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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.

Comments? Email me: Michelle-at-InterlakenInn.com


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Dec
9
2012

Long time, no see!

Ah, returning from vacation, back to familiar faces and places - always a good thing! But new things can be good things too and these are new since the last time I've written!

  • A new email from a recent Guest:  Our weekend at Interlaken was very nice, the staff was professional  and very helpful, the room was clean and quite comfortable, and the food was amazing ! I'm sure you will be seeing us again.
  • A new comment from a recent Bride: To the staff at The Interlaken... Matt and I wanted to thank you for all that you did for us on our wedding day. We had THE BEST time!!! You are all so amazing!!! A special thank you goes out to the best wedding planner/coordinator EVER Steph, you ROCK!!!!!!!!
  • A new entree on Morgan's dinner menu: Mediterranean Bouillabaisse: Monkfish, Mussels, Shrimp, Fennel, Potato, Rouille
  • A new project lined up for 2013:  Main building first floor bathrom renovaton, similiar to the second floor
  • A new "Cooking in Connecticut" package - have fun cooking with our own Chef Scimeca!
  • A new possible project for adding a deluxe Suite!  (More details to follow if this wish comes true!)
  • A new and imrpvoed wedding slide show
  • A new option for corporate holiday entertaining - click here for fun & festive party ideas!
  • A new soon to be member of the Interlaken pet family!  Can't wait to meet you, Basil!

Interlaken Pet friendly hotel Lakeville Ct


Nov
28
2012

Live Chat and Vegan Dining Options

You are probably thinking what does one have to do with the other, right?  Let me share:

Yesterday I sign onto the Interlaken's website as available for a "Live Chat".  (You've seen them on some websites, and now we are experimenting with it too.)  So anyway I am hopeful as I "invite" a person who is on our website to chat with me - "Could I assist you further?" I ask.  Well how excited was I when he starts typing to me, and about my favorite thing:  FOOD!  He said he was interested in coming to visit us from New York City and was looking at our menus in Morgan's restaurant to see what dining options we had for vegans.  Thoughts started racing through my head:  "Of course we have vegan options" "Our Culinary Graduates would be happy to prepare vegan meals for you" "We can do anything you'd like" "I'm a vegetarian myself!" "Do you have specific favorites" "Chef Scimeca trained under Alice Waters at Chez Panisse" "Chef Scimeca cooks vegan meals for his family all the time".  Well the one thing about Live Chat that I learned quickly yesterday was you've got to type back fast, and I mean fast!  (I want to rename it fast chat) I can't think my thoughts, I have to write my thoughts quickly so the Guest knows I am alive and breathing on the other end and am anxious to answer his question.  So to the vegan couple looking to come from NYC to visit us and are wondering if we can feed you the answer is a big YES!  Give me a call so I can truly "Live Chat" with you!


Nov
27
2012

You talked, we listened!

A few weeks ago we received a few emails from our Guests as part of our Guest Feedback program that asked us to "update our fitness room".  You talked to us and we listened!  In addition to the already new Treadmill and Functional Trainer added in August, here are our two most recent purchases, with one more on the way:

Interlaken new Fitness equipment

A complete set of kettlebells from 5 pounds to 25 pounds, perfect for a total body fitness routine.

Interlaken Inn Fitness equipment - recumbent bike

A recumbent bike!  If you've seen recumbent bikes but never tried one before, here is your chance to see how you like it.  Having an upright stationary bike at home, I immediately felt my entire body was more comfortable and my upper body was way more relaxed as well.  This bike was fun to ride, and it's important when fitness is fun!  If I had my ipod with me I could have plugged that in as well.  This bike has many programs that it will give you a different route and a different workout each morning you wake up with us!  Take a walk to our Atrium building to try it yourself!

The last and final piece to our new fitness room will be a Stair Climber to arrive in a few more weeks.


Nov
23
2012

First Thanksgiving from Home

Ah, a private Penthouse room for families big and families small.  This cozy set-up was perfect for a family of ten on Thanksgiving Day.  A traditional Thankgiving dinner in front of the warm fireplace, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on the widescreen TV, and the ability to take advantage of the not-so-chilly temperatures out on the Penthouse roof.  

If now is the time to break tradition from cooking every Thanksgiving but still keep the coziness of home at your fingertips, then I highly reommend asking about the Penthouse room for next year.   You will have everything but the mess!  You will smell the wonderful Thanksgiving Feast as you enter the building and then help yourself to the buffet located on the sunny deck in Morgan's, complete with a Chef carving station of turkey and ham.  Fresh whipped mashed potatoes, sweet potato and marshmallow casserole, roasted winter vegetables, whole cranberry sauce, an assortment of salads and breads, the list goes on!   Be sure to save room for dessert as we offer a wide assortment of pies, freshly baked cookies and even pumpkin mousse.  You will definitely have that full belly feel just like you were sitting at your own dining room table as you head to the sofa or oversized chairs to watch either the annual parade or the football game.  It's a private room - so yes, naps are allowed!  Come for the day or spend some overnights with us - it's your choice.  I hope to see you at the next 4th Thursday, November 2013!

Thanksgiving Penthouse Dining Interlaken Lakeville CT

Interlaken Carving Thanksgiving Dinner

Interlaken Thanksgiving ham

Interlaken Inn Turkey Centerpiece


Nov
17
2012

Learn to dance at Interlaken!

For those of you who watch Dancing with the Stars regularly each week and wish you could float or jive around the dance floor like that, then this just might be your chance to learn some moves!  In all my years at Interlaken, this is the very first ballroom dance weekend we've ever offered and I am super excited about it.  I attended a dance weekend myself back in April and it was quite fun!  Although I did learn the basic steps of a few dances (like the rumba and the cha cha cha) I will admit I was not flowing around the dance floor like some were, but it was still a happy time.  I am confident if I had a few more classes I would have been set, so in looking at this workshop schedule there is plenty of instruction to learn the basics and more!  Then you can show us your moves Saturday night at the open dance.  The dance weekend will be hosted by Steps in Time, a dance center from Canton, CT.  With 30+ years in the business, they are sure to have you "step up and step out"!  Call us for more details or book the package right on-line.

Learn to Dance: Ballroom Dance Weekend in Connecticut

Friday, February 8th through Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Check-in at 3pm

Intro to Ballroom Basics: 4pm-5pm

Happy Hour: 5pm-6pm

Buffet Dinner: 6pm-8pm

Overnight Accommodations (Have Romance Amenity List to Up-charge at time of reservations)

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Full New England Breakfast Buffet (7am-10am)

Workshop #1: 10am-10:45am

Workshop #2: 11am-11:45am

Luncheon Buffet : 12pm-1pm

Workshop #3: 1pm-1:45pm

Workshop #4: 2pm-2:45pm

Workshop #5: 3pm-3:45pm

Workshop #6: 4pm-4:45pm

Select Three Course Dinner: 5:30pm-8:30pm (reservations in advance)

Open Dance with Band: 9pm-12pm

Overnight Accommodations 

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Full New England Breakfast Buffet (7am-10am)

Intermediate Level Class: 10am-10:45am

Check-out by 12pm

Ballroom Dance Weekend Package includes: Standard Overnight Accommodations for 2 Nights, 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, 1 Luncheon, 8 Ballroom Dance Workshops (45 minutes per workshop), and Open Dance with Band and Instructor. (All Service Fees and Taxes are included)

 


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