Off the Green
By Lauren Blake
Posted: Monday, May. 12, 2014
Where to stay Carolina Hotel: Roam the serene and historic property making a stop by the West Lawn where youll find a heated pool, whirlpool and putting green. In the lobby, browse the Tufts archives which feature rare sportsmanship photos from the 1920s and 1930s like one of Annie Oakley instructing a Pinehurst guest on the rifle range. Jefferson Inn: This boutique hotel nestled in downtown Southern Pines has a lively bar and outdoor courtyard which are popular hangouts amongst locals. Take in its old world charm with a classic cocktail and enjoy the scenery.
Where to dine Ironwood Cafe: This establishment marries fine dining with a laid-back atmosphere. Sit on the outdoor patio surrounded by fire pits and pine trees and enjoy classic dishes like steak and lobster or more eclectic choices like pork belly tacos with fire cracker relish and soft shell crab with cajun remoulade.
Elliotts on Linden: Locavores will be delighted by Chef Mark Elliotts know thy food philosophy which results in seasonal dishes made with local and artisan-driven ingredients. Some of the more obscure fare includes options like an NC rabbit pot pie drizzled with foie gras-infused gravy and New Zealand elk topped with lemon sage marmalade and pomegranate jus.
Betsys Crepes: A cozy spot to grab a bite with a mix of savory and sweet offerings like the breakfast worthy Le Nova stuffed with eggs, salmon, spinach, capers and sour cream or a decadent dessert crepe like Oh My Sugar, made with homemade ice cream, brownie and chocolate sauce.
Natures Own: The place to recharge with an on-tap kombucha or fresh squeezed juice. Heartier fare includes options like a tempeh reuben on sprouted sourdough or a Carolina bison burger served with local sweet potato wedges.
Where to shop Magnolia 61: Peruse shabby chic furnishings and bedding, funky jewelry and preppy linen pajama sets. While you shop, indulge with an iced tea and pretty Parisian macaroon from the in-store bar.
Cooper and Baileys: This newly converted cottage is brimming with affordable and vacation-worthy boutique finds like trendy rompers and day dresses and a collection of sophisticated turquoise and tortoise shell baubles.
Gypsys Charm: Each room hosts an eclectic mix of furnishings with decor ranging from country French to mid century modern. Youll leave with a car full of treasures to outfit your home.
What to do Have a local brew at Railhouse Brewery: Set on the train tracks in downtown Aberdeen, this craft brewery offers a handful of local, award-winning beers that range from an easy drinking Pineland pale ale to a heavy, and eclectic, Beergasm barleywine.
Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea at Lady Bedfords Tea Parlour: Enjoy petite sandwiches, scones and your choice of over 70 varieties of gourmet tea at this charming tea house outfitted with china and velvet tufted chairs in downtown Pinehurst.
Treat yourself at the Spa at Pinehurst
Theres always an excuse to visit a spa awarded four stars by Forbes Travel Guide. While there, enjoy a one-of-a-kind treatment like the Champions Massage, which features a peppermint foot scrub and signature golf-ball foot massage; or, simply detox in the soaking tub, sauna and steam room.
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