Pinehurst Activities & Recreation Archive

Many reasons to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pinehurst

Holly Inn Vintage

The Holly Inn opened Dec. 31, 1895. Located in the heart of the Village, the Four Diamond hotel features 82 guest rooms and suites each as unique as the hotel itself.

New Year’s Eve is of our favorite days of the year.

Why?

We’ve got two reasons – the Holly Inn and Carolina Hotel.

The Holly Inn opened to 20 guests on Dec. 31, 1895, launching the first New Year in Pinehurst history.

Guests paid $3 to spend the night at the modern facility, which had electric lights and steam heat. It included both billiard and card rooms. Each guest room was equipped with a call bell and the finest hair mattresses.

Pinehurst’s first hotel brought more visitors to the area, prompting the need for additional accommodations.

Construction of the Carolina Hotel got underway in 1898 and the Holly Inn expanded in 1899.

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Construction of the Carolina Hotel began in 1898. The doors opened Jan. 1, 1901. The hotel now has 230 Four-Diamond guest rooms including suites.

The four-story Colonial Revival was the largest frame hotel in North Carolina with 250 guest rooms when it opened Jan. 1, 1901.

We’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve in style for more than a century. This year, guests will enjoy the music of the Band of Oz as they countdown to 2015. After the clock strikes twelve, they’ll have access to an overflowing midnight breakfast buffet fit for a king.

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Members celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Pinehurst Country Club in 1947.

 

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The year in photos

Take a look back at 2014 with our year in photos and share your favorite moment of 2014 in the comments section.

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A Merry vintage Christmas from Pinehurst

It’s Throwback Thursday and Christmas is just a week away, so we thought we would dig through the archives to bring you some vintage photos.

Most of the images we found 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.

Note: Click the photos to enlarge images.

A sleeping child waits for Santa. (Date unknown)

A sleeping child waits for Santa. (Date unknown)

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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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