Destination Fridays : The Carolina Hotel - Pinehurst, NC

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!  Each Friday, I am going to try and post something fun about my recent travels and some local Charleston spots I love as well!  There is a huge announcement coming soon (as you probably can already tell from my new website if you have been following Lauren M. Creative for a while).  However, for all of you fabulous newbies...stay tuned...LOT'S of fun things and collaborations to announce soon! 

So about a year ago, my husband a.k.a. "The Boy" got us tickets for a weeklong excursion to the US Open Men's Golf Tourney in Pinehurst, NC.  I must say, I was in pre-wedded bliss at that moment, and any chance to hang out with the boy was great...When you are in that stage, you don't think about eating pine straw dust for six days, walking a golf course in ninety degree heat as your cute white golf skirt slowly turns to brown as the day progresses.  

 { Last day of the US Open Tournament }

{ Last day of the US Open Tournament }

Fast forward a year from said ticket purchase...and nine months of wedded bliss and there we were, packing up the car and headed to North Carolina to beautiful Pinehurst.  As it sunk in what was about to unfold (and the fact that they had a no cell phone policy inside the gates...no bueno for this business owner), I was less than thrilled.  However, holding the boy's hand and embarking on a week-long journey with him was worth all the eaten pine straw dust in the world! 

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This is the part of the blog where I officially eat my own words, as I was pleasantly surprised and so grateful for this trip!  First off, Pinehurst is a lovely little town in North Carolina, and if you are lucky enough to go when there isn't a huge golf tournament there, I guarantee it will be a fabulous and relaxing time.  Second, I became invested in these golfers.  I learned their stories, saw their dedication, and of course made my roster of who was the most color coordinated each day.  As each day passed, my legs were not only getting more toned by all the walking...but I was slowly become a golf fan and realizing why it has always been and will always be such a well loved sport.  

I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that we got a room at the famous Carolina Hotel on the last day of the tournament!  It was utterly impossible to get rooms any sooner than that, and the fact that we were staying there Sunday night was amazing!  

 { The Carolina Hotel at dusk }

{ The Carolina Hotel at dusk }

We checked into the Carolina Hotel on Sunday morning and sat down for an fabulous Sunday Brunch.  The food was incredible and we were surrounded by so much history past and present.  After brunch, the boy decided to do a little shopping in the pro shop off the lobby.  I walked the long hallways reading story after story on the history of Pinehurst.  Out of the corner of my eye, I see two men walking towards me and as one smiles at me...I realize it is Rory Mcilroy going back to his room from a work out (yes...they work out ON tournament days too!...dedication!) 

The beautiful Carolina Hotel opened on New Year's Day of 1901 and at the time was the largest frame hotel in North Carolina.  It served as the center for all activities in the town, especially golf...and has done so ever since.  This hotel has hosted some of the most famous people and golfers.  The charming veranda and the beautiful architecture, including the fabulous copper cupola, truly makes you feel as if you are in a different era.  

 {  Fabulous Presidential Suite at the Carolina Hotel }

{  Fabulous Presidential Suite at the Carolina Hotel }

Just a few blocks away, is the little village of Pinehurst, which is filled with boutiques, famous restaurants and history with every turn you make. 

 { Pinehurst Village..Surrounded by lush trees and flowers }

{ Pinehurst Village..Surrounded by lush trees and flowers }

 Much of what you see today still reflects the original design of Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York’s Central Park. Each building and home are timeless parts of a story of well told for a century of this lovely little town.  

XO,




Source: http://www.pinehurst.com