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Top 5 Personal Rejuvenation Tips at Pinehurst Inn

January 16th, 2014 by Nancy Sandstrom

Bottle of red wine, 2 partially filled wine glasses and strawberries on tableWe love our tagline: “Connecting Adventure, Environment and Personal Rejuvenation“. We know how interconnected these are. Many of our offers and packages are built around those seeking outdoor activity and adventure. Truthfully this is because it is what our typical guests coming to Bayfield and Pinehurst are seeking.

But we also know that there are some out there who prefer a more relaxing experience, often booking our Pinehurst Pampering Package. But are you seeking more simplicity? Let’s talk!

Here are some Pinehurst Inn Top 5 Personal Rejuventaion Tips for those seeking more of an indoor personal and quiet time…..

  1. Simply sit.  Reserving one of the Garden House Rooms or Catherine Rittenhouse Suite provides ample space to spread out and relax – read your favorite magazine or book by the fireplace – along with some tea or a glass of wine.
  2. Enso Spa awaits. Yes, personal spa services are the best. Let the folks at Enso Spa work to create services customized to your needs.
  3. Can you say downward dog? How about some personal yoga instruction? Enso Spa Owner, Darcy, offers hourly personal yoga instruction, again customized to your needs.
  4. It’s a puzzle. Odd tip, but actually we’ve seen couples come and complete one of our puzzles in a weekend. They sit together, talk, laugh, snack and build a puzzle. Time together.
  5. It’s movie night. Select your favorite movies from our DVD collection or select your own. All Garden House Rooms and Catherine Rittenhouse Suite will soon offer flat screen TVs with streaming capability. Also available in both Main House and Garden House Common Rooms.

What is common with all these ideas? Our guests are finding time to disconnect from everyday life, take their minds and hearts to a more relaxing place. Result? Rejuvenation. Our job? Set the stage.

 

Pinehurst Inn Top 5 Winter Adventures In and Around Bayfield

March 5th, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

The Winter Season in the Bayfield, WI area can be magical. It also can be long. We will typically have in excess of 150 inches of snow in the higher elevations – often around 120 inches here at Pinehurst Inn. The active snow season at our Bayfield B&B can start in December and go through the end of March. Survival of this fairly long season is so much easier if we embrace the outdoor opportunities!

Here are the Pinehurst Inn Top 5 Winter Outdoor Activities:

1. Simply snowshoe the trails behind Pinehurst Inn. Trails can take you up and around numerous ravines and valleys created eons ago. Pikes Creek meanders and weaves it’s way through this rugged landscape. A number of sitting spots are great for simple contemplation or rest.

Photo credit: Hired Lens Photography

Photo credit: Hired Lens Photography

2. XC Ski the groomed trails at Mt. Ashwabay Recreation and Ski Area – just a few miles up the hill from Bayfield’s Pinehurst Inn. There are over 40 KM of trails, some groomed for classis and some groomed for skate. This is incredibly beautiful terrain, somewhat challenging on some trails, but worth every minute.

3. Hike or Snowshoe the trail above the Mainland Sea Caves. In the winter the caves have periodically been accessible by ice. This is often NOT safe, so be prepared to take the trail on the land adjacent to the shoreline – you will be trekking some rugged terrain for approximately 2 miles out to get just above the most well know cave structures. Incredible sounds of ice shifting or water swirling within the cave areas can be eerie. We always recommend caution in this trek – be sure to read the information contained in the above link. This is part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

4. For a bit more relaxed time, hike or snowshoe the Brownstone Trail. This goes along the old railroad grade coming south out of Bayfield for a few miles. This out and back is a relatively simple trek, also good for a quick run. This trail is managed by the Bayfield Regional Conservancy. Please be respectful of the adjacent property owners by staying on the trail.

5. Snowshoe or XC ski at Big Bay State Park. One of our favorite outings, this trek requires the right conditions: a safe ice road. If the ice becomes safe between Bayfield and Madeline Island, an ice road is plowed that we are able to drive on. Here’s the opportunity to drive on Lake Superior to Madeline Island. Head out to Big Bay State Park – the trails await you! Always check on the conditions of ice road!

For any of these outings, we recommend checking on accessibility, conditions and appropriate preparations.

Let’s make winter a great adventure! Enjoy a pdf version of this Pinehurst Inn’s Top 5 Winter Outdoor Activities.

Enjoy Pinehurst Inn and Bayfield in Winter – Part II

December 6th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

Enjoy Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield Wi sauna

In Part II of our Top Ten Ways to Experience Pinehurst Inn and Bayfield in the Winter, the theme of rejuvenation and adventure continues. The earlier post provided our first 5 suggestions. Here we offer 5 more.

