Spring Equinox at Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield Wisconsin

Snow Squalls over Lake Superior, Madeline Island Bayfield Wisconsin

From all of us at Pinehurst Inn we wish you a Happy Spring Equinox! I’m not sure what the weather is like elsewhere, but here, we are having a tough time believing it is spring! Two days of snow along with 30-40 MPH winds out of the NW….cold and lots of snow removal going on! The photo to the right was taken yesterday looking over to Madeline Island – notice the swirling snow squalls!

But we know this will change, allowing snows to melt and the signs of spring continuing to show themselves here in Bayfield, WI.

So I thought I share a bit about the Spring Equinox. Also known as the “Vernal Equinox”, the word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west. The diagram below provides a visual.

The bottom line? Increasingly longer days, warmer temperatures and the visible signs we all crave! Flowers, leaves, more green, more birds to name a few.

And in Bayfield, other signs of spring: Kurt, our UPS driver is driving the big truck with oh, so many more deliveries coming to all our businesses, flurry of activities in shops and restaurants as they prepare for the coming season. For Pinehurst Inn, the paint brushes come out, rooms torn apart, put back together. Kitchen testing of new recipes. Increased phone calls and inquiries. While we love the slower pace of winter, we thrive on the anticipation of busier days.

Of course, many see the equinox as a sign of new beginnings. Rightfully so. Each new season brings new hope – but none quite so much as spring.

What does the spring equinox mean for you?