February 9th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom
The Bayfield and Chequamagon Bay arts scene is once again providing opportunity for great entertainment in the next two weeks. Stagenorth, a sweet community theater located in Washburn, WI, is opening tonight with a production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” We had the chance to attend their last dress rehersal last evening and were blown away.
The story is clearly a wrenching one, moving all of us to think deeply about human history. This production has successfully taken this emotional tale, woven in an incredible set (designed by our local buddy, Bob Holton), great local actors and fantastic production. Dress rehersals are always a bit rough – yes, that last chance to work out the kinks. But I was taken in immediately and felt a part of this small group of people struggling to survive intolerable circumstances.
Now I need to add a disclaimer. Our daughter, Kristen, is part of the cast. She plays Miep Gies, one of a small group that hid eight Jews from the Nazis for slightly more than two years, an act which could have cost her her life. And when the Gestapo finally discovered the eight, it was Meep who managed to preserve the writings of the youngest of the eight- Anne Frank. So clearly, I am biased.
For those visiting Pinehurst Inn and Bayfield in the next two weeks, consider this wonderful production. You’ll be glad you did.
February 1st, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom
In the December Pinehurst Inn Newsletter, Whispering Pines, it was announced that for every 2012 reservation made during the month of December, we would donate $10 to the Bayfield Regional Conservancy. We joyfully announce that during that month, we got 19 reservations for 2012 resulting in a $190 (actually we rounded it to $200) donation.
We are so pleased to support the great work of this land trust organization. BRC works with citizens, local government, private landowners, tribes and state and federal agencies to protect important habitats on Lake Superior, northwoods forests, inland lakes, rivers, wetlands, and farmland. They have worked to protect some critical lands in our region including Mt. Ashwabay, Nourse Sugarbush, Frog Bay Tribal National Park to name a few. These are places that both locals and visitors can enjoy while knowing the land preservation is critical to the health of the land, the waters and forests.
A healthy environment is vital to healthy communities and nature inspires us and nourishes our soul. We hope you will visit some of these specialplaces and consider the work and funds it takes to make this preservation happen.
February 1st, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom
This past weekend we had a wonderful group of guests traveling together. Long time friends, making the opportunity to come to Bayfield and Pinehurst Inn, enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting. This group was such fun and are a great example of maximizing the Pinehurst Inn and Bayfield experience.
Their activities were right in line with how to do Bayfield in the winter. Arrival at Pinehurst to order a pizza from Maggies and sit in the parlor by the fire talk, laughing and just kicking back. Saturday morning shopping. finding great opportunities to get to know Bayfield through the eyes of a couple of fun business owners. A Wolfsong Dog Sledding adventure that they will remember for a lifetime. And a catered dinner served by Molly Lewis Siegler where great food provided more opportunity to celebrate.
It isn’t about programming every minute. It’s about truly experiencing the place for what it has to offer. This group will remember the weekend for years to come. And they truly made connecting adventure, environment and personal rejuvenation their goal. All to the backdrop of Pinehurst Inn and this small community of Bayfield, Wisconsin. And as innkeepers, we watch this and it really makes our day. Thank you!
January 31st, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom
It’s funny that many people assume that Bayfield closes its doors over the winter months. Even those of us who live here look forward to the quieter months. Yet, once those months arrive, our schedules stay full and there’s always something going on up here. Ironically, the little things that drive people nuts during the summer months are the ones that don’t exist during the winter. You rarely need to search for a parking space. Almost never will you have to wait for a dinner at our local restaurants. It’s simply a quieter place.
That said, what is there to do? There are many different winter events worth checking out in Bayfield – such as the Blue Moon Ball, Apostle Islands Sled Dog Races, Bayfield Winter Festival and more! Beyond that though, check out our local shops. There are quite a few open year round and you’ll have the time and opportunity to chat with the owners. Better yet, if you’re staying at Pinehurst Inn, let us set up a catered meal for you or enjoy a wine tasting from Bayfield Wine & Spirits. Oh, yes – and there’s Enso Wellness Center and Day Spa ready to schedule your massage or facial. Ahhhhh.
I guess one of the harder things about the busier season here is that we don’t have the time that we would like to contribute to each and every visitor. We’d love to see you up here over the next couple of months.
Here’s to a happy and prosperous new year to you all!
December 5th, 2011 by kristensandstrom
Every year for as long as I can remember our family has made a tradition of decorating our home for the holidays together. As life goes on and schedules get busier that has become more and more challenging. We did find time last week to enjoy dinner together and decorate our “big” tree. The music was playing on Pandora (once upon a time it would have been John Denver & the Muppets on vinyl), and my almost 4 year old nephew assigned himself the job of delivering ornaments from the box to the adults for hanging on the tree. While the tree looked beautiful when we were complete, we still weren’t done. I had placed our Santa collection on the fireplace mantel, but there was still much work to be done. We still had the smaller tree to put up – we call that the Music Tree. And, our caroler collection was still packed in a crate. Yet, it was late and we were tired.
Yesterday, I noticed my mother had posted on Facebook that she was going to start decorating the Music Tree and get out the carolers. Alone. The pangs of guilt certainly hit me. I was tired and had been fighting off a nasty head cold for almost a week, but I didn’t like the idea of her doing things like that alone. These were a part of our family tradition. Okay, so I must confess that I didn’t run over to Pinehurst right away, but I did go. As I walked in the door, she said to me, “The carolers are ready to go out if you want to help.” I didn’t jump up and down or get as excited as I might have 20 years ago, but without question, I went to the landing and starting arranging. The music was once again playing (I think I may have even heard a muppet or two!). Placing each of these carolers in their appropriate space and laughing with my mom about their silly faces was a perfect moment. It was tradition.
