November 19th, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
Bayfield’s Pinehurst Inn is pleased to listed on “Field Trip“, a relatively new Google App. This app provides you the information and guidance helpful in getting all you can out of your travels. The app is slowly but surely being populated with travel related businesses ranging from historic markers to lodging to restaurants to attractions to entertainment. These are being added through a pretty broad network of associations, affiliations and other Google approved content sources — all for the purpose of helping you find the hidden gems in your travels.
Once downloaded, Field Trip will track your locations and provide alerts about the places you are near. From the Field Trip website description:
“The hyperlocal history experts of Arcadia and Historvius will unveil local lore in places you never expected. Trend-setting publications like TimeOut, Thrillist, Food Network, Zagat, and Eater will point out the best places to eat and drink. Experts at Sunset, Cool Hunting, WeHeart, Inhabitat, and Remodelista will guide you to the latest unique stores and products. Atlas Obscura, Dezeen and Spotted by Locals help you uncover hidden gems no matter where you are. Songkick and Flavorpill guide you to local music.”
Pinehurst Inn was recently added to Field Trip through our active association with a website called “Go Trippin‘” – this great project website was approved as a feeder to Field Trip a few months ago. They join other content sources such as Zagat and Thrillist. We will be working with Go Trippin’ to ensure that the gems found in Bayfield and Apostle Islands will gradually be populating Field Trip as well.
Check out this video for more info – somewhat fluffy, but still gets the message across. So think about this new tool for your next “Field Trip”!
October 31st, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
Pinehurst Inn is a “B&B”. We got the beds part down – comfortable, welcoming beds. The second “B” is for breakfast. And we feel pretty good about the breakfast part as well, although we are always trying to take it a bit further. But there are some recipes that just continue to work well for our Pinehurst Inn breakfasts. This is the case with our Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast. When we introduce this entre to returning guests at the Bayfield B&B, they smile with happy memories and taste buds.
So for this post, we introduce all of you to the winning recipe – which can be done with blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. We use a dense whole grain sourdough bread, local maple syrup and organic eggs. This recipe is so simple, can be made the night before and serves up beautifully. Served with local bacon or savory biscuits, it’s a winner!
Visit our Breakfast page to find the Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast recipe.
As an inn with all our eyes and ears focused on sustainable operations, we make great effort to source our foods locally. So here are some of our “food partners” in the area.
Blueberries – Highland Valley Farm
Raspberries – North Wind Farm
Whole Grain Sourdough Bread – Ashland Baking Company
Maple Syrup – Northern Wisconsin Maid Syrup
Milk – Tetzner’s Dairy (their ice cream is to die for!)
Next time you visit us, be sure to check them out.
October 4th, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
As we enter October, the on-the-water activity seems to slow down with sailboats beginning to come out of the water and fewer runs by the Madeline Island Ferry. There is a shift to fall activities including hiking around Bayfield and the Apostle Island National Lakeshore. The area is blessed with numerous trails of all levels and varying lengths, most framed by beautifully forested land loaded with fall colors. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Mt. Ashwabay Ski & Recreation Area – located just up the hill from Pinehurst Inn, there are numerous XC Ski trails (over 50 km!) that provide incredible hiking in the fall. These trails are varied in difficulty with a few heading up to higher elevations that provide great views of Lake Superior and Madeline Island.
Brownstone Trail – comes out of Bayfield south along with old railroad grade. Brownstone is a pretty gentle trail, with a few brief passes along private properties, however all with legal easements. Managed by Bayfield Regional Conservancy, this trail is maintained by a wonderful group of volunteers from the area.
Houghton Falls – this is a glorious hike taking you from the parking area to Houghton Point – wander through old-growth pines and hemlocks to reach the shevled and rocky shoreline of Lake Superior. You’ll see Houghton Falls along the way with times of the year when it’s dramatic in its journey to the lake.
There are more! Check out the attached Hiking Trails in Bayfield County!
June 19th, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
Bayfield visitors are showing an increasing interest in patronizing lodgings and businesses that are operating in an eco-friendly manner. Pinehurst Inn is very proud to provide premiere eco-friendly lodging. But how do potential visitors know whether the lodging they are considering is truly operating in a sustainable manner?
