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10/10/10 – A Day to Get Serious About Our Future

October 10th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Join me at http://www.350.org

10/10/10 – A Global Work Party day organized by 350.org. For those who haven’t heard of 350.org here’s an overview:

350.org is an international campaign that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis-the solutions that science and justice demand.

Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis-to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.

This great organization, headed by writer and activist Bill McKibbon, has been spending months encouraging individuals, groups and organizations to create work parties in their own communities focusing on ways to lighten their footprint while putting pressure on local, state, national and international leader to take climate change seriously.

Interested in learning more? There are over 7300 events registered to be taking place today all over the world. 350.org website has tons of information.

At Pinehurst Inn in Bayfield, we consider every day a work day, but today, there will be time spent both making more biodiesel and getting into the native gardens. Baby steps, but very real in our world.

Bayfield's orchards are in full swing

September 17th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

In our last post we mentioned biking up to the orchards surrounding Bayfield. As the fall colors start to pop up around the area (and they have begun!) and the fall temps have started to arrive we are all buying up our fill of Bayfield’s amazing apples.

Bayfield is surrounded by more than a dozen orchards who have a great variety of things to offer. Here is just a small sampling of some of our favorites:

Erickson’s Orchard & Country Store – In addition to a great variety of apples, Erickson’s offers a charming retail store with everything from preserves, wines, garden decor, home decor and so much more. We would of course be remiss if we didn’t mention our favorite product at Erickson’s – their Apple Cider Doughnuts. These doughnuts are made fresh daily and are an amazing guilty pleasure. Do not come to Bayfield without trying one of these amazing little treats!

Apple Hill Orchard – This small orchard located at the corner of Hwys J & I is another jem of Bayfield. Every fall Claudia (one of the owners) works hard to create some of the best caramel apples! She prepares (with help from some friends) over 7500 caramel apples every year for our Bayfield Apple Festival. These aren’t just any caramel apples – they apples are covered in a variety of toppings ranging from M&M’s to coconut to nuts and more!

Hauser’s Superior View Farm – Hauser’s recently celebrated their 100th year in business. They have a wonderful variety of apples, produce and in the spring they offer a fabulous selection of perennials and annuals for gardeners. We have been getting most of our Dudley apples from Hauser’s for our baking at Pinehurst. Hauser’s is also home to the Bayfield Winery. When you stop at Hauser’s you must take some time to sample one or two of the many fruit, apple and grape wines they make right on site.

Blue Vista Farm - Blue Vista offers something that many of the other orchards can’t – an panoramic view of Lake Superior. Take a moment to stroll through their amazing gardens. Have a seat on their patio to just enjoy the view. Blue Vista offers a nice variety of “eco” apples along with a selection of preserves with a unique twist (try the raspberry ginger or the blueberry lavender jams!).

For a full list of Bayfield Orchards and what products are available please visit the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau.

We look forward to sharing the bounty of the Bayfield Harvest Season with you all!

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 loves the WBBA Microbrewery Map

September 8th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn loves all the great ways WBBA (Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association) promotes Wisconsin. The latest addition to their website is the Wisconsin Microbreweries Map providing opportunity for a great tour around Wisconsin enjoying these artisan brews.

Of course the Chequamegon Bay area is proud to have the northern-most 08-mar-31brewery recognized: South Shore Brewery which is connected with Deep Water Grille located in Ashland, just 25 miles south of Bayfield.

South Shore is known for their flavorful and innovative products. On tap, there’s usually always a Cream Ale, Honey Pils, Nut Brown Ale and Stout. Seasonal beers rotate between
Red Lager, Mai Bock, Bavarian Wheat, Applefest Ale, Bracket
and Porter.

Word has it that the Applefest Brew went into the fermenter about a week ago! This annual favorite is anticipated by locals and visitors.

It is also great to share that South Shore Brewery and their affiliate restaurant Deep Water Grille are actively involved as a local “Green Team” working to create more sustainable and green operations within their business.

So enjoy the microbreweries all around this great state – but be sure to come north! We look forward to seeing you.

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!

Have you ever tried a Bayfield apple?

August 24th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

While it is still August, and there are still temps in the 80′s, the time has come to start preparing for Bayfield’s Fall harvest. Several of our neighboring orchards have reported that their early apple varieties are ready for the picking. There are reports of outstanding crops this year. We are all so very fortunate to have such an abundance of local foods in our area, and we are excited to share many of these flavors with our guests.

One of our more popular fall dishes is our Apple Cheddar Muffins, and of course we use apples from one of Bayfield’s many orchards. These muffins go very well both with an omelet at breakfast or with chicken or pork as a side dish.

We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful time of year in Bayfield by taking advantage of the different fall promotions happening both at Pinehurst Inn, but throughout Bayfield. We are happy to be participating in the Bayfield Fall Harvest Lodging package. If you book 3 nights (Sun.-Thursday), you will receive 25% off of your third night AND a $25 Bayfield Gift Certificate good at any Bayfield Chamber member business.

So, while you enjoy your Labor Day holiday this weekend, don’t forget to make your fall plans and be sure to include Bayfield and the Pinehurst Inn.

Pinehurst Celebrates World Kitchen Garden Day!

August 22nd, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

The gardens are lush this year. And the produce baskets are overflowing. Yes, zuchinni, carrots, greens, beets (ah, beet greens!), peppers, and more. So the idea of World Kitchen Garden Day really struck us – a wonderful way to celebrate this time of year when we are blessed with this fantastic array of food.

World Kitchen Garden Day is an opportunity to
celebrate the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown, locally grown foods.

  • celebrate the positive role of organic kitchen gardening (good health, good community, and it taste’s so good!)
  • To raise awareness about the benefits of eating local and to encourage people to explore local food options in their areas
  • To build community spirit, at local and international levels, around the universal experiences of gardening, cooking, and eating (think Farmers Markets, community gardens, and more)

The concepts and ideas of this “celebration” are so important – and should be considered every day of the year. But today, look around your own community and get to know your local farmers and growers.

Bayfield blueberriesAt Pinehurst Inn in Bayfield, we are thrilled to build our breakfast using not only our own produce, but numerous delicious veggies and fruits from our area orchards and farms. This morning we serve our very popular Pinehurst Blueberry Oven French Toast (using wonderful blueberries from Highland Valley Farm in Bayfield). And tomorrow we will be doing something wonderful with those fresh beet greens – stay tuned! We might even share another recipe.

Happy harvesting!

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.

Pinehurst Inn recommends Enso for rejuvenation

August 1st, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn has a tagline that we take seriously: Connecting Adventure, Environment and Personal Rejuvenation. Everything we do reflects back to this comprehensive Pinehurst experience.

The “rejuvenation” component is certainly enhanced by Enso Wellness Center & Day Spa – we are thrilled to partner with this wonderful spa in offering our guests and area visitors the opportunity of self-care, relaxation and rejuvenation.

Consider these benefits of massage:

- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin.Enso Day Spa, Bayfield, Wisconsin

- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles

- Reduces spasms and cramping, increases joint flexibility.

- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.

- Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – and is being
used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and
relieve pain.

- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.

- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.

- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less
need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital
stays.

Plus, it is simply enjoyable and a great way to round out your stay. Be sure to check out the Pinehurst /Enso Packages as well.

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.

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