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Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield – Opportunity for Adventure and Relaxation No Matter the Weather

March 14th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

Conditions here in Bayfield, WI are a bit schizophrenic …. a few weeks ago Pinehurst Inn guests were enjoying terrific XC ski conditions (and returning to Pinehurst Inn for a sauna!). Last weekend we had guests jostling between rain and sun and still getting out to have fun on wet trails (returning to Pinehurst Inn for a sauna!). This weekend we’re intending to tell our guests to bring their hiking boots (and look forward to a wonderful Pinehurst Inn sauna!).

Yes, it’s unusually warm everywhere in the Midwest right now. The temps are in the high 60′s. I just returned from town where I ran into one of our favorite kayak dealers in town – he was loading kayak and gear into his car, heading out for his first 2012 paddle! This isn’t something we recommend to our guests in March! There are chunks of ice floating all around the bay – and yes, the water is cold!

We’re all enjoying it tremendously, but I know I am also a bit on edge. Either we have one more major snow storm brewing in the future or this is global warming. Either way, the sun feels glorious. Much of the ice is off the lake and we’re seeing sparkling blue water.

So what’s the point? If relaxation and outdoor adventure is the goal, Pinehurst Inn and Bayfield can be an ideal destination, no matter what the weather! Hiking? It’s wonderful in the spring. Biking – right now it would be amazing. Snowshoeing – there are still some places you will find snow. Sitting on a beach – yup, we can point you in the right direction. And no matter what you choose to do to provide adventure, you can come back to your accomodations at Pinehurst Inn and truly relax.

Let us help you create your style of adventure!

 

Winter Continues into March at Pinehurst Inn

February 29th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

Just when we are feeling as if we’ve been shorted on our winter adventures, the Leap Day Snow Storm hits! We’ve been in the midst of a wonderful winter storm in the north – blowing winds and lots of the white stuff. The tree branches are heavy with wet snow, a lovely white landscape. Steve has spent much of the day behind the snowblower …. and likely will need to do more tomorrow morning. Bayfield is pretty much shut down as is much of Chequamegon Bay. The Madeline Island Ferry hasn’t run today due to the winds lack of visibility. Our best guess is about 14 inches.

As the storm started yesterday, we received a call from a couple from the Twin Cities looking for a room for a few nights.While I discouraged travel, they were set on making the trip. So since their arrival, they’ve been sitting by a fire watching the storm, enjoying a few saunas, eating at Maggies, and enjoying spa services. They’ve been so happy and relaxed. A great reminder for us about what we are trying to offer here at Pinehurst Inn.

So keep Bayfield and Pinehurst Inn in mind if you’re looking to continue your winter play. With Bayfield Winter Festival happening this weekend, we’ll be offering some fun!

Pinehurst Inn and Enso Day Spa Create Great Guest Experience

February 27th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

The partnership between Bayfield’s Pinehurst Inn and Enso Wellness Center and Day Spa create a lodging experience to be remembered. Pinehurst Inn is known for attention to the guest experience, focusing on adventure, environment and personal rejuvenation. Enso Day Spa offers the personal rejuvenation within the context of environmental sensitivity. It all sounds well and good – right? But what does this really mean?

What makes spa services being available at Pinehurst Inn good for our guests?

  • Enjoy your eco-elegant Bayfield accomodations, while being able to easily wander down the steps right into the Enso experience – no car, no searching for the location. Seamless.
  • Know that the services offered will enhance the sense of relaxation the whole Pinehurst Inn property offers
  • The other amenities within Pinehurst Inn are a perfect combination for spa services, such as the Pinehurst Inn sauna (if you’ve ever had a massage following a sauna, you understand!)
  • The Naturopathica products used by Enso Day Spa fit into the overall parameters used throughout the property – eco-certified, well tested and great for the skin. But best of all, they feel heavenly.

Of course, we are biased. Darcy and Michael, the owners of Enso Day Spa, are our daughter and son-in-law. They operate a first class business and understand how all our services and accomodations compliment each other.

A very cool partnership. A very cool way for our guests to be able to get the full lodging / spa destination experience.

Bayfield Winter Festival: Winter Fun and Adventure

February 21st, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

Bayfield Winter Festival

The first weekend in March (Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4) offers a unique opportunity to reduce your cabin fever. Bayfield Winter Festival provides a series of activities organized for the benefit of the Bayfield Recreation Center and Mt. Ashwaybay Ski and Recreation Area. Whether a spectator or participant, all activities are designed to have fun and celebrate winter in Bayfield and the Apostle Islands.