According to Eco-Green Hotel there are basic areas to probe including energy usage, sourcing of food and supplies and more. This is a good start. Those businesses that truly have sustainable operations will typically have this information on their website and be ready to share more detailed information when asked.
Travelers in Wisconsin can also learn about Wisconsin-based travel industry by checking out Travel Green Wisconsin, a tourism based certification program that rates the level of sustainable operations with a numerical rating system. Pinehurst Inn is pleased to have the highest score in the state as of this writing with a score of 140 points. And as of this writing, Bayfield has 40 Travel Green certified businesses. Bayfield and Pinehurst Inn are clearly great examples of eco-friendly tourism businesses and eco-friendly community.
June 3rd, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
Our “Get on the Water” series has featured a number of blog posts on sailing and kayaking – somewhat active ways to be on the water among the Apostle Islands. But not everyone is prepared or physically able to paddle for a few hours or physcially get onto a sail boat. The good news is that the Apostle Island Cruise Service is accessible, relaxing and informative.
The most popular cruise with Pinehurst Inn guests is the Grand Tour, a 3-1/4 hour tour traveling approximately 55 miles among the majority of the 22 Apostle Islands. Their description says it all:
“Throughout this memorable cruise, you’ll pass extraordinary natural scenery, beautiful historic Raspberry and Devils Island Lighthouses, standing rocks, extensive sea caves and marine wildlife. Learn the rich history of centuries of human interaction with Wisconsin’s “Crown Jewels” on majestic Lake Superior.”
The Apostle Island Grand Tour will provide a superb overview of this amazing Apostle Island National Lakeshore. The Grand Tour runs daily through October 13. Starting June 28th a variety of other tours are offered including a shorter Evening Grand Tour, Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Raspberry Island Lighthouse Tours and more.
Sit back a relax and soak in the beauty, the history and the amazing expanse of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.
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May 30th, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
One of the most common questions we hear is “What should we try to do while we are visiting Bayfield and the Apostle Islands?” During the spring-summer-fall season, I typically will say, “Get out on the water.” Lake Superior has it’s own story. Walking the beaches, gazing out at Madeline Island or Basswood Island (the most visible from Bayfield) is wonderful. But being ON the water takes you to a new level of appreciation. So over the next few blog posts, we will explore the various ways to put yourself on the water.
We’ve already mentioned the Pinehurst Dreamcatcher Sailing Package in an earlier post. We love sailing and it can be both exhilarating and relaxing.
For the more adventurous folks out there, the Apostle Islands offers magnificent Lake Superior kayaking. Sitting in a this cozy vessel, peacefully paddling in these amazingly clear waters of Lake Superior, floating among the the wooded shorelines or water-ice-carved cave formations – all these experiences and more make this opportunity one not to be missed.
Pinehurst Inn is pleased to partner with Living Adventure, a terrific outfitter ready to create a magnificent paddling experience. LA is once again the recipient of Sea Kayaker Magazine’s prestigious Readers Choice Award for ‘Best Tour Company/Central Division’; an area that encompasses the Great Lakes and Midwest. In other words, they know what they are doing. The variety of trips offered can be enjoyed by the majority of visitors regardless of experience. The guides will provide training and expertise in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Pinehurst Apostle Island Kayaking Package is a perfect way to start building your Bayfield adventure. Combining eco-elegant lodging with the Living Adventures Sea Caves trip has proven to be a winner with our guests. If you’re looking for a unique opportunity in a beautiful place, this is it. A great way to actively “get out on the water.”
April 27th, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
Bayfield and the Apostle Islands provide opportunity for so many wonderful on-the-water activities. Pinehurst Inn guests are drawn to the area for these adventures. Pinehurst Inn and Dreamcatcher Sailing have once again partnered to provide a wonderful lodging and sailing package. As you will see on the Deamcatcher website, “The secrets of the Apostle Islands expose themselves to those who slowly, quietly explore.”
The Pinehurst Apostle Islands Sailing Package provides a mix of two nights lodging along with the Afternoon Sail with Dreamcatcher Sailing. This 2+ hour trip leaves from Bayfield, one of the most popular sailing ports in the Great Lakes. The amazing number of sailboats reinforces that the presence of the islands sets the stage for this great experience.
