Spring Camping on Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake camping  photo by Justin Wyne via a Creative Commons License.

Pittsboro, NC – I love camping. It’s an instant vacation. And 5 minutes from my house in Monterrane are 5 great camping areas on beautiful Jordan Lake. Read more

Eagle Watching on Jordan Lake

Pittsboro, NC – Living in Chatham County, right next door to Jordan Lake, is heaven to a nature lover like me. The lake offers just about everything an outdoorsy person could want, including amazing opportunities to bird watch.

An outstanding birding location year-round, Jordan Lake seems to attract more stellar rarities, such as Long-billed Murrelet, White-tailed Tropicbird, and Smith’s Longspur, than any other local spot. And did you know that Jordan Lake supports the largest concentration of bald eagles in the eastern United States? Read more

Monterrane – the Neighborhood for Nature Lovers

“Kayaking on Jordan Lake” by S. Fenton via a Flickr Creative Commons license.

Pittsboro, NC – One of the things I love best about living in Monterrane is being surrounded by nature. Read more

Haw River Festival Learning Celebration

Pittsboro, NC – Just a few miles from my house in Monterrane is the wild and beautiful Haw River. One of the most beautiful things about it is the Haw River Assembly, a non-profit citizen’s group founded in 1982 to restore and protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake.

Right now, HRA is busily gearing up for their 21st annual Haw River Festival Learning Celebration, and they could use your help. Read more

Pittsboro Events in August

Eagles, tigers, biofuels and a good old-fashioned street fair – where could you find all that in one place?

How about Pittsboro during the month of August?

Jordan Lake Wildlife Observation Platform
Saturday, August 14, 9am – 10am

Photo courtesy of N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Take a short hike to the new Jordan Lake Wildlife Observation Platform off of Martha’s Chapel Road.

Bring binoculars and hopefully you will see living examples of our national bird, as well as other flying friends. The guide for this tour will be Chris Militscher with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Meet in the parking lot. The entrance from Martha’s Chapel Road is marked with a brown “Watchable Wildlife” binoculars sign.

Register for the trip by contacting Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro campus, Continuing Education office. Registration may be done by calling 919.542.6495 ext 8044 or in person at the office, 764 West St., Pittsboro, NC. More Info

Biofuels Tour
August 6, 2010 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
The Abundance Foundation
192 Lorax Lane Pittsboro, NC 27312

More Info

Photo from The Abundance Foundation

Biofuels, like biodiesel and ethanol, are derived from plant and animal products. They can be used to run cars, buses and trucks and are an important part of the growing “green energy” market.

Turns out Pittsboro is a hot bed of biofuels and sustainability, boasting what may be North Carolina’s first Green Business Park.

See environmentalism and business working together when the Abundance Foundation and Piedmont Biofuels give free tours of The Plant, home to Piedmont Biofuels Industrial; Eastern Carolina Organics; Screech’s hydroponic lettuce greenhouse, a biodiversity project; Vermiculture; and The Abundance Foundation’s office.

Tours are also held every Sunday at 1 PM.

First Sunday in Pittsboro
Saturday, August 7, 2010
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Pittsboro

Downtown Pittsboro. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Explore downtown Pittsboro shops and eateries. Fun street fair atmosphere and plenty of special festivities. Great fun for the whole family.

“First Sunday” in August is actually on Saturday. Take note.

Carolina Tiger Rescue Twilight Tours
Ages 13 and up
1940 Hanks Chapel Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Photo from Carolina Tiger Rescue

Saturdays at 6, 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. Dates in August:

  • August 7, 2010 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • August 14, 2010 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • August 21, 2010 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • August 28, 2010 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

These special walks are during the most active part of the predators’ days. Call for reservations (919) 542-4684.

More about Pittsboro

All this stuff is happening less than fifteen minutes from my woodsy home in Monterrane.

If you want to know more about Pittsboro and Chatham County, get in touch!

Julie Roland Realtor®
Realty World Carolina Properties

Jordan Lake Boat Rentals

Pittsboro, NC – Realtors are expected to be experts in their communities. I’m always collecting info about schools, restaurants, events, kids sports and more. But one of the most frequent questions I get is: “Can you rent a boat on Jordan Lake?”

