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Pinehurst Inn Top 5 Bayfield Winter Adventure Recommendations

January 12th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

We are so fortunate in Bayfield to be situated on the South Shore of the grand Lake Superior – this time of year provides lake effect snow, resulting in frequent snowfall, preserving the clean winter vista while also providing consistent snow for outdoor play. With this in mind, we are happy to provide out top 5 Winter Adventure recommendations:

1. Bayfield Peninsula provides magnificent terrain for dog sledding! Consider a Wolfsong Dog Sledding trip. Their trips are magnificent! Be sure to check out Pinehurst Dog Sledding Packages.

2. Mt Ashwaybay Ski Area provides downhill skiing, over 40 km of beautiful XC Ski and snowshoe trails. Just up 2.5 miles up the hill from Pinehurst Inn.

3. As safety allows, visit the Mainland Sea Caves. Magnificent winter landscapes unique to Lake Superior and rugged shoreline. Typically accessible late February. Always check the National Park Service website for current conditions and safety recommendations.

4. Make your way to Madeline Island! Whether by ferry, windsled, or ice road, this is a true adventure.

5. While on Madeline, head out if able to Big Bay State Park for some great snowshoeing along the sandstone cliffs.

All of these activities will get you out to incredibly beautiful areas, view of Lake Superior and the Apostle Island, serene hardwood and pine forests. Some simple ways to embrace winter in your search for adventure.

Watch for our upcoming post on the Pinehurst Inn Top 5 Winter Relaxation Ideas!

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.

Deck the Halls!

November 29th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn Christmas treeWell, the time has come to decorate our beautiful old home for the holiday season. We will be heading out to Hauser’s Tree farm today to cut our own trees, and then the process of getting all of those boxes from the attic begins. While there are certainly times that this can seem tedious and overwhelming, we really attempt to make it a special time at Pinehurst. Turn on the John Denver & The Muppets Christmas album, heat up the kettle for tea and hot chocolate and away we go!

Opening up these old boxes is always fun and takes twice the time it should due to stories about when we got certain ornaments, or noticing the dates and stories on the newspaper used to wrap the decorations, or simply stopping to sing along with Kermit and Miss Piggy. We all have these different holiday traditions. At Pinehurst we decorate two trees. The larger one as you walk in to the main house is full of our family ornaments and decor. It’s a stroll down memory lane for the Sandstrom family, but our guests seem to love it too, when they notice that “we have that ornament too!” We do have a smaller tree on the landing in the main house as well, full of musical notes, instruments and more. Music is one of the biggest treats of the holiday season, and this small tree just serves as a reminder to all of us to keep singing along! Under this charming small tree, we take special time to arrange all of Nancy’s caroler collection in the perfect choir. There are plenty of other touches throughout the Inn such as Santa Claus figures along the mantle and garlands dressing the windows.

The most important thing about all of this decorating is spending the time with family and enjoying the moment. Please be sure to take time with your friends and family this year and continue all of those old traditions, and try to think of some new ones too!

Off to cut down our Christmas trees…

Fall Biking in Bayfield and Madeline Island

September 14th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

September and October bring hearty guests to Pinehurst Inn in Bayfield seeking opportunity to get and out enjoy the beautiful fall weather, changing
leaves and sparkling waters. Enjoy an outdoor biking adventure with the
glorious oranges and reds of the leaves in late September or October.

It will take your breath away as you cruise past orchards just outside of Bayfield on quiet country roads or on biking trails within the plentiful forests of the Chequamegon National Forest. Stop in at any of a number of Bayfield orchards for apple sampling, wine tasting or simply enjoying the views. Be a participant in some non-motorized tourism activity!

Pinehurst Inn is pleased to be partnering with Bayfield Bike Route to provide bike rental, helmets, maps and great advise on the best routes, and more. Owner and all around great guy, Tom Hart can give the inside scoop.

PLUS! Biking Madeline Island just got easier! From September 7th through 19th, Madeline Island Ferry will transport non-motorized bikes free with the purchase of a round trip passenger ticket. Experience the beauty of Lake Superior from a whole new angle – bring your bike over and enjoy an early autumn ride.

Sound good? Consider adding biking to the Pinehurst Inn Bounty of Fall lodging promotion – stay 3 nights (Sun- Thursday) and get the 3rd night at 25% off. PLUS a Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau Gift Certificate for $25 to be spend during your stay.

Just our way of saying “Welcome! Enjoy your stay!”

It's a blustery day in Bayfield

September 3rd, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

The temperatures in Bayfield have taken a bit of a dip over the past couple of days (still above 60 though!). For those of us who live here, we really don’t mind. It’s starting to feel a bit like fall. There are a few trees in the area that have already started to turn, and the northeast gales are starting to blow. There is something so wonderful about this time of year – as the summer comes to an end, it feels like a whole new place. There are still plenty of visitors wandering the streets of Bayfield, there are just more of them in sweaters and jackets than before. There are predictions of waves up to 9 feet today out on Lake Superior. While it certainly isn’t a day to be out on the water, I encourage you to go down and admire the power of mighty Superior.

