When James Walker Tufts originally came to this area in the late 1800s, he was struck by the temperate climate, especially in the winter months. Envisioning a retreat capable of healing the mind, body and soul, he began to build what we now know as Pinehurst today.
And during weeks like these in mid-January, it is easy to see, feel and experience exactly what Tufts had in mind. Temperatures will soar into the 70s by this weekend, but the deep Carolina blue skies are already here. A morning walk around Pinehurst on Jan. 9, 2013, provided us with these images.