Southern Pines

A paradise in the pines that once reeled in Northerners seeking fresh air and natural cures now stands as a home for horsemen and golfers and other finer things. For the people who live here, like the author, Southern Pines will always be the place that heals the soul.

Belmont

In its textiles and deeply religious college, it is a town connected to the past. In its trendy downtown and new commuter resident base, it is clearly ready for the future.

Saxapahaw

With the help of committed residents, a mill village along the banks of the Haw River flourishes again with renovated condominiums, quirky puppet-makers, delicious sandwiches at the General Store, and a healing atmosphere.