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Visitors and Relocation Guide

Every year, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce presents the State of the Community Report. You can think of it as a status report of where we stand compared to other towns and counties. Like anything, there’s always room for improvement, but generally, our community is doing pretty well. (See the key findings on page 60.)

Inspired by the report, here’s my own list of the top reasons I love living here: 

1) The weather. We are so lucky to have Carolina blue skies most days of the year, making outdoor movies at Southern Village and eating outside enjoyable. 

2) The arts. World-class musicians and ensembles stop through town frequently thanks to Carolina Performing Arts and Cat’s Cradle. And the local talent is pretty amazing, too – attend a PlayMakers Repertory Company show and you’ll see what I’m talking about. 

3) The food. The cornbread at ACME. The fried peach hand pie at Lula’s. The weekly bounty at the farmers markets. Top of the Hill’s blueberry wheat beer. I could go on and on. 

4) UNC. Sure, I’m biased as a UNC alumna, but you haven’t lived until you’ve lost your voice at a Carolina basketball game or looked through the telescope at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or attended a free lecture on campus. 

5) Shopping local. When I need a birthday card, I go to Cameron’s. One of my favorite purses is from Uniquities, and I have the PTA Thrift Store to thank for my coffee table.  

6) The people. With every issue we put out, I learn more about my neighbors, and I know with certainty that there’s not a more giving, talented, passionate community out there. 

I hope you have a wonderful stay in town – or maybe you’re here for the foreseeable future – either way, welcome to the Southern part of heaven! 


Inside the Visitors & Relocation Guide:

6 Letter From The Editor

8 Accolades

Recent acclaim for Orange & Chatham counties 

10 Need-to-Know Numbers

16 Local Lingo

Learn to talk like a local with this handy guide

18 Downtown Parking Guide

24 Parks & Rec

8 things to take advantage of, plus all about the bus 

30 The Ultimate Chapel Hill Checklist

Everything a local should do, plus seasonal favorites

42 Day Trip

Take a closer look at what to do in Hillsborough, Carrboro, Durham and Chatham County

52 Advice for Relocators

Newly arrived residents share what brought them here and how they’re working to make it feel like home 

56 Business Resources

A look at downtown Chapel Hill’s innovation district, plus a directory of business resources and stats

62 The Best Of Chapel Hill Awards + Chatham Readers’ Favorites

72 University of North Carolina

Don’t miss these spots and events on UNC’s campus

80 Dining Guide

A complete guide to area eateries, plus can’t miss daily deals

90 Foodie Fun

Farmers markets, breweries, distilleries and more

96 Real Estate

Starting your home search? The president of the Orange Chatham Association of Realtors offers some insights

106 Neighborhoods

We take a closer look at seven distinct neighborhoods in Chatham and Orange counties

128 Lodging

Hotels, motels and B&Bs

132 Weddings

Three couples share why they tied the knot locally

134 Spas & Salons

138 Fitness Guide

142 Health Care

147 Our Top Dentists

157 Retirement Guide

Locals share what made them move to (or stay in) the southern part of heaven for their golden years

172 Schools

A directory of local districts and other options

192 A Second Look