Visitors & Relocation Guide

Warm Welcome

I wasn’t born or bred in Chapel Hill, but first came to love it during college at UNC. I could have stayed in my campus bubble those four years but working for The Daily Tar Heel student newspaper had me attending school board and town council meetings. I dined at Franklin Street eateries when my budget allowed and watched indie flicks at The Chelsea Theater.

After graduation and stints in New York and Alabama, I was lured back to town to work for Chapel Hill Magazine. I always thought I’d end up here, but figured it would be years down the road, to raise a family or to retire. In the end, it was the dynamic cultural scene, the sense of community I’d felt on and beyond campus and the chance to attend more UNC basketball games – Go Heels! – that brought me back.

Moving here for the second time back in 2014, I had a slight advantage over the average new resident – I generally knew my way around. But I had to find a gym, an eye doctor, networking opportunities and so on. This guide was a helpful place to start then just as it is now, and I got to explore parks, art galleries and breweries, marking things off the “Ultimate Checklist” for Orange and Chatham counties. I ventured to historic Hillsborough and charming Pittsboro, attended food festivals and fundraisers and got a Chapel Hill Public Library card, something I highly recommend.

Whether you’ve picked up our Visitors and Relocation Guide because you are on a campus tour with your high schooler or on a business trip or if you’re thinking about moving here, welcome! We hope this guide brings you up to speed on places to go, events not to miss and the town you might soon be calling home. We hope you love the “Southern part of heaven” as much as we do

Jessica Stringer, editor

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