Chapel Hill, NC – My family loves outdoor living and a natural lifestyle. That’s what makes Briar Chapel one of my favorite Triangle Communities. Now, a new park is set to open, one of 21 planned for this ingenious and ambitious community. Read more
Chatham County, N.C. – I was first attracted to Briar Chapel by the bike trails. But I did not know that it was the largest green community in the Triangle. Here’s some interesting facts about eco-friendly living in Chatham County. Read more
Photo by Jomudo.
Pittsboro, NC – Once Fall arrives, I look forward to warm apple cider, colorful leaves, hay rides, jack-o-lanterns and street fairs. Now is a great time to visit some of the local farms to get a pumpkin and try your luck in the corn maze.
Pittsboro Street Fair
I like to start my Fall activities with the Pittsboro Street Fair. Its close to home and full of local artists, craftsmen, ready-to-eat and take-home food, and live musical entertainment with tons of free children’s activities from 10 am – 5 pm.
Come out to the Pittsboro Street Fair in Pittsboro, Saturday October 22nd on Hanks Street.
The Haw River Sunset Paddle
Take in the spectacular fall colors during a sunset paddle behind the Bynum Dam with Haw River Canoe & Kayak. The flatwater of the dam is especially well-suited for young and novice paddlers, with smooth paddling and plenty to see. You may get to see a great blue heron, belted kingfishers, Canada geese, red-tail hawks and eagles while paddling.
The paddle begins at 5p.m. this Saturday, October 22nd. The trip fee is $25.00 per person. If you bring a canoe or kayak, the trip fee is $20 per person.
To register, please call Haw River Canoe and Kayak at 336-260-6465. Registrations are on a first come, first serve basis.
Some Story Telling & Short Truths
If siting back in a chair and listing to some good stories is what you’d rather do this Saturday night, come on out to Bynum General Store‘s front porch between 6:30 and 9 p.m. Listen to stories spun by storytellers J.A. Bolton and Randy Rayfield.
Farm Fun, Amazing Mazes, And Halloween Festivals
Here is a great list of places to take the family and enjoy all the Fall activities.
- Halloween Hoopla – Siler City
- The Chapel Hill Preservation Society presents Haunted Chapel Hill tours
- Halloween Pumpkin Fest at Fearrington Village
- Halloween Express Train on the New Hope Valley Railway – New Hope
- Ganyard Hill Farm – Durham
- Carrboro Halloween Carnival – Carrboro
- Hart’s Pumpkin Farm – 885 Meroney Church Road, Bear Creek
Wishing you a spook-tacular October!
Chapel Hill, NC – A short drive from Pittsboro is A Southern Season, one of the state’s most wonderful and famous places to buy food, cooking implements, home wares and more. I was interested to learn that the business was recently sold to a prestigious group of local investors. Read more
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Chapel Hill, NC – True luxury has never been this affordable. 4 bedroom, 6 bath home in Chapel Hill on 2.86 acres of land. Over 5,000 square feet of living space. A steal for the right buyer at $650,000.
This is one of the finest homes to come on the market in the last few months. Spacious rooms, hardwood floors, a three car garage, swimming pool and two fireplaces.
3 zone heat pump saves money on energy. Beautiful wooded property on a private cul-de-sac creates a feeling of privacy in your own forest paradise.
Lovely, shaded patio overlooking the pool recalls a bygone era of old time Southern charm. Meticulous craftsmanship and top quality materials are evident in the crown moldings, cabinetry and surfaces.
Even more to love: how about a 2nd kitchen with wine refrigerator, first floor master bedroom with separate sitting area, an office, a floored attic, living room, family room, breakfast room… too many features to name here. You’ll just have to come see it.
Built in 2005, 53 Hidden Oaks Drive in Chapel Hill is truly a home with all the amenities.
Square Feet: 5,014
Get in touch for more info about this fabulous home.
Julie Roland Realty, Inc.
Julie Roland, Owner/Broker
Chapel Hill, NC – West Franklin Street might just be the Triangle’s Restaurant Row. From Columbia Street to S. Graham, it’s one interesting eatery next to another.
