Event description

Please join Our State at the 23rd annual Best of Our State event January 7-9, 2022, at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Celebrate North Carolina with Our State as the magazine “comes to life” with music, history, humor, storytelling, art, and food at the Pinehurst Resort. The Best of Our State is a lively weekend of learning and luxury designed to rejuvenate the senses to begin the new year.

Your Weekend Package Includes:

  • • Two nights accommodations
  • • Two Southern-style breakfasts
  • • Friday night concert
  • • Friday evening ice cream social
  • • Saturday night dinner and show
  • • Admission to ALL seminars Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning

Pinehurst consists of a variety of accommodations including The Carolina Hotel, The Villas, The Holly Inn, and The Manor Inn.

The Carolina Hotel
Some say you can feel the spirit of Pinehurst as you turn onto Carolina Vista. This majestic century-old hotel with its signature copper cupola and sweeping verandas make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to an era when elegance defined grand hotels and resorts. Dubbed the “Queen of the South,” this century-old hotel boasts 230 spacious guest rooms with 25 suites and parlors all wrapped by an expansive veranda.

The Villas
Located adjacent to The Carolina Hotel, the Villas feature four private, separately keyed guest rooms that share a spacious shared parlor, wet bar, and dining area. Upstairs Villas feature balconies with rocking chairs and downstairs Villas feature spacious patios for relaxing outdoors. We currently offer 11 four bedroom villas. Villa bedrooms feature two queen beds in each bedroom. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, LCD televisions, marble bathrooms, desk/workstation, feather-top bedding, a mini bar, and safe.

The Holly Inn
Built in 1895, The Holly was Pinehurst’s first hotel and is located in the heart of The Village. The Four Diamond Holly features 82 guest rooms and suites, each as unique as the hotel itself. The Holly Inn opened on New Year’s Eve in 1895. Twenty guests paid $3 for a night’s stay to welcome the first New Year in Pinehurst history. Every detail has been attended to. Decorating the walls and floors are a series of natural botanical prints and images, reminiscent of times gone by. You’ll see the fine touches in every nook, from the jewel-toned Tiffany lamps, to the reading selection in the library, and to the comfort of a rocking chair in your guest room.

The Manor Inn
Located a short walk from The Carolina Hotel is the casual The Manor Inn. Built in 1923, the intimate Manor features 42 guest rooms including suites and adjoining rooms. All rooms feature modern amenities like Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions. As with all resort accommodations, guests of The Manor Inn enjoy access to resort restaurants, pools, spa, fitness center, golf, and more. Complimentary shuttle service is provided throughout the resort. The Manor Inn is currently undergoing renovations, but will be ready for January!

  • PLEASE NOTE: The Carolina Hotel includes luxury Villa sleeping room accommodations. Please specify your selection on the Reservation Form. The Resort will make every effort to honor specific building requests. If your request is not available, the best substitution will be made and you will be notified by our Reservations Team.

To view a schedule of the weekend, click here.

Note: At the Best of Our State, we will be following all CDC guidelines as they relate to Covid. For your safety, we ask that you wear masks when inside the hotel. We will have hand sanitizing stations available for you throughout the venue. In addition, Pinehurst Resort follows the Pinehurst Promise. For more information on the Pinehurst Promise, click here.


Chef Ricky Moore

  • Head chef and owner of Saltbox Seafood Joint, and author of Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook

Balsam Range

  • International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winning bluegrass band

Sweet Potato Pie Band

  • Distinct harmonies and a blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel that create “sweetgrass”

Elizabeth Hudson

  • Editor in chief of Our State magazine — “Capturing Memories with Words and Watercolors”

Laura Poss

  • Artist and illustrator for Silver Linings, a collection of Elizabeth Hudson’s columns

Dr. Elliot Engel

  • Humorist, historian, and stand-up scholar — “Edgar Allen Poe: The Sometimes Southerner”

Blake Hill-Saya

  • Author of Aaron McDuffie Moore: An African American Physician, Educator, and Founder of Durham’s Black Wall Street

Harold L. Martin, Sr.

  • Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University — “Aggies Ascendant: North Carolina A&T, Front & Center in the National Spotlight”


Total cost: $1195.00 per couple, based on double occupancy. Single rates are available.

For more information about reservations, contact Pinehurst at (855) 265-9091.