Culture and Recreation
Play it by ear: Rest & Relaxation is the rhythm of life.
With gorgeous beaches and majestic mountains less than three hours away, Sanford-Lee residents can easily slip away for a little R&R. But what people really love is right here: A vibrant and vital arts scene and resort quality recreation, not to mention great year-round weather. The Sanford area is paced for pleasure, with so much to do you can make a plan or play it by ear. Stay-cation or Play-cation in Sanford-Lee:
Savor highlights, high notes and all that jazz.
Temple Theatre, Carolina’s Center for the Performing Arts. Cue the audiences in this restored 1920’s vaudeville venue. A designated national landmark that draws more than 30,000 theatre goers annually with a star-studded schedule of musical and theatrical performances. As a training stage for young theatre artists, the Temple is also setting the stage for tomorrow’s great performances.
Sanford Arts & Vine Festival. This spirited two-day celebration of art showcases the work of North Carolina’s leading potters and artisans, as well as the products of the state’s premier vintners, brewers and vineyards. The fruits of their labor to sip and savor: A can’t miss for connoisseurs and fun-lovers of all kinds.
Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. Few cities could support a musical endeavor of this magnitude; Sanford has nurtured the Orchestra from its inception 25 years ago as a community jazz ensemble formed to share a love and understanding of the art. Today, the Orchestra is a dynamic musical force delighting and enlightening thousands across the state.
Broadway Our Way. From the funnel cakes to the fantastic music by favorite local bands, this annual celebration is just the way families like it: Friendly and fun.
Relax, refresh, reload. Recharge in Sanford-Lee.
Golf. When it comes to setting a course for superb year-round golfing excellence, it’s hard to beat Sanford-Lee. With the storied links of Pinehurst only a few miles away, golfers can follow in the footsteps of legends, or take a good walk spoiled on five outstanding courses here in the county, including one of the nation’s top public courses. Tobacco Road Golf Club was named the nation’s 4th best public course by Golf Digest and the 50th best public course in the world by Golf Course Architecture. Sanford’s municipal course is a gem as well, with a pine-lined fairway and a fabulous water view on the back nine.
Biking/hiking. The trails are varied in length and terrain, but the scenery is uniformly beautiful at the 177-acre San-Lee Park and Biking Trail. Hit the trails or stop and enjoy picnic areas and playgrounds; in-season paddle boating and kayaking are also popular. In and around town, Sanford’s expanding greenways are great for strolling, hiking or jogging, or just enjoying the fresh North Carolina air and scenery.
Lake and river fun. Perfect for paddlers, the 76-mile trek on the Deep River is the ideal adventure for all ages. And the nearby Jordan Lake spreads out over 1,400 acres of crystalline waters, and offers nine recreation areas, where camping, fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking are popular. Bald eagle-watching is also a favorite here.
Motocross. The tracks are tough, the riders tougher at the Devil’s Ridge Motocross, home of the North Carolina State championships.
Sporting Clays. Explore a venerated shooting art at its best on a complex course set amidst lush natural scenery at Deep River Sporting Clays, host to the premier Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition.
*First 3 photos courtesy of Hannah Hunsinger, The Sanford Herald