Bike the scenic Sandhills
From the 22-mile American Tobacco route through nearby Durham to the woodsy Cape Fear River byway, there are literally hundreds of trails in the Pinehurst vacinity. But if you’re staying at the Village of Pinehurst’s Carolina Hotel (where I did), your best bet might be to start your ride in Southern Pines, just southeast of the resort. Get on Midland Road and make your way back toward the Village. You’ll pass golf courses, sweet-smelling pines and, if you’re lucky, a few Southern belles. Toil around the town of Pinehurst after the 15-20 mile ride, and then head back to the hotel for a tall glass of peach tea. You’ve earned it.