6. Ah, the Pinehurst Inn sauna. It is truly wonderful after a ski or snowshoe or dogsledding to come back to Pinehurst and relax in the sauna. Scoop that bucket of clean snow and dump on the stove for hot steam.

7. The Mainland Sea Caves are nothing short of amazing in the winter. This popular put in spot for kayaking in the summer months transforms into an icey wonderland. Always check with us or the Apostle Island National Lakeshore office to determine safety status.

8. Remember the rejuvenation part of our story? How about Enso Wellness Center and Day Spa. Enjoy a massage or facial right here on Pinehurst Inn property. Amazing services and truly relaxing.

9. How about Madeline Island? Traveling to the island can be the adventure in itself – ferry, “windsled” or drive the “ice road” – all depends on the weather. The town of LaPointe is pretty quiet (yup, the Beach Club is open!) – but head out to Big Bay State Park for more snow adventure. It’s beautiful!

10. Walk a beach! The shores of Lake Superior in the winter can be dramatic and magical. Bundle and take a stroll on one of the numerous public beaches in the area.

Have you visited during the winter? We’d love to hear your winter tales and adventures.

Pinehurst Inn Guests Make New Adventures with Dreamcatcher Sailing

May 31st, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn guest reservations for the summer are coming in strong with numerous Pinehurst Dreamcatcher Sailing Packages included. Bayfield and the Apostle Islands offer numerous opportunities for on-the-water adventure and the ability to create packages just enhances the whole experience.

If you’ve never experienced sailing, this is an ideal place to give it a try. Dreamcatcher Sailing offers a simply entry into sailing with their Afternoon Sail, a 2 – 1/4 hour excursion leaving at 2:30 in the afternoon. Looking for something more? Try their Island Landing Excursion is a 4 1/2 hour sail providing more time to get out and explore the Islands. Their Sea Caves by Sail trip departs from Cornucopia and is a wonderful way to explore the spectacular mainland caves. So many choices.

No matter what trip you select, we are confident that this mode of water “travel” will take you into a state of euphoria. Sailing is an art. It is done in relative silence, with some water sounds in the background. Captains willing to teach you what you want to learn, taking you into some of the most breathtaking scenes you can imagine.

Can you picture it? Let us help with this Life to the Max video.

It’s a safe bet that you will end this experience with a smile on your face.

 

Catered Dinner at Pinehurst Inn – just one ingredient in the Bayfield & Pinehurst mix

February 1st, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

This past weekend we had a wonderful group of guests traveling together. Long time friends, making the opportunity to come to Bayfield and Pinehurst Inn, enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting. This group was such fun and are a great example of maximizing the Pinehurst Inn and Bayfield experience.

Their activities were right in line with how to do Bayfield in the winter. Arrival at Pinehurst to order a pizza from Maggies and sit in the parlor by the fire talk, laughing and just kicking back. Saturday morning shopping. finding great opportunities to get to know Bayfield through the eyes of a couple of fun business owners. A Wolfsong Dog Sledding adventure that they will remember for a lifetime. And a catered dinner served by Molly Lewis Siegler where great food provided more opportunity to celebrate.

It isn’t about programming every minute. It’s about truly experiencing the place for what it has to offer. This group will remember the weekend for years to come. And they truly made connecting adventure, environment and personal rejuvenation their goal. All to the backdrop of Pinehurst Inn and this small community of Bayfield, Wisconsin. And as innkeepers, we watch this and it really makes our day. Thank you!

It maybe a quieter season, but there’s still plenty to do!

January 31st, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

It’s funny that many people assume that Bayfield closes its doors over the winter months. Even those of us who live here look forward to the quieter months. Yet, once those months arrive, our schedules stay full and there’s always something going on up here. Ironically, the little things that drive people nuts during the summer months are the ones that don’t exist during the winter. You rarely need to search for a parking space. Almost never will you have to wait for a dinner at our local restaurants. It’s simply a quieter place.

That said, what is there to do? There are many different winter events worth checking out in Bayfield – such as the Blue Moon Ball, Apostle Islands Sled Dog Races, Bayfield Winter Festival and more! Beyond that though, check out our local shops. There are quite a few open year round and you’ll have the time and opportunity to chat with the owners. Better yet, if you’re staying at Pinehurst Inn, let us set up a catered meal for you or enjoy a wine tasting from Bayfield Wine & Spirits. Oh, yes – and there’s Enso Wellness Center and Day Spa ready to schedule your massage or facial. Ahhhhh.

