Top 5 Attractions in Pittsboro

Pittsboro, NC – I’ve written about these places before. But if you’re new to the area, visiting for the day or thinking of relocating to Pittsboro, here are a few exemplary places to explore.

1. Downtown Pittsboro

Pittsboro traces its roots back to Revolutionary times. Explore downtown by foot, stopping in at quaint restaurants, fashionable boutiques and curious collectors shops and antique stores.

You could spend an hour downtown or all day. Some of my favorite places: S&T Soda Shoppe, French Connection and Virlie’s.

2. Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly the Carnivore Preservation Trust, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Walk the cat walk! Your tour will take you on guided half-mile walk to meet some of the world’s most endangered species. Your guide will personally introduce you to tigers, caracals, servals, ocelots, binturongs, and kinkajous, explaining the rescue stories that brought them to Carolina Tiger Rescue and the issues that their kind face in the wild. The tour will last approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours, depending on the group’s involvement.

Address: 1940 Hanks Chapel Road Pittsboro, NC 27312

Public tour times:

Saturday: 10 am & 1 pm
Sunday: 10 am & 1 pm


Adults (12 & up): $17
Youth (4-12): $10
Children 3 & under: free

Carolina Tiger Rescue is only open to the public for guided tours. Public tours require tickets purchased in advance. Private tours and specialty tours require reservations

3. Fearrington Village

Just minutes from Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC,  Fearrington is a community located on an historic farm near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

At the heart of Fearrington is the Village Center, with boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, a spa and an independent bookstore surrounded by extensive gardens and pastures.

The Fearrington House Inn and Restaurant, a Relais & Chateaux property, offers fine dining and lodging and hosts weddings, corporate retreats and other special events.  Explore the Villages at your own leisure or attend one of the events found here.

Address: 2000 Fearrington Village Center Pittsboro NC  27312

4. SilkHope Winery

SilkHope, Chatham County’s first winery — part of NC’s Variety Vineland — receives warm sunlight during the day, making it an ideal location for producing award-winning wines. We’re open for tours and we encourage everyone to visit us to learn more about our wine-making process.

Current Wine List for SilkHope includes Cab. Franc, Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot, Chambourcin, Norton, Grand Vista, Red Roots, Traminette, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc Sparkling Vidal, and Ros of Chambourcin.

Address:  2601 Silk Hope Gum Springs Rd Pittsboro, NC 27312 Pittsboro, NC 27312

Hours of operation:

Thursday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm

To make an appointment for a large group, please contact them at (919) 545-5696.

5. Oakleaf

Pittsboro has lots of good restaurants. How about trying something new?

Oakleaf, a new upscale restaurant housed in the historic Chatham Mill, is a progressive American restaurant with a focus on locally-sourced and sustainably raised/harvested ingredients.

Oakleaf features seafood from the Carolinas, locally-raised meats and poultry, and produce sourced primarily from our farmers in Chatham and surrounding counties. The restaurant strives for a sophisticated dining experience in a comfortable and inviting environment.

Address: 480 Hillsboro St Pittsboro, NC 27312

Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday:

LUNCH: 11:00am – 2:00pm
DINNER: 5:30pm – 9:00pm


LUNCH: 11:00am – 2:00pm
DINNER: 5:30pm – 10:00pm


BRUNCH: 10:00am – 1:00pm
DINNER: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Closed Sundays and Major Holidays.


Picture from Oakleaf restaurant.

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