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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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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!


dec
26
2009

A little R&R in the Country

As I make my annual venture to New York City during the holiday season, I appreciate how easy that Metro North has made the trip for me.  I park and catch the train in Wassaic, New York (20 minutes from the Interlaken), and just relax and read for the approximately 2 hour trip.  I arrive in Grand Central, and am immediately caught up in the hustle and bustle that the City provides!  It is always a great day for me.  Now, where am I going with this today?  Well, it’s just as easy to reverse this and get OUT of the City for a day and visit the Country!   Once you are here, you are set for relaxation:  take a walk on the Beaver Pond Trail as you inhale the cool crisp country air, sit by the fire, read a book and sip a cocktail,  watch a movie from our complimentary movie library, play a game of ping pong in our hospitality center, indulge in a wonderful spa service, and end the day by enjoying a fantastic dinner in our restaurant, Morgan’s.  Fall asleep with quietness of the Country in a Sealy Posturepedic mattress, and wake up the next day, refreshed, with hot coffee and  fresh eggs.  Hop in the taxi, back to Wassaic Train station, and relax for another couple of hours while the Train takes you back home.  What a simple overnight that everyone would certainly appreciate this time of year!  Contact us for more details so that you can book your overnight R&R today!


dec
16
2009

The Little Guild – A Safe Haven

Have you ever visited the Little Guild over in West Cornwall, CT?  If you are an animal lover, be careful, as you may just walk away with a new canine or feline friend!  Their website has photos and biographies about the pets ready for adoption – they are sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.  (http://www.littleguild.org/index.html).  All of the abandoned or stray pets of the Northwest Corner come to the Little Guild, where care is given for these poor, helpless animals.  These pets deserves the attention and love that this shelter provides them before a new home is found.  The Little Guild will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in 2010, and although we have always been supportive of their mission, we plan to be more involved with them this upcoming year.  Still need a Holiday gift?  Perhaps a pet from the Little Guild would be the perfect one!


dec
12
2009

Bar Mitzvah Celebration!

This evening, 135 Guests – family and friends – will join together to celebrate this special occasion!  The tables are set and are surrounding the dance floor, where the live band is getting ready to perform.  Our pavilion, the host to over 2 dozen weddings each year, is the perfect spot for any type of special event, not just weddings.  We’ve had the opportunity to host many bar and bat mitzvahs, and even one time, a “bark” mitzvah!   (We are pet friendly, remember?!)  In the warm months, the sides of the pavilion are off, but since the pavilion can be heated, we can host any gathering from 100 to 250 people even in the coldest of months.  If you have a large upcoming event where you need plenty of room, consider Interlaken.  Contact Brandon Scimeca at weddings@interlakeninn.com for more details!


dec
8
2009

INFINITY Music Hall & Bistro

Here is your chance to see a national act in an intimate local setting!  Norfolk, Connecticut is only 20 minutes from the Interlaken, and is now the home of the INFINITY Music Hall & Bistro.  This recently renovated theater hosts concerts each weekend by many of the best artists of numerous genres.  Even though the theater seats 300 people, it is cozy, charming and authentically antique!  There is also a bistro on site that serves both lite fare as well as more creative entrees.  How convenient is it to have this type of entertainment just a short ride on a nice country road, in a beautiful small town setting, and avoid all of that big city traffic? It’s definitely another reason to visit Interlaken this season! Find out more about the package we offer with INFINITY and view their event calendar .


dec
1
2009

The Perfect PUP gift!

Not sure what to get your beloved canine this year?  Forego the usual chewy bone and squeaky toy, and take your dog away on vacation!  We have the perfect “Pet-away” package they will love!  It includes your pet friendly accommodation, dinner for two in our restaurant Morgan’s, a welcome basket of wine and cheese for the adults and some special treats for your pup, and breakfast the next day.  To make sure your pup has the most peaceful and comfortable night’s rest, we now have a plush dog bed and a cozy quilt just for him.  As part of the package, we also give you a 20% coupon for Petpourri, the cute pet shop in Lakeville, CT – a place you can buy your loyal friend a little souvenir!  Trust me, if you go with this package as a present for your dog, he’ll be more loyal to you then he already is!   Find out more details and book your package on-line at http://www.interlakeninn.com/packages/packages.html#petaway.


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