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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

Bayfield Winter Events for Adventurous Souls

January 16th, 2014 by Nancy Sandstrom

Bayfield Wisconsin is known for the Apostle Islands, an amazing destination in the warmer times of year. But winter has settled in as the near shore of Lake Superior freezes over, snow falls regularly with great lake effect snow. The good news is that we have some great winter events coming up that provide great opportunity for the more adventurous souls out there.

Apostle Island Sled Dog Race, Bayfield, Wisconsin

The Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race (Jan 31 & Feb 1) brings in over 75 teams to participate in the two days of races. This event provides opportunities. Attend as a spectator. You are provided maps of a number of points on the race courses where you will have great views of teams at the start or on the course racing (along with bonfires and hot food!). Or get more involved as a vounteer! Check out the Voluntourism opportunity where there are a number  of areas you can be directly involved.

The weekend of February 14 & 15 offers a magnificent XC ski event, Book Across the Bay. This event brings in over 3300 XC skiers (and snowshoers, walkers and more) to trek across the frozen Chequamegon Bay from Ashland to Wasbhurn at night with the trails lit by hundreds of ice luminaries. It’s not only great fun, but also gloriously beautiful. The race is Saturday evening with a great celebratory tent set up in Washburn following the race.

And finally the weekend of February 28, March 1 & 2, the Bayfield Recreation Center offers the Bayfield Winter Festival. This weekend includes a wide range of events: Ice Golf, WinterDash at Mt. Ashwabay (5K run and obstacle course), Polar Beat Plunge, and the Run on Water (fun run from Bayfield to Madeline Island).

We don’t really experience Cabin Fever up here. We find ways to celebrate our winter, giggle a bit, and enjoy the glorious winter beauty. Pinehurst Innkeepers are very happy provide more information for our guests on any of these events as well as other Bayfield activities (skiing, dog sledding snow shoeing). Whatever your choice, know that you will still experience the wonderful Bayfield welcome.

In Bayfield we have the best air conditioning

July 20th, 2011 by kristensandstrom

Sunset on Lake SuperiorIt’s no secret; it has been a very warm and muggy few days. I have been watching the weather and feel so badly for my friends and family who live in the Twin Cities or southern Wisconsin. Heat indexes well over 100 seems just plain wrong! In Bayfield few of us actually have air conditioning in our homes, so on those few very hot days of summer, we are always looking for ways to cool off naturally. Luckily for us, we have the world’s best form of A/C – Lake Superior.

Most days, if there is any sort of wind, we are cooler than the rest of the region. But, on those days where it seems miserably muggy, there is still a solution – go swimming! There is nothing quite as refreshing as taking a dip in this beautiful lake to cool off. So, while it maybe miserably muggy everywhere else around us, we don’t mind! We’ve got this wonderful lake keeping us cool and comfortable.

Bayfield and Pinehurst celebrate the blessing of the fleet

June 8th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

blessing of the fleet imageAs spring is coming to an end and summer is rapidly approaching so comes the boating season upon Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Every year the Bayfield community offers a blessing to all of the boaters for a safe and plentiful season – this is called the Blessing of the Fleet.

History comes to life with the traditional Blessing Ceremony this Sunday, June 12th at 1:00pm: commercial fishing boats, tugs, powerboats, sailboats, excursion and transportation craft, and rowboats parade through Bayfield’s City Harbor. As they pass by the tip of the pier, clergy from the Apostle Islands community grant each vessel a blessing for safe passage and a prosperous season on Lake Superior. Lake Superior is Bayfield’s lifeblood. The Lake has drawn countless people to this area, from the Ojibwe, to the fur traders and missionaries, to commercial fishermen, and finally to tourists and pleasure boaters. In the late 1950′s Bayfield inaugurated the Blessing of the Fleet to honor its fishing families who formed the backbone of the area’s economy.

This event is open to all boaters, from kayaks and rowboats to fishing and sailboats. The Ferry Line has even been known to bring a few of their boats through for the annual blessing. Come to Memorial Park for a brief ecumenical service before the ceremony and then enjoy seeing the variety of boats get their blessing for a happy, safe and bountiful boating season.

If you are interested in participating in the Blessing, feel free to contact the Bayfield Chamber with any questions at 715-779-3335 or email Erin at erin@bayfield.org.

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 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.

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