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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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!
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