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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"Perfect Wedding Weekend"
Although I could have picked any of the dozen positive reviews posted on the knot, I chose this one:
"We hosted our July wedding weekend at Interlaken Inn. The entire experience, from beginning planning to Sunday brunch end, was excellent. The wedding coordinator, Stephanie Holst-Grubbe, is fantastic. She is easy to work with, has great attention to detail, is a problem solver and doesn't seem to be shocked or rattled by anything. On the day of, I literally did not worry about a thing. She took care of things I hadn't even thought to mention (including a last minute guest). Steph alone is reason enough to get married here, but I will go on-
The Inn has 80+ rooms, which was perfect to house our 175 guests. There were several types to choose from, our favs being the detached Woodside suites (pet friendly), townhouses (affordable option for large families & groups of friends) and traditional main building rooms.
The reception tent is beautiful, with permanent flooring, roll up sides (so workable in hot or cold weather), and attached to a permanent building with bathrooms and game rooms.
The welcome bbq, cocktail, reception & brunch food was all delicious. Brandon is very skilled and also very flexible. We requested a midnight taco bar at our after party and boy did he deliver! The number of options is almost overwhelming.
Interlaken makes planning a unique wedding weekend very easy. We had a welcome bbq, followed by a lakeside bonfire on Friday night. There were tons of available pre-ceremony activities on Sat. (kayaking, swimming, volleyball, hiking, etc.) We held a post-reception after party at the hotel bar/restaurant, Morgan's. We finished everything off with a Sunday morning buffet brunch. Pricing is broken down into various packages for each event, and is easy to follow. The bill can be split up however the bride and groom like.
The staff was incredibly kind and very tolerant of our sometimes boisterous guests. We took the place over with lawn games and group sing-alongs, and no one batted an eye. Our guests RAVED about this place. Our families LOVED this place. I highly recommend!"
After reading this and the other 11 reviews, you'll want to have your wedding here too!
Embrace the Fall Season
If you haven’t seen a tree with a touch of color yet, you can certainly feel it in the air already. The cool nights, the crisp mornings, the sun shifting in the sky – Fall Foliage season is quickly approaching and the Northwest Corner of Connecticut is well known for its beauty this time of year. I could give you many driving recommendations of wonderful views (which you will probably see en route to us) but why not change it up a bit and actually feel it? Take a walk through the woods, take a hike up a mountain, kick up the leaves – take all of the beautiful surroundings in before this fleeting season is gone!
Now, when to visit? Although the CT DEEP says that Northwestern Connecticut is in peak between October 9th and October 15th, the color does start much earlier, typically the last week in September (I’ve already seen a smattering of trees with touches of color). The last week of September includes the first weekend in October, and we happen to be offering a special “Fall Foliage Package” that includes your overnight accommodations and some offerings in our restaurant for a taste of the season – be sure to check the package out by clicking here.
Now, where to go in this area? We’ve got a few recommendations:
- Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent, CT (YANKEE Magazine voted Kent the #1 Fall Foliage town in Connecticut in 2010 – need one say more?)
- Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington, MA (highest waterfall in Massachusetts)
- Bear Mountain, Salisbury, CT (highest summit in Connecticut – amazing views!)
- Beaver Pond Trail, Lakeville, CT (walking distance from the property, lake side walk, waterfall)
- The Appalachian Trail, many access points in CT and MA (needs no explanation)
- Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Millerton, NY (perfect for bike riding)
To all of our Repeat Leaf Peeping Guests, please add to my list! Feel free to tell me about your favorite Fall spot in this area as I’d be happy to share with others who are looking to truly embrace this amazing and vibrant season!
Mixing things up at Interlaken!
So you've had a long day and you just ordered a cocktail, your favorite one. It comes out to you, complete with a salted rim, a wedge of lime and a cute sipping straw. The perfect blend of Tequila, triple sec and lime juice. It tastes perfect. How do they get it to taste so perfect? I've never seen a bartender make a cocktail using a measuring cup, which is what I would need in order to make the perfectly balanced Margarita. They give a splash of this and a splash of that and Voila! Maybe taking the Mixology program at Interlaken will help in appreciating our favorite drink!
Mixology is one of our newest team building activities offered here at Interlaken, and it's a fun hour filled with Brandy, Rum, Vodka and some not-so-expected ingredients. Name your bar, create your cocktail using standard and exotic ingredients, name your cocktail, taste your cocktail - then let the Judge decide!
Summer is not over yet!
I love happy Guests, and I love when happy Guests share happy comments like this with us:
"We can't say enough about Interlaken. We love everything about your Inn!"
I do love it a bit more, though, when they include great photos of their time spent with us!
This family was able to enjoy fun outdoor time at both of our lakefronts since they rented our Lakeside Cottage, shown below.
The Lakeside Cottage is the only accommodation on property that gives you access to the "back" lake. This means you have your very own private lake frontage on Lake Wononpakook, and this photo below taken from the screened-in porch shows you just how close you are to the water. Every Guest that stays their loves the seclusion this cabin provides. The cottage does have wi-fi, no worries!
The cottage has one King bedroom, a living area with a pull-out sofa, a kitchen with dining table, and a full bath. It also has a fire pit right at the shore, perfect for an evening campfire with s'mores. (look close, the fire is lit!)
Thanks so much, J, for sharing photos of your last visit of summer to Interlaken!
Maybe your Summer got away without a last minute getaway, but don't let Fall do the same! Believe it or not, there are a few dates when the Lakeside Cottage is available. Give us a call at 1-800-222-2909 to plan your Fall Foliage visit to Interlaken!
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