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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

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 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.

Pinehurst Inn Guests Enjoy Spring Blossoms

June 2nd, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Spring in Bayfield and the Apostle Islands is normally a beautiful time of year, but this year is even better! The early, warmer Spring has brought blossoms out about three weeks early and Pinehurst Inn guests have been out and about enjoying the beautiful blossoms.

The lilacs are in full bloom at Pinehurst Inn- ah, the smell of lilacs is incredible. We are just starting to see the iris and oriental poppies – flowering plants that have been in Pinehurst gardens for over 50 years. The lupines are just beginning their blooms, something to behold as you drive along Highway 13 adorned with the purples, lavenders, and other shades of beautiful spiked flowers. Then there are the apple blossoms, the wonderful reminders of all the fruit to be enjoyed during this summer and fall harvest season.

Our guests have been enjoying these spring blossoms and more. Whether wandering our gardens, laying in the hammock simply relaxing or biking the Bayfield Orchards, the setting brings a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.

If you have a green thumb (or even if you don’t!) remember that the Bayfield in Bloom Garden Tours are this Saturday, June 5th from 10am – 3pm. This self guided Garden Tour takes you to some of the most beautiful gardens in Bayfield.

We always think of this incredible garden mecca as the icing on the cake to Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands, and the quaint community of Bayfield. Enjoy!

Pinehurst Inn loves Living Adventures – Apostle Island Kayaking Up and Running

May 25th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn guests have discovered that kayaking on Lake Superior among the Apostle Islands is something of a dream. And who better to work with than Living Adventures, a Bayfield based kayak outfitter.

Living Adventures offers a variety of kayaking trips, each with experienced guides who know and understand kayaking, Lake Superior. The trips are open to both beginner and experienced paddlers, providing great instruction and a strong emphasis on safety on the water.

Their philosophy rounds out their trips:

A “Living Adventure” trip can be the thrill of an outdoor experience, the satisfaction of art expression, or the quiet knowing gleaned from an insightful conversation; experiences that create new perspectives on ourselves and the world we live in.

Living Adventures day trips include:

  • Sea Caves Full Day Trip (includes fantastic lunch!)
  • Red Cliff Point Day Tour (includes fantastic lunch!)
  • Ship Wreck Half Day Trip

Overnight Trips are available as well.

Pinehurst Inn Innkeepers are happy to work with our guests to set up a Living Adventures “adventure” – consider combining this with some Enso Day Spa services and you’ll have it made!

Have you paddled among the Apostle Islands? Share your story!

Signs of Spring at Pinehurst Inn

May 13th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

We know that spring has truly arrived in Bayfield simply by our wildlife viewing. As we worked in the Pinehurst Inn kitchen a few days ago, a familiar red fox was sitting on the driveway enjoying the sunshine. We’ve noticed this fox roaming the property regularly keeping the mouse population down! As we hiked the trail behind the Bayfield Fish Hatchery earlier this week, the “drumming” of the ruffed grouse resonated through the forest – this thumping is their mating call. Black bear wander these same trails as evidenced by the significant tracks in the muddy by Pikes Creek shoreline.

But more than anything, we are aware of the migrating birds. For the birders A view through the thicketout there, we are clearly in the midst of prime birding season with the Apostle Islands providing an ideal migratory route. The Warblers are evident – seemingly at their normal time in spite of the early spring we’ve had. Also seen and heard: hermit thrush, woodpeckers hammering out their mating calls, broad wing hawks and turkey vultures.

The wildlife viewing in the area can be amazing. But it does help to have someone like Steve to help you understand what we’re seeing and hearing!

Pinehurst Innkeepers are pleased to provide any of our guests with birding and hiking suggestions – a great way to enjoy the Bayfield peninsula. This is nature tourism at its best.

If you are a birder, what are some of your favorite birding spots? Please share!

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