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Chapel Hill Mid-Year Program 2012
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The town of Chapel Hill offers many other distractions on Franklin Street including boutique shopping, a historic movie theater and all the clothes in UNC blue you could ever wish for. The Morehead Planetarium, a former NASA training site, is available to educate visitors on the wonders of the stars and the universe. The Ackland Art Museum is a cultural hub of North Carolina and contains a variety of works from many countries. On Friday June 8th, 2012 Chapel Hill and Carrboro will host the 2nd Friday ArtWalk, opening the doors to many local galleries. Other nearby attractions include many golf courses, the NC Botanical Gardens and UNC landmarks such as the Belltower, the Old Well and the statue of Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice.

Chapel Hill is a foodie paradise and features a wide array of cuisine including: Asian, Seafood, Ethiopian, Indian, BBQ, Thai, Greek, Mediterranean, Brew-Pubs, French, Italian, Sushi, Southern/Soul Food.  Some personal favorites include the 'Bella Burger' at Sandwhich, the Shrimp and Grits at Crook's Corner, and the mac n' Cheese at Milltown. With options like this no one should go hungry!

After enjoying home-brews created by fellow OPSers on Saturday night, you might be in the mood to check out some of the fine craft brews that North Carolina has to offer.   There are many local breweries to check out:    
  • Chapel Hill:  Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery and Carolina Brewery
  • Raleigh:  Aviator, Big Boss, Boylan, LoneRider, Natty Greene’s, Roth
  • Durham:  Bull City, Fullsteam, Triangle


North Carolina is a fantastic place to do some shopping.  For some regional products that reflect North Carolina's unique character, check out the Visit Chapel Hill website.  To get lost in national stores such as Nordstrom, Macy's and Crate and Barrel, stop by the Streets of Southpoint.  It's located just off the highway between the airport and the meeting site.  Visit Brightleaf Square in downtown Durham, to enjoy some unique shops and restaurants in historic tobacco warehouses.  For great deals, check out the Tanger Oulets just outside of Durham in Mebane.         

If you are able to spend an extra day or two in North Carolina, consider traveling to our mountains or our coast.  Ranked #4 in the country, relaxing at the Outer Banks will be perfect in June.  You can also visit historic Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers soared into history with their first flight, or blaze your own trail and go hang gliding!  If you prefer the mountains, Asheville has much to offer with great views, great food, national parks and the largest private residence ever constructed in American History, the Biltmore Estate. 

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This list of excellent spots along famous Franklin Street was created by a "House-Divided”  -Maggie and Luke Werner.   Maggie works for Duke, and Luke works for UNC, so March Madness can be a tumultuous time at the Werner household every year!  Several of these places are also very nice coffee houses and/or music venues.  All serve alternative beverages, so no one should miss out on the fun of using this list to guide you by all the stops, shops, boutiques and fun places up and down the main artery of Chapel Hill. Download a pdf of the pub crawl info here.
  1. TOP OF THE HILL RESTAURANT AND BREWERY  100 E Franklin St., a great place to enjoy a view of downtown Chapel Hill
  2. SPANKY’S 101 E Franklin St., good food with a local flair and a nice beer selection
  3. KILDARE’S IRISH PUB 206 W Franklin St., really good hot toddies
  4. VESPA RISORANTE 306 W Franklin St., a good place to sit outside and enjoy some wine
  5. THE CRUNKLETON 320 W Franklin St.
  6.  WEST END WINE BAR 450 W Franklin St., need I say more
  7. THE CAVE 452.5 W Franklin St., catch some local live music
  8. CAROLINA BREWERY 460 W Franklin St., microbrew available here 
  9. LOCAