Last month we hit the road for a quick getaway, without kids, to explore the quaint village of Pinehurst with my parents. We had the guys packing at the mention of tee times and a forecast calling for mild fall weather. My mom and I, non-golfers, were looking forward to exploring the shops, seeking out the best restaurants and hitting the spa. We booked one night at The Carolina Hotel, which came highly recommended from family and friends for its Southern charm and hospitality.

As I do before any trip, I spent some time asking around on what to do and where to eat. A friend passed along restaurant recommendations, which had us perusing menus online before we even left Charlotte. I have also learned from past travels to ask local shop owners where to go for a good meal given they are likely trusted sources.

Below are my travel notes and pictures captured on my iPhone. I look forward to visiting Pinehurst again!


  • On our way into town, we stopped at Elliotts on Linden for a delicious late lunch (featured image above). My bowl of tomato bisque was enough to feed the entire table, but too good to share, and a smooth California Chardonnay commenced my mini-vacation. Located outside of the main shopping area on the perimeter of Pinehurst, we would never have known to try without the recommendation from my friend.

Elliots on Linden

  • At the suggestion of a local shop owner, we headed to Southern Pines for dinner at Etalia. I am not a huge fan of eating out on Monday nights, I often feel restaurants are recovering from the hustle and bustle of the weekend. For this reason, pizza is a solid choice in my book for its high likelihood to be consistent regardless of the day of the week. Etalia did not disappoint with authentic wood fired pizza and a great selection of pastas. I had the margarita pizza paired with a nice glass of Prosecco.
  • While the guys golfed on Tuesday, mom and I headed to 195 (American Fusion Cuisine) for lunch. The unique menu items had us intrigued but unsure of what to order so we solicited the server for advice. The cups of homemade soup arriving to surrounding tables made the daily soup of red lentil an easy sell to start. For our main entrée, we each had the organic soba noodle with blackened shrimp, a dish that had us chatting about how we could recreate at home. I will be visiting 195 again on my next trip to town!



  • Bump & Baby (Pinehurst): No I am not pregnant and my babies are no longer babies, but this well-curated shop has something for children of all ages. From some of my favorite brands for the boys, like Tea Collection, and new brands unknown to me like Rockin' Baby, I was impressed with the selection. Additionally, the shop had a great array of unique toys and books. I left with my first Christmas gift of the season for the boys!
  • Magnolia 61 (Pinehurst): This welcoming home décor and gift shop is worthy of a visit. It offers a wonderful selection of unique finds for your home, from candles to art. They had the most gorgeous throw pillows, including one that I wish I had pulled the trigger on and brought home with me. Next time!


  • The Spa at Pinehurst (the downtime massage was excellent)
  • Relax with a book or magazine in a rocking chair on The Carolina Hotel porch
  • Explore Southern Pines, worth the short drive from Pinehurst. While the shops didn’t hold my attention, I enjoyed the walk around the charming streets.

The Spa at Pinehurst