Chapel Hill and Carrboro share a main street, a school system and a local Chamber of Commerce. But they are each very much their own towns with their own personalities and governments. However, because of their proximity, it makes sense to cover the top things to do together. Here, in no particular order, are some recommendations.
1. The Old Well
Franklin Street is the heart of downtown Chapel Hill and borders the UNC Campus. A stoll down East Franklin from Henderson to Columbia will take you past upscale boutiques like Design 149 and Julians. It is also the place to pick up Tar Heel t-shirts and other Carolina mementoes. If you get hungry you'll find plenty of restaurants along the way.
Bon Appetit called our area the "Foodiest Small Town in America." The above link only covers a fraction of our fabulous restaurants. A more comprehensive list is coming soon. If you need a recommendation before I can get the article written, feel free to email me.
The 900-acre North Carolina Bontanical Gardens has hiking trails, formal gardens, displays of native plants and a beautiful visitor center.
An old cotton mill, once slated for domolition--was reborn as the Carr Mill Mall and serves as the center-piece of downtown Carrboro. Anchored by local co-op grocery Weaver Street Market, the building, shops and surrounding lawn are a hub of community activity.
6. Jordan Lake
Open Eye Cafe is a local coffee shop in the heart of Carrboro. Award winning baristas. Free WiFi. Comfy couches.
On the 2nd Friday of each month, the Ackland Arts Museum and local galleries in Chapel Hill and Carrboro open their doors between 6-9 p.m. Many offer live music and refreshments. Often the artists are on hand to discuss their work.
Fearrington Village is a collection of shops, restaurants, gardens and homes centered around the historic Fearrington Inn and Restaurant. The inn is a Relais and Chateaux property and always at the top of media lists for the one of the best places to eat and stay in the world. Fearrington Village is also home to a herd of Belted Galloway Cows, known to local children as the "oreo cows."