Dreamcatcher’s captains are the best! Seasoned sailors, they provide a safe and informational experience. Take the wheel, help with the lines or simply relax – your choice! Let them provide the setting and you determine how involved you want to be.
Two hours not enough? Consider some of their other trips: Island Landing Excursion (goes from 9:30-2:00) or the Sea Caves by Sail out of Cornucopia. Pinehurst Inn is happy to arrange special discounted package pricing on any of these Dreamcatcher opportunities.
Plan ahead. Be sure you can get the Pinehurst guest room you prefer along with the Dreamcatcher Sailing Adventure you want. We can help you make it happen. Be sure to book online or call 877-499-7651 with any questions.
April 23rd, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
We are so pleased to see Trip Advisor kicking off their GreenLeaders program. This program will provide travelers with a transparent system to find eco-friendly lodging properties. Over 1000 properties have been “certified” earning one of four levels of certification.
Pinehurst Inn once again stands out as a leader in sustainability and eco-friendly practices. We are very proud to have been involved during the planning phases for this program as we assisted in the development of the survey. In the end, our practices have earned us a Platinum status, the highest available.
So why is this important? We are finding that our guests and the travelers coming to Bayfield are truly interested in finding eco-conscious places to stay, to eat and the recreate. This program, and others such as Travel Green Wisconsin, provide a mechanism to find and support such businesses. We applaud Trip Advisor for recognizing this need and stepping up to create an important travel tool.
April 22nd, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
U.S. Senator and Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson was a visionary and lifelong environmental activist.
“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, was an amazing man. His original intent with the first Earth Day in 1970 focused on education – a “teach-in” of sorts that would provide scientific, factual information as a basis of discussion. Discussion about how our actions are impacting the earth, the animals, the air, the water – and our fellow human beings. The messages continue today. The messages also appear to be becoming more critical as we face changing climate, weather extremes and potential crisis with water and energy systems.
As we created our business at Pinehurst Inn, we realized that we had an opportunity. That opportunity was to not only find ways to save energy & water (thereby saving money!), but also to find ways that support our local economy while also enhancing the guest experience. That opportunity was also to gently let our guests know what we are doing and why. Not to convince them to come over to our way of living or thinking, but to simply plant the seed. Hopefully everyone who comes through our doors sees or reads something of interest, some action or product that they find interesting. Perhaps we are simply trying to start the discussion – our own ongoing “teach-in”.
At least, that’s our goal. Now we simply say to all our guests, friends and peers: Happy Earth Day. May every day be Earth Day as we all move forward to to take baby steps to ensure future generations will find our natural world in a state that will support and grow the global economy. And let us all say a quiet “Thank You” to Gaylord Nelson, a very wise man.
March 20th, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom
From all of us at Pinehurst Inn we wish you a Happy Spring Equinox! I’m not sure what the weather is like elsewhere, but here, we are having a tough time believing it is spring! Two days of snow along with 30-40 MPH winds out of the NW….cold and lots of snow removal going on! The photo to the right was taken yesterday looking over to Madeline Island – notice the swirling snow squalls!
But we know this will change, allowing snows to melt and the signs of spring continuing to show themselves here in Bayfield, WI.
So I thought I share a bit about the Spring Equinox. Also known as the “Vernal Equinox”, the word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west. The diagram below provides a visual.
The bottom line? Increasingly longer days, warmer temperatures and the visible signs we all crave! Flowers, leaves, more green, more birds to name a few.
And in Bayfield, other signs of spring: Kurt, our UPS driver is driving the big truck with oh, so many more deliveries coming to all our businesses, flurry of activities in shops and restaurants as they prepare for the coming season. For Pinehurst Inn, the paint brushes come out, rooms torn apart, put back together. Kitchen testing of new recipes. Increased phone calls and inquiries. While we love the slower pace of winter, we thrive on the anticipation of busier days.
Of course, many see the equinox as a sign of new beginnings. Rightfully so. Each new season brings new hope – but none quite so much as spring.
What does the spring equinox mean for you?