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



Jack Butler, an eighth grade student at St. Thomas More Catholic School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.  The school bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee.

Thousands of schools around the U.S. and the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2015 Bee.  The school champions, including Jack, will take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 27, 2015.

Photo courtesy of St. Thomas More Catholic School

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Annual Community Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 28, 11:30am-1:30pm​

The Easter Bunny has been busy hiding 25,000 eggs throughout River Park in Hillsborough, so it's up to kids ages 2 to 10 to bring a basket and find every last one. The whole family will enjoy live entertainment, games, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. River Park, 140 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough; (Rain date: Sunday, March 29, 2-4pm)


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