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Holiday Spirit Gallery Tour in Bayfield

November 29th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

This Saturday, December 1st we all have the opportunity to enjoy the Holiday Spirit Gallery Tour in Bayfield. The participating galleries will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm offering all their unique promotions, refreshments, demonstrations and great holiday gift ideas. You’ll be sure to find something right here in Bayfield for everyone on your gift list! Holiday Spirit Gallery Tour map (pdf).

Participating galleries: Washburn Cultural Center, Eckels Pottery & Fine Craft Gallery, Orchard’s Edge Quilt Shop, Bates Art Bar, Bayfield Artists Guild, Water Music Jewelry & Art, Stone’s Throw and Oulu Glass Studio.

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 Top 5 Local Retailers Trump Black Friday in Bayfield

November 25th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

Stone's Throw, another great gallery in Bayfield!

Today, the day following Thanksgiving, is being trumpeted by the media (quite loudly) as Black Friday. But here in Bayfield, we are sounding off and actively promoting that locals and visitors support our area small businesses. Yes, this is happening all around the world, but when one lives in a small town, these types of efforts are palpable.

So here are the Pinehurst Inn top 5 hot spots for holiday purchases:

  1. Big Water Cafe & Coffee Roasters – not only the place to go to pick up a great coffee drink or scone, but great assortment of coffee and tea goodies.
  2. Apostle Island Booksellers – locally-owned, independent bookstore located in Bayfield. Their collection of books emphasizes the history, cultures, nature, lifestyle, cuisine and activities of our locale – the Apostle Islands, the Chequamegon region, Lake Superior, the Great Lakes, Ojibwe Country and the Northwoods.
  3. Bayfield Wine & Spirits – Offering 60 – 70 different, individually selected wines from the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and elsewhere – they have a great assortment of wonderful little wine/drink related items as well. And watch for periodic availability of Sassy Nanny Goat Cheese. Yum!
  4. Wolfsong Wear – Yup, these are the same folks who run the great dog sledding adventures in the area. They produce some of the best outerwear for adventure sports. They are all locally handmade with the highest quality materials: Woolrich Wool on the outside and soft comfortable Malden Mills 300 weight polar on the inside. AND they are running an incredible sale through the end of November – buy 1 coat, 2nd coat is half-price!
  5. Eckels Pottery – located just South of Bayfield, Eckels Pottery has been in business since 1960. They offer beautiful, hand crafted ceramics along with a wide variety of other items large and small. We are pleased that most of our dishes used for breakfast service are from Eckels.

We could easily turn this list into a top 10 or top 15…….there are many more wonderful options. But we’ll stop here. If you are an area resident, know that the choices for your holiday shopping are many. If you are a periodic visitor, come back and make us your “one-stop” shopping location.

Either way, we do encourage everyone to shop locally. Supporting the small business people in every community direct and indirect economic impacts.

 

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 Congratulates Bayfield's Eckels Pottery

July 20th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Deanna Eckels & Peter Skoro, Eckels Pottery & Fine Craft Gallery, Bayfield WI

The Bayfield, Wisconsin area is well known for the local artisans – this has become a great destination for creative souls seeking a place that fosters creativity. Potters, painters, writers, weavers and more live and work throughout this area.

This past week marked a very special anniversary for a long standing pottery studio in Bayfield: Eckels Pottery and Fine Craft Gallery, located just south of Bayfield, celebrated their 50th year in business. This studio is marked by the large, ceramic pot standing in the yard of the gallery.

The studio and gallery were started by Bob Eckels, a trained painter and sculptor who dedicated himself to ceramics. Bob was hired in the 1950′s as an art professor at Northland College in Ashland, to start the art department that continues today.

Today Eckels continues to offer magnificent pottery along with a wide variety work from local and national artists. Deanna Eckels, a re-nouned potter in her own right, operates the studio today with her husband, Peter Skoro. This landmark studio is one that frequent visitors to Bayfield are sure to visit.

Eckels is just one of many great studios in Bayfield. Just one more reason Bayfield is such a great destination.

Pinehurst Inn Congratulates Apostle Island Booksellers

May 27th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Pinehurst Inn is thrilled to congratulate Apostle Island Booksellers on their opening in downtown Bayfield, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for 5pm today, May 27th.

While we tend to talk a lot about the more active recreational activities we offer our visitors, the retail options are simply wonderful. Apostle Island Booksellers is a great example of the unique character of Bayfield businesses. The beautifully renovated building honors the history while still providing a comfortable, welcoming space. Pay attention to the beautiful mural in the children’s section, painted by “Painter Bob” – yes, another example of Bayfield flavor. And be sure to check out the great “book” in the upper corner of the back of the main space.

The book selection is broad and interesting – great reads with much of what we’d all expect (broad non-fiction and gripping fiction) along with more that speaks to the culture, history and character of the Chequamegon Bay and Apostle Islands area.

The thing about Bayfield is that it attracts really interesting people. And those people are opening businesses such as Apostle Island Booksellers that reflect and share those interests & values. So, enjoy the books, the coffee (Big Water), the chocolate (Sweet Sailing), the pottery (Eckels & Stone’s Throw), the jewelry (Watermusic & Donalee Designs)….oh, the list does go on…

These are the people and their products that add such richness to the Bayfield experience.

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