Orange and Chatham Counties are home to a diverse and exciting collection of towns, shops, and schools.
At the heart of Orange County is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNCCH is the oldest public university and offers Graduate, Undergraduate and Non-Matriculated study opportunities as well as a nationally recognized sports program for both men and women.
Chapel Hill is a quintessential university town with a bustling downtown and a vibrant night life. Specialty bars rub shoulders with upscale shops, jumping coffee shops and tasty quick lunch spots. The Carolina Inn, snuggled up to the UNC campus hosts, “Fridays on the Front Porch” with local bands and grilled food under the magnolias.
Next door to Chapel Hill is Carrboro, an old mill town that has become a hub of diversity with small local shops, fine dining, and a large local farmers’ market. It is not uncommon to hang out on the lawn at Weaver Street Market and hear many languages being spoken.
On the second Friday of every month, Carrboro hosts the 2nd Friday Art Walk featuring local artists in many venues along with live music. Every Thursday during the summer, Weaver Street Market presents different local bands on their lawn under the live oaks.
Hillsborough in north Orange County is the county seat with a history reaching back to before the Revolutionary War. Their historic district is full of picturesque homes that foster the sense of an old time southern town.
Hillsborough also has the beautiful Riverwalk (about two miles along the Eno River; part of the NC Moutains to Sea Trail) which winds through the center of town. Just up the road is the Durham Technical Community College Orange County Campus.The Hillsborough Arts Council presents “Last Fridays” featuring music and art throughout the downtown.
In Chatham County to the south is Pittsboro, a quaint southern town surrounded by rolling hills and rich farmland.The down town community hosts the Pittsboro First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market with live music, merchants and artists on the street, and a play area for kids.
Coming soon to the area will be Chatham Park, a series of planned communities with their own distinct town centers offering shopping, dining, and outstanding living minutes from downtown Pittsboro.