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Pinehurst Inn celebrates Summer Solstice

June 21st, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

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June 21, 2011 – the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year with the sun at it’s most northern position. Why is the summer solstice of any import to any of us? Here are some traditional / symbolic meanings:

  • While some consider the summer solstice as the beginning of summer, many actually regard it as midsummer.
  • For those who revere nature, summer solstice may be celebrated by a bonfire, and staying up to greet the dawn.
  • It both ushers in the warmest season, and reminds that the season is short, slipping away day by day.

In 2005, Steve and I made a trip to Sweden to tour various “eco-municipalities”. We were able to be there on the Summer Solstice, with wonderful memories of staying up much of the night playing volleyball and running in and out of the sauna. Swedes know how to celebrate.

So we welcome summer here at Pinehurst Inn. While we might have had a bonfire and lots of guests using the sauna, the gale force winds and rain happening today might cut that short. It’s alright thought. We have summer ahead with lots of opportunity to to honor this place, our community and our guests.

But we are reminded to take the time to experience each day to the fullest.

How do you celebrate this day?


Bayfield and Pinehurst celebrate the blessing of the fleet

June 8th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

blessing of the fleet imageAs spring is coming to an end and summer is rapidly approaching so comes the boating season upon Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Every year the Bayfield community offers a blessing to all of the boaters for a safe and plentiful season – this is called the Blessing of the Fleet.

History comes to life with the traditional Blessing Ceremony this Sunday, June 12th at 1:00pm: commercial fishing boats, tugs, powerboats, sailboats, excursion and transportation craft, and rowboats parade through Bayfield’s City Harbor. As they pass by the tip of the pier, clergy from the Apostle Islands community grant each vessel a blessing for safe passage and a prosperous season on Lake Superior. Lake Superior is Bayfield’s lifeblood. The Lake has drawn countless people to this area, from the Ojibwe, to the fur traders and missionaries, to commercial fishermen, and finally to tourists and pleasure boaters. In the late 1950′s Bayfield inaugurated the Blessing of the Fleet to honor its fishing families who formed the backbone of the area’s economy.

This event is open to all boaters, from kayaks and rowboats to fishing and sailboats. The Ferry Line has even been known to bring a few of their boats through for the annual blessing. Come to Memorial Park for a brief ecumenical service before the ceremony and then enjoy seeing the variety of boats get their blessing for a happy, safe and bountiful boating season.

If you are interested in participating in the Blessing, feel free to contact the Bayfield Chamber with any questions at 715-779-3335 or email Erin at

Pinehurst Invites You to Paint the Town

June 2nd, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

The small community of Bayfield will be literally painted on Friday, June 3rd. Join us for our monthly “first-friday-monthly-specials“, an opportunity to take advantage of retail promotions, specials at restaurants and more. This initiative is organized by the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau, promoting the Bayfield downtown area.

This month is unique! Participating businesses will have sidewalk chalk available for guests to start their own chalk art design, or finish a design that is already there – and say “Hello Summer!” with friends and family. The design to the left is from Donalee Designs, a wonderful jewerly designer/silversmith south of Bayfield. Come to display your creative side.


To honor this fun promotion, Pinehurst will have our own supply of sidewalk chalk (yes, it helps to have a 3-yr-old grandson!) for our guests to enjoy. What a fun way to greet summer!

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