Great shops, restaurants, a phenomenal spa, and world-class golf courses--everything you desire in a vacation is here.

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A classic Pinehurst Resort experience begins by staying at The Holly Inn.
| Credit: Gary Clark

Pinehurst, North Carolina, and its charming neighboring communities of Southern Pines and Aberdeen are little gems that sparkle in the spring, so get there now.

Where To Stay
Last year, Pinehurst Resort renovated its guest rooms in The Carolina (rates start at $169 per person; or 1-800-487-4653). If you are looking for all the amenities but a more cozy feel, call early for a room at The Holly Inn (rates start at $169), the resort's more intimate stay. For an affordable chain option we recommend the nearby Homewood Suites (rates start at $119; www.homewoodnear
or 1-877-901-4663).

Where To Shop
The Village of Pinehurst features redbrick sidewalks and great little shops, including Cottage Chic, one of our favorites, which offers stylish linens, furniture, and clothing. When shopping for spring, stop into Gulley's in Southern Pines, an independent garden shop. Check out The Garden Room in Aberdeen, which sells funky birdhouses and other garden accessories. Peruse the doorknobs, hinges, and finials down the street at Railside Antiques.

Where To Dine
No visit to Pinehurst Resort is complete without a night at The 1895 Grille. We liked the confit of duck ravioli ($8.75) and the rack of lamb ($27). For a slightly more casual atmosphere, make reservations at Chef Warren's ([910] 692-5240) in Southern Pines. Chef Warren Lewis surprises his diners with a seasonal wild game entrée each evening (from elk to kangaroo to llama). Not quite ready to be that adventurous? Try the tapas-portioned Lobster Rangoon ($9.50) or the grilled pork chop ($23.95).

Where To Relax
The Spa at Pinehurst inspires such a restful, comfortable experience each time we return that it remains one of our favorite spas in the state. Ease into a treatment (the specially tailored Pinehurst Signature Massage starts at $70 for 30 minutes) to make your stay here that much better.

March Escape Package: $169 per person per night based on double occupancy; includes breakfast and dinner. Applies to all Pinehurst properties, based on availability.
Spa package: $319 per person per night based on double occupancy; includes breakfast, dinner, and two 50-minute treatments per day.
Golf package: $319 per person per night based on double occupancy; includes breakfast, dinner, and one round per day. Note: There is a $150 surcharge to play Pinehurst Number 2, site of the 2005 U.S. Open Championship.

"Spring in Pinehurst" is from the March 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.