Day 1: Historical Golf Tour
Start the Morning with a tour of the Pinehurst Resort including The Carolina Hotel, Clubhouse and view golf courses including famed Pinehurst No. 2. Be sure to stop by to view the statures of famed golf architect Donald Ross and Payne Stewart, winner of the 1999 US Open. Croquet or Tennis anyone? Visit the Pinehurst tennis facility, croquets courts, lawn bowling greens or just sit in a rocking chair on the porch. Take a self-guided walking tour in the Village of Pinehurst, tour Tufts Archives, and stop in the quaint shops along the way.
Lunch in a legendary inn or one of the village’s many restaurants or cafes.
Take an afternoon drive along picturesque Midland Road the “Fifth Avenue of Golf” on the way to Southern Pines, viewing the eight golf courses that you’ll pass, and stopping at the Midland Road Shops. Tour Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club and Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, site of the US Women’s Open Championship in 1996, 2001, and again in 2007. At Pine Needles take in a golf demonstration. End the day strolling through more quaint shops in the historic downtown of Southern Pines.
Day 2: Historical Homes, Antiques, NC Literary Hall of Fame & Equestrian
Tour the 1772 House in the Horseshoe, a State Historic Site. The pre-revolutionary war house is a former cotton plantation with special architectural features. Bullet holes are still visible from a 1781 skirmish between Whigs and Tories, now reenacted each August.
Drive to the Historic District of Cameron where you may lunch at Miss Bell’s Tearoom or the Dewberry Deli in the Old Hardware.
Take a leisurely stroll down Main Street in Cameron and enjoy the many fine antique shops, complete with something for everyone. Check the Convention & Visitors Bureau – Calendar of Events for the dates of the Bi- Annual Cameron Antique Fair, traditionally held on first Saturday of May and October each year. Over 300 antique dealers are in attendance with something for everyone. End the day in Southern Pines, driving through Equestrian Country along Young’s Road, and touring the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities on Connecticut Avenue.
Day 3: SCC Horticultural Gardens, Pottery Country
Breakfast in Southern Pines or the Village of Pinehurst before going to the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens on the campus of Sandhills Community College to enjoy the many exhibits, sculptures, and beautifully groomed and diverse gardens.
Drive along the “Pottery Highway”, NC Route 705, to Northern Moore County Pottery country and the Seagrove area for lunch, visiting some of the many potteries along the way.
Spend the afternoon at the NC Pottery Center in Seagrove, one of the largest and oldest communities of working potters in the United States. You can view the working potters throwing pots and purchase every type of pottery imaginable including salt-glazed, crystalline, earthenware and much more at over 105 pottery shops in the Seagrove area. The Convention & Visitors Bureau can provide you with a pottery map which lists many of the potters in Northern Moore County and Seagrove.