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Pinehurst Inn Breakfast: Celebrating Summer Harvests in Cold of Winter

January 24th, 2014 by Nancy Sandstrom

white bowl with overflowing blueberries and a partially slices loaf of sour dough bread.As we prepared our Pinehurst Inn breakfast this morning, I was struck by the beautiful color of the blueberries pulled out of the freezer. Every time I look at these deep blue jewels, I am filled with joy. Please understand…..I am a blueberry junkie. I have been known to put blueberries on many food items ranging from pork chops to eggs.

That being said, there are those tried and true recipes that simply always work. For inns, they become expected fare by returning guests. So this morning, when we gave the menu to our guests,  they lit up with a smile. Even though they were new guests for us, they had been referred by some of our frequent guests who mentioned our Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast. They knew they were getting the true Pinehurst Inn Breakfast.

We try very hard to incorporate locally grown / produced ingredients into all our recipes. This time of year, clearly we are working with what’s in the freezer or available this time of year. In the case of Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast (recipe below), this is relatively easy.

  • The Bayfield blueberries in our freezer are a part of the approximately 150# that we’ve stashed away to last through the winter. Hats, scaves and mittens off to Highland Valley Farm – the Dale family knows how to grow berries. They are one of a number of terrific Bayfield orchards.
  • The cream cheese in this case was “home made”, the leave-behind on my most recent production of whey (yes, the whey is another very cool story at another time).
  • The bread come from Ashland Baking Company, after our weekly visit to pick up the freshly baked, round sour dough loaves (the aroma in the car on these pick up days is wonderful!).
  • The eggs recently are coming from Chequamegon Food Co-op who does a great job of sourcing local egg people during a tough time of year (so, would you lay eggs when it is 15 below?).
  • The syrup comes from Wisconsin Maid Sugar Bush out of Park Falls. This golden syrup arrives by the gallon, hand delivered by the very folks who tap the trees, boil it down and bottle it. Lovely.

In other words, this recipe is built from hard work, tender care, heart & soul with a touch of joy added in. And as we prepare it, we know that it is something guests will enjoy. It’s a win-win.

So are you wondering about a recipe? Of course. We share happily below. All we ask is that you take some thought about where you are sourcing your ingredients. Making those right decisions definitely enhances the flavor and adds that last ingredient we all need…..a bit of true joy.

Pinehurst Inn Blueberry Oven French Toast

Green Gab from Pinehurst Inn – Find Your Area CSA

January 16th, 2014 by Nancy Sandstrom

Variety of fresh produce including radishes, peppers,carrots and potatoesWe just completed our annual sign up for one of a number of area CSAs – Community Supported Agriculture. We are very blessed to live in a region that offers great options on organized, bundled weekly or biweekly boxed of fresh, local produce and food products. Picking up these boxes of foodie treasures makes me giddy as I drive home dreaming up some of the many ways we can incorporate these delicious ingredients into our meals and those meals we provide our guests. Similarly our treks in the summer and fall up to the Bayfield Orchards brings joy whether picked raspberries, blueberries or apples – all coming from the fields and trees of our good friends and neighbors.

What is a CSA?  From Wikipedia:   “Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Many CSAs also sometimes include herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat. In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA tend to provide produce and other comestibles. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs.”

We suggest a checking out Local Harvest for more information on the benefits of patronizing CSA’s.

Our decision to support our local farmers and producers comes from both a desire to support our local economy (agritourism is a big deal in the Chequeamegon Bay!). But our own health and quality of food prepared in our kitchen is equally as important. We know the growers & producers. We’ve seen many of their operations. We have confidence that we are getting some of the healthiest and highest quality produce and products we can. The decision is heart-felt driven by our desire to build a business based on Sustainable Tourism.

Looking to find CSA’s in your area. You will find a great search function at Local Harvest as well as a ton of additional information.

photo credit: Photo from Acorn Creek Farm, Tomah, WI

 

Explore the Apostle Islands with Apostle Island Cruise Service

June 3rd, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

Island Princess Apostle Island Cruise

Our “Get on the Water” series has featured a number of blog posts on sailing and kayaking – somewhat active ways to be on the water among the Apostle Islands. But not everyone is prepared or physically able to paddle for a few hours or physcially get onto a sail boat. The good news is that the Apostle Island Cruise Service is accessible, relaxing and informative.

