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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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May
8
2012

Fabulous Feedback!

"Thank you for choosing Interlaken Inn"

This is in the subject line of the Guest Feedback email that all Guests receive from me shortly after departure.  My inbox is just starting to get some replies from this past weekend, and since I blogged about both the Wedding and the Perrella Workshop, I thought it would be fun to share two of my favorite comments so far about each event:

Perrella Art Workshop:

I had a delightful time at the Interlaken Inn. Admittedly, I came for the fabulous art workshop, but I fell in love with the inn. The rooms are comfortable, each and every staff member I encountered was friendly and helpful, and thanks to your great chef, my tummy was very, very happy. I look forward to a return visit.   Thanks again for making my artful escapade so enjoyable.

Wedding:

Thank your entire staff for the wonderful wedding for my niece. I cannot think of another suggestion to have had a better experience.

I hope to read many more comments like these this week!

"Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me!"


May
6
2012

"Mixed Media Circus Maximum"

It's not every day that the Interlaken has two award-winning mixed media artists in the house!  But this weekend we do, and about a dozen ladies have decided to join their workshop and run away to join the circus for the weekend! 

With the "ringleaders" of Lynne Perrella and Anne Bagby, the ladies at the Perrella Art Workshop have their supplies (and do they ever).....

Interlaken Inn Perrella Art Workshop

 and they use their favorite techniques to create rich, lavish, patterned surfaces featuring the "Circus".... 

Interlaken Perrella Workshop Mixed Media

SO UNIQUE!

When it is time for a learning session, those interested wander out to the courtyard....

Interlaken Unique Meetings Venue CT

All things creative like this are so interesting to me - to see all of the different supplies turned into such complex expression by each is so neat!  With both professionals attending as well as those just as a hobby, this workshop definitely has many creative and positive vibes!  Be sure to visit Lynn Perrella's website for more information - and be watching for the 2013 program at Interlaken!


May
5
2012

Cinco de Mayo at Interlaken!

Many Guests at Interlaken this weekend!  Here is how they are celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

  • One couple is in Morgan's and they are getting a head start on the "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" by enjoying a Mint Julep, with hopes of a win from Daddy Nose Best.
  • Another couple is celebrating being Grandparents to their favorite Indian Mountain School student and will be supporting "A Night at the Races" for a night of bidding to support IMS students, faculty and programs.
  • A Hotchkiss Dad came to watch his son venture out onto beautiful Lake Wononscopomuc this afternoon for Varsity Sailing White vs. Salisbury.

Hotchkiss Sailing Team Lakeville CT

  • There's a always a couple in the crowd visiting Infinity Music Hall (57 Essentials by Connecticut Magazine!) - tonight they are seeing Arlo Guthrie's Boy's Night Out Tour over in Norfolk, CT.
  • About two dozen ladies are "mixing up the media" at the Perrella Art Workshop!  Even though this is Lynne's third time holding her workshop at the Interlaken, it was the first time I was available to walk through and get to admire the work they do - more details about this in tomorrow's blog!
  • And lastly, and certainly not least:  One hundred and twenty of our Guests are here to witness the union of Carey & Grant, (with names like this they were destined to be together!) and did they ever pick the perfect Spring day for it!  The sun is shining (it took all morning to get here) and the temp is a comfortable 70 degrees, the grass is green, the flowers have bloomed, and the Lake (lakeside ceremony) is its usual beautiful self!

Spring Wedding at Interlaken Lakeville CT

Spring Wedding at Interlaken Lakeville CT

Interlaken Inn Spring Wedding Lakeside

Fun weddings at Interlaken Inn

 At each place setting - how CUTE!

Love the thought of a Spring Wedding?  Call Stephanie at 800-222-2909 ext 797 or email her at weddings@interlakeninn.com to come and see us!


May
4
2012

57 Essentials

When something is deemed "essential" it's a must-do, wouldn't you agree?

In the 2012 Connecticut Travel guide published by Connecticut Magazine it lists 57 Essentials - Events, Attractions, Adventure & Culture - to do in Connecticut this season.  With Interlaken being located in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, I did found many of the "essentials" Connecticut Magazine recommends near us, and was thrilled to see that we are located close to everything listed in The Hills are Alive section!  Here is what they wrote about each one:

#30  Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, a rocking oasis for music lovers, hosts weekly concerts featuring both well-known musicians (Bela Fleck June 3) and emerging talent (AJ Croce May 27).  Add dinner in the gourmet bistro (or order in, up in the mezzaine, during the concert), and you have a night to remember.

And you can count on us to make it a true "Night on the Town" with our special overnight package that includes tickets!

#31  Yale School of Music's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival presents classical concerts on the grounds of the Ellen Battell Stoekel Estate weekends, June 16 trhough August 18 (when students from all over the world convene to perform in Simon Carrington's Choral Festival).  Picnicking is encouraged.

Speaking of picnicking, Interlaken has got you covered there as well!  Our new Interlaken picnic blankets and picnic lunch options will make you both comfortable and nutritionally satisfied!

#32  Music Mountain Summer Music Festival in the Litchfield Hills town of Falls Village is a tradition.  The festival presents chamber music by acclaimed artists (St. Petersburg String Quartet opens June 17) as well as jazz and country music through September.

Did you know that Music Mountain is the home of the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in this country?  It sure is, and is just minutes from the Interlaken property!


May
3
2012

Welcome back Perrella Art Workshop!

They are back!  If you read my blog last May then you may have already read the following comment from one of the particpants, but it's so pleasant why not read it again!

Thank you for the follow up on my stay at Interlaken.  I was extremely pleased with Interlaken.  Everyone was exceptionally friendly, welcoming and responsive.  My room was lovely and clean.  If there was a problem with anything during the workshop hours in the studio, it was taken care of immediately.  The studio space for the workshop with Lynne Perrella was perfect and it was wonderful that we could work as late into the night as we liked.  Your staff provided us with fresh coffee and hot water before they finished their shift and it was greatly appreciated.  They should be commended for extending themselves in order to make our late night work more comfortable.  One gentleman refrigerated our leftover canolli’s, because he was concerned that they might spoil by the time we returned to the studio after dinner.  How lovely is that?
I am looking forward to returning to Interlaken next spring for Lynne Perrella’s next workshop and look forward to staying at Interlaken once again.  Thank you for great service!

About half of the workshop attendees are arriving this evening to get a head start on the weekend, while the official workshop starts Friday morning.  In meeting with Lynne Perrella just a few minutes ago, she told me the topic this year is "CIRCUS".  Hmm, that could be interpreted in many ways!  Check back in a few days so I can share with you some photos of their mixed media creations!


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