Midwest Living Review
Laura and Steve Sandstrom, owners of the eight-guest-room Pinehurst Inn, tout its light footprint on the earth. With good reason. Their inn has distinguished itself as one of Wisconsin's greenest and is a leader in the Travel Green Wisconsin certification program. Recycling receptacles are provided in the rooms. Toiletries are in dispensers, not individually wrapped or bottled. Organic, locally grown food is used as much as possible. Each room comes with two reusable stainless-steel water bottles for use during your stay. And on and on. Yet no luxury is lost in the inn, where rooms run $115-$190. The sheets are wonderfully soft. Rooms are neat and clean. Breakfast is tasty. And then there's the on-site Enso Spa. In 2003, the Sandstroms constructed a separate building next to their home that complement's the main inn's style. It contains three additional guest rooms, each with a whirlpool bath and fireplace, plus a three-room spa in the lower level. Their daughter and son-in-law, licensed professionals, provide the spa services, which range from massages and facials to body treatments and yoga classes. (Note that if you happen to come during a heat wave, the third-floor room can be a bit stuffy. Fortunately, Bayfield rarely gets heat waves!) The inn also has a sauna sandwiched between the spa and main house; outside is a loom and bucket of fabric scraps. Guests are invited to mark their stay by weaving a scrap of fabric into the piece being created. When it's finished, it will be displayed and another one started. It's touches like these that add a warm glow to your stay. The only slight negative about the inn is its food. While tasty, the breakfasts are pretty similar, so if you're staying for several days, it can get a bit repetitive. And unlike many B&Bs, there are no little treats set out in the afternoon or evening, such as fruit or cookies or wine. Oh well. Just bring your own.