Pinehurst Activities & Recreation Archive

Chef & Maker headliner nominated for James Beard Outstanding Chef Award

Great news! Ashley Christensen, one of the North Carolina chefs headlining our upcoming Chef & Maker Series weekends, has been named a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

She is one of 20 semifinalists for Outstanding Chef, which recognizes a working chef whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. In 2014, she was named Best Chef Southeast. Read the complete story.

Christensen is the chef and owner of Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chuck’s, Fox Liquor Bar, Death & Taxes and Bridge Club, all located in downtown Raleigh.

Enjoy Christensen’s reimagined Southern comfort food in Pinehurst July 7-9. The weekend will include a Poole’s Diner-inspired bash, question and answer session with Christensen, book signing, glass blowing demonstration, whiskey tasting and Chef’s Dinner with Christensen.

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Video: Christmas Tour of the Carolina Hotel

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 our recreation team, which includes manager Josh Leap and supervisor Richelle Modolo.

Starting Nov. 1, they began turning the historic hotel into a winter wonderland. It took more than three full weeks of decorating and months of preparation to pull off the annual transformation.

Here’s a look at our team’s hard work:


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A Merry Vintage Christmas from Pinehurst

It’s always fun sifting through vintage photos, but it’s even better when they include memories from Christmas past. 

Most of these images were shot at the Carolina Hotel during the 1940s, proving the holiday season was just as special then as it is now.

Enjoy this look back.

Photos copyright Tufts Archives

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Experience Skating Under the Pines

Skating 1This season, we’re transforming The Carolina Hotel’s West Lawn into a 2,100-square-foot skating rink complete with music, lights and festive cheer that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Whether temperatures call for sweaters or shorts, guests will enjoy a skating experience unlike any other.

A tantalizing array of merry treats will be available, including s’mores bites, cookies, brownies, as well as hot chocolate, coffee and a full bar. Skates will be provided.

  • Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays
  • 50-minute skating sessions start at the top of each hour
  • Tickets are $10 per person and purchased rink side

Group skating, private party inquiries and special requests should be directed to Josh Leap at 910-235-8783 or

*Schedule and hours are subject to change due to safety concerns, weather permitting and at the discretion of rink management.
** Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis and based on rink capacity
***All skaters must sign a waiver prior to entering the rink.

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Country star Sara Evans to perform at 2017 Pinehurst Concours; Tickets on sale now

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Award-winning country artist Sara Evans will perform a live concert at the 2017 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance at Pinehurst Resort on Saturday, May 6.

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2016) – Award-winning country artist Sara Evans, whose distinctive voice and edgy contemporary sensibility have helped sell more than six million records and produce five No. 1 hits, will perform a live concert at the 2017 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, May 6.


Tickets to the fifth annual vintage car showcase on the fairways of iconic Pinehurst Resort will go on sale Black Friday. They will be available online at and at four local ticket outlets in the Village of Pinehurst and Southern Pines. Tickets to this year’s Pinehurst Concours, which includes a live performance by Evans following the awards ceremony, are $40 in advance and $50 the day of the event. You can purchase tickets here now.

The concert by Evans will continue a Pinehurst Concours tradition that has included concerts by Three Dog Night (2015) and The Commodores (2016).

“I’m so honored to be a part of the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance and can’t wait to get back to North Carolina,” Evans said. “I also can’t wait to see all of the amazing cars that will be part of the event!”


The multi-platinum selling country singer and songwriter has been called “one of the most compelling vocalists of her generation.” Her first major hit came in late 1998 with “No Place That Far,” the second single from the album of the same name, which went to No. 1. Four additional singles have reached No. 1 as well: “Born to Fly” (2000-2001), “Suds in the Bucket” 2004), “A Real Fine Place to Start” (2005), and “A Little Bit Stronger” (2010-2011).

“This is a rare opportunity to see an incredible artist in a unique setting, the fairways of Pinehurst,” said Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard. “Our patrons will love Sara’s music, personality and incredible energy, allowing us to raise the bar of our fifth annual event.”

In addition to her five No 1 songs, four others have appeared in the Top 10 and she has recorded two No. 1 Billboard Country Albums, with five appearing on Billboard’s Top 200 all-genre chart. Evans has garnered nominations for Grammy Awards (2), American Country Awards (10) and CMT Music Awards (5).

Evans was also the first country artist to compete in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and has been chosen as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.”
he 2016 Pinehurst Concours and concert drew in excess of 12,000 patrons.

Local ticket outlets in the Sandhills area include:
• Village of Pinehurst Town Hall
• The Old Sport Gallery (Village of Pinehurst)
• Pinehurst Resort Members services desk (Members only)
• The Country Book Shop (Southern Pines)

In addition, limited tickets to the Putter Boy Pavilion, the event’s premium VIP hospitality experience, will go on sale starting November 25 online only at No refunds, exchanges or general admission ticket upgrades will be honored with Putter Boy Pavilion online purchases.

A mighty foursome.

The Pinehurst Concours Best of Show winners have included a 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8ASS, a 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer (2015), a 1931 Cadillac 452A (2014) and a 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster (2013).

The 12 classes of cars competing in the Pinehurst Concours and the event’s featured marques, will be announced soon.

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