Pinehurst | January 6 - January 8, 2023

Best of Our State 2023

Join Our State at the 23rd annual Best of Our State event at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Please join Our State at the 23rd annual Best of Our State event January 6-8, 2023, 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



Elizabeth Hudson
Editor in chief of Our State magazine — “Behind the scenes of Our State magazine”

Dr. Elliot Engel
Humorist, historian, and stand-up scholar — “Edgar Allan Poe: The Sometimes Southerner”

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
Author of Even As We Breathe and an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Harold L. Martin, Sr.
Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University — “Aggies Ascendant: North Carolina A&T, Front & Center in the National Spotlight”

Donald Davis
Nationally renowned, award-winning storyteller

Chef Ricky Moore
Head chef and owner of Saltbox Seafood Joint, and author of Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook

James Charlet
Historian and storyteller — “Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks — Dramatic Rescues and Fantastic Wrecks”

Balsam Range
International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winning bluegrass band

North Carolina Brass Band
A 28-piece brass band playing show tunes, patriotic music, movie favorites, Dixieland jazz, and more

Sweet Potato Pie Band
Distinct harmonies and a blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel that create “sweetgrass”


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

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 makes 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,” The Carolina Hotel boasts spacious guest rooms all wrapped by an expansive veranda. Please note, renovations will be ongoing during 2022 and into 2023, so some rooms may not be available.

The Carolina 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

After a year-long renovation, the historic Manor Inn, built in 1923, has been completely transformed. While the inn’s original charm remains the same, guests will find a contemporary hotel experience, from the well-appointed rooms to the spacious communal lobby. The newly opened North & South Bar serves a wide selection of whiskeys, cocktails, and craft beer from Pinehurst Brewing Co. All rooms feature modern amenities like Wi-Fi and high definition televisions. As with all resort accommodations, guests of The Manor enjoy access to the resort’s restaurants, pools, spa, fitness center, golf, and more. Complimentary shuttle service is provided throughout the resort.

PLEASE NOTE: The Carolina Hotel includes luxury Villa sleeping room accommodations. Please specify your selection when you call. 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.

Covid-19 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.


Weekend Rates: $1,195.00 per couple, based on double occupancy. Single rates are available.

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