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THE LAKESIDE BLOG

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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feb
6
2010

Jumpfest 2010!

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!


feb
6
2010

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!


feb
3
2010

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!


feb
2
2010

Superfoods!

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 (weddings@interlakeninn.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


jan
30
2010

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 kristy@interlakeninn.com.

P.S. Licking of the fingers may lead to disqualification!!


jan
14
2010

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!


jan
9
2010

Sunsets = Romance!

When is the last time you actually sat and admired a beautiful Sunset?  I don’t mean the one that you see when you are driving and you look over at it and say “oh, that’s pretty” – but one where you are just sitting and watching it?  Just watching the sky around it, reflected with amazing color, and then see it dip below sight?  I usually watch sunrises (thanks to Sunrise Earth on HD Theater) but rarely do I get the chance to watch actual sunsets – but now I (and you!) can catch them right here on Interlaken property!  As you can see, we’ve got two chairs waiting for you right on our Sunnyside porch so that you can have a front row seat!  You can admire it after your return from your Sleigh Ride in the Northwest Hills and before joining us for dinner in Morgan’s restaurant, by the fireplace, with Scott Heth playing the piano in the background.  Sunsets – just another reason to take a break from the busy world and take in the beauty Mother Nature offers us!  Come visit us soon!


jan
5
2010

Some updates at Interlaken!

I was just walking the property (yes, bundled up, it’s cold out there!) and wanted to share with you some changes taking place this week at Interlaken!   The bathroom areas in Woodside have been updated – ladies, you will appreciate our new incandescent lighting as well as the larger mirrors.  In the Main Building, we are totally re-vamping our handicapped accessible room, and we are finishing up a replacement of all the windows in the Townhouse section of the property.  Our new ATM in its beautiful mahogany case will arrive on Thursday, and our enhanced property surveillance system will be completed by the end of the week as well.   There are more renovations to come this winter season, I’ll update you as we move forward!


jan
2
2010

The next holiday...

I know, the season just ended, and we all need a break – so who wants to think about the next holiday now, right?  We all know January will fly by, and you will be scrambling to make plans early February, and everything will be sold out. So really, now is the time to make your Valentine’s Day plans, then you can relax and not have to think about it again.   Our New Year’s party was a fun time, and Valentine’s Day will be just the same.  Our package is an all-inclusive one: overnight accommodations, a romantic dinner for two in Morgan’s, dancing with Scott Heth’s trio, and breakfast for two the next morning.  We will also provide your lady with a red rose as well. Since Valentine’s falls on Sunday, we will be celebrating the holiday on Saturday, the 13th.  Come a day early or stay a day late for just $139 plus tax!  Give us a call, make your plans, and we’ll see you in February!


dec
31
2009

Happy New Year!

Before the fun begins...

There’s so much activity at the Inn today, and our staff just loves taking care of everyone! I spent some time in the lobby today, and all of the Guests were in such a festive mood, getting ready for the New Year to arrive. I met so many nice people!

We have a wedding happening under our pavilion for about 90 Guests, with the Atrium area set up for the evening ceremony. I met some of those attending at breakfast, and they said it’s sure to be a celebratory evening – and all they have to do is walk back to their Guestroom afterwards, no driving necessary! Our restaurant, Morgan’s, is hosting our annual New Year’s Eve party for about 35 couples with dinner, drinks and dancing to Scott Heth’s trio through Midnight. The menu looks fantastic! We have several parties returning from last year, and some new faces as well this year. One large group of 18, returning from last year, are just a ball of energy as they move from the lobby, to the restaurant, out to the game room, back in for lunch – just laughing and having a good time. This will be the 8th year for one couple visiting us, and this year they brought along a new couple with them, and hopefully they will return each year as well! I just took their picture by the fire in our lobby. We also have some families here skiing and tubing up at Butternut – so they love the few inches of snow that fell this morning. I met some couples visiting their families that live locally, with dinner plans with them for the evening. There’s also one gentleman who plans to propose this evening!

There are so many different things happening here today, and Interlaken is the perfect spot for all of these Guests that are looking to be surrounded by their family and friends. Thank you, everyone, for choosing to ring in 2010 at the Interlaken! Happy New Year to all!


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