Weather like this may be dreary to some, but it is lovely to me. I see this as an opportunity to settle down with a great book and enjoy the sounds of the wind and the company of good words. If you’re in town, you should stop by the Apostle Islands Booksellers – Bayfield’s new independent bookseller. They have created a truly charming space with a variety of both local, regional authors, bestsellers and a little bit of everything else.

Finally, today is a day for baking! With the harvest season upon up, I love playing with new recipes with the local apples. Here is a recipe that I have been playing with lately, using the apples in a more savory way rather than sweet:

Buttermilk Apple-Parmesan Muffins

Makes 12 standard muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup corn oil

1 egg

1 small apple (preferably Dudley apples from one of Bayfield‘s orchards)

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter or spray muffin tins

In a medium bowl, stir and toss together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set Aside. In a small bowl whisk together the buttermilk, oil and egg until smooth. Note: these will bake far more evenly if you have ALL ingredients at room temperature before putting in the oven. Add the combined dry ingredients, along with the finely chopped apple and the parmesan cheese. Stir until just blended.

Spoon into the prepared muffin tins, filling each cup about 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick or knife comes out clean – about 20 minutes. Cool before removing from tins.

Enjoy these delicious muffins anytime, but on a cool blustery day like today they are perfect!

15th Annual Apostle Island Lighthouse Celebration

August 15th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

“Within the boundaries of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is the largest and finest single collection of lighthouses in the country.”

- F. Ross Holland, Jr., Great American Lighthouses, 1994

Raspberry Island Lighthouse, Apostle Island National Lakeshore

If you enjoy lighthouses, Bayfield is the place to be from August 25th – September 11th. The 15th Annual Apostle Island Lighthouse Celebration offers the opportunity to explore the 9 wonderful lighthouses still on the various Apostle Islands.

During this time, there are a variety of lighthouse tours offered, the Keeper’s Reunion Day and Keeper’s Dinner (September 10th), a variety of presentations by Apostle Island National Lakeshore staff, and presentations and signings from a variety of lighthouse artists and authors.

Here’s the message – if you are into lighthouses, make the time to visit. These are beautiful structures that are being perserved for all to enjoy – a very important part of Bayfield and Lake Superior history.

If interested in more information call 1/800/779/4487 or visit the Apostle Island Lighthouse Celebration website.

So, what do people do on Madeline Island anyway?

July 15th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Madeline Island Museum

Madeline Island Museum, just a short walk from the ferry dock.

Once you have made your way across the Chequamegon Bay on the Ferry to Madeline Island many people wonder what they should do next. In a previous post we mentioned having a meal at Lotta’s Lakeside Cafe, which is of course a culinary delight including local foods and a fabulous wine list.

But there is so much more. Just a few steps from the ferry dock you’ll find the Madeline Island Museum. This small museum will show you so much about the history of Madeline Island and the Village of La Pointe. Did you know that La Pointe was founded before Bayfield? There are amazing fur trading exhibit, Ojibwe exhibits and a wonderful short film for all to watch with music provided by the performers at Big Top Chautauqua.

What’s next?

Madeline Island Town Park

The bridge over the lagoon at the Madeline Island Town Park

Why not drive or bike out to the Madeline Island Town Park? Here you will find some of the most beautiful beach on the Island. The water at the town park is generally quite shallow and perfect for the kids to play.

There is also a breathtakingly beautiful lagoon perfect for canoeing and birdwatching – there is a certain serenity and peacefulness in this area that truly takes you away from the outside world. The other great thing about this lagoon is the warmth of the water. If you are not the type to enjoy the “refreshing” coolness of Lake Superior, try the lagoon!

There are many other wonderful places to explore on Madeline Island – the shops, the state park with its brownstone cliffs, the golf course and the restaurants. These are just a few of the things that our family loves about Madeline. Most of all it is a great place to escape to and enjoy the history and beauty of this area that we are so very lucky to call home.

The Magic of the Madeline Island Ferry

July 8th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Located at the gateway to the Apostle Islands on the south shore of Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin, Madeline Island Ferry Line provides passenger, bicycle and car transportation between the picturesque towns of LaPointe and Bayfield. The 25-minute trip provides spectacular views of the Lake itself and several of the 22 Apostle Islands.

As a child, my family spent part of every summer on Madeline Island. And as our girls grew up, they too experienced this magical time each summer. One of the most exciting parts of our trips was the increased anticipation as we drove onto the Madeline Island Ferry to make our voyage across the bay to Madeline Island.

Now we watch our guests come and go, most making a decision to take this same journey over to Madeline Island. And many come back expressing the same joy at this unique form of transportation. It seems that the ferry ride is the transport to a bit of another world.

  • From the ferry, you are able to get a completely different view of Bayfield and the hills surrounding this small city – amazing in the fall!
  • Taking the ferry in the evening for a quick dinner at Lotta’s Lakeside Cafe can be amazing with the sunset over the mainland as you return to Bayfield.
  • Rough water? No fear – the captains maneuver these “boats” with amazing skill.

Madeline Island Ferry Line is also Travel Green Wisconsin certified – working on incorporating sustainable business practices that improve their bottom line. Examples include solar panels on the Ferry Terminal, use of biodegradable, vegetable based hydraulic fluids in engines and more.

Yup, taking the Madeline Island Ferry never ceases to give me joy. But then we get to Madeline Island itself….ah, there’s more to the story.

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

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