not looking! Click here for more informaton!


jun
5
2010

Welcome to our International Students!

Since 1947, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) has been in pursuit of its mission, “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.”  For the past 10 years, Interlaken has hosted several International students each year.  Students are able to learn about the hospitality industry as well as experiencing life in the United States.  The students usually arrive to us by the end of May, just in time for our busy summer season, and stay right through October.  This year we are welcoming students from the countries of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Moldova.  Four of the students are returning to us after spending time with us in previous years - they love the work environment and the beautiful hills of the Berkshires!  Many make plans to see some sights in the Northeast, including trips to New York City, Boston and Niagara Falls.  Please be sure to say hello to our new (and returning!) International friends!


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