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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

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.

Have you ever tried a Bayfield apple?

August 24th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

While it is still August, and there are still temps in the 80′s, the time has come to start preparing for Bayfield’s Fall harvest. Several of our neighboring orchards have reported that their early apple varieties are ready for the picking. There are reports of outstanding crops this year. We are all so very fortunate to have such an abundance of local foods in our area, and we are excited to share many of these flavors with our guests.

One of our more popular fall dishes is our Apple Cheddar Muffins, and of course we use apples from one of Bayfield’s many orchards. These muffins go very well both with an omelet at breakfast or with chicken or pork as a side dish.

We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful time of year in Bayfield by taking advantage of the different fall promotions happening both at Pinehurst Inn, but throughout Bayfield. We are happy to be participating in the Bayfield Fall Harvest Lodging package. If you book 3 nights (Sun.-Thursday), you will receive 25% off of your third night AND a $25 Bayfield Gift Certificate good at any Bayfield Chamber member business.

So, while you enjoy your Labor Day holiday this weekend, don’t forget to make your fall plans and be sure to include Bayfield and the Pinehurst Inn.

15th Annual Apostle Island Lighthouse Celebration

August 15th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

“Within the boundaries of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is the largest and finest single collection of lighthouses in the country.”

- F. Ross Holland, Jr., Great American Lighthouses, 1994

Raspberry Island Lighthouse, Apostle Island National Lakeshore

If you enjoy lighthouses, Bayfield is the place to be from August 25th – September 11th. The 15th Annual Apostle Island Lighthouse Celebration offers the opportunity to explore the 9 wonderful lighthouses still on the various Apostle Islands.

During this time, there are a variety of lighthouse tours offered, the Keeper’s Reunion Day and Keeper’s Dinner (September 10th), a variety of presentations by Apostle Island National Lakeshore staff, and presentations and signings from a variety of lighthouse artists and authors.

Here’s the message – if you are into lighthouses, make the time to visit. These are beautiful structures that are being perserved for all to enjoy – a very important part of Bayfield and Lake Superior history.

If interested in more information call 1/800/779/4487 or visit the Apostle Island Lighthouse Celebration website.

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 committed to Organic and Local Food

July 14th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

As part of the Pinehurst Sustainable Operations Plan at Pinehurst Inn, we place a high emphasis on how we select and purchase our food for guest breakfasts. Our goal is that at least 75 % of the food purchased is either organic or regionally grown or produced. Sometimes of year this can truly be a challenge.

But then comes summer! The Bayfield Orchards provide a wonderful variety of fruits and berries. Local growers and smaller farms are great sources of vegetables, dairy and cheeses. When unable to source items locally, we work to identify food purveyors that provide organic and/or Midwest grown options.

Today we received a wonderful order of organic vegetables. The quantities are large enough to both use now and cut and freeze for those cooler months. The smells, the colors, the fresh taste – a little bit of heaven. These are the ingredients that come together to provide a delicious breakfast to start the day for our guests.

Life is good.

The Magic of the Madeline Island Ferry

July 8th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Located at the gateway to the Apostle Islands on the south shore of Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin, Madeline Island Ferry Line provides passenger, bicycle and car transportation between the picturesque towns of LaPointe and Bayfield. The 25-minute trip provides spectacular views of the Lake itself and several of the 22 Apostle Islands.

As a child, my family spent part of every summer on Madeline Island. And as our girls grew up, they too experienced this magical time each summer. One of the most exciting parts of our trips was the increased anticipation as we drove onto the Madeline Island Ferry to make our voyage across the bay to Madeline Island.

Now we watch our guests come and go, most making a decision to take this same journey over to Madeline Island. And many come back expressing the same joy at this unique form of transportation. It seems that the ferry ride is the transport to a bit of another world.

  • From the ferry, you are able to get a completely different view of Bayfield and the hills surrounding this small city – amazing in the fall!
  • Taking the ferry in the evening for a quick dinner at Lotta’s Lakeside Cafe can be amazing with the sunset over the mainland as you return to Bayfield.
  • Rough water? No fear – the captains maneuver these “boats” with amazing skill.

Madeline Island Ferry Line is also Travel Green Wisconsin certified – working on incorporating sustainable business practices that improve their bottom line. Examples include solar panels on the Ferry Terminal, use of biodegradable, vegetable based hydraulic fluids in engines and more.

Yup, taking the Madeline Island Ferry never ceases to give me joy. But then we get to Madeline Island itself….ah, there’s more to the story.

Big Top Chautauqua Season Starts June 18th

June 17th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

The 2010 season for Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua starts on Friday, June 18th the New First Night. The venue is located just up Ski Hill Rd, just 2 miles from Pinehurst Inn, at the base of Mt. Ashwabay Ski Hill. The 900 seat tent is the setting, with a variety of show going throughout the summer. This is evening entertainment at it’s best.

Enjoy history? Check out the house shows. Riding the Wind, the most familiar house show, is a beautiful historical musical perspective of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands, all to the backdrop of historic, beautiful photos. The music is performed by Blue Canvas Orchestra, a group of some of the most talented musicians we’ve heard.

The schedule for the summer also includes visiting performers such as Bela Fleck, Joan Baez, Brandi Carlile, Gaelic Storm and more. Check out the season schedule.

Big Top Chautauqua – a real taste of Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Pinehurst Inn celebrates Responsible Tourism Week

May 20th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

It’s likely that you aren’t aware! This week is Responsible Tourism Week, organized by planeta.com. The week provides a unique online demonstration documenting the challenges and successes of developing responsible tourism. It is an interesting approach with incredible cross referencing of information around the world.

So what is Responsible Tourism? This from planeta.com provides a wonderful explanation:

Responsible tourism has many names including turismo responsable, verantwortlichen Tourismus.

Here’s our thought: responsible tourism is treating others the way they wish to be treated and receiving the same in return. It’s a variation on the Platinum Rule … it’s also common sense, good manners and commits both hosts and visitors to a certain code of conduct.

A growing number of travelers want their journeys to be less invasive and more beneficial to the local community. They want to better understand the culture of the people they meet in the places they visit. Travelers should be mindful that we are entering a place that is someone else’s [or some creature's] home. Interpretation begins long before the trip and ends long afterward. Those who enjoy a trip will look back fondly for the rest of their lives.

We ask a lot of tourism these days … that it be eco, that it be sustainable and that it be responsible. These signs are encouraging. Global tourism is experiencing a massive transformation in ’00s.

Tread lightly when we travel, folks. Those places we know and love can clearly be impacted by our unintentional abuse.

photo credit: Genevieve Russell, Story Portrait Media

Pinehurst Inn Blog – Opportunity to share

May 8th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

We are very excited to have our new Pinehurst Inn website up and running – and to have this blog a part of our ongoing effort to communicate with our guests and visitors.

So let us share the top 5 reasons to check into the Pinehurst Inn Blog regularly:

1. Stay currents on Pinehurst Inn specials, discounts and add-ons – all designed to enhance your Pinehurst experience at great value.
2. Enjoy up-to-date information on events in Bayfield, allowing you to plan your visit.
3. Are you a foodie? We’ll provide orchard updates and restaurant reviews, specials menus items and more.
4. Ah, the Apostle Islands. Period posts providing information on how to best enjoy this archipelago known as the Apostle Islands.
5. Enjoy periodic bits of information on our environmental efforts, sustainable tourism and our green philosophy.

And while you’re at it, let us know your thoughts – we love to hear from you!

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