It’s undeniably unique for a micropolitan community to have the high quality of food, arts and culture you’ll find in Moore County, NC. And we have those in spades. Our 11 unique communities “punch above their weight class” with award-winning restaurants, sophisticated, eclectic shopping, and one of the best sports and recreation communities in North Carolina. Throughout the year, we offer a rich menu of community activities, including golf tournaments, art shows, food and wine festivals, equestrian events and holiday concerts. These amenities accelerate Moore County far above surrounding communities and contribute to the cosmopolitan lifestyle and high standard of living we’ve come to enjoy.
Known as a “mini-Charleston” for dining, Moore County attracts foodies and food lovers alike with a wide variety of high-end local restaurants. Just ask revelers at the annual Pinehurst Food and Wine Festival, now in its 26th year. And did you know Prem Nath of 195 trained under Food Network celebrity chef Bobby Flay? He's also been named one of the Best Chefs in America. 195 is known for surprising taste combinations and healthy meals using local farm-fresh food and various styles of cuisine. In fact, many restaurants in the area are known for embodying the farm-to-table movement. At Elliots on Linden, every delicious ingredient is grown locally, giving patrons a true taste of the area. In the mood for an international dish? Satisfy your taste buds at Ten-Ya, which offers top notch Japanese cuisine and sushi. Freshness is on the menu at Chef Warren’s, where dishes range from local to international cuisine. With everything from first-class restaurants to local barbeque joints to microbreweries, Moore County has something to delight everyone.
From visual and performing arts to theater and film, our area boasts a thriving arts community. The Arts Council of Moore County organizes events ranging from art galleries to musicals to jazz concerts by world-renowned musicians. Film connoisseurs frequent the Sunrise Theater, which showcases independent films. And for the musically inclined, check out the The Carolina Philharmonic, a local symphonic orchestra with a wide stylistic range that includes favorites like Bach and Beethoven. The Carolina Philharmonic is also a Carnegie Hall Link Up partner in bringing music education to 3-5th grade students. Celebrating its fifth year, the Palustris Arts Festival provides performances and exhibits featuring the visual, literary and performing arts. The festival is suitable for the whole family with three days of events.
Moore County is a regional hub for shopping that attracts residents from many surrounding communities. The area is home to a strong “shop local” movement, and the locally owned stores have much to offer shoppers. Downtown Southern Pines provides some of the most vibrant shopping options in the county. Aberdeen’s historic downtown is known for its historical charm and a wide range of authentic shops. Seagrove Pottery of the Sandhills is a local favorite, which sells and showcases pottery handmade by local artists. Looking for antiques? Cameron was voted Best Antique Area in North Carolina by Our State magazine. Check out the treasures at The Old Hardware. at And for the fashionably minded, look no further than Village of Pinehurst boutiques, including The Village Fox, Cool Sweats and Le Femme Chateau.
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An area steeped in history, Moore County has a number of museums that allow visitors and residents to explore its culture and past. The Moore County Historical Association has five house-museums that provide a glimpse into life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The National Railroad Museum & Hall of Fame lets visitors gain a better understanding of trains and the integral role they played in the development of the region. For those interested in literature, Moore County is also home to the Weymouth Center, which offers the Ragan Writers Series and is the location of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Check out this video about Christmas at Weymouth!
Sports & Recreation:
Moore County also has a wide variety of sports and recreation opportunities beyond its rich golf tradition. The Athletic Club of the Sandhills provides everything from soccer leagues to triathlon training clubs and skilled coaching staff, and Moore County Parks and Recreation has multiple sites with baseball fields, walking trails, volleyball courts, and more; one site even hosts dancing classes. The area is also home to one of the state’s largest equestrian communities, with a wide range of stables where you can board horses or take riding lessons. The Walthour Moss Foundation is both a preserve and resource for riders.
While most wouldn’t call this dining, we’d be remiss to not mention a couple of great places to get hand-crafted, local beer. The Railhouse Brewery, located in Aberdeen, was Moore County’s first microbrewery. And more recently, we’ve learned of a new option called Southern Pines Brewing Company. Plenty of places would love to have a top notch microbrewery in town. We've got two—and the rumor is more are on the way!
A Tale of Two Breweries
On the northern end in Southern Pines you’ll find the Southern Pines Brewing Company, started as an idea in 2013 by three former Green Berets, and open to the public in 2014. Although Micah Niebauer, John Brumer and Jason Ginos had some experience with home-brewing, they knew they’d better up their game if they wanted to make it in the craft beer business. To that end they visited as many breweries as possible (this is work?) and completed brewing courses at some very highly respected institutions.
Head south on U.S. 1 and you’ll enter the town of Aberdeen, home to another local brewery. The founders of Railhouse Brewery are as dedicated to making great beer as they were to serving our country. Owners and veterans, Brian Evitts and Mike Ratkowski, opened the brewery to the public late in 2010 in an effort to introduce people to beer focused on the malted barley and not so focused on the hops. In an unusual move, Railhouse Brewery has also partnered with the KA-BAR knife company to co-brand their brown ale and create unique tap handles like no other.