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Archive for December, 2010

As we look back on 2010

December 31st, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

It is virtually impossible not to reflect back at this time of year. As 2010 comes to a close, what have we accomplished? What have we done that we are proud of? How can we improve things in 2011? These are questions we ask ourselves personally, but we apply those questions to Pinehurst as well. There are many things that we are very proud of this year. It has been a banner year for us and that certainly wouldn’t be possible without all of our amazing guests. We created a new and beautiful website. We were once again named in a variety of publications for our efforts towards a more sustainable business. Of course, these are all very important accomplishments are we are very proud of them. As we look forward we are constantly looking for ideas to improve what we have to offer our guests.

What else though? More than anything we are just so pleased that our family has had a successful 2010, we have maintained our health and we continue to work together! We would like to thank every single one of you for being a part of our year, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2011!

A happy and healthy New Year to you all from all of us at Pinehurst!

Winter Soltice – Time for Reflection…and Fun

December 21st, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

WinterSolsticeMorning, Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield Wisconsin

Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the year. The first day of winter. All symbolic in many ways.

I find the days of late November and December particularly hard. It appears the light is important for me. But today is the new beginning. A time to look ahead to increasing light each day…and an increasing sense of hope and anticipation for the days and months to come.

As we looking out on the beautiful fresh snow this morning, this peaceful blanket provides a sort of muting of the clutter of everyday life. What a gentle retreat from chaos!

With the start of winter, we also look ahead to the next few month of winter play – with the opportunity to snowshoe, ski and dog sled in areas of incredible beauty. We look ahead to guiding our guests in creating a great winter experience, whether active enjoyment of the winter landscape, or passive relaxation from a comfy chair or whirlpool tub.

Let the new light begin!

Bayfield's first snow storm of the season?

December 11th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Well, the sever weather alerts started as early as yesterday afternoon for up to 18″ of snow through the day and into the evening tonight. It has started out slowly, but the northeast winds have started to kick in and the temps are dropping. Does this sound miserable or what?

Not to us! The energy around Bayfield today is so exciting! We are anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival on the Ferry Boat. Yes, Santa arrive via water in these parts. The site of all of these children waving to Santa as the boat arrives in Bayfield is wonderful! Of course, with the snow today it might be a bit more dramatic (especially for Santa & Mrs. Claus) as they ride through those northeastern waves. This is just one of the events that happens in Bayfield that makes living in a small community like this so wonderful!

Once the children have all told Santa their holiday wishes and consumed their cookies and hot chocolate, many of us will simply head home to curl up on the sofa, snuggle up under a blanket and read a good book. Not us though, we’re going to head to our neighbor community, Washburn, for the arts & crafts boutiques. The maybe after that we’ll enjoy the local production of “A Christmas Carol” at Stagenorth. There is always something to do around here!

We really do encourage all of our friends, guests and family to visit us during these quieter months. There is plenty to do, and at this time of year you experience a completely different beauty. Of course, you see the beauty of the lake, the snow, the woods and more, but you also see the beauty of our community and how much we all appreciate each other.

Pinehurst and Wolfsong Adventures – Nice Attention

December 7th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

We were pleased a few days ago to get an email from a freelance travel writer, Jeanette Hurt, who shared an article on Third Coast Digest featuring both Wolfsong Adventures and Pinehurst Inn. Jeanette and her husband visited Bayfield and Pinehurst last winter.

This article provides a great overview of a day of dog sledding – getting to know the dogs, learning to harness, learning to drive your own team, and more. And to finish your day back at Pinehurst Inn with a whirlpool or sauna (or both!) – what more could you ask for!

So if you’ve considered the Pinehurst Inn Dog Sledding Package, this piece may just convince you to act! We look forward to helping set the stage for a great winter adventure (along with just a bit of relaxation).

Remember that you can book online or call 877-499-7651.

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