Pinehurst Resort Named North America Golf Resort of the Year

 Pinehurst Resort has earned the distinction of Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

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“We are honored that IAGTO has recognized Pinehurst Resort as North America’s 2014 Golf Resort of the Year,” said Jack Bickart, senior vice president of sales. “Known as the ‘Cradle of American Golf,’ Pinehurst has hosted more single golf championships than any site in America, and made history once again with the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks in June. From Hagan to Hogan to Snead to Nicklaus to Woods and now, to Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie, Pinehurst offers a legacy and history in golf no other resort in America can match.”

Pinehurst Resort features nine championship golf courses for guests to enjoy, including the famed Pinehurst No. 2. Opened in 1907, No. 2 was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” No. 2 is best known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most complex and widely hailed in the world. In 2010, the design firm of Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw began to restore the natural and strategic characteristics that were the essence of Ross’s original design.

About Pinehurst: Located in the North Carolina heartland, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, established in 1895, is a 2,000-acre property featuring an award-winning spa, nine golf courses, tennis, and activities for the family. Widely known as the Cradle of American Golf, Pinehurst has hosted more single golf championships than any other site in America, including the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Matches, TOUR Championship and many others. In June, Pinehurst served as the site of both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in 2014 in back-to-back weeks.

 To reserve any of the wide variety of Pinehurst Resort packages, or for more information, visit Pinehurst.com or call (855) 235-8507.

Excerpted  from North Carolina Newslink (Dec. 3, 2014)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

Let us not forget to be thankful for all the wonderful blessings we have.

A beautiful Thanksgiving morning in my back yard.

A beautiful Thanksgiving morning in my back yard.

The Southeast’s Most Magnificent Waterfalls

Looking Glass Falls, NC

Looking Glass Falls, NC

By James Richardson (Guest Blogger)

Waterfalls are always a great destination for travelers in general–hikers and photographers in particular.What makes a good waterfall? What makes a great waterfall?What is a best waterfall? For that matter, what makes for the Ten Best Waterfalls? First of all, what is best to one person may not be best to another.  I had to arrive at a definition for a best waterfall before I could compile my list. These are many good waterfalls in this part of the country and I wanted to give all an equal chance. Continue reading

Wilmington, NC, wins “Best American Riverfront” town.

Wilmington, NC, beat out 20 towns to be named the “Best American Riverfront”

The contest, hosted on USA Today’s travel site, pitted 20 American cities against each other for the title of “Best American Riverfront.” Since the poll opened in September Wilmington, NC, and Spokane, WA, were battling for the top position, but yesterday’s announcement officially confirms Wilmington, NC, as the winner!

(Photos by Sandra Chambers)

 

 

 

The Mexican Riviera at Its Best!

Barcelo Maya Resort 

Mexican Riviera luxury resorts

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort on the Mexican Riviera

Looking for a great romantic or family all-inclusive vacation–check out Barcelo Maya Resort on the Mexican Riviera about an hour south of Cancun. Unspoiled beaches with great snorkeling and diving, luxury accommodations, fine dining and loads more. Click on the link to read my story in Luxe Beat Magazine.

‘The Remaining’ Unleashes Official Trailer, New Poster

Originally posted on NC Film News:

Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, Sony Pictures has unleashed the full official trailer for the upcoming end-of-the-world thriller The Remaining, starring Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills).

'The Remaining', filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina

The Remaining is an action-packed supernatural thriller that addresses questions of life, love and belief against an apocalyptic backdrop. You can check out the brand new trailer in the player below, and the scroll down the view the new poster as well!

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Hollywood Wax Museum Comes to Myrtle Beach

Hollywood Wax Museum Offers Loads of Fun!

Hollywood Wax Museum at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC

Hollywood Wax Museum at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC

Head to North Myrtle Beach for a new twist on beach entertainment. Opening this summer at Broadway at the Beach,  the two-story Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center offers three adventures–The Wax Museum, Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, and Outbreak (a scary zombie  journey for the brave of heart!)

Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean

Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean

At the Wax Museum guests will enjoy rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars and pop culture icons  as they stroll through the decades. From Robert Downing Jr. to Marilyn Monroe and other academy award winners and music superstars, every age group will discover their favorites are there.

Each recreated wax replica is very life-like and set in an authentic movie-scene background or other appropriate setting.

Will Smith & Sandra Bullock

Will Smith & Sandra Bullock

Hannah's Maze of Mirrors

Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

And don’t forget to bring your camera–photos are allowed inside and who can pass up a shot with their favorite star to post on Twitter or Instagram? The complex is open 9 a.m. until midnight seven days a week through Labor Day, with shortened hours year round.