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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Random Acts of Color
So it's one day into the official fall equinox and here is what the Interlaken property looks like.
All is still pretty much green (except those burning bushes!) and then...
BAM! There's a huge pop of color!
The courtyard and wedding pavilion area - pretty much green....
But then look across the property and there is a POP of color once again!
I had to see what the Lakefront was up to, and again, random acts of color are blessing that beautiful spot as well.
The "random" will soon switch to "frequent" so be sure to plan your Fall Foliage trip to Interlaken very soon!
Celebrating 10 years!
Look what Country Quilters have been doing for 10 years at Interlaken!
Why, quilting of course! I have blogged many times about these nice ladies that come up twice a year - Spring and Fall - and how it is always such a pleasure to have them stay with us. This year is particularly special as they are celebrating their 10th anniversary so naturally we had to pour 45 glasses of Champagne and toast to their loyalty. We don't know who is happier - the Interlaken Staff for having them stay with us or the Country Quilters for being here. I am going to go with it is an equally mutual feeling.
"The weekend was indeed a fantastic one! None of us can think of a word that could adequately describe the “wonderfulness” of it all. We have become accustomed to friendly service, excellent meals, accommodating and infinitely helpful staff, but somehow this past weekend we saw all records broken, all across the board. Everyone we encountered at the Inn was that much more friendly, helpful, accommodating and delightful; the meals were more amazing (and who would have thought that was even possible!), with special kudos going to the salmon on Friday night, the chocolate croissants (my personal favoriteJ) and all of the soups and the salads and so much more; the decorating in the dining room for our Witch’s Ball on Saturday night including staff members wearing witch’s hats and Vanessa all decked out in her best witch’s garb (didn’t she look great!?); Winston making a special appearance, trying for an incognito approach in his sunglasses and cap backwards on his head, slouching into the conference room J; Tony, Kevin and Vanessa pitching in to get us set up and rolling on Friday night; Brandon showing Tony how to open the window shades in the Will Rogers Room; all the tasty treats all weekend long to complement the amazing meals; and the biggest surprise of all – the champagne party, a gift of Kevin, and served by Kevin, Brandon, Eric and Vanessa! Wow! Above and beyond, but so welcome and appreciated by all. The ladies were stunned and delighted by your generosity and kindness, and touched that Winston came back to share in the bubbly and wish us a happy 10th. These past 10 years have passed quickly and our time at the Inn with all of you has become very important to so many of our ladies. As long as you’ll have us, we’ll be re-appearing with regularity, twice a year, with our full complement of quilters. Our staff also enjoys our time in the winter when it’s quieter and we can visit with each other. Vanessa was our “go-to” gal and she kept us supplied with everything needed and anticipated our needs so well. She is terrific. “Thank you” seems so small and inadequate for the exceptional hospitality you have shown us, but it’s all we have. On behalf of our staff – Noreen, Nancy, Mary Gay, Jane, Julie and Linda - and all of our grateful ladies, THANK YOU! We love you all."
Thank you Claire, Noreen and the entire group of ladies for so many wonderful weekends!
A Happy Mother of the Bride
"We just wanted to let you know that we were extremely happy that we chose the Interlaken Inn for our children's wedding on September 8, 2014. We had stayed there about ten years ago, and loved everything they had to offer. It's such a beautiful country inn and we always wanted to come back. Our families came up on Saturday and they enjoyed the lake, pool, tennis, game room and the restaurant and we felt that the inn provided a perfect setting for our weekend wedding.
The rooms were very comfortable and we found the staff to be very accommodating to all our needs. My sister needed to change her room and Kevin was extremely friendly and helpful in attending to her needs.
The wedding itself was a wonderful event; one that we will never forget! Of course, Stephanie and Brandon helped make it fabulous and flawless. Everyone is still talking about how good the food was!"
P.S. I do realize this photo is "extra large" but it is just so pretty!
All of us here at Interlaken are wishing the best to Miss Connecticut, Kaitlyn Tarpey, at the Miss America Pageant this evening. In addition to representing our wonderful Nutmeg State so beautifully, she also happens to be the niece of one of our long-time staff members. Best of luck, Kaitlyn!
Cute facts about Connecticut relating to Interlaken and its neighbors:
Interlaken has private lake frontage on the deepest lake in Connecticut, Lake Wononscopomuc
We are 10 minutes away from the highest peak in Connecticut - Bear Mountain in Salisbury (yes, you can hike to it!)
Lakeville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
We are right next door to the prestigious Hotchkiss School and near several other prominent private schools
New England's oldest Methodist congregation is in Lakeville
Lime Rock Park is the only active road course left in the State
Chef Scimeca is yelling at Guests!
He is at it again! He did this a few months ago and it just didn't seem right. Why is he yellling?
This is what was happening the last time he yelled.
They don't look like they are doing anything wrong - just using fresh ingredients to make the most creative dish in the group. They are challenging their culinary skills - and Brandon is helping them by yelling at them. Why?
As part of the Culinary Challenge at Interlaken, being creative has a time limit, and Brandon does his part by reminding everyone of how much time they have left to slice, dice, sautee, and display. 2 MINUTES 30 SECONDS he bellows! It's fun to watch everyone move just a little faster - this is where the team building comes into play. Occasionally one person becomes the leader and starts to bellow (like Brandon) but usually you see everyone on the team contributing and working together like a well oiled machine. 30 SECONDS! Today's featured ingredient is lobster. DING! TIMES UP! Now Brandon has the fortune of trying the dishes from each team and judging based on flavor, presentation, timeliness and use of ingredients. It really is not only so fun to watch, but participating is a blast! "The Culinary Challenge was enjoyable for all, even those who had done it before."
Bring your team together - either corporate group or your family - as the Culinary Challenge is a good fit for all. Contact Kristy Barto for more details (kristy-at-interlakeninn.com) and check our website for more details!
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