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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.

 

Pinehurst & Living Adventure Partner for Lake Superior Kayaking

May 30th, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

Lake  Superior Kayaking among Apostle Islands

One of the most common questions we hear is “What should we try to do while we are visiting Bayfield and the Apostle Islands?” During the spring-summer-fall season, I typically will say, “Get out on the water.” Lake Superior has it’s own story. Walking the beaches, gazing out at Madeline Island or Basswood Island (the most visible from Bayfield) is wonderful. But being ON the water takes you to a new level of appreciation. So over the next few blog posts, we will explore the various ways to put yourself on the water.

We’ve already mentioned the Pinehurst Dreamcatcher Sailing Package in an earlier post. We love sailing and it can be both exhilarating and relaxing.

For the more adventurous folks out there, the Apostle Islands offers magnificent Lake Superior kayaking. Sitting in a this cozy vessel, peacefully paddling in these amazingly clear waters of Lake Superior, floating among the the wooded shorelines or water-ice-carved cave formations – all these experiences and more make this opportunity one not to be missed.

Pinehurst Inn is pleased to partner with Living Adventure, a terrific outfitter ready to create a magnificent paddling experience. LA is once again the recipient of Sea Kayaker Magazine’s prestigious Readers Choice Award for ‘Best Tour Company/Central Division’; an area that encompasses the Great Lakes and Midwest. In other words, they know what they are doing. The variety of trips offered can be enjoyed by the majority of visitors regardless of experience. The guides will provide training and expertise in a relaxed atmosphere.

Lake Superior Kayaking among Apostle IslandsThe Pinehurst Apostle Island Kayaking Package is a perfect way to start building your Bayfield adventure. Combining eco-elegant lodging with the Living Adventures Sea Caves trip has proven to be a winner with our guests. If you’re looking for a unique opportunity in a beautiful place, this is it. A great way to actively “get out on the water.”

Pinehurst Inn earns GreenLeader Platinum with Trip Advisor

April 23rd, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

Solar Panels, Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield, Wisconsin

We are so pleased to see Trip Advisor kicking off their GreenLeaders program. This program will provide travelers with a transparent system to find eco-friendly lodging properties. Over 1000 properties have been “certified” earning one of four levels of certification.

Pinehurst Inn once again stands out as a leader in sustainability and eco-friendly practices. We are very proud to have been involved during the planning phases for this program as we assisted in the development of the survey. In the end, our practices have earned us a Platinum status, the highest available.

So why is this important? We are finding that our guests and the travelers coming to Bayfield are truly interested in finding eco-conscious places to stay, to eat and the recreate. This program, and others such as Travel Green Wisconsin, provide a mechanism to find and support such businesses. We applaud Trip Advisor for recognizing this need and stepping up to create an important travel tool.

 

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!

 

Herb gardens begin as Spring blooms in Bayfield!

May 29th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

silver sage farm and flowers image Yesterday Kristen and I took a trip to Silver Sage Farm to purchase herbs for the Pinehurst Inn gardens. This beautiful farm is located in Port Wing, WI, about 30 minutes from Bayfield. While it is a bit of a trek, it is completely worth it. Owner, Mary Pearson, has her own little piece of paradise. Upon arrival the first thing we noticed was the amazing gardens right outside of Mary’s home. Wine grapes, lettuces, flowers and so much more! The bees and butterflies were very very happy.

This is one of the things about living up here that is hard to explain to those who have been acclimated to the city to the extent that they buy their herbs at the grocery store or a discount store. There is something so much fun about going to the actual farm and talking to the gardener about their plants. They really do treat them like a family. Calling plants sad because they haven’t been transplanted yet. Mary was eager to tour me through her garden to share the different varieties of herbs she has.

 

herbs from silver sage farm imageWe found a beautiful selection of rosemary, thyme, basil, parley, peppers and more. Even a few things we hadn’t heard of. Lemon Basil? Orange Thyme? Mary was a wealth of information and was able to suggest a few different varieties of peppers that will do better in our region. The smells were amazing and we simply can’t wait to get these in the ground so they can flourish and be added to you breakfast when you come to visit us.

Now we just need mother nature to cooperate a bit more and give us the time to get these beautiful plants in the ground before the next thunderstorms roll in.

