Pinehurst Activities & Recreation Archive

The perfect Christmas gift awaits at Pinehurst

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By Lee Pace

As Christmas approaches with each niblick stroke and foozled chip shot, unique gifts ideas for the golfer who has everything may be scarce. No worries, we have a few suggestions.

For the foodie: Dinner at The 1895 Grille

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This intimate Four-Star enclave in The Holly Inn offers an experience in taste, atmosphere and service that’s unrivaled.

Try the filet of beef, rubbed with sea salt and truffle oil. It’s nestled alongside a ramekin of macaroni, fontina cheese and morsels of lobster.

Top off the evening by marveling as the wait staff pours molten white Godiva chocolate liqueur from a gooseneck sauceboat into a pillow of chocolate soufflé.

“Savor the moment,” says Thierry Debailleul, the executive chef at Pinehurst. “Dinner at the 1895 will take a little longer. Every morsel is an experience. There is always something happening on your plate.”

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Inside look: Decorating the Carolina Hotel for Christmas

The Carolina Hotel is so meticulously decorated for Christmas, one might think a merry gang of elves sneak in at night to trim the trees and deck the halls.

In reality, the bulk of the work is done by just two women.

Starting the first Monday of November, Mallory Caddell and Taylor Dykeman begin turning the historic hotel into a winter wonderland.

It takes more than three full weeks of decorating and months of preparation to pull off the annual transformation.

Take a look at the process.

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While most people are gearing up to celebrate our nation’s independence, Mallory and Taylor have Christmas on the brain. The women use the Fourth of July as their jumping off point to start planning for the holiday season.

By the end of the month, they typically have nailed down a theme for each of the hotel’s Christmas trees.

While a few of the trees stay the same, most are updated each year.

“We want to keep tradition and some of the favorite trees available to our guests, but we also want to have new trees that have never been done before,” said Mallory, the Resort’s recreation manager. “We’re both pretty creative people, so that helps.”

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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.

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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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