There are still some old favorites on West Franklin. But turnover is high in the restaurant business and I was surprised at how many cool looking new places had opened up.
That’s part of what makes W. Franklin the epicenter of the food scene in the Triangle – the energy is there. Both restaurateurs and foodies know it’s the place to go to try something new and exciting.
I mean, a girl needs to eat when she’s not selling houses. And Franklin Street is just 10 minutes up the road from my house in Monterrane.
In fact, there’s so much restaurant stuff happening on West Franklin that this story has to be in two parts.
Part 1: The North Side of the Street
Staring at Graham Street and heading back toward the center of town, here’s the line up.
The Chocolate Door
Handmade chocolate and truffles. It’s like you fell asleep and woke up in Switzerland. I mean, what’s not to love in a chocolate boutique?
A mainstay on West Franklin with the college crowd. Fast, inexpensive and tasty.
Another W. Franklin fixture. Sometimes, a slice of pizza is one of life’s great pleasures.
The big attraction is the beer – fresh, imaginative and flavorful. Many signature brews on tap including Flagship IPA (Gold Medal, Great American Beer Festival), Copperline Amber Ale (Gold Medal, World Beer Championships), and Sky Blue Golden Ale (Silver Medal, World Beer Championships). Voted Best Brewpub in the Southeast by Brewpub magazine, and Best Burger in the Triangle by Independent Magazine and the readers of The Daily Tar Heel.
Turkish food. A truly unique experience – the decor, the music and the food. You may not recognize one item on the menu, but everything is well-explained and the cuisine is similar to others in the Eastern Mediterranean. Try Karisik Izgara:
Four different Kebabs in one dish! An inviting combination of lamb chop, -weekends doner kebab-, lamb, chicken and Adana kebabs cooked to your desire and served with rice and greens. A luxurious treat for any lover of kebabs!
Since 1999, one of the most celebrated restaurants in the area. Chef Bret Jennings is known for his unique style of regional American cuisine. He’s been featured in Southern Living and has cooked at the James Beard House in New York.
West End Wine Bar – More than 60 interesting wines on the menu from Picpoul (a modest French white that’s amazingly refreshing on a hot day) to Nero d’Avola, a mouthful of flavor from Sicily. West End also has savory side plates of meats and cheeses in the European tradition, much like tapas. Definitely a date-night location.
A vast menu of Mediterranean specialties including falalfel, hummus, gyro, stuffed grape leaves, wonderful olives and a very fine Chicken Salad on a pita. You will be glad you did not go to Wendy’s. They also serve Fatayers, a delicacy you won’t find too often:
Fatayers are served with fresh feta and mozzarella cheeses on our traditional Middle-Eastern, boat-shaped dough made with certified organic flour.
Casual family dining since 1935.
Cypress on the Hill
Another date-night restaurant. Guys will love the Veal Porterhouse or the Painted Hills Ribeye . Girls might enjoy Stuffed Quail or the fresh NC Dayboat Black Grouper. The latter comes with Maque Grits and Collards.
A place to get a quick slice or some wings.
My daughter loves these sandwiches.
Chapel Hill’s authentic Italian. Risotto di Mare, Penne Al Fumo and Veal Scaloppine are all sure to satisfy. Wash it down with a nice Montepulciano. Lovely patio in mild weather.
Kildare Irish Pub
Not your typical “Irish” pub, owner Dave Magrogan has gone to great lengths to import artifacts from Ireland that recreate the atmosphere and history of Irish pubs. The food is hearty, the beer is strong and the conversation lively.
Lime & Basil
Vietnamese and Pho cuisine. Pho is a noodle soup which can have beef, chicken, fish or vegetables and is great on a rainy Chapel Hill afternoon.
What’s great about this Caribou is that it’s in an old auto service station.
I Love NY Pizza
You can have three pizza joints on one block. Which one do you like best?
Ben & Jerry’s
Sometimes college kids need their Cheesecake Brownie or Cherry Garcia. Sometimes, we all do.
Fast and cheerful Mexican grill.
So there you have it: 18 places to eat on the north side of West Franklin. I have to go for a run before I hit the south side of the block.
What Do You Like?
What’s your favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill?