There’s no better place to soak in the fall season than North Carolina. Every year, nearly 70,000 tourists visit our mountains each day during the peak of fall season to see the leaves change colors. That’s an estimated 5.2 million leaf peepers each year! With so much to experience over the next couple of months, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite fall stops.
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September 22 is the first day of fall, which means pumpkin-flavored everything, weekend football tailgates and switching out wardrobes for cooler weather. Over in Germany, the start of fall means gearing up for one of the most important holidays of their calendar year – Oktoberfest. As the world’s largest folk festival, six million people flock to the streets of Munich each year for community, celebration and, of course, the beer. No need to start the process of renewing your passport or booking flights, the second annual Chatham County Beer Festival is bringing your favorite brews to your backyard.
Go outside. You heard us, go outside! There is plenty of summertime sunshine left to enjoy in and around Chatham County. Looking for ways to stay active in nature? We’re sharing our top destinations for hiking, biking, swimming, walking and camping in the area. It’s safe to say, we are very lucky to be surrounded by the natural beauty of North Carolina. Take advantage of it!
There is no shortage of places to visit and people to meet in our great state of North Carolina. For those of you who have lived here your entire lives, we guarantee that you have yet to explore all of these unusual attractions. If you have any recommendations for unique attractions we have not mentioned, share them with us! For a summer packed with wacky road trips, we’ve got a list to get you started.
For many Americans, that celebration is defined by hot dogs. Every year, on July 4, Americans consume 150 million hot dogs, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. In 1916, the first unofficial Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest took place, with four immigrants seeking a claim to fame. Today, that contest is a holiday tradition for the many folks competing and the millions watching at home. So, what’s for dinner in Chatham County on July 4?
Summer isn’t over yet. In fact, we’re only getting started here in Chatham County! If you did not have your child’s summer all planned out in April, don’t fret.
In the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chatham Rabbits began touring the state in a camper van, hosting backyard concerts in parks and in neighborhoods. Neighbors staged lawn chairs, packed charcuterie boards and simply enjoyed the presence of others, at a safe distance, listening to music. Two years later, PBC North Carolina will premier their television show, “On the Road with Chatham Rabbits,” which began this May on Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Adventurers travel far and wide to experience life underwater. By that, we mean snorkeling. Some fly hours to Belize, or Thailand or Bonaire. Some make the best of what is right in their backyard and yes, that means in North Carolina too. Snorkeling in North Carolina is a popular pastime and more accessible than you’d think. Before grabbing your passport, we recommend visiting one of these snorkeling spots on the coast of our great state!
Relax, unwind and re-center yourself. It’s tax season, which means that you are probably buried in work, paperwork or a combination of the two. But, it doesn’t have to be tax season for you to treat yourself. It can happen any day of the week, anytime of the year! Fortunately for you, Chatham County is home to many havens, places where you can get your mind off of life’s many stressors. You may find relaxation at the park, at the spa or right in front of the television.