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.
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Reunite your Family
Many reasons to visit Interlaken, as you all know. This blog I am going to focus on keeping the family bond tight.
I've had the pleasure this summer to work with some Guests that chose Interlaken for their family reunion and let me tell you, I am so glad they did. The property is the perfect setting to accommodate families of all shapes and sizes, and the local area has a wide variety of activities to keep young and old happy as well. Some families come and never leave the property thanks to our outdoor heated pool and private lakefront area with canoes, kayaks, and swimming, as well as tennis courts, basketball court, gameroom, and last but not least, our food. Others love all this as well as the nearby golf courses, quaint towns for shopping, the numerous walking and hiking trails, the race track, the summer stock theaters, the music, the wineries - and just the beauty that surrounds us.
Many families like to host a special BBQ on at least one of their nights here with us, and this is the typical setting for that traditional gathering, complete with red and white checked cloths. If Mother Nature is in agreement we hold it right out on our lawn in the early evening as the sun dips over the main building. We have a Chef grilling the hot dogs, hamburgers and juicy flank steaks, just filling the air for miles of that wonderful BBQ scent.
Here's a sample of just one of the many BBQ themes we offer, the Four Star BBQ:
Juicy Grilled Flat-Iron Steaks
& Kosher Hot Dogs
Relish Bar with all the Fixin's
Baked Idaho Potato Bar with Condiments
Tossed Salad of Baby Greens in Vinaigrette
Old-Fashioned Baked Beans with Bacon, Onion, Molasses
Corn on the Cob -- locally grown in season (spring & summer) or
Grilled Vegetable Platter (fall & winter)
Fresh Strawberry Shortcake (spring & summer) or
Hudson Valley Apple Crisp (fall & winter)
Coffee/ Tea/ Soda Service
On two wheels
Arriving to Interlaken is always fun as it is the start of a relaxing vacation, a corporate retreat, a wedding celebration, a visit to the Lime Rock Race Track, attending a reunion - just a myriad of reasons. But let the fun start at home like this one couple did that I met at our Intermingle Wednesdays this evening - they arrived by Harley Davidson Motorcycle this afternoon. Their open air journey began near the Poconos and a few hours later meandering through the countryside they arrived at Interlaken, just in time for a refreshing cocktail and some HDO's atop our Penthouse Deck.
It was one of those spectacular days of summer that you just wish to clone - bright blue cloudless sky with temperatures in the mid 70's - and a cocktail in hand. It was just perfect that our Intermingle was held outside this evening. When will you join us for a cocktail so I can meet you?
Ice cream lovers rejoice! Not only is July National Ice Cream month but today is National Ice Cream Day, so certainly double the fun should be in order! (I am sure my kids will hit me up twice to celebrate)
If you want ice cream at its freshest and its finest then do pay a visit to Morgan's restaurant where we make our very own using local ingredients. (this is where the "What's local" part comes in) We use milk from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy in Ancramdale, NY and fresh eggs from Feather Ridge Farm in Elizaville, NY to give you the ultimate ice cream experience. Today may be the day to step away from traditional vanilla and chocolate (although both are yummy) and try one of our unique flavors such as sour cream. Yes, you read that right: sour cream! Don't turn your nose on this one, it is truly wonderful! We also offer such flavors as balsamic, pretzel, pistachio, and graham cracker. These are all so rich and creamy on their own or paired up with our desserts such as the S'mores Double Chocolate Ganache Torte (as you see below) or Local Apple Fritters. Enjoy a scoop anytime at Morgan's restaurant!
You will not need to count sheep when it's time for bed at Interlaken. You can sleep easy with our new bedding ensemble.
We have a new look in our main building Guestrooms, and you can be rest assured that everything you sleep in and on is super fresh and super clean upon your arrival. We triple sheet each and every bed with 300 thread count sheets topped with four fluffy pillows. Each bed has an amazing wonder blanket tucked inside for the perfect amount of comfort. At the end of your stay we remove everything you see here and replace it with a fresh new set, including the blanket. No more questionable duvets or pillows that are tossed on the floor only to be placed back on the bed. Only the freshest and cleanest for our Guests. Please tell us how you like our new look!
