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It's melting! It's melting!

March 9th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

Project 365 Day 7: Drops

This is the time of year in Bayfield when we start to get a little more excited for Spring and all things green. The snow has been melting with the warmer sun (which has been out much more frequently lately). We are hoping to start to tap the maples soon; gardeners are starting to plan out their gardens, and the sailors are starting to think about prepping their boats for the season. We are simply ready for Spring.

Truth be told, there is snow in the forecast for today. It’s still early. The chance of us getting one more good snowstorm is likely. While we get these days when the sun is shining and there are little streams on water rolling downhill from the runoff, we know there’s always one last spring storm.

We’re ready for it too. I’d like to think that those late season storms create a few last days of respite before the spring cleaning and planting begins at Pinehurst Inn. It also forces us to stay in for a few more days and assess what might need to be done indoors before all of our guests arrive for the new season.

So we’ll take it as it comes. Perhaps it’s time to schedule a massage. Ahhh.

A Road Less Traveled

February 12th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

Madeline Island Ice Road Well folks, the time has come for the residents of Madeline Island to gain true freedom from the life of living on an island. The ice road from Madeline Island to Bayfield has been declared “open.” What is this ice road? If you haven’t heard of this, it is simply the path that the Ferry would normally take in the summer, but it is frozen enough that cars and “small” trucks are able to come and go as they please. Yep, driving on ice. While many may find this as a crazy practice, those who live on Madeline Island cherish these few weeks a year when they are truly free to travel as they please and not at the schedule of a boat or windsled.

Big Bay State Park in WinterWhat does that mean for those of us who live on the mainland? Plenty. Many of you may have hiked through Big Bay State Park during the beautiful Summer or Fall months, but have you seen it while snow and ice covered? The State Park is a whole different world at this time of year. The quiet and peace will take your breath away. Since the mainland ice caves are not accessible this year, take advantage of the views from the rocks and cliffs of this location. Chances are you’ll even see some open water from this side of the island! Imagine that… you drove across this same lake just a few miles to the west. It truly is a magical place.

Once you have explored to your heart’s content, be sure to stop by the Bell Street Tavern or the Island’s coffee shop for a little warm up before heading back over to Bayfield. There is plenty of quiet and peace on Madeline at this time of year, but truth be told, many of us are looking for just that. A little peace and quiet.

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Pinehurst Inn Top 5 Winter Relaxation Recommendations

January 20th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

The Pinehurst Inn tagline “connecting environment, adventure and personal rejuvenation” is purposeful – we try to recognize that people come here for their own different reasons. With that in mind, here are the Top 5 Winter Relaxation Recommendations from Pinehurst Inn Innkeepers:

  1. Find your ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation at Enso Wellness Center and Day Spa – located on Pinehurst Inn property, you can customize to your own needs. Massage, facials, body wraps or yoga.
  2. Enjoy the Pinehurst Inn sauna following your skiing or snowshoeing.
  3. For those heartier souls, take a winter stroll on nearby beaches. Lake Superior in winter has a way of touching the soul. Try this as the moon rises over Madeline Island – amazing!
  4. Zone out. Read a favorite book or magazine by the fire with a great wine or relaxing tea – a wide variety of Rishi Teas available for Pinehurst guests.
  5. End the day with a bonfire overlooking Pikes Creek – this special hidden spot at Pinehurst is available for our guests.

Oh, yes there is more, but we don’t want to overwhelm. After all, we are talking about relaxation. Be sure to continue to check out our specials and packages that set the stage for your rejuvenation.

We look forward to seeing you!

Winter Soltice – Time for Reflection…and Fun

December 21st, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

WinterSolsticeMorning, Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield Wisconsin

Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the year. The first day of winter. All symbolic in many ways.

I find the days of late November and December particularly hard. It appears the light is important for me. But today is the new beginning. A time to look ahead to increasing light each day…and an increasing sense of hope and anticipation for the days and months to come.

As we looking out on the beautiful fresh snow this morning, this peaceful blanket provides a sort of muting of the clutter of everyday life. What a gentle retreat from chaos!

With the start of winter, we also look ahead to the next few month of winter play – with the opportunity to snowshoe, ski and dog sled in areas of incredible beauty. We look ahead to guiding our guests in creating a great winter experience, whether active enjoyment of the winter landscape, or passive relaxation from a comfy chair or whirlpool tub.

Let the new light begin!

Bayfield's first snow storm of the season?

December 11th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Well, the sever weather alerts started as early as yesterday afternoon for up to 18″ of snow through the day and into the evening tonight. It has started out slowly, but the northeast winds have started to kick in and the temps are dropping. Does this sound miserable or what?

Not to us! The energy around Bayfield today is so exciting! We are anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival on the Ferry Boat. Yes, Santa arrive via water in these parts. The site of all of these children waving to Santa as the boat arrives in Bayfield is wonderful! Of course, with the snow today it might be a bit more dramatic (especially for Santa & Mrs. Claus) as they ride through those northeastern waves. This is just one of the events that happens in Bayfield that makes living in a small community like this so wonderful!

