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April 23, 2014 in Connecticut,Places,United States

As much as I love going to exotic destinations and deserted beaches, sometimes just the thought of jet lag and airport security is enough to cancel out all of the vacation relaxation. Although I think that there is something special about navigating a different country and escaping harsh winters for better weather, I’m also working full-time in marketing, am training to be a yoga teacher and am trying to save more money. When I only have a weekend to spare, I want every possible moment to be spent in full vacation mode: not traveling to and from the vacation itself.

Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

My (born-and-raised-in-Manhattan) boyfriend grew up spending summers on the lake in Connecticut, and when I mentioned going away for the weekend–somewhere nearby, but somewhere NOT in the city–he immediately suggested Interlaken Inn. A two-hour drive from the city, Interlaken Inn promises fresh air, stunning scenery and plenty of outdoor activities. Although we were visiting in shoulder season–between Connecticut’s ski season and the summer peak of swimming and sunshine–we were blessed with a beautifully mild 60 degrees and blue, sunny skies all weekend. Confession: I spent most of Monday researching real estate prices in Lakeville. That’s how much I fell in love with the place! And since purchasing acreage isn’t quiiiite in the budget right now, I’ll definitely be back to Interlaken Inn: we spent all weekend talking about how gorgeous it was now–but how much MORE gorgeous it would be when the trees were green and the weather was hot, or when the foliage is changing colors in the fall, or when it’s all dashed with a layer of snow. Here’s a quick glimpse into our weekend at the Interlaken Inn and beyond: 

Red Rooster Hamburgers on the road to Interlaken

Our first “vacation” stop: The Red Rooster! No matter what time of day it is, it’s always the right time for a cherry dip soft serve and a cheeseburger.

Playing tennis at Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

The first order of business when we arrived: a game of tennis! We played while we were in the Dominican Republic with old racquets, flat balls, a dusty clay court. This time around, we brought our own racquets and a fresh set of balls for the gorgeous hard court at Interlaken Inn. I played tennis in high school and still love to play casually, and one of the things I hate most about living in New York City is how difficult and expensive it is to play tennis–so it was wonderful to squeeze in a few games while we were in Connecticut.

Afternoon champagne and cheese at Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

When we got back to our room after tennis, we were greeted with the classiest of snacks: champagne and cheese, in our room’s adorably sunny turret nook. Cue complete relaxation.

Sunset at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

Before dinner at Morgan’s Restaurant (which was hearty and fresh and delicious), we played a few games of pool and ping-pong in the game room. I kept dashing out to see the sunset: it was one of those that just kept getting better and better, even when you thought it was at its best. What a welcome to the open skies!

Yoga at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

The next morning, my boyfriend went on a 9-mile run (he came back raving about how great the run was, likely due to the fresh air) and I practiced yoga by the lake. Such a good (and healthy!) start to the day.

Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

When I spotted these red chairs, I couldn’t help but think of how easy it is to be jaded by life in New York: we’re always looking for the next best thing, whether it’s a view or a restaurant or a shop. But how wonderfully simple would life be in those chairs, watching the sun set over your land with a cold beer in hand? The farmland and lakes surrounding Interlaken Inn reminded me so much of where I grew up, and it made me hopelessly nostalgic for the simpler pleasures of a quieter life.

Wine tasting at Millbrook Winery in upstate New York

We popped over to Millbrook Winery to do a bit of wine tasting–and in doing so, went back to New York! Lakeville is right on the border of New York and Connecticut, so you pass back and forth between the two states fairly often. It was a beautiful day to be out in the vineyards, even if everything was still a bit scraggly from winter–the entire Northeast was hit by a snowstorm just last week. Even though you’d be hard-pressed to find me a wine that I love more than a Marlborough sauvignon blanc, I did quite like the Millbrook chardonnay! It was just a fun activity since you don’t often equate New York with wine making.

Sunset at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

Before we headed over to The Woodland for dinner, we caught another stunning sunset. Swoon.

Breakfast in bed at Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

I never splurge on room service, but when my boyfriend suggested breakfast in bed: how could I say no? We ordered in pancakes, bacon, an omelette, grapefruit juice and a pot of coffee–all delivered to our door, for far less than the cost of going out to brunch in Brooklyn. Easy like Sunday morning.

Rowboat at Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

We took a rowboat out in the middle of Lakeville Lake to sip on a beer, ogle the lakefront mansions and soak up the sunshine. There’s nothing better than being on the water!

Rowing boats on the lake at Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

Even if we both got super sunburnt, it was still worth it: there’s something so refreshing out being out on the water. It was the perfect end to our stay in Lakeville!

On vacation at Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Connecticut

Another fantastic weekend away!

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Note: Interlaken Inn kindly offered us a complimentary stay, but all opinions are my own. 

  • Nevin

    Looks like such a fantastic weekend! Those sunset photos are stunning. This post has got me even more excited to explore Connecticut with Dan this summer :)

  • http://www.danielle-abroad.com/ Danielle E. Alvarez

    Gosh, what a gorgeous escape. I’m glad you two had such a nice time with beautiful spring weather!

  • http://www.gutenblogyall.com/ Margo

    I honestly feel more relaxed after reading this post – ahhh, thank you. What a lovely weekend.

  • Finger Lake Getaway

    New York has great wineries to offer- I suggest checking out the Finger Lake region! Might be a bit far for a weekend getaway, but it has stunning scenery and numerous vineyards.

  • http://msmariadiana.com/ Diana

    word.

  • http://msmariadiana.com/ Diana

    Hi Christine!

    Apologies in advance for this long reply. I just had so many things I wanted to comment on as I was reading your post.

    1) I lived in NYC for 27 years before recently moving out of state and I never knew about Interlaken Inn. Oh Connecticut, the surprises you hold. Lol.

    2) I love cherry dip soft serve and cheeseburgers (of course) because really who doesn’t? ;)

    3) I want to sit in those very same red chairs and contemplate life.

    4) I have heard great things about wineries in Long Island. Have you ever been?

    5) I love your bracelet! May I ask where you got it from?

    You guys looked like you had such a great time! Sounds like my kind of weekend.

    ps. You and your man are adorable! :)

  • camorose

    Yesss! I officially love Connecticut now.

  • camorose

    Yes! We got so lucky!

  • camorose

    Hooray! I STILL feel relaxed :)

  • camorose

    Yes! Definitely on my list to check out :)

  • camorose

    :)

  • camorose

    Haha yes! So glad you loved it.

    I actually have done a bit of wine tasting out in North Fork, Long Island–but I’d love to do more!

    The bracelet is Kate Spade :)

    Thanks for the sweet words! xo

  • Kristin

    This looks like an amazing, relaxing weekend. Even though my husband and I travel a lot, we rarely just get away for a purely relaxing time (only made complete by breakfast in bed!). I love that you both got up and did exercise your own way too. While I doubt we’ll ever make it to CT for just a weekend, I would love to check out this spot!

  • http://thisexactly.blogspot.com/ kelly

    My brother lives and works in Lakeville and I have to admit that I am a lot more interested in coming to Connecticut after seeing this post! Previously all I’d seen of CT was New Haven which not precisely the same level of idyllic.

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  • camorose

    You totally should! It was really fun and definitely felt like such an escape–even if it was only a few hours away.

  • camorose

    You should! Lakeville is gorgeous.

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