 

Finally, one of our favorite parts about visiting Silver Sage Farm that we weren’t expecting were her gorgeous horses greeting us! We couldn’t help but take a few photos!

silver sage farm horse image

Golfing Season Begins at Apostle Highlands Golf Course in Bayfield

March 29th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

The early spring provides a great opportunity for golfers to get out onto their favorite courses and begin their golf season in Bayfield, Wisocnsin. Apostle Highlands Golf Course announced their season is starting on March 31st. An early start? Why not!?

Amazing views of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands provide the backdrop to this golfing experience. Many of our Pinehurst Inn guests have commented on the course, with some indicating the views often were distracting to their game! But they hung in there and came away from the 18-hole, par 72 course with a smile on their face.

Apostle Highlands is also another Travel Green Certified Bayfield business – once again, another example of area businesses recognizing how important their business practices are to the long term sustainability of the region.

The clubhouse also provides wonderful spot to relax after your outing on the course. Beautiful setting, amazing views, good people. Come and enjoy some golfing in Bayfield!

 

Pinehurst Inn Featured in Edible Madison – Celebrating Local Foods

March 23rd, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

One of the best things about running this type of business is having those little snipets of recognition through articles and mentions. This week saw the fruits of an article in Edible Madison written by Jessica Luhning. Jessica and photographer, Jim Klousia stayed here at Pinehurst Inn in Bayfield this past January. They had arranged to come with the hopes of an article that focused on our local foods philosophy along as well as that of Good Thyme Restaurant. We had a great time with these two, and are so pleased to share the resulting article, Authentic Bayfield Peninsula.

As I read this piece for the first time, I kept thinking, “Ah, she got it!” Jessica has been successful in conveying not only our philosophy, but also that of the Bayfield, Wisconsin region. We are a buy local mecca! Over the past few years, we’ve worked hard to source terrific local growers, producers, service providers and more. Whether we are talking eggs or paint, bacon or toilet paper, we consistently work to find either a local entity that produces the product or is able to source it for us. Jessica understood and honored this in the article.

Here is the exciting part of our story. What we are hearing more and more from our guests is that our local foods and purchasing efforts are really one of the features of our business they find the most appealing. So cool — we can enhance their Pinehurst Inn experience by supporting the local economy. Of course along with the good eats come the stories behind the food. The multi-generational work by the Dale family at Highland Valley Farm. The start-up goat cheese produced by a wonderful goat farmer in Cornicopia, Sassy Nanny Cheese. The weekly deliver of eggs from Angel Acres Farm when we hear the trials and tribulations of egg farming. Or Tom Galazen’s North Wind Farm that grows some of the best berries ever – Tom’s our favorite resident hippie living off the grid with an incredible knowledge of farming. This is just a tinny “taste” of our local foods community.

Of course we always invite folks to come on up to Pinehurst Inn, enjoy our breakfast offerings and connected stories, as well at all that this area has to offer. But in the meantime, check out what’s available in your own area. To get you started, check out the Local Harvest website – Farmer’s Markets and CSA’s from all over the country are simply waiting to connect.

 

Pinehurst Inn recognized in Milwaukee Journal

July 5th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

We love good press. And we love being associated with like-minded folks who are innovative. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal business writer ran a piece in Sunday Miilwaukee Journal on a new lodging being built in Delavan, WI. A good piece with exciting information.

Fritz Kreiss and his wife, Catherine McQueen, are about to begin work on building the 19-room Green Leaf Inn in rural Delavan. Their plans are exciting and we wish them well.

And in that same article, Pinehurst Inn is recognized for being a leader in the Travel Green Wisconsin program. Tom points out some of the specific steps we’ve implemented. Every step taken is important, whether offering stainless steel water bottles or using renewable energy. Yet the more important concept is the overall approach – every decision is made with a full analysis of the environmental, the social and the economic impacts. How will this decision affect our natural environment (carbon footprint), how will the decision impact our guests, our employees, our community? How will this decision impact our bottom line? It’s a thought process that becomes second nature.

We strongly encourage our friends and guests to use Travel Green Wisconsin as a resource when traveling in this fine state. Take a look at what many of our peers are doing throughout the state.

 

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.

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