Southern Pines NC is such a lovely, charming town located in Moore County. Keep reading for my weekend guide of the best things to do there!
While Southern Pines was slow to develop because of the sandy soil, it quickly became an important spot as railroads developed in the 19th century. The historic district of Southern Pines is split with the still active railroad and offers delicious restaurants, fun breweries, quaint shops, and lots to do outdoors! Plus, it’s quite a beautiful drive into town from Raleigh, past the horse farms and gorgeous homes.
A Weekend in Southern Pines NC
What to Do in Southern Pines NC
Browse the Shops in Historic Southern Pines
Southern Pines has such a walkable downtown, and there are so many unique shops to browse. Monkee’s of the Pines has such a gorgeous selection of women’s fashion, jewelry, and accessories. They also carry brands that are woman-owned or are eco-friendly. R. Riveter specializes in hand-made bags from military uniforms, a business started by two military spouses. The shop also has a variety of gift items as well, such as R. Riveter candles. My personal favorite is audacious, with citrus and cedar notes. Against the Grain Shoppe features over 75% of their inventory from small businesses right in Moore County. I picked up a few gifts for the upcoming holiday season from this shop!
Have a Pint at Southern Pines Brewing Company
Check out Southern Pines Brewing Company‘s newest location on Pennsylvania Ave. The taproom offers gorgeous outdoor seating with views of downtown, heaters for cooler evenings, and food trucks. There are lots of options on tap, including wine, too! David enjoyed the Mexican Lager and he also likes the Man of Law.
Stretch your Legs on the Southern Pines Reservoir Greenway
This 2.1 mile loop is a great way to stretch your legs as you walk around the Southern Pines Reservoir. We went on a Sunday morning and it was moderately busy.
Check out the NC Literary Hall of Fame at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities
Photo via Weymouth Center Instagram
This fabulous venue is claimed to have started the Southern literary revival and hosted writers such as Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald! The property was the first nature preserve in the North Carolina parks system. The Weymouth Center houses the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame and the grounds are open daily. Tours of the magnificent Boyd House are offered during weekdays. Check out this page for more on the history of this gorgeous property and the Boyd family’s impact on Moore County.
Catch Live Music at First Friday
This monthly event runs May-October and is a fun community event to catch live music on the grassy knoll beside the Sunrise Theatre. There are food trucks, vendors, and Southern Pines beer available for purchase while listening to local bands.
Enjoy a Night Cap at Ashten’s
Ashten’s is a restaurant staple in Southern Pines, having been open since 1997. Their bar offers an expansive drink selection, plus small bites. The interior concept is elegant, yet comfortable, inspired by an English manor. It also has outdoor seating, making it a perfect spot to people watch.
Where to Eat in Southern Pines NC
Grab a Coffee from Java Bean
If you’re out for a stroll in downtown, definitely stop and grab a cup from Java Bean. This coffee shop has lots of outdoor seating with great coffee and pastries. It is cash only, so be sure to bring cash to get your coffee!
Dine Al Fresco at the Sly Fox Pub
The Sly Fox offers a menu of elevated European and Indian Pub food with patio seating areas, including one area under a beautiful ivy covered wall. We opted for burgers, and the Locavore and the Pub burgers are delicious options! I subbed my fries for the mac & cheese and would encourage you to make the same decision!
Try a Crepe at Betsy’s Crepes
Photo from Visit NC
This gem serves breakfast and lunch, featuring sweet and savory crepes, plus soups, paninis, and salads. Betsy’s also offers gluten-free crepe options. Don’t let the line deter you–it moves quickly!
Lunch at the Bell Tree Tavern
Bell Tree Tavern is a great, local spot to grab lunch and catch a game. Or, you might opt to enjoy the expansive, dog-friendly patio. The chicken quesadilla and chicken BLT wrap were fantastic! And peep that fried okra!
Enjoy a Farm to Table Meal at Scott’s Table
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Scott’s Table, from the welcoming service to the entrees we ordered. Scott’s Table focuses on using quality, fresh ingredients and selects produce and portents in from local North Carolina sources. We started our meal with pimento cheese, which is served with crostini. David ordered the blackened chicken sandwich while I had the crab cake.
On our next visit, we’ll definitely try Elliot’s on Linden, which opened in 2000. Elliot’s uses local ingredients from around the Sandhills and North Carolina and has quite the reputation for an exceptional dining experience! P.S. Chef Elliot also opened the Sly Fox Pub.
Where to Stay in Southern Pines NC
Duncraig Manor and Gardens
Duncraig Manor and Gardens is relatively new on the bed and breakfast scene and is absolutely stunning! Caroline and Don have done an incredible job renovating the 1928 English Tudor home and transitioning it to a bed and breakfast. The property has a pool, English gardens, and beautiful seating areas throughout the home and porches. The butler’s pantry is stocked with assortments of tea, coffee, and La Croix plus grab and go snacks and homemade cookies. And do not sleep on their breakfast! Our breakfast included fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee, followed by a specialty. The first day, we had waffles with strawberries while the second day had homemade eggs Benedict which was a crowd favorite!
This 12,600 square foot home offers a tranquil getaway that is just a short drive or walk from downtown Southern Pines or the village of Pinehurst. Caroline and Don make you feel right at home and create such a welcoming environment on their splendid property.
P.S. Duncraig also offers a honeymoon cabin and a wedding pavilion! It’s a simply stunning option for a wedding if you’re looking for a venue.
For another Moore County favorite, check out this travel guide for Pinehurst here.
Thank you to Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area: Home of American Golf for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions on my experience are my own.
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