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Visitors and Relocation Guide

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 2018, 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.

We hope you enjoy clicking through the 2017 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 Bank!).

Inside the Visitors & Relocation Guide:

10 LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE EDITOR

12 WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Recent acclaim for Chapel Hill and Orange County

14 NEED-TO-KNOW NUMBERS

18 GETTING AROUND
Downtown parking guide and local lingo, decoded

22 PARKS & REC
Eight things to take advantage of

24 THE ULTIMATE CHAPEL HILL CHECKLIST
Must-see attractions and experiences

36 STAYCATION
You don’t have to go far to have fun outside Chapel Hill

50 THE RELOCATORS
Six residents share what they love about life on the Hill

54 CHAPEL HILL HISTORY
One native reflects on her family’s roots

56 BUSINESS RESOURCES 

62 THE BEST OF CHAPEL HILL AWARDS
Results from our annual reader poll

74 VIEW FROM ABOVE
New development and old college-town charm captured by drone

80 OUR UNIVERSITY
A tour of UNC and how to get tickets to games

86 FOODIE FUN
A collection of culinary-centric experiences and entertainment, including farmers markets

90 TASTE
A complete guide to area eateries

102 ANNUAL EVENTS
A full calendar of can’t-miss happenings

106 CHAPEL HILL SWAG
The ultimate guide to shopping local

108 MOVING ON UP
Starting your home search? Check out this Q&A with Realtor Jaye Kreller

124 LODGING GUIDE
Hotels, motels and B&Bs

128 WEDDED BLISS
Three couples share why they chose to tie the knot in town

130 LOOKING GOOD
A listing of spas and salons

136 WORK IT OUT
A directory of fitness and wellness centers

140 TAKE CARE
UNC Health Care and other area services have a tradition of excellence

146 OUR TOP DENTISTS 

156 RETIREMENT, SOUTHERN STYLE
Why one retired couple chose Chapel Hill and a guide to continuing care retirement communities

166 CLASS ACT
A directory of area schools

184 DELICIOUS DISHES
Meals and desserts we’ve enjoyed recently