Yes, you can. But the info is a little hard to gather. And Jordan Lake is in my backyard – literally five minutes away from Monterrane.

So here’s a quick list of some good resources for various kinds of boat rental on Jordan Lake – fishing boats, pontoons, jet skis, kayaking and canoeing. Something for everyone. Read more

The Pleasures of Pittsboro

Pittsboro, NC – If you’re looking for small village charm in the heart of the Triangle, look no farther than Pittsboro.

An Historic Downtown

Founded in 1787, Pittsboro was incorporated as the seat of Chatham County government. One hundred twenty five lots were laid out surrounding a public square bisected by four streets. Today, the downtown Historic District spans 59 acres and lists 92 principal buildings, 39 outbuildings, 3 cemeteries and a civil war monument.

The streets are punctuated with historic markers and the old buildings each have a story to tell.

The big news in the recent past was a fire that severely damaged the historic Chatham County Courthouse in the center of town. The Board of Commissioners immediately voted to restore the building to its former glory. That work is already under way.

Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Shopping, services and restaurants radiate out from the courthouse, giving Pittsboro a truly vibrant downtown.

There’s Urban Sampler, home to chic design and Virlie’s Grill, a local eatery where everybody knows your name. Old Pittsboro Antiques affords shoppers a chance to own a small piece of history, musicians flock to Sullivan Music, Bizu sells fine handcrafted jewelry and Antonella’s pampers customers looking for a European salon experience. Blissful!

One of the most popular destinations in downtown Pittsboro is the General Store Cafe. Locals prize the healthy, inventive, casual dining experience in an old-fashioned general store. From art to gardening and home furnishings, GSC delights visitors with things for sale and things to eat. They also have one of the best musical stages in the area making GSC a popular night spot.

I’d be remiss not to mention S&T Soda Shoppe, a Victorian charmer that’s the favorite haunt of my kids.

One more gem in downtown Pittsboro: French Connection. No, not the trendy clothing store. This is the place to go for fine imported furniture and antiques, plus some truly dramatic collectibles. You’re not going to find any of this stuff at the mall.

French Connection sells European and African antiques, art and collectibles.

Getting Back to Nature

Jordan Lake, a 47,000 acres recreation are just outside Pittsboro.

In addition to one of the most vibrant historic downtown districts in the State, Pittsboro is fortunate to be close to many of the area’s premier outdoor recreational attractions.

The Haw River rushes and bubbles to the east of town. It’s one of the best rivers in the Piedmont for canoeing and kayaking.

Then there’s Jordan Lake. The state-run recreation area encompasses almost 47,000 acres and offers boating, swimming, beaches & picnic areas, fishing, wind surfing, kayaking, water skiing, camping and bird watching. It’s also one of the region’s largest summertime roosts of the bald eagle.


In the Traingle, all roads lead to Pittsboro.

One of the reasons Pittsboro has continued to thrive over the generations is its location as a hub of area roads.

15-501 connects the center of town to Chapel Hill, a mecca of sports, culture and excitement.

US-64 also runs through town, affording easy transportation to Raleigh, Cary and Apex. It’s just a short drive to professional sports, world-class concert venues and the big-city vibe of the State Capital.

See Pittsboro on a map.

Living in Pittsboro

This lovely house is in the Monterrane neighborhood.

Wooded subdivisions dot the landscape around the town. There’s Henry’s Ridge, The Preserve, Legacy and my own neighborhood, Monterrane.

Real estate and homes around Pittsboro appeal to people who like the woodsy serenity of being surrounded by nature.

My Take on Pittsboro

What’s not to love? A cute, vibrant downtown, proximity to the best outdoor activities in the Triangle and good value, high-quality homes and neighborhoods.

If you’re thinking about living in the Triangle, you owe it to yourself to look at Pittsboro. Call, email or just visit – my office is at 73 Hillboro St. right in the center of town.

General Store Cafe in Pittsboro. Photos by Hal Goodtree, all rights reserved.