The Bradford by Day, Fearrington by Night

For many of you, travel plans for the holiday season have been adapted, altered or altogether cancelled. Traditions that were once annual staples have been put on hold until the next year. Take the opportunity to explore your own neighborhood, right here in Chatham County. Of the many local favorites hosting holiday open houses, The Bradford in New Hill is one of them! A luxurious event and wedding venue, the team at The Bradford welcome you to learn more about their story. Give the gift of exploration to your loved ones and book a private, socially distanced tour today. 

Once you’ve booked your seasonal tour, reserve a Christmas dinner, courtesy of The Fearrington House Restaurant. Look at that, your December calendar is starting to fill up already! 

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Thanksgiving at Home

More than ever, the saying, “no place like home for the holidays,” will ring true. A compromise for your Thanksgiving plans does not mean compromising for your favorite holiday traditions. For Thanksgiving weekend, we have your plans covered. Celebrate at the Pittsboro Christmas Tree Lighting then reserve a table at a local eatery or bring the taste of the season, and all the seasonings, home! 

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‘Tis the Season to Shop Small

This holiday season, shoppers can expect some delay in gift delivery as online retail is expected to grow by nearly 20 percent. With more and more people celebrating the entirety of the holiday shopping season in the comfort of their homes, offline sales are expected to decline, having a direct impact on smaller local businesses.

Take the rush out of rush ordering and support Chatham County businesses while shopping safely. Many of your local favorites are hosting open houses and annual shopping events, all while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Is your gift list ready?

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Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge

Because we all need more farm animals in our lives! Pittsboro’s Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge is a gathering place for species, both human and animal. On Saturday, October 31, visit the farm for a unique musical experience, shared with goats, sheeps and all your favorite fall treats. At 3 p.m., take a socially-distanced seat, and take in the fall weather in the most ideal autumn setting.

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A Very Huckleberry Fall

Pumpkin-picking season is almost ripe at Siler City’s Huckleberry Trail Farm. A Chatham County favorite, Huckleberry Trail Farm’s Fall Festival kicks off sweater weather for many locals. This year, the farm’s response to the current health pandemic will ensure the safety of employees and visiting guests, including several alternatives to many of the traditional activities typically offered. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. until October 31, the Fall Festival will be in full swing. Tickets are available now online! 

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Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop… too soon? The festivities are in full swing at Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm in Apex. Before you set out on finding the perfect tree, they’ve got a few summer activities up their sleeve. Open now, U-Pick Flowers appointments allow visitors the chance to bring their fall bouquet visions to life. Throughout September, the Falling For Fall event will open the farm up to vendors offering fall decor from candles to homemade pumpkin plushies!

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Haunted Hills Terror Drive

It may not feel like it just yet, but Halloween is creeping up on us! This year, the Halloween season may not seem as traditional, but don’t get spooked just yet. The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center is delivering all the ghouls, goblins and ghosts at the seasonal Haunted Hills Terror Drive. A drive-through spook-tacular for anyone in the Pittsboro area, this will be a socially distanced event you will want on your calendar! 

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Food Feeds Commmunity

These days, neighborly support is more important than ever. Organizations across North Carolina are brainstorming creative solutions in extending a helping hand to their communities, at a safe distance. The Chatham Food Hub in Siler City exemplifies just one of these creative solutions. Offering residents a drive-through food court, the Chatham Food Hub is partnering with local restaurants to blend community and food together. The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering is among the first restaurants to join in the initiative, bringing their menu to the drive-through table.  

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Goodness Gracious!

No, we really mean it – goodness gracious! Getting tired of the routine microwaveable dinners and takeout? It does not have to be the same old, same old. Pittsboro welcomes Goodness Gracious! Juice Company to their list of local culinary favorites. Serving up fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, breakfast, soups and salads, break up your day with a new kind of flavor. 

Open Thursday to Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., that workday or weekend lunch break just got a bit tastier. Read ahead for your breakfast or lunchtime inspiration. 

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Beat the Heat, Run for Tigers

For many of you who spent countless hours on the couch binge-watching the Netflix documentary Tiger King, the majestic cats most likely piqued your interest. While Chatham County’s Carolina Tiger Rescue has no association with the docuseries, their starring characters are very much the same – the tigers. As a nonprofit, wildlife sanctuary, their mission is rooted in the protection of wild cats in captivity and in the wild. Though you are unlikely to save a tiger in your own neck of the woods, you can help their team in their quest!

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