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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.

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oct
28
2009

Maplebrook School Parents’ Weekend

Beginning tomorrow, parents of Maplebrook Students will gather at the school to visit their children and enjoy many activities planned for the weekend. One of the premier activities is their annual fundraiser held here at the Interlaken on Friday, October 30th – their Silent/Live auction dinner. In addition to it raising thousands of dollars for the Maplebrook School, it is also a wonderful social gathering for faculty, students and parents.

Maplebrook School is a coeducational boarding and day school for students with learning differences and/or attention deficit disorder. Founded in 1945, the school has grown to be one of the most prominent one of its kind. The school is located in Amenia, NY, only a 15 minute drive from the Interlaken.

I hope the auction this Friday is a great success!


oct
27
2009

Prime Time House Hero Awards

Let me tell you about the event that brought us to Litchfield the other night.  Prime Time House in Torrington, CT was hosting their annual HERO awards and the General Manager of Interlaken, Kevin Bousquet, was nominated by a member that is employed at Interlaken.  In case you are not familiar with Prime Time House, they are a human services agency that provides community-based rehabilitation services to those that suffer from mental illness.  “The single mission of Prime Time House is to help the Northwest Corner’s mentally ill adults find pathways back to health, independence and productivity no matter how long it takes or how difficult it is”.  Eleven people were nominated, including State Senator Andrew Roraback and State Representative Roberta Willis.  It was determined by all of the “heroes” that night that the members of Prime Time are the real heroes in all of this.  It’s truly an amazing program and Interlaken is happy to support it by employing several members of Prime Time House, all of which are now part of our Interlaken family and serving you, our Guests.  To learn more about Prime Time, visit their website at  http://www.primetimehouse.org/.


oct
25
2009

Dining in the Litchfield Hills

As more and more traveler’s visit the Litchfield Hills, we are discovering the area is plentiful with wonderful restaurants.  Time and time again, Customers have come back to me in the lobby and raved about the food in Morgan’s and offered me a suggestion of another place that they found delightful.  We understand that, although our food is incredible, that Guests like to go out and experience other venues.  Visiting small towns and quaint villages is what New England is all about!  I was on the receiving end of this when I had to visit an event down in Litchfield County.  We decided to try the restaurant at the Litchfield Inn.  We chose to sit in the Tavern area, and were offered the tavern menu as well as a prix fixe menu.  The food was very good – the beer battered cod was 95% cod and 5% batter, just how I like it.  The osso bucco melted in your mouth.  It was a slow night, so the Chef was able to come and visit – we thought this was very thoughtful and unexpected.  In this day and age when everyone seems to be busy with other things, this man wanted to come and meet his Customers.  This restaurant does have the characteristics of being brand new, still trying to overcome some of the early growing pains, but we are sure that this could be a restaurant that you would want to add to your “dine around” in the very near future.


oct
24
2009

Fall-icious!

I know that isn’t a word, but it’s the best one that describes how our Atrium Pavilion looks for today’s wedding!  It’s absolutely gorgeous.  Set for 127 Guests, JoAnn, the owner of Country Gardener’s in Millerton, New York, topped our white base cloths with an iridescent crush cloth (it looks like velour) in mixtures of moss, red, orange and copper.  The centerpieces are all rich shades of roses – red, orange, yellow, with some sprigs of berries, some branches holding a votive candle.  Imagine how beautiful this will be as the lights are dimmed and evening approaches!  The napkins are trimmed with the same moss iridiscent crush with a sprig of bay berries.  In addition to the wedding cake – which is carrot by the way – they are having an assortment of pies for dessert.  On the way out, Guests will take a candied apple along with them.  This couple has truly taken advantage of the colors and the flavors of fall!  I’ve been promised photos of which I’ll be certain to share.  Have you booked your fall wedding yet?  Contact Brandon Scimeca at weddings@interlakeninn.com for available dates!


oct
22
2009

Girlfriends Getaway – just do it!

So say you don’t have a dog, or that you would prefer to get away with your girlfriends (referring to yesterday’s blog), or maybe your girlfriends and your dog!   Well, we are the perfect place for all of that as well.  I was talking to a woman last night on the phone who was inquiring about a weekend in November for her two girlfriends and two dogs.  Of course, I always ask “what brings you to stay with us” and her response was a “girlfriend’s getaway”.  It’s not often enough that I hear that women leave their busy lives, their families, their commitments to reunite with either old friends or keep the bond with friends they see frequently.  “Getting away from it all” for a weekend certainly fosters friendships!  I recommended a Townhouse Suite for this woman – the unit is perfect:  it has a kitchen (for making tea) and a living room complete with cozy furniture and a working fireplace – a great spot for catching up!  Upstairs there is a loft bedroom with 2 double beds (and the couch in the living area pulls out as well) and a full bath.  The Suite is also pet friendly, so this woman was happy about that too!  If you need more space than what the Suite unit offers, you can also request the adjoining Townhouse room, which would give you two more double beds and another full bath.  So what are you waiting for?  Call up your gal pals, pick a date and give us a call! 


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