It's more like what is NOT blooming here at Interlaken! Wow, with all of the rain and the hot sun the flowers are just so intense right around the wedding cocktail and reception pavilion - as well as all areas around the property. Let the pictures prove it!
"Organic and Homey"
These were the two words that a Guest used to describe the Interlaken property at our Intermingle this week. I like those words alot and have never heard them used together in a sentence regarding Interlaken. I really like this Intermingle hour each week!
It was great meeting this couple this week, and not just because they were complimentary of the Interlaken. They were just super fun, down-to-earth people escaping for an overnight getaway while their kids were away at camp. They particurlarly loved our Woodside pet friendly accommodations for their big "doodle" dogs - one being "golden" and ther other being "labra". Gypsy and Everest are their names and I hope to meet them in the lobby tomorrow so I can give them a little treat - and perhaps they can be my pet of the week! We happened to mentioned that our private lakeside cabin is also pet friendly and they were both extremely interested in that option later this summer. Are you familiar with our lakeside cabin? It is a one bedroom cabin on our "back" lake with complete privacy and your own lake frontage. There are a few dates in August and also some in September that are still available, so if a quiet and restful vacation are in order soon be sure to look into this very unique accommodation.
As you may know I love to talk about tea, especially Harney and Sons tea, so you can imagine my delight at our "Intermingle" this evening when Mr. John Harney himself walked in. "Master Tea Blender" is what he is and Master Tea Blending" is what his family business does. Harney and Sons tea company was created 30 years right here in Salisbury, CT and is now headquarted in Millerton, NY. I always recommend to our Guests that if they are tea lovers (or likers even) it is a must do!Although I didn't approach Mr. Harney right away I eventually made my way to him and said "Hello Mr. Harney. I love your tea. I start my day with English Breakfast (me too he said) and in the afternoon enjoy Earl Grey (he said he has been choosing Sencha and I said I would make the switch for the summer myself). So if you've always wondered which tea Mr. Harney himself prefers over the hundreds of tea offerings they have, here it is. Be sure to visit his shop in Millerton or SOHO and of course on-line at Harney and Sons Fine Teas.
It was another nice turn-out for our weekly cocktail hour of getting to know Guests and local business people. I also want to say "It was nice meeting you Nancy!"
Come join us next week when we meet in the Executive Lounge at 5pm to 6pm.
The grand entrance
Ahh, the grand entrance. Everyone is waiting at the shores of Lake Wononscopomuc for the bride so the ceremony can begin. Will she arrive in a vintage car? A limo? A horse and carriage? Perhaps a canoe? She can arrive in many ways, but today she will arrive sweetly and simply by foot.
I couldn't resist taking this shot of the bride with her best friends heading to the lakefront ceremony today.
Freshly picked this morning and freshly placed on your dinner plate this evening.
How many restaurants can say that?
We can, and we are proud of it. Chef Brandon picked these amazing vegetables from his garden bright and early this morning, and with each pick thinking of how he will prepare them this evening in Morgan's Restaurant.
These aren't just your usual red beets, these are naturally striped red beets. They look like those little peppermint candies, but much prettier, tastier, and healthier for you.
You'll have to come into Morgan's for dinner tonight to see how Chef Brandon prepared them, garnished with the halibut perhaps?
Intermingle with song
This week's cocktail hour was held where it was nice and cool - in Morgan's restaurant. With fresh strawberry sangrias prepared by Wes and scallop appetizers from our Chefs, the crowd was entertained by the cast of Monty Python's Spamalot playing now through July 7th at the TriArts Theater in Sharon, CT. What a talented group of young people!
Here they are featured in the Compass section of this week's Lakeville Journal. Although they did not come dressed like this, their amazing voices filled our restaurant with amusing entertainment and laughs. If you haven't caught a show at TriArts I highly recommend it, you would not believe what talent lies in that summer stock theater! "Doubt: A Parable" comes next followed by "They're Playing Our song" with many other shows planned right through August. Just 10 minutes from Interlaken!
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