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.”
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.
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.”
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.
The hotel’s porch welcomes guests to the property with its bright red bows.
About 25 Christmas trees light up the hotel’s common areas.
The Music Tree can be found in the West Wing lobby.
The Nutracker Tree is located across from the Ryder Cup Lounge.
Find this set of nutcrackers in the West Wing lobby.
Even the gazebo is decked out for the holiday season.
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.