Southern Pines is one of the most
entertaining and dynamic communities in the Sandhills of NC. The private
restaurants, the clubs, the New England small town atmosphere, and the local
history all make Southern Pines THE place to be for many locals. The perfect
mix of modern amenities, shops and entertainment with historical
architecture and a wide spread love of local history make this community a
fantastic place to live.
Many of the downtown buildings and
structures date back to the 1800's, when John T Patrick first founded
"Vineland", (later changed to Southern Pines). Whether you're looking for a
4 star restaurant to enjoy a good meal, or a happening night spot to gather
with friends and colleagues, Southern Pines has it all. And all of it within
walking distance, down the brick cobblestone and side walked streets. The
finest in collectibles and furniture, one of a kind jewelry, country
bookstore, old style ice cream parlor and boutique shops all work perfectly
with their surroundings and environment.
The train depot that first brought
the doctors and neighbors, from the north,
to Southern Pines in the late 1800's is still there, restored and preserved
perfectly. The train still runs through this town today, as it did 100 years ago, and often you'll
hear the whistle bellow from Downtown Southern Pines, as it rolls through.
The town is laid out with the railroad running straight down the center, and
small squares on each block that meet in the middle. Parks and common areas
compliment the old downtown atmosphere as well, with easy travel from one to
community services structures, like the library, post office and local
government are top notch and blend perfectly with the feel of the area. The
Pilot, our local newspaper since the 1930's, a few select urban style
residences and great coffee houses round out the downtown area nicely. The
covenants and restrictions for building in the downtown area has kept all
new structures consistent with existing structure architecture. There are a
even few exciting new urban style loft projects in the works that blend
perfectly into the downtown landscape.
The arts scene in Southern Pines has been growing since
The Boyd family started entertaining at Weymouth in the early 1900's. The
Weymouth Center for the performing arts on Connecticut Ave still draws
visitors by the 1000's. Local musicians and music, poetry, paintings,
pottery, etc. You can find it all here in one venue or another. Southern
Pines has drawn world class artists and writers for many years. Local talent
has really started to spread their wings over the last 5 years or so. Many
local acts and talent regularly perform at clubs, restaurants, festivals and
events throughout the area.
historic Sunrise Theater shows movies and hosts shows throughout the year.
The Sunrise Theater, which started as a hardware store in 1898, has been a
movie house since the 1940's. When it was
threatened with closing it's doors
in the 80's, the Arts Council of Moore
County and the public raised enough
interest and support to keep the doors open. Today, the Sunrise does quite
well and many locals enjoy concerts, plays, movies and shows here
year round. The Sunrise Theater can also be rented for your local event or
party. The Sunrise just recently got their neon sign back this summer (2011)
after 25 years without it. The blazing "SUNRISE" lights up the night sky and
really brings us back to the days of old for those that remember the old
Southern Pines nightlife is electric.
Cozy enough for dinner and drinks with friends and family, with enough
excitement and venues for partying into the wee hours of the night if you so
desire. Live music, good food and drink, cozy spaces and familiar faces. Now
that's a recipe for a good time. From a true Irish Pub, to a cozy Tavern
with exposed brick walls in the original 1800's building, to one of the
first hotels in Southern Pines, completely restored with it's own outdoor
venue and pub for drinks and live music. No matter what type of nightlife
you're looking for, Southern Pines has it all.
On the outskirts of Southern Pines is
horse country. Thoroughbreds from all over the world come here to be trained, boarded
and bred. Equestrian events have always been a part of the Sandhills, from
the early days. Hunt clubs, trials and equestrian events were a favorite
past time of many early residents and still are today. The sandy soil and mild year
round climate here is an ideal environment for training and showing horses.
The Walther Moss Foundation provides miles and miles of riding trails and is
a short hack from most of the horse farms in horse country. The
here are among some of the most beautiful anywhere in the country.
Southern Pines lifestyle, atmosphere,
amenities and community will keep you coming back. You may come to visit,
but you'll want to stay longer. For more on
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