The most popular cruise with Pinehurst Inn guests is the Grand Tour, a 3-1/4 hour tour traveling approximately 55 miles among the majority of the 22 Apostle Islands. Their description says it all:

Raspberry Island Lighthouse“Throughout this memorable cruise, you’ll pass extraordinary natural scenery, beautiful historic Raspberry and Devils Island Lighthouses, standing rocks, extensive sea caves and marine wildlife. Learn the rich history of centuries of human interaction with Wisconsin’s “Crown Jewels” on majestic Lake Superior.”

The Apostle Island Grand Tour will provide a superb overview of this amazing Apostle Island National Lakeshore. The Grand Tour runs daily through October 13. Starting June 28th a variety of other tours are offered including a shorter Evening Grand Tour, Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Raspberry Island Lighthouse Tours and more.

Sit back a relax and soak in the beauty, the history and the amazing expanse of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.

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Pinehurst Inn Fall Harvest Special – a Midweek Delight

August 26th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

When asked about our favorite time of year in Bayfield, our answer is immediate – Fall is our best time. The daytime temps are still warm enough to enjoy the area, the water and the islands, the nights are generally cool and crisp. The slowly changing colors around us are impacted by the crisp air so common this time of year. Apple Orchards are gearing up, sailing continues with ever more colorful shoreline vistas and the slightly slower pace makes all the business owners just a bit more relaxed.

A few of our favorite Fall activities:

  • Sailing with Dreamcatcher Sailing – it can be lovely!
  • Biking some of our great on-and-off road trails and roads – depending on your interests, we can find your perfect biking route
  • Hiking the wide range of trails in the area – wonderful views!
  • Exploring Bayfield Orchards - nothing better that testing the wide range of apples!
  • Wander the shops and galleries at a more relaxed pace

Can we entice you a bit more? Pinehurst Inn is pleased to join many other lodgings as we offer the Fall Harvest Special. This midweek offering is simple: Stay three or more)( nights (Sunday – Thursday) and we will happily discount the third night by 50%. PLUS we will provide a $25 certificate redeemable at most Bayfield businesses (cannot be applied to lodging). This special starts Sunday, September 16 and goes through November 8th. Be sure to requests Fall Harvest Special whether booking by phone or online. Call 877-499-7651 to learn more.

 

It’s the berries! (in Bayfield!)

June 12th, 2012 by kristensandstrom

Well, everything truly does seem to be happening a bit earlier this year. We have just heard that the strawberries are just about ready at the local berry farms. Right now Erickson’s Orchard & Country Store has a limited quantity of ready-picked strawberries available for purchase. This is about two weeks ahead of schedule, but we certainly don’t mind. There is something so especially delicious about eating fruit that was just picked locally!

We talk about cooking with local foods all the time, and how easy it is. We’d like to utilize our blog a bit more to share with you ideas to help you do more in your own kitchens. We make it a point to buy as many fresh local berries as we can while they are in season. We have a couple of extra freezers to store these scrumptious treats year round. Berries are actually quite easy to freeze, but how you do it really does make a difference in how long they will last.

We are quite lucky at Pinehurst that my father (Steve) loves the process of cleaning and cutting berries for freezing. He also does this with potatoes, peppers and other produce. He finds it quite relaxing and reminds him of his childhood. This is a good thing as I don’t think the women in our family feel quite that way about it. Here’s a link to some very simple and good instructions on freezing strawberries: http://www.pickyourown.org/strawberries_freezing.htm. The most important step of this process is draining the cleaned berries of as much moisture as possible.

So, what can you do with these berries? Of course, the very best part about buying local berries is picking them directly from the flats and eating them! But, alas we can’t always do that. Here are two recipes that we serve quite frequently at Pinehurst Inn:

Strawberry Parfait:
This is a really easy one: Take some fresh Bayfield strawberries, and quarter them. Then take some plain yogurt and add a touch of maple syrup and vanilla extract (just enough to flavor as you like). Layer the strawberries and yogurt with your favorite granola and enjoy!

