Monday, September 24, 2012

NC Trip, Part II

Last Monday, I posted about the first leg of my little trip to North Carolina starting in the mountains.  The second part of my trip was to Pinehurst, NC to visit my family.  I lived in Pinehurst the first half of my childhood and have many fond memories of this quaint, little town.  We spent most holidays at the Village of Pinehurst and this place still feels like home.  The Pinehurst area is home to over 40 of the finest golf courses, all within a 15 mile radius.  The Pinehurst resort has 8 courses, with Number 2 being the most famous.  If you are a avid golfer, I highly suggest a trip to this town!  
Below is the front entrance to the Carolina Hotel.  During Christmas time when I was a little girl, I was enchanted by the huge bright star they put up on the top of the hotel.  I was always trying to figure out how they got that star up there every year!  I'm pretty sure my parents told me Santa or his helpers delivered it. Another holiday highlight is the incredible gingerbread house exhibition they feature in the lobby every year. 

A view of the side of the hotel and pool area.

And if you send the boys off to play golf, you must spend a day at the hotel's on-site spa!  It is beautiful and a wonderful facility.

Just blocks away are the Village of Pinehurst Shops and restaurants.  It is a cute area to walk around and do a little shopping.  When I was little, my mother worked as a realtor in the village, so I spent many school afternoons, walking around and popping in the sundae shop for some ice cream.

The Members Lodge at No. 2

My favorite restaurant in the Village, Theo's- a little greek tavern with courtyard seating.

Since we were coming in town and bringing the baby, my dad's friend let us borrow his vacation home for the week.  This way we could spread out and have extended family stay comfortably as well.  I'd say we were quite cozy in this 8 bedroom, 6 bath home and its incredible outdoor area.  Below is the pool view looking at the back of the house.  The weather was wonderful and I spent time everyday at the pool- what a gorgeous retreat!

Claude was meeting my parents dog, Bear for the first time and boy did they become fast friends.  How cute are they both sitting and posing for the camera?!

Here are more pictures of us relaxing by the pool and enjoying a little family time.  We had a wonderful time being able to slow down for a week. Too bad we can't do it more often!    

On another note, Leah got MARRIED this past weekend, and we can't wait to share the reception pictures!  Every detail was incredible and she spent a lot of time making her vision come to fruition.  Here's a little sneak peek of the wedding via a camera phone:
Happy Monday!

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