Fall has arrived at the Home of American Golf — truly one of our favorite times of the year! Peak fall golf season has arrived in glorious fashion. And yet, along with the amazing golf, there is so much more to do throughout the Sandhills — the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area of North Carolina — this time of year.
An autumn walk around the Sandhills — exploring the many open spaces and cool places we have to offer — should not only include our memorable golf courses, but also our eclectic array of downtown areas, as well as outdoors trails and lakes.
Here are some of our favorite spots around the Sandhills this fall to enjoy some of nature’s most glorious beauty.
For a weekend walk, to enjoy local shopping and dining in our Moore County towns, there are several unbeatable selections.
Pinehurst Resort is located in The Village of Pinehurst, which was developed by James Walker Tufts in 1895. Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York City’s Central Park, created the Village to mirror a New England-style village with winding paths that encourage exploration. Today, this designated National Historic Landmark is ideal for just that: exploring the unique boutiques, gift shops and dining venues, along with the historic village homes and cottages.
Cameron is an historic village located east of Carthage on NC Hwy 27 and listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Featured in Southern Living and voted “Best Antique Shopping” by Our State magazine readers, Cameron is well worth a visit. Home to numerous antique shops, Cameron is a destination for collectors, tradespeople — and those interested in local history. When you’re done antiquing drop into the Dewberry Deli for lunch or a soda shop treat.
Strolling the main streets of Southern Pines, you’ll find an abundance of quality shop owners providing unique and specialized products. Enjoy local and eclectic dining options along the way, as well. The combination of creative chefs and an abundance of local farms offering a variety of homegrown products has created a “Farm to Table” boom in the Home of American Golf.
During your fall stroll around the area’s downtowns, be sure not to miss The Bunker and Eloise Trading Company in Aberdeen, Dunrovin Country Store in Vass along with these Southern Pines treasures — Country Book Store, The Heritage Flag Company, Knickers, Monkee’s, Mockingbird on Broad and many more. A variety of cute coffee shops dot the walk along Broad Street, too, most featuring unique gifts made locally and only found here. So, grab a cup of Joe on a crisp fall morning and get ready for a fun-filled day exploring downtown Southern Pines.
When you’re done with your stroll through our wide array of downtown shops, restaurants, sights and more, you’ll be warmed up to enjoy the fall beauty around our numerous trail systems, parks and lakes. Hikers have numerous trails from which to select, including two greenway trail system routes that connect towns and parks, and allow novice and expert hikers alike to explore the outdoors. Experience the laid-back vibe and beauty of our area with these escapes into nature.
During your fall stroll around some of the Sandhills’ most enticing outdoor areas and attractions, be sure to check out these local favorites.
For all shapes and sizes, the fall translates into a fun and memorable walk around the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area of North Carolina. Come visit us soon!