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Pinehurst Inn Congratulates Apostle Island Booksellers

May 27th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn is thrilled to congratulate Apostle Island Booksellers on their opening in downtown Bayfield, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for 5pm today, May 27th.

While we tend to talk a lot about the more active recreational activities we offer our visitors, the retail options are simply wonderful. Apostle Island Booksellers is a great example of the unique character of Bayfield businesses. The beautifully renovated building honors the history while still providing a comfortable, welcoming space. Pay attention to the beautiful mural in the children’s section, painted by “Painter Bob” – yes, another example of Bayfield flavor. And be sure to check out the great “book” in the upper corner of the back of the main space.

The book selection is broad and interesting – great reads with much of what we’d all expect (broad non-fiction and gripping fiction) along with more that speaks to the culture, history and character of the Chequamegon Bay and Apostle Islands area.

The thing about Bayfield is that it attracts really interesting people. And those people are opening businesses such as Apostle Island Booksellers that reflect and share those interests & values. So, enjoy the books, the coffee (Big Water), the chocolate (Sweet Sailing), the pottery (Eckels & Stone’s Throw), the jewelry (Watermusic & Donalee Designs)….oh, the list does go on…

These are the people and their products that add such richness to the Bayfield experience.

Pinehurst Inn loves Living Adventures – Apostle Island Kayaking Up and Running

May 25th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn guests have discovered that kayaking on Lake Superior among the Apostle Islands is something of a dream. And who better to work with than Living Adventures, a Bayfield based kayak outfitter.

Living Adventures offers a variety of kayaking trips, each with experienced guides who know and understand kayaking, Lake Superior. The trips are open to both beginner and experienced paddlers, providing great instruction and a strong emphasis on safety on the water.

Their philosophy rounds out their trips:

A “Living Adventure” trip can be the thrill of an outdoor experience, the satisfaction of art expression, or the quiet knowing gleaned from an insightful conversation; experiences that create new perspectives on ourselves and the world we live in.

Living Adventures day trips include:

  • Sea Caves Full Day Trip (includes fantastic lunch!)
  • Red Cliff Point Day Tour (includes fantastic lunch!)
  • Ship Wreck Half Day Trip

Overnight Trips are available as well.

Pinehurst Inn Innkeepers are happy to work with our guests to set up a Living Adventures “adventure” – consider combining this with some Enso Day Spa services and you’ll have it made!

Have you paddled among the Apostle Islands? Share your story!

Dreamcatcher Sailing up and "sailing" for the season

May 21st, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn guests come to Bayfield to enjoy many different activites. One of the most popular is sailing.

Sail Magazine lists Bayfield as one of the top ten places to sail in America and once you’re here, you’ll know why. Explore places that provide pristine sand beaches amidst crystal clear water of Lake Superior, hearing only the periodic luff of the sails and the swishing sounds as the boat cuts through the water.

Couple enjoying sailing with Dreamcatching Sailing, Bayfield, WisconsinDreamcatcher Sailing, Bayfield, Wisconsin just announced that their charter sailing is open for the 2010 season, offering sailing every day with two options. The Island Excursion runs from 9:30am – 2:30pm as they sail out to one of the Apostle Islands where they may anchor in the island’s protection to enjoy the fresh catered lunch or use their zodiac to explore the beaches or perhaps take a swim.

The second option is the Afternoon Sail running from 3:00pm – 5:30pm. This shorter sail provides a taste of sailing the Apostles. The option is there to either sit, relax as the captain manages the boat, or be active as you take the helm or trim the sails.

Captain John Thiel and his crew do a superb job of helping novice sailors learn about sailing, about Lake Superior, the islands and more as noted by their tagline: “Hands On Apostle Island Sailing Adventures.” Dreamcatcher is also Travel Green certified – John has done a great job of finding a variety of ways to operate his boats with an eye to energy conservation and more. Take some time to chat with him about this approach to running his sail charter business.

Have you sailed the Apostle Islands or with Dreamcatcher? Share your stories and photos.

photo credit: Dreamcatcher Sailing

Pinehurst Inn celebrates Responsible Tourism Week

May 20th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

It’s likely that you aren’t aware! This week is Responsible Tourism Week, organized by planeta.com. The week provides a unique online demonstration documenting the challenges and successes of developing responsible tourism. It is an interesting approach with incredible cross referencing of information around the world.

So what is Responsible Tourism? This from planeta.com provides a wonderful explanation:

Responsible tourism has many names including turismo responsable, verantwortlichen Tourismus.

