Moving to Chapel Hill?

Whether you're thinking about putting down roots in Chapel Hill or just visiting for the weekend, pick up a copy of the Visitors & Relocation Guide 2015, which is filled with helpful resources – from school info to neighborhood profiles to an ultimate Chapel Hill checklist. (We also encourage visitors to check out the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau – with information and statistics, a daily calendar of events and tons of itinerary suggestions, it is an invaluable source in planning your stay.)

Here at Chapel Hill Magazine, our job is to put out a magazine aimed specifically at the residents of Orange and Chatham counties. But once a year we also partner with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce to produce a guide just for visitors and folks who are new to the area, and we have so much fun introducing these readers to all the wonderful things about our towns.

This year's guide provides readers with everything there is to know about living here, from our neighborhoods, schools and retirement centers to our dining and entertainment scenes. Visitors can flip through the pages for ideas of what to see and do while they're here, and relocators can use this publication's directories, maps and pages of important phone numbers to make the transition to their new home a breeze.

We hope you enjoy clicking through the 2015 guide above. If you want a copy to keep around your home for reference (or for out-of-town visitors), purchase a copy for the shipping cost by calling 919-933-1551, or stop by our office at 1777 Fordham Blvd. in Chapel Hill (behind the SunTrust!).

Welcome to Chapel Hill! We hope you enjoy it here.

Inside the Visitors & Relocation Guide:

  • Map of Orange County and directions to nearby towns from Chapel Hill, plus a downtown parking guide and a local lingo guide
  • Need-to-know numbers
  • An introduction by Chapel Hill native and author Melissa Walker
  • A guide to Carrboro, Chapel Hill's next-door neighbor
  • Four reasons to check out Hillsborough, the town to our north
  • 11 reasons to check out Pittsboro, the town to our south
  • The ultimate Chapel Hill checklist full of must-see attractions and experiences
  • 2 families' stories on why they chose to move to town for good
  • A look at three impressive local business, plus Chart on Orange County market statistics and directory of business resources
  • The results from The Best of Chapel Hill awards
  • Photo essay with some of our favorite moments from the past year
  • A tour of UNC, plus how to get tickets to games and a look at UNC's most memorable sports moments
  • A fun breakdown of what to wear to a game
  • A Chapel Hill grocery list so you can stock your pantry locally
  • Farmers' markets
  • Dining guide
  • An ode to our restaurant culture
  • Local food events
  • A Q&A with a Realtor and where to buy new homes
  • Lodging guide
  • 2013-14 arts preview
  • Books about Chapel Hill/Orange County
  • The top nine reasons for hosting a Chapel Hill wedding
  • Spa and salon directory
  • Fitness center directory
  • Profile on UNC Hospitals
  • Directory of Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • Directory of public, private and charter schools and a letter from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Tom Forcella

Featured Pic

Sarah Dessen

Summer Reading

Did you know local author Sarah Dessen has a new book out? We stopped by Flyleaf Books to hear her read from "Saint Anything" before she signed books. Sure, it's coming of age story, but as huge fans of anything Sarah writes, we aren't above packing this one in our beach bag.

Photo by Kayla Anderson

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Carolina Cornucopia: A Conference on Foodways of the Tar Heel State, MAY 29-30 

Hosted by the North Carolina Collection, this new event will feature panels of food experts and historians, a wine reception and a dinner showcasing our state’s foods. Speakers include Kelly Alexander, Sheri Castle, Nancie McDermott, Debbie Moose and Andrea Weigl. Tickets are $40 for all events, including dinner, or free for panels only.


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