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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.

 

Pinehurst Inn honors Earth Day 2013

April 22nd, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day Fouinder

U.S. Senator and Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson was a visionary and lifelong environmental activist.

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, was an amazing man. His original intent with the first Earth Day in 1970 focused on education – a “teach-in” of sorts that would provide scientific, factual information as a basis of discussion. Discussion about how our actions are impacting the earth, the animals, the air, the water – and our fellow human beings. The messages continue today. The messages also appear to be becoming more critical as we face changing climate, weather extremes and potential crisis with water and energy systems.

As we created our business at Pinehurst Inn, we realized that we had an opportunity. That opportunity was to not only find ways to save energy & water (thereby saving money!), but also to find ways that support our local economy while also enhancing the guest experience. That opportunity was also to gently let our guests know what we are doing and why. Not to convince them to come over to our way of living or thinking, but to simply plant the seed. Hopefully everyone who comes through our doors sees or reads something of interest, some action or product that they find interesting. Perhaps we are simply trying to start the discussion – our own ongoing “teach-in”.

At least, that’s our goal. Now we simply say to all our guests, friends and peers: Happy Earth Day. May every day be Earth Day as we all move forward to to take baby steps to ensure future generations will find our natural world in a state that will support and grow the global economy. And let us all say a quiet “Thank You” to Gaylord Nelson, a very wise man.

Pinehurst Inn wishes all a Happy Lake Superior Day!

July 15th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

Living on Lake Superior is an honor. This “inland sea” provides us with an amazing sense of awe. Today, Sunday, July 15th is Lake Superior Day. Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin’s environment and economy. This day of celebration is organized by the Lake Superior Binational Forum:

Clean water is a basic right and necessity for all life. If you live near Lake Superior, you are fortunate to be living near one of the world’s largest lakes. Every day, each of the 600,000 human residents of the Lake Superior basin use water from the lake for drinking, home use, industrial use, or recreation. The lake is also essential for countless fish, birds,animals, and plants.

In Bayfield we are even more cognizant of our efforts, as we are also protecting and impacting the Apostle Islands.

At Pinehurst Inn, we try very hard to recognize our good fortune every day in so many of our operational decision. Whether it is how we design and manage our gardens or our state-of-the art aerobic digester, we try to do what we can to minimize any negative impact on the water. Lots of examples can be listed. But it is just as important to spend time with our guests helping them to understand this grand lake. Certainly encouraging them to “get on the water” is part of our mantra. The other part is to be safe on the water – kayaking with our wonderful outfitters, sailing with experienced captains, and knowing our own limits.

Lake Superior Binational Forum provides wonderful information events and activities around Lake Superior Day. They also provide great information. I was particularly pleased to see this great piece on “10-Ways-to-Protect-the-Lake“. Enjoy!

 

Just Eat Organic – a Great Message from Stoneyfield Farms

March 21st, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

At Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield, we’ve been encouraging and talking organic foods for some time now – but this video says it all!

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.

Pinehurst Inn Breakfasts Using Local Foods

June 14th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

As part of the Pinehurst Inn Sustainable Operations Plan, we have made a strong commitment to creating our full breakfast with as many locally grown ingredients as possible.

Fortunately Bayfield is blessed with amazing orchards providing berries throughout the summer. Fresh organic eggs are delivered to the Pinehurst kitchen weekly from Angel Acres Farm. Big Water Coffee provides freshly roasted coffee beans on a regular basis – ah, the aroma! Sour Dough Breads used for Pinehurst French Toast recipes come from Ashland Baking Company. Dairy products come from Tetzner’s Dairy – a great multi-generation farm that allows milk, cheese and more to be purchased on the honor system (oh, and let me tell you about their ice cream!!).

Consider the Pinehurst Blueberry Oven French Toast – incorporating Bayfield blueberries, organic eggs, fresh dairy whole milk & cream cheese and locally made sour dough bread. YUM!

Why purchase local foods?

  • Health benefits – fresher means high nutritional value
  • Taste benefits – fresher mean better taste and truly ripe
  • Economic benefits – supporting local businesses just makes sense as we keep our money recycling within our own area
  • Environmental benefits – sustainable farming supports the environment by enriching the soil, protecting air and water quality, and minimizing energy consumption.

Perhaps just as important are the great farmers and producers that we’ve gotten to know – all characters in their own right – who share not only their products and produce, but their love of the area and the knowledge that we are creating something yummy for our guests using their ingredients.

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