Some highlights of the weekend:

  • Candlelight Walk on the Brownstone Trail (Friday Evening)
    Join the Bayfield Regional Conservancy at Big Water Cafe & Coffee Roasters at 6:30pm for hot drinks and treats. Around 7:00pm, the group will head over to the Brownstone Trail for a magical walk amongst hundreds of luminary’s set along the popular hiking trail.
  • Bayfield’s First Friday
    Downtown Bayfield stores are open late to welcome Winter Festival revelers with demonstrations, door prizes and sales. Take advantage of these special evening hours, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, at 16 business locations.
  • Run on Water (Saturday)
    Race to Madeline Island and back on the ice road. Choose your own course (it’s hard to get lost…). All non-motorized methods of transportation are allowed – run, walk, snowshoe, skate, ski, bike, skijor… Awards to the top three finishers in each category. Register at www.midwestevents.com or from 10:00am – 11:00am on Saturday. Race begins at 11:00am. If ice conditions do not permit, the event will be a “Run by the Water” on Bayfield’s Brownstone Trail, and maintain a distance of 4 miles.

 

  • Mt. Ashwabay WinterBASH (Saturday Evening)
    Finish the day in style at Mt. Ashwabay’s WinterBASH from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. This event will include a giant bonfire, South Shore Beer, food, tubing, horse drawn sleigh rides, and multiple bands including The Ringtones and Alpha City with sound by JD BASS inside a heated pole barn. $5 suggested donation/person at the gate. There will also be a cross-country luminary ski from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Ski amid the sparkle of hundreds of candles illuminating the darkened woods at Mt Ashwabay! Visit mtashwabay.org for ski hill information.
  • New event! On Sunday you can test your endurance during Mt. Ashwabay’s WinterDASH starting at 1:30pm. This “ultimate winter 5-km run and obstacle course” will require no gear – just guts! Go to www.bayfieldwinterfestival.com to register.

Yes, we do like to have fun up here in Northern Wisconsin! Enjoy this Winter_Festival_Flyer offering more detailed info. And if you’re still needing lodging, Pinehurst Inn still has a few rooms open!

Better late than never?

February 18th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

As we all know it’s been a bit of a non-Winter. There hasn’t been much snow, and I think there may have been more days above freezing than not in January. That said, here in Bayfield, February has been panning out to be much better! There was just enough snow for very successful Apostle Island Sled Dog Races, and tonight is the Annual Book Across the Bay, a 5 mile XC Ski race across the bay between Ashand and Washburn. It’s rumored that up to 4000 participants will be at this year’s “book.” This is an event that raises funds for grants for programs that encourage physical and mental wellness among residents of the Chequamegon Bay region. While it may be too late to participate this year, think about it for next year! We would love to have you.

Of course, next weekend the Birkebeiner ski race near Hayward, WI. While we are a bit of a hike away, if you’re not looking for participate, we have plenty of skiing and snowshoe trails up in our neck of the woods. There is more snow in the forecast and the temps are looking quite comfortable.

The sun is out today, and it’s actually quite difficult to be inside writing this blog post, when I’d much rather be outside enjoying the beauty of this winter day. So, we’re going to keep it short this time. We look so forward to seeing many of you as our late blossoming winter continues.

Bayfield and Chequamegon Bay Arts Scene – another winner

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.

Pinehurst Inn Happy to Support Bayfield Regional Conservancy

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.

Catered Dinner at Pinehurst Inn – just one ingredient in the Bayfield & Pinehurst mix

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!

There's something to say for tradtition

December 5th, 2011 by kristensandstrom

pinehurst carolers image 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.

Pinehurst Inn Top 5 Local Retailers Trump Black Friday in 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 – the Apostle Islands, the Chequamegon region, Lake Superior, the Great Lakes, Ojibwe Country and the Northwoods.
  3. Bayfield Wine & Spirits – Offering 60 – 70 different, individually selected wines from the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and elsewhere – they have a great assortment of wonderful little wine/drink related items as well. And watch for periodic availability of Sassy Nanny Goat Cheese. Yum!
  4. Wolfsong Wear – Yup, these are the same folks who run the great dog sledding adventures in the area. They produce some of the best outerwear for adventure sports. They are all locally handmade with the highest quality materials: Woolrich Wool on the outside and soft comfortable Malden Mills 300 weight polar on the inside. AND they are running an incredible sale through the end of November – buy 1 coat, 2nd coat is half-price!
  5. Eckels Pottery – located just South of Bayfield, Eckels Pottery has been in business since 1960. They offer beautiful, hand crafted ceramics along with a wide variety of other items large and small. We are pleased that most of our dishes used for breakfast service are from Eckels.

We could easily turn this list into a top 10 or top 15…….there are many more wonderful options. But we’ll stop here. If you are an area resident, know that the choices for your holiday shopping are many. If you are a periodic visitor, come back and make us your “one-stop” shopping location.

Either way, we do encourage everyone to shop locally. Supporting the small business people in every community direct and indirect economic impacts.

 

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