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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"Can't wait to go back"
Fresh from the Interlaken's Tripadvisor Review page:
I met college friends - we've been getting together for over 40 years - for 2 days and nights at the Interlaken Inn. Everything about our stay there was spectacularly satisfying, highlighted throughout by the extraordinary staff, whose warmth, hospitality, and attention to detail left a lasting impression. And the place is so beautiful, in its natural state, as lovely a setting as could be imagined, with unique landscaping details everywhere, clearly given high priority and lots of attention. The food, all of it, was delicious, with high grade service and presentation, Breakfast was a treat, with a wide range of offerings, really good coffee. I skipped lunch and looked forward very much to dinners, which made us all very happy. There's a big pool with water at an ideal temperature. From check-in to our reluctant departure - everything was handled graciously with a high degree of professionalism and competence. We are all very glad we came here and unanimously eager to return next summer. Room Tip: We all stayed in "Sunnyside", a gorgeously restored Victorian house with a wraparound porch. My room was spacious and comfortable, great bed, big TV with excellent selection, nicely appointed, comfortable porch furniture just outside the room, a stunning setting.
Mr. Hughes, thank you so much for posting this wonderful review about your experience at Interlaken! I was walking the property today and had to venture up Sunnyside steps and snap this photo of where you spent some of your good times at Interlaken.
It's ready and waiting for you in 2014!
Although we have quite a selection of special packages to offer our Guests, we found room to squeeze in one more, and this one involves food, and lots of it. (this is my kind of package)
We sort of teased you with part of the package by offering you just our Chef's Tasting Menu as an add-on amenity to your stay with us. This consists of an exclusive six course Chef's 'farm to table' tasting menu for dinner in Morgan's Restaurant. On your day of arrival Chef Scimeca will customize a private menu based on the bounty of the Berkshires, and there is plenty of fresh bounty in the Berkshires! Chef Scimeca is a very talented and creative Chef, so to leave the choices to him are a very safe and rewarding bet. He will come to your table and ask you if there are any allergies or specific foods not to use, and then you leave the rest up to him. You will feel like royalty as course after course is delivered right to you, each one being a surprise and an enjoyment to taste as his creative skills are effectively at work. One couple loved it so much the first night that they signed up for it again the next night! So the good news is you can take advantage of this wonderful Chef's tasting dinner with our new "Tasting Menu Getaway" Package. This special package is currently being offered Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings so you can now take advantage of this delight mid-week. Does the food taste better mid-week?! You'll have to find out!
Fresh from the Scimeca garden this morning right onto our dinner appetizer selections tonight:
Shaved Local Golden Zucchini Carpaccio, Pinenuts, Lemon Oil, Coarse Sea Salt
Away on Vacation
While I snuck away to the Connecticut Shore for a few days, look what was happening at Interlaken! Lots of fun and games!
Basil is back at the Interlaken, once again lounging at our private lakefront.
What more could a dog ask for?
(besides treats from Winston)
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!
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