Strawberry (or any berry) Muffins:

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Herb gardens begin as Spring blooms in Bayfield!

May 29th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

silver sage farm and flowers image Yesterday Kristen and I took a trip to Silver Sage Farm to purchase herbs for the Pinehurst Inn gardens. This beautiful farm is located in Port Wing, WI, about 30 minutes from Bayfield. While it is a bit of a trek, it is completely worth it. Owner, Mary Pearson, has her own little piece of paradise. Upon arrival the first thing we noticed was the amazing gardens right outside of Mary’s home. Wine grapes, lettuces, flowers and so much more! The bees and butterflies were very very happy.

This is one of the things about living up here that is hard to explain to those who have been acclimated to the city to the extent that they buy their herbs at the grocery store or a discount store. There is something so much fun about going to the actual farm and talking to the gardener about their plants. They really do treat them like a family. Calling plants sad because they haven’t been transplanted yet. Mary was eager to tour me through her garden to share the different varieties of herbs she has.

 

herbs from silver sage farm imageWe found a beautiful selection of rosemary, thyme, basil, parley, peppers and more. Even a few things we hadn’t heard of. Lemon Basil? Orange Thyme? Mary was a wealth of information and was able to suggest a few different varieties of peppers that will do better in our region. The smells were amazing and we simply can’t wait to get these in the ground so they can flourish and be added to you breakfast when you come to visit us.

Now we just need mother nature to cooperate a bit more and give us the time to get these beautiful plants in the ground before the next thunderstorms roll in.

 

Finally, one of our favorite parts about visiting Silver Sage Farm that we weren’t expecting were her gorgeous horses greeting us! We couldn’t help but take a few photos!

silver sage farm horse image

Bayfield in Bloom – A Celebration of Spring in the Home of the Apostle Islands

May 27th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

Anyone who has visited Pinehurst Inn is aware of our dedication to gardening. Perennial flower gardens, vegetable gardens, herbs, and native garden take up a fair amount of our time. It’s a good thing. But we are certainly not alone!

Were you aware that Bayfield offers some of the most magnificent gardens and orchards in the state? The proximity to Lake Superior and varying elevations provide something of a micro climate. What results is a superb growing climate. Result? Beautiful gardens, hanging baskets, orchards, and more. Celebrate spring gardens with Bayfield in Bloom and the Bayfield Garden Tours.

Bayfield’s Annual Garden Tour is Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd from 10:00am to 3:00pm. On Saturday, visitors will have the opportunity visit nine of Bayfield’s finest city gardens, with opportunity to chat with gardeners, share ideas. Map includes self-guided walking tours of gardens in and around Bayfield. Sunday’s event is a driving tour, with over eighteen Bayfield area gardens compiled on one map for a relaxing afternoon car ride.

Of course, Bayfield in Bloom offers additional activities between now and June 10th. Just a few…

Check out the complete bayfield-in-bloom-schedule and the bayfield-in-bloom-schedule.

And know that the Pinehurst Inn gardens are always available for wandering, enjoying — and we will even let you do a bit of weeding! And of course, don’t forget our Bayfield in Bloom Special lodging offer!

Bayfield… why come?

May 1st, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

BayfieldSunriseOne of the most common questions that we hear – not only from guests – but all over the place is, “What is there to do in Bayfield? Why do people come?” This is one of the easiest and most difficult questions to answer. We like to think that Bayfield has really mastered the “art of doing nothing.” But, this thought tends to scare people who in today’s world are constantly being entertained. Here are the things that Bayfield does not (and hopefully never will) have: an amusement park, water park (unless you count the lake!), fast food restaurants, and chain hotels/motels. There are many things that Bayfield is not.What are we then? We would like to consider Bayfield as a place of relaxation and respite. There are a myriad of activities for you, don’t get us wrong. Better yet, there are a variety of things you can do that won’t cost you a penny! Last month we gave you a list of things to do in Bayfield that have a cost to them – this month here’s Bayfield “on the cheap!”

