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Pinehurst Inn, Eco-Friendly Lodging in Bayfield

June 19th, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn Bayfield WI solar panels

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.

 

Pinehurst Inn earns GreenLeader Platinum with Trip Advisor

April 23rd, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

Solar Panels, Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield, Wisconsin

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.

 

Pinehurst Inn honors Earth Day 2013

April 22nd, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day Fouinder

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.

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.

Whispering Pines – Green Gab: How Green is Your Summer Vacation?

May 3rd, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

 

As many of us think about planning our vacations, how much effort do we put into considering the environmental impacts of how we travel (deciding where we travel and how) AND how green our destination is.The Sierra Club has developed two terrific quizzes that walk you through the analysis of both these questions.

Deciding where to vacation is always a balancing act: money vs. time, variety of opinions within family, whether to travel far or near. Adding environmental considerations might actually make the choices easier – and do the planet some good at the same time. Discover how your travel choices can make a difference. Take the “How Green is my Getaway” Quiz.

So, you’ve decided on a destination. Do you wonder whether the place you are visiting is tuned into their own practices? Check out the “How Green is my Destination” Quiz.

If you don’t feel like taking the quiz, no problem – they provide a direct link to the answers! Perhaps you can come up with some additional ideas of your own.

Source: http://www.sierraclub.org

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!”

Pinehurst Inn happy to be recognized for "Green" efforts

August 7th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn has been recognized once again in a piece written by Marti Mayne: “How Green is my B&B? BedandBreakfast.com offers Editors Picks and Green Schemes for Top Eco-Friendly B&Bs Worldwide.

This includes a wonderful group of inns that have innovative and creative practices highlighting their green efforts. Happy to be among such a great group.

More information on our sustainability efforts can be found on the Pinehurst Inn Website.

Pinehurst Inn committed to Organic and Local Food

July 14th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

As part of the Pinehurst Sustainable Operations Plan at Pinehurst Inn, we place a high emphasis on how we select and purchase our food for guest breakfasts. Our goal is that at least 75 % of the food purchased is either organic or regionally grown or produced. Sometimes of year this can truly be a challenge.

But then comes summer! The Bayfield Orchards provide a wonderful variety of fruits and berries. Local growers and smaller farms are great sources of vegetables, dairy and cheeses. When unable to source items locally, we work to identify food purveyors that provide organic and/or Midwest grown options.

Today we received a wonderful order of organic vegetables. The quantities are large enough to both use now and cut and freeze for those cooler months. The smells, the colors, the fresh taste – a little bit of heaven. These are the ingredients that come together to provide a delicious breakfast to start the day for our guests.

Life is good.

Bayfield Sweet Cherries Available at Apple Hill Orchard

June 27th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

We already mentioned that Bayfield Strawberries are ripe for the picking…but have you tried Bayfield’s Sweet Cherries? Oh, my. A little bit of heaven!

Apple Hill Orchard has a bumper crop this year, following two years of absence of strong cherry crops. We picked up our first order of these incredible cherries and immediately came home to have Kristen prepare a sweet cherry bread with almonds to serve for our breakfast tomorrow.

Can I describe how the kitchen smells right now??

Just one more step in supporting our local growers who provide such amazing produce and products.

Learn more about Bayfield Orchard Schedule.

Pinehurst Inn celebrates Responsible Tourism Week

May 20th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

It’s likely that you aren’t aware! This week is Responsible Tourism Week, organized by planeta.com. The week provides a unique online demonstration documenting the challenges and successes of developing responsible tourism. It is an interesting approach with incredible cross referencing of information around the world.

So what is Responsible Tourism? This from planeta.com provides a wonderful explanation:

Responsible tourism has many names including turismo responsable, verantwortlichen Tourismus.

Here’s our thought: responsible tourism is treating others the way they wish to be treated and receiving the same in return. It’s a variation on the Platinum Rule … it’s also common sense, good manners and commits both hosts and visitors to a certain code of conduct.

A growing number of travelers want their journeys to be less invasive and more beneficial to the local community. They want to better understand the culture of the people they meet in the places they visit. Travelers should be mindful that we are entering a place that is someone else’s [or some creature's] home. Interpretation begins long before the trip and ends long afterward. Those who enjoy a trip will look back fondly for the rest of their lives.

We ask a lot of tourism these days … that it be eco, that it be sustainable and that it be responsible. These signs are encouraging. Global tourism is experiencing a massive transformation in ’00s.

Tread lightly when we travel, folks. Those places we know and love can clearly be impacted by our unintentional abuse.

photo credit: Genevieve Russell, Story Portrait Media

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