Pinehurst Activities & Recreation Archive

First look: Christmas at the Carolina

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Taylor decorates a tree in the hallway across from the Ryder Cup Lounge.

Christmas comes early at the Carolina Hotel.

Why, you ask, do we start decorating before Thanksgiving is even over? The answer is simple: It takes nearly a month to get the historic dwelling ready for the holiday season. There are 25 trees to decorate, 2,500 feet of garland to hang and dozens upon dozens of bows to tie.

The decorating got underway Nov. 3. Here’s a sneak peak at how far our team has gotten in two weeks.

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The hotel’s porch welcomes guests to the property with its bright red bows.

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About 25 Christmas trees light up the hotel’s common areas.

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The Music Tree can be found in the West Wing lobby.

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The Nutracker Tree is located across from the Ryder Cup Lounge.

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Find this set of nutcrackers in the West Wing lobby.

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Even the gazebo is decked out for the holiday season.

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Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance to Return in 2015

Event now features lower ticket prices and a Saturday date

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – The third annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, a vintage car showcase of rare and pristine collector automobiles, will be staged on the fairways of Pinehurst Resort on Saturday, May 2, 2015, Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard announced Thursday.

The Pinehurst Concours continues its trend-setting and cutting-edge philosophy, moving its judged car competition from the more traditional Sunday date to a Saturday. In its first two years, the Pinehurst Concours also became an innovator in the industry by implementing an electronic judging component, creating a student judging program for local high school students, even securing Pinehurst Resort caddies decked out in their white bibs to inform entrants of their respective class awards.

“The Pinehurst Concours has garnered an unbelievable amount of interest and respect among rare car collectors and judges in just two short years, and that feedback has truly been humbling,” Howard said. “We do believe in Pinehurst Resort we have a world-class site to host our event, and the Village of Pinehurst and our connection to Fort Bragg are enticing settings and experiences for our entrants to enjoy.

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Spending Thanksgiving at Pinehurst? Don’t miss these activities

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With Thanksgiving less than a month away, it will be here faster than you can say “gobble, gobble.”

Now’s the perfect time to start nailing down your plans for the holiday vacation.

We put together a list of the top five “can’t miss” activities to add to your Thanksgiving bucket list.

Of course, this is just our opinion. Feel free to carve out your own itinerary by browsing our schedule of events. 

5. Write a letter to Santa

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Friday, Nov. 28, 10-10:30 a.m., South Room

All children need to bring is their creativity, we’ll handle the rest. They’ll have a blast drafting their own correspondence to old Saint Nick with new friends by their side. We will provide paper, crayons, markers and glitter to help make their letters stand out. During the event, Mrs. Claus will make a visit to personally deliver the letters to Santa.

4.  Take a family wagon ride
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Saturday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m., Carolina Hotel lobby

Soak in the history and the charm of the Pinehurst with a wagon tour of the area. It’s a great way to slow down and really enjoy the unique spirit of the Village.

3. Get in the holiday spirit with
Trim the Tree Pursuit

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Saturday, Nov. 29, 11-11:30 a.m., Carolina Hotel lobby

Our spin on Trivial Pursuit involves the entire family in a scavenger hunt. Get in the holiday spirit by tracking down clues that lead to our themed Christmas trees.

Sign up at Resort Services and meet in the Carolina Lobby near Resort Services for your instructions.

2. Enjoy the sounds of the season

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m., Grand Ballroom

The Carolina Philharmonic will kick off the holiday season with a musical retelling of “The Night Before Christmas.” Come celebrate the season with pops music that’s sure to leave you feeling festive.

Both hotel guests and local residents are invited to attend.

Buy tickets.

1. Fill up on a feast

Thursday, Nov. 27, 11:30-3 p.m., Carolina Dining Room

The Carolina Dining Room will offer an overflowing brunch buffet on Thanksgiving Day. Come hungry, there will be a plethora of options available to suit any taste.

Classic fare like butter-basted Tom turkey Breast, black pepper giblet gravy, toasted pecan stuffing, chive-fontina spiked mashed potatoes and cranberry-orange relish is on the menu.

The buffet also will feature herb roasted chicken breast, scaloppini of Atlantic salmon, baby sweet potato bakers and chorizo cornbread as well as an iced seafood display with poached shrimp cocktail and oysters on the half shell.

Be sure to leave room for dessert. You’ll have more than a dozen options including pumpkin and pecan pie, pumpkin praline cheesecake, lemon-cherry silk tart, white chocolate, almond sponge cake and seasonal macaroons.

Kids can customize their treats with a trip to the chocolate fountain or caramel apple station. That’s right, a caramel apple station. Dip local apples in a variety of infused caramels and top with toasted seeds and candied nuts. YUM!

Is your mouth watering yet? Call 855-235-8507, option 6 for dining reservations, availability and pricing.

 

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Come see the Master (Sommelier) at Pinehurst

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Do you want to know more about wine, but don’t have the time to take a class?

Do you relish a good wine and food pairing?

Do you want to learn about the wine industry from one of the best?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we’ve got just the event for you.

Beef up your wine knowledge when Larry Stone, a consultant for Huneeus Vinters, comes to Pinehurst.

Stone, who has been a master sommelier since 1988 and is well known in the wine industry, will share his expertise and passion for the industry during a Quintessa Wine Dinner on Monday, Oct. 20.

What else do you need to know about Stone? Here are five fun facts about the wine aficionado.

  1. Stone told The Wall Street Journal he’s tasted nearly a million wines throughout the past three decades. Not a bad job, eh?
  2. When Stone isn’t drinking wine, he enjoys cooking, biking and skiing. Oh yeah, he also likes to hunt for mushrooms, which we have admit is quite an intriguing hobby.
  3. Since its inception in 1977, Stone is one of just 219 people worldwide who have passed the grueling process to become a member of the Court of Sommeliers. We’re trying to say he’s basically wine royalty.
  4. Stone may not be a household name, but he has several notable friends. When he opened Rubicon Restaurant in San Francisco, Stone’s partners included Robert deNiro, Robin Williams and Francis Ford Coppola.
  5. Before becoming a wine expert, Stone was working toward a Ph.D. in comparative literature.

The five-course wine dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Dining Room. Cost is $125 per person. Seating is limited. Make reservations by calling 910-235-8433.

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Top 5 Events You Better Not Miss at the Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival

It’s annually one of the best weekends of the year in Pinehurst.

And let’s face it, that’s really saying something.

The Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival returns for its 26th season on Labor Day weekend from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. It’s a huge value considering the myriad events going on in that short 3-day span, so take a moment and get a look at all of them here.

That said, here are one connoisseur’s 5 events you

Absolutely.

Shouldn’t.

Miss.*

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