Here’s our thought: responsible tourism is treating others the way they wish to be treated and receiving the same in return. It’s a variation on the Platinum Rule … it’s also common sense, good manners and commits both hosts and visitors to a certain code of conduct.

A growing number of travelers want their journeys to be less invasive and more beneficial to the local community. They want to better understand the culture of the people they meet in the places they visit. Travelers should be mindful that we are entering a place that is someone else’s [or some creature's] home. Interpretation begins long before the trip and ends long afterward. Those who enjoy a trip will look back fondly for the rest of their lives.

We ask a lot of tourism these days … that it be eco, that it be sustainable and that it be responsible. These signs are encouraging. Global tourism is experiencing a massive transformation in ’00s.

Tread lightly when we travel, folks. Those places we know and love can clearly be impacted by our unintentional abuse.

photo credit: Genevieve Russell, Story Portrait Media

Pinehurst Inn and Bayfield In Bloom

May 16th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Welcome to Bayfield’s grand celebration of spring – Bayfield in Bloom

The month long celebration of spring in the Bayfield and Apostle Island area kicked off this past Friday. The annual event started with Wisconsin Public Radio host Larry Meiller and crew broadcasting their show from the Bayfield Pavilion.

Apple BlossomsBayfield has become a gardening destination – particularly with our beautiful orchards set high above Bayfield (ah, the apple blossom should be at their peak within the week), magnificent daffodils greeting our visitors around town, and our area resident gardens. The growing community is strong, vibrant and connected.

So what else is offered with Bayfield in Bloom?

  • Saturday, May 22 – annual Apple Blossom Run – 2 mile fun run & 10K walk/run that travels through the beautiful orchard area
  • Saturday, June 5th – annual Garden Tour – see some of the best!
  • Sunday, June 13th – annual Blessing of the Fleet, the annual ecumenical blessing of water vessels of all kind.

Enjoy seeing a complete Bayfield in Bloom schedule of events, retail specials and more.

And remember – Pinehurst Inn is offering an attractive Bayfield in Bloom midweek special!

OK, off to go do some work in the gardens! Happy digging.

Signs of Spring at Pinehurst Inn

May 13th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

We know that spring has truly arrived in Bayfield simply by our wildlife viewing. As we worked in the Pinehurst Inn kitchen a few days ago, a familiar red fox was sitting on the driveway enjoying the sunshine. We’ve noticed this fox roaming the property regularly keeping the mouse population down! As we hiked the trail behind the Bayfield Fish Hatchery earlier this week, the “drumming” of the ruffed grouse resonated through the forest – this thumping is their mating call. Black bear wander these same trails as evidenced by the significant tracks in the muddy by Pikes Creek shoreline.

But more than anything, we are aware of the migrating birds. For the birders A view through the thicketout there, we are clearly in the midst of prime birding season with the Apostle Islands providing an ideal migratory route. The Warblers are evident – seemingly at their normal time in spite of the early spring we’ve had. Also seen and heard: hermit thrush, woodpeckers hammering out their mating calls, broad wing hawks and turkey vultures.

The wildlife viewing in the area can be amazing. But it does help to have someone like Steve to help you understand what we’re seeing and hearing!

Pinehurst Innkeepers are pleased to provide any of our guests with birding and hiking suggestions – a great way to enjoy the Bayfield peninsula. This is nature tourism at its best.

If you are a birder, what are some of your favorite birding spots? Please share!

Pinehurst Inn Blog – Opportunity to share

May 8th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

We are very excited to have our new Pinehurst Inn website up and running – and to have this blog a part of our ongoing effort to communicate with our guests and visitors.

So let us share the top 5 reasons to check into the Pinehurst Inn Blog regularly:

1. Stay currents on Pinehurst Inn specials, discounts and add-ons – all designed to enhance your Pinehurst experience at great value.
2. Enjoy up-to-date information on events in Bayfield, allowing you to plan your visit.
3. Are you a foodie? We’ll provide orchard updates and restaurant reviews, specials menus items and more.
4. Ah, the Apostle Islands. Period posts providing information on how to best enjoy this archipelago known as the Apostle Islands.
5. Enjoy periodic bits of information on our environmental efforts, sustainable tourism and our green philosophy.

And while you’re at it, let us know your thoughts – we love to hear from you!

New Website for Pinehurst Inn

May 7th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

We are pleased to announce the launch the new website for the Pinehurst Inn. The website was designed InsideOut Solutions and offers many improved and new features.

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