Just 3 short miles away is the vibrant downtown of Southern Pines, North Carolina. While exploring downtown make sure to stop by and say ’Hi!’ to Lauren at The Welcome Center in the train station. She volunteers there weekly and it’s a great resource for local history and visitor information.
Downtown Southern Pines is the perfect walking town filled with boutique shops to fit everyone’s desires. A few local favorites are Mockingbird on Broad, R.Riveter, The Little Toy Shop (the owner’s used to live in our Cottage!), Hollyfield Design & Monkee‘s of the Pines.
The closest park to Cloverfield is going to be the Reservoir Park just a mile down the road. The Reservoir Park is an easy 2 mile tract alongside a beautiful lake. Dogs must be leashed at this park, but it is great for a morning jog or sunset stroll. Our kids’ favorite park is the Downtown Park on Broad Street in downtown Southern Pines. There is a great jungle gym and small infant play area along with swings, basketball & tennis courts and a lovely picnic lawn. Dogs must be leashed at this park. Our only off-leash dog park is going to be Martin Park. This is a 40 acre off leash dog park with an obstacle course, running stream & plenty of trails.
Where do we even begin? Southern Pines is the home to many small restaurants and bars which make visiting so yummy & fun! A great meetup spot is Red’s Corner. Red’s Corner is our local food truck roundup with rotating trucks daily. It has a play area for the kids, a bar with local brewery taps & ample outdoor seating for everyone. A great local burger joint is Chapman’s Food & Spirits. The perfect place to watch your favorite sport’s team is The Bell Tree. And you can’t go wrong at Jaya’s Indian in downtown. Swank Coffee Shop is your local early morning java run and The Ice Cream Parlor is your go-to for a sweet treat. We highly recommend making reservations ahead of time as our restaurants are in high demand.
A short trip down US 501 is the quaint town of Aberdeen. You’ll find the shopping co-op of Twigg& Co just before the historic downtown. While in town make sure to grab brunch at Mason’s (if you can manage to get a reservation) or grab a pizza at Lauren’s favorite pizza joint, Pizzeria Grazia.
Make sure to put aside a full day to enjoy the Historic Village of Pinehurst. This golfer‘s haven brings the best of the best to town all year ‘round. Pinehurst is home to many shops including: The Pinehurst Olive Oil Company, Purple Thistle Kitchen & Co & Teramasu. While out & about grab a coffee at Agora Bakery and lunch at The Sandhills Woman’s Exchange. Lauren volunteers there several times a week and is a devout supporter of their non-profit.