I guess one of the harder things about the busier season here is that we don’t have the time that we would like to contribute to each and every visitor. We’d love to see you up here over the next couple of months.

Here’s to a happy and prosperous new year to you all!

There's something to say for tradtition

December 5th, 2011 by kristensandstrom

pinehurst carolers image Every year for as long as I can remember our family has made a tradition of decorating our home for the holidays together. As life goes on and schedules get busier that has become more and more challenging. We did find time last week to enjoy dinner together and decorate our “big” tree. The music was playing on Pandora (once upon a time it would have been John Denver & the Muppets on vinyl), and my almost 4 year old nephew assigned himself the job of delivering ornaments from the box to the adults for hanging on the tree. While the tree looked beautiful when we were complete, we still weren’t done. I had placed our Santa collection on the fireplace mantel, but there was still much work to be done. We still had the smaller tree to put up – we call that the Music Tree. And, our caroler collection was still packed in a crate. Yet, it was late and we were tired.

Yesterday, I noticed my mother had posted on Facebook that she was going to start decorating the Music Tree and get out the carolers. Alone. The pangs of guilt certainly hit me. I was tired and had been fighting off a nasty head cold for almost a week, but I didn’t like the idea of her doing things like that alone. These were a part of our family tradition. Okay, so I must confess that I didn’t run over to Pinehurst right away, but I did go. As I walked in the door, she said to me, “The carolers are ready to go out if you want to help.” I didn’t jump up and down or get as excited as I might have 20 years ago, but without question, I went to the landing and starting arranging. The music was once again playing (I think I may have even heard a muppet or two!). Placing each of these carolers in their appropriate space and laughing with my mom about their silly faces was a perfect moment. It was tradition.

While this is certainly a quieter season here at Pinehurst, we do love having guests at this time of year. There is something so warm and welcoming about this big old house when there is snow on the ground and a fire in the fireplace. If you haven’t been here at this time of year you are most certainly missing out. We really do love sharing our traditions with our guests and hearing about theirs.

We want to wish a very happy holiday season to you all, and hope that you enjoy sharing your family’s traditions as much as we do.

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 Girls Getaway

April 25th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

Take some time with your friends, sisters, mothers or other special female friends in your world. This wonderful package offers superb lodging, great breakfasts, along with wonderful Enso Wellness Center and Day Spa Services. This package is designed to provide the real escape for anywhere from 2 – 6 people.Enso Day Spa, Bayfield, Wisconsin

Includes:

  • 2 nights lodging in Pinehurst Garden HouseFull breakfast each morning
  • Enso Gift Bag for each person
  • $10 Bayfield Gift Voucher for each person
  • Enjoyment of all Pinehurst Inn amenities
  • Enso Day Spa Rejuvenation Packagefor each person
    • 60 minute customized massage
    • Foot treatment
    • Choice of facial or body treatment

Rates according to number of people:

  • 2 people (1 room, double occupancy): Full package is $717 ($358.50 per person)
  • 4 people (2 rooms, double occupancy): Full package is $1402 ($350.55 per person)
  • 6 people (3 rooms, double occupancy): Full package is $2055.60 ($342.60 per person)

Please call 877-499-7651 to book this package. This package cannot be booked online. Rates valid through May 25, 2012.

 

A truly beautiful day!

April 25th, 2011 by kristensandstrom

sugar bush trail imageWe would like to wish a Happy Easter to all of our guests. We can only hope that your day was as absolutely perfect as ours. Yesterday was the first truly warm and beautiful day of spring in Bayfield. The Sandstrom family spent the whole day essentially enjoying each other and this beautiful place we live in. Our day began with a scrumptious french toast breakfast and then a long hike in the Sugar Bush (these trails are just two miles from Pinehurst!). It is always amazing to me how much fun it can be to go hiking with a 3-year old. The things that they notice are truly amazing and remind us to really appreciate this place.While the ground cover and trees are still fairly brown up here, Aidyn was eager to point out many little green spots along the trails, animal tracks and more. The moss on the rocks, the small saplings breaking through the leaves on the ground, and even a croxus here and there peaking up at us. Things are really coming back to life around here! The higher we got on this trail the more we could see. Off in the distance we could see the sparkling waters of Lake Superior.

Of course as our day continued, we dyed eggs and had a brief Easter Egg hunt. The day ended with a perfect meal including chickens from our local farmers, asparagus and carrot cake cupcakes! What more could we ask for?

With the warmer temps here we are so excited to get into our gardens, paint a few more walls and simply make Pinehurst look as good as possible for all of our spring and summer visitors. We look forward to sharing our amazing home with you all very soon!

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