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The 2015 Ultimate Chapel Hill Checklist


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1. Attend a Carolina Performing Arts show at Memorial Hall
2. Laugh at stand-up performers at DSI Comedy Theater
3. Participate in the Second Friday Artwalk
4. Get a book signed by an author at Flyleaf Books
5. Read a book by a local author such as Sarah Dessen or Frances Mayes
6. Rock out to a band at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw
7. Catch a movie at The Varsity, Franklin Street’s theater for more than 50 years
8. View the latest exhibition at Ackland Art Museum or stroll through FRANK, an artist-owned gallery at Franklin Street
9. Watch your favorite band perform at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro

10. Play a round of golf at UNC’s Finley Golf Course
11. Walk through Tar Heel Town on a UNC football game day (Sept.-Nov.)
12. Spend an afternoon among the memorabilia at the Carolina Basketball Museum
13. See the caricatures of UNC icons on the walls at Spanky’s Restaurant and Bar
14. Watch a game or Franklin Street celebrations from the balcony at Top of the Hill
15. Rush Franklin Street after a Carolina victory over Duke
16. Eat a hot dog at the UNC baseball season opener at Boshamer Stadium
17. Hike the Occoneechee trails
18. Go for a kayak adventure along the Haw River
19. Go for a nature walk at the N.C. Botanical Garden
20. Enjoy an evening of music outside at Fridays on the Front Porch at The Carolina Inn (April-Oct.)
21. Have a picnic in the Arboretum
22. Take a relaxing turn down Poet’s Walk at Ayr Mount in Hillsborough
23. Check out the local farm scene on the annual Piedmont Farm Tour (April)
24. Go for a walk on Bolin Creek Trail, one of our many beautiful greenways
25. Relax on the lawn of Weaver Street Market in Carrboro
26. Go fishing on the Eno River
27. Stroll along the scenic Riverwalk, an urban greenway in Hillsborough

28. See Paperhand Puppet Intervention perform an outdoor show in the historic Forest Theatre (Aug.-Sept.)
29. See the Beltie cows and stroll the walkable Fearrington Village
30. Pile a cone high with Carolina Crunch from Maple View Farm
31. Catch an afternoon show at Morehead Planetarium
32. Watch an outdoor movie in the summer on the Green at Southern Village
33. Learn and explore with the kids at Kidzu Children’s Museum
34. Camp out for a good spot at the Fourth of July fireworks at Kenan Stadium
35. Ring in the Christmas season with the holiday parade and tree lighting downtown
36. Browse more than 100 artists’ booths along West Franklin Street during Festifall (first Sunday in Oct.)

37. Taste the Honeysuckle Sorbet at Crook’s Corner
38. Order a Single, Double, or, if you dare, a Triple BLT at Merritt’s Store & Grill
39. Tour the hottest food and drink spots with a Taste Carolina guide
40. Shop local produce from the Carrboro Farmers’ Market or Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market
41. Celebrate the Triangle’s vibrant culinary scene at Taste the Event in April
42. Go behind the scenes on a brewery tour of Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro and Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough
43. Wait in line on a weekend morning at Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen or have a late-night one at Time-Out
44. Finish a 33-ounce blue cup of beer at He’s Not Here
45. Buy a cut of meat from Cliff’s Meat Market in Carrboro
46. Indulge in some Southern fixin’s at Mama Dip’s
47. Sip a latte with friends at Caffe Driade
48. Pick out gourmet gifts at Southern Season

49. Tour the old Chapel Hill Cemetery
50. Take a step back in town history at the Horace Williams House, home to Preservation Chapel Hill
51. Drink from the Old Well
52. Kiss your sweetheart below the Davie Poplar tree on UNC’s campus
53. Get a milk shake and a hamburger at Sutton’s
54. Memorize the words to James Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind”
55. Step inside the old Orange County Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough
56. Take a self-guided tour of the Civil War-era Burwell School in Hillsborough
57. Celebrate Halloween in a big way on Franklin Street
58. Dine at Carolina Coffee Shop, the town’s oldest restaurant

59. Shop for a Carolina blue tie at Julian’s
60. Don your state pride by buying a North Carolina necklace at Vespertine in Carrboro
61. Try on trendy clothing and accessories at Uniquities
62. Find the hidden speakeasy Peccadillo and order a cocktail
63. Shop at University Mall
64. Walk around a historic neighborhood like Gimghoul to admire the architecture
65. Use your Italian dinnerware purchased at the VIETRI outlet store in Hillsborough