While this is certainly a quieter season here at Pinehurst, we do love having guests at this time of year. There is something so warm and welcoming about this big old house when there is snow on the ground and a fire in the fireplace. If you haven’t been here at this time of year you are most certainly missing out. We really do love sharing our traditions with our guests and hearing about theirs.
We want to wish a very happy holiday season to you all, and hope that you enjoy sharing your family’s traditions as much as we do.
December 3rd, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom
Winter in Bayfield and the Apostle Islands magical and a magnificent opportunity for outdoor adventure.
Pinehurst Inn offers packages that set the stage for adventure and our Pinehurst and Wolfsong Dog Sledding Adventure is the perfect example.
Wolfsong Dog Adventures in Mushing has operated out of Bayfield, WI since 1997. Over that time, John and Mary Thiel have built a class operation – the greatest dogs, fantastic guides, great knowledge of the area … and they’re good people. Thanks to the location by Lake Superior, our winters typically provide great snow from December through March. The trips vary in length but are consistent with great training, ability to actively participate or simply ride along.
The Pinehurst/Wolfsong Package offers the following:
Weekend package rates range from $697 – $817 depending on room booked. Weekday package rates range from $612 – $732. Does not include sales tax and room tax on lodging.
Book online (exact pricing shows when room & package selected) or call 877-499-7651. We are happy to customize this to your needs as able.
Looking for a shorter adventure – check out the Wolfsong Afternoon Run. Call for pricing and more details.
Enjoy this feedback from our guests:
- “This was such a kick! The dogs were fantastic and the guide superb. We’re coming back again with our kids!”
- “I was nervous about being able to keep up with the dogs, but this was totally doable. I loved the dogs and it was so lovely on the trails.”
Just one more way to embrace winter while enjoying Pinehurst Inn and Bayfield.
November 25th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom
Stone's Throw, another great gallery in Bayfield!
Today, the day following Thanksgiving, is being trumpeted by the media (quite loudly) as Black Friday. But here in Bayfield, we are sounding off and actively promoting that locals and visitors support our area small businesses. Yes, this is happening all around the world, but when one lives in a small town, these types of efforts are palpable.
So here are the Pinehurst Inn top 5 hot spots for holiday purchases:
- Big Water Cafe & Coffee Roasters – not only the place to go to pick up a great coffee drink or scone, but great assortment of coffee and tea goodies.
- Apostle Island Booksellers – locally-owned, independent bookstore located in Bayfield. Their collection of books emphasizes the history, cultures, nature, lifestyle, cuisine and activities of our locale
September 22nd, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom
Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield Wisconsin, already shared our Harvest Special Promotions for September and October – wonderful opportunities for eco-elegant lodging with a discount for stays of multiple nights. But the amenities for these great accomodations just got better.
Enso Wellness Center & Day Spa, located on Pinehurst Inn property is pleased to offer our Harvest Special guests the opportunity to receive a 20% discount on Facials or Body Polish Treatments. These treaments are a great way to help our skin (and spirit!) transition from summer to fall.
What makes Enso Exceptional?
September 18th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom
Bayfield and Pinehurst Inn in fall – glorious!
Enjoy this great mid-week offering along with eco-elegant lodging, variety of fall activities , discounted Enso Day Spa services and delicious full breakfast each morning.
Stay three nights (Sunday – Thursday only) and enjoy a 25% discount off the third night! PLUS a $25 Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau Gift Certificate to enjoy during your stay. PLUS enjoy a 20% discount on a facial or body polish at Enso Day Spa!
Ends September 29, 2011.
Stay two nights (Sunday – Thursday only) and enjoy a 25% discount off the second night! PLUS a $25 Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau Gift Certificate to enjoy during your stay. PLUS enjoy a 20% discount on a facial or body polish at Enso Day Spa! Ends November 3, 2011.
Gift Certificate can not be applied to lodging during stay. New reservations only. Reservations can be booked online or by phone at 877-499-7651.
August 7th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom
The Apostle Islands have become incredibly popular for kayakers. The ability to paddle among this amazing group of islands is truly amazing. Pinehurst Inn guests continue to enjoy this on the water activity, many taking advantage of our ongoing packages with local outfitter, Living Adventure. But many come with their own boats, ready to make their way on this inland sea known as Lake Superior.
With adventure comes risks. Sadly one of the most common destinations for kayakers, the Mainland Seacaves, has also been the site of a number of deaths. In both cases hypothermia and being ill prepared were a part of the picture. Waves at the mainland sea caves can be particularly dangerous because of the bowl-like rock cliffs that reflect and amplify waves. Two large waves can combine to form an extremely large wave.The National Park Service and Bayfield area are working to minimize these dangers.
With support from Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the Friend of Apostle Islands, kayakers now can check wave heights online before visiting the mainland sea caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Using a smart phone or the Web, kayakers can check the live conditions report at www.seacaveswatch.org. The website lists the wave height for the previous six hours in 30-minute increments. The site also displays water temperature and photos of the waves at the sea caves, and it relays wind speed and direction recorded at Devil