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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

 

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.

 

Winter Rejuvenation at Pinehurst Inn

November 25th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

Looking for some new energy, time away from the daily stresses? Bayfield’s Pinehurst Inn offers a wonderful setting as we partner with Enso Day Spa & Wellness Center to create popular lodging / spa packages. These are our most popular packages, offered all year, with pricing varying by the season.

Pinehurst Pampering Package is the most popular – a variety of Enso Spa services combined with lodging and some complimentary goodies

Pinehurst Girls Getaway is the opporutnity for sisters, mother-daughers, friends and family to come as a group to enjoy the Garden House lodging along with a range of Enso Spa services.

For more information or to book these and other packages, simply email or call 877-499-7651.

Pinehurst Ultimate Pampering Package

April 27th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

Enso Day Spa, Bayfield, Wisconsin

A lodging – spa package designed with total rejuvenation in mind. This includes:

  • two (2) nights lodging in any available Pinehurst eco-elegant room (additional nights can be added)
  • two heart-and-soul warming breakfasts
  • two (2) 60-minute Enso Spa services (select from massage, facials, body wraps, plus more! – one service for each person)
  • sand and sea foot treatment for each person
  • complimentary Enso gift bag
  • complimentary wine or champagne
  • complimentary sweets (think dark chocolate!)
  • use of Pinehurst sauna + all other Pinehurst amenities

Rates range from $423 – $543 depending on room booked. Does not include room & sales tax. Must be booked prior to arrival. Rates provided valid through May 25, 2012.

Please call 877-499-7651 for package rates after May 25th.

If seeking Couples Massage with this package, add $15 to package pricing.

Book online or call 877-499-7651 to reserve this package.

Pinehurst Inn pleased to be part of new green guide for travlers

April 22nd, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

A huge congratualtions to Mary Bergin, author of the just released “Sidetracked in the Midwest: A Green Guide for Travelers” (Itchy Cat Press – www.itchycatpress.com).

Pinehurst Inn is so pleased to be one of many wonderful examples of green tourism opportunities. We particularly appreciate this most recent post to her blog, Roads Traveled, which provides a quick peek at a few green efforts and philosophy of our business.

Bergin’s book examines four categories of ecotourism: food and drink, lodging and retreats, nature and wildlife, and the old and the new, including festivals, parks, lodges, tours, farms, museums, nature centers, factories, wilderness areas, and retreats and more. A great must have for those seeking eco-friendly travel opportunities.

Thank you, Mary. And thank you to all the businesses, organizations and individuals who work to make these eco-friendly options available.

Pinehurst Inn Celebrates Earth Hour 2011 – Lights Out and Ponder…

March 26th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

From 350.org.: So will you be turning off your lights?

Tonight, all around the world, people will be shutting off their lights at 8:30pm as a part of this year’s Earth Hour celebration (http://earthhour.org/). It’s a great moment to pause and remember that in addition to the community and political organizing we do, committing to real change in our personal lives is important too.

We can start with turning off our lights, and use that moment to think deeply about how we can go “beyond the hour” (this year’s Earth Hour theme) and commit to making other changes in our personal lives – getting out of your car and onto your bike or feet, hanging up your clothes instead of popping them in the dryer, eating food that is locally grown. We know these changes alone won’t get us to 350ppm, but they’re a part of the work we’ll need to do, and as organizers, it’s up to us to set the example of how we can all live happy, healthy, low carbon lives.

Watch the Earth Hour Video: http://youtu.be/RiBJC9x_ChQ

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!

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.

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!

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.

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