  • Meyers Beach Hiking Trail – As a part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, this trail offers a good workout hiking trail that takes you up above the Lake Superior sea caves and gives you fabulous views of some of the Apostle Islands.
  • Visit the Orchards & Berry Farms – During the summer months you can pick your own cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, juneberries, blackberries – just about any berry you can think of! Or, if you prefer, you can visit the stand to pick up a bag or basket of fresh fruit already picked for you, along with jars of jams, jellies and fresh preserves.
  • Swimming! – There is nothing quite like the sensation of swimming through the clean, crisp, beautiful waters of Lake Superior. Lake Superior offers beautiful sandy beaches for all swimmers including youngsters who love to play in the sand with delicate white sand for the best of sand castle building. And what could be better than a Lake Superior sandy beach to relax on after an invigorating swim.
  • Explore the Arts – Bayfield’s many art galleries and studios invite visitors to see first hand the quality work created by local painters, potters, woodworkers, weavers and metalsmiths and more. Noted as one of the best 100 artist towns in the U.S., the numerous studios and galleries have something for everyone’s taste.

Of course this is only a sampling of things you can do in Bayfield at no (or next to no) cost! One of our favorite pastimes is finding a quiet little corner somewhere – indoor or out – where one can curl up with a good book, listen to the sounds of the world around them and simply relax!

Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield Offering Fall Harvest Midweek Special

September 18th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

Bayfield and Pinehurst Inn in fall – glorious!

Enjoy this great mid-week offering along with eco-elegant lodging, variety of fall activities , discounted Enso Day Spa services and delicious full breakfast each morning.

September Offer:

Stay three nights (Sunday – Thursday only) and enjoy a 25% discount off the third night! PLUS a $25 Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau Gift Certificate to enjoy during your stay. PLUS enjoy a 20% discount on a facial or body polish at Enso Day Spa!

Ends September 29, 2011.

October Offer:

Stay two nights (Sunday – Thursday only) and enjoy a 25% discount off the second night! PLUS a $25 Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau Gift Certificate to enjoy during your stay. PLUS enjoy a 20% discount on a facial or body polish at Enso Day Spa! Ends November 3, 2011.

Gift Certificate can not be applied to lodging during stay. New reservations only. Reservations can be booked online or by phone at 877-499-7651.

Pinehurst Inn embraces Bayfield In Bloom

May 12th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

Apple Blossoms

Pinehurst Inn loves this time of year in Bayfield, a community that celebrates spring. Bayfield in Bloom is just one way we recognize the arrival of spring and pending summer.

What does Bayfield in Bloom offer for our guests?

  • Enjoy the opening of this month long promotion with live broadcast of WPR’s Larry Meiller’s “Garen Talk” show from the Bayfield Pavilion on Friday, May 13th from 11am – 12:30pm. While you’re there, enjoy the numerous vendors providing books, plants, information and education on all topics green.
  • Explore Bayfield’s best gardens at the June 4th Garden Tours. Or take your own self-guided tour.
  • Head up to Hauser’s Superior View Farm – this wonderful local farm has been growing field grown perennials for years. What a treat to head into their barn and be able to pick from freshly dug perennials. Plus there’s a amazing views!
  • Bike or drive the Bayfield orchards bursting with Apple Blossoms.

For us at Pinehurst Inn, the gardens are clearly calling us. Yes, we too have daffodils beginning to bloom – but more than that. This property has over 100 years of “growing history”. For many years in the early 1900s the fields to the south were filled with strawberries. And even then, the perennials were being grown within the stone pathed garden. During our ownership we’ve expanded those perennials and they merge with the native gardens surrounding the Garden House. And as we’ve expanded these areas, we’ve added in numerous herbs, and other edibles that enhance our breakfasts. Then of course there is Steve’s ever expanding vegetable garden.

To add to the celebration, Pinehurst Inn is pleased to offer a wonderful Bayfield in Bloom midweek discount!

Whether you have a green thumb or just enjoy the beauty, join us for Bayfield in Bloom. Here’s the bayfield-in-bloom-schedule.

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