Once the children have all told Santa their holiday wishes and consumed their cookies and hot chocolate, many of us will simply head home to curl up on the sofa, snuggle up under a blanket and read a good book. Not us though, we’re going to head to our neighbor community, Washburn, for the arts & crafts boutiques. The maybe after that we’ll enjoy the local production of “A Christmas Carol” at Stagenorth. There is always something to do around here!

We really do encourage all of our friends, guests and family to visit us during these quieter months. There is plenty to do, and at this time of year you experience a completely different beauty. Of course, you see the beauty of the lake, the snow, the woods and more, but you also see the beauty of our community and how much we all appreciate each other.

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…

Steps for a Greener Holiday

November 22nd, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Photo from EarthEasy.com

Holidays are filled with traditions. It may be useful to simply think about ways to build on those traditions in new, more sustainable ways. And it’s our guess that these steps might add significant quality to your holiday celebration. Some ideas for greener holidays from Eartheasy.com:

  • Buy Less. Give more while spending less. Here are ideas for how to give greener gifts.
  • Buy Smart – think “green”. Look for locally made gifts, gifts made from recycled sources, or gifts produced by sustainable companies. Consider re-gifting!
  • Connect with Nature. Start a family tradition of giving back to the earth and instilling the values of sustainable living to your children, friends and community. Take a hike or snowshoe. Participate in the Annual Bird Count in your area.
  • Lower the impact of Holiday Lighting. Consider the size of your lighting display as well as the light sources. Explore LED lights that use up to 95% less energy than the traditional larger lights.
  • Choose a live tree. Live trees, on the other hand, are a renewable resource grown on tree farms, that are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and almost ninety percent are recycled into mulch. Live trees are usually locally grown and sold, saving both transportation costs and added air pollution. Live trees also smell like Christmas!

For more ideas, we suggest Eartheasy.com – a great side providing simple and understandable information on this topic and more.

Please share with us how you’ve altered your holiday traditions to honor both the holiday and the earth!

Calling all Cooks! Pinehurst wants your recipes!

November 17th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn Apple Cheddar MuffinsAre you a foodie? Do you love to cook and play with recipes? Do you get excited at the prospect of finding some great produce at your local Farmers Market? We’d love to connect!

Pinehurst Inn is seeking your help in expanding our breakfast offerings. We work hard to offer our guests wonderful breakfasts each morning with recipes that honor our local produce and products, provides options for various dietary needs and is simply good food. But it’s time for some fresh (no pun intended) recipes!

Send us your best recipe that might work for breakfast by January 15, 2011. We will select the top 5. These recipes will then be offered for breakfast to our guests through February 28, 2011 with the guests rating the recipes on a “1-5 muffin scale.” These overall ratings will be used to determine the winner.

The winner will receive three of the best Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast cookbooks along with a $50 Pinehurst Inn Gift Certificate.

Some suggested parameters:

The Quieter Season has Begun

October 20th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Well, it’s no secret. Things do tend to quiet down a bit here in Bayfield once Apple Festival is over and the fall colors begin to quiet down. It’s true. There is something special about this time of year though as well. There is something so incredibly cool about the sounds of the northeast winds blowing through the towering pines around this old house. The waters have begun to cool, but they have a certain sparkle at this time of year – no idea why, but these waters sure do twinkle at us when it’s sunny. Speaking of sunny, that is certainly something that we have had plenty of this harvest season. The weather has been amazing, and looking at the extended forecast we’re in for more! This is ideal hiking weather, and when you get that chill from the cool breezes, come inside, read your book by the fireplace and enjoy a delicious cup of tea.

While there may not be as many water activities to participate in at this time of year, there is still plenty to keep one occupied. There are still plenty of shops open, restaurants to dine at and of course trails to hike. Please contact us if you’d like more information on things to do at this time of year. Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that we have some great specials running right now! If you stay with us during the midweek (Sun-Thur) you can get as much as 25% off your third night, or come in November and don’t miss out on the “Two for $222″ special.

Finally, this is a particularly nice time of year for baking! There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh bakery warming you after a long cool hike. We have been sampling some newer recipes this year, and I think that this is one of our bigger successes:

Caramelized Apple Bread Pudding
Serves 8

Ingredients:
Apple filling:
4 Dudley apples, cubed (or any firm, tart baking apple)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Bread Pudding:
1 tsp nutmeg
1 loaf french bread (or any bread you prefer)
8 large eggs
1 cup half-n-half
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
dash salt

Topping:
about 1 cup rolled oats
about 1 cup pecans (or nuts of your choice) chopped
left over liquids from apples

1. Slice and cube bread and place in 9×13″ baking dish (spray pan, or use parchment paper)
2. Melt butter in large frying pan, add brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg – add apples to mixture and saute for a couple of minutes – careful not to over cook the apples (keep them firm)
3. Using a slotted spoon spread the apples over the bread cubes. Reserve butter mixture.
4. In a large bowl mix the eggs, milks, sugar, extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt – whisk well and pour evenly over bread and apples. There should be enough liquid to almost cover the bread.
5. Cover with foil and let rest in the fridge overnight.
6. Take the reserved butter & brown sugar mixture and mix with rolled oats and pecans – you’re looking for a pretty “goopy” consistency here.
7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
8. Before putting in the oven, spread the topping over the bread and apples, and bake for 45-60 minutes.
9. Let rest for 10 minutes or so before serving to let the custard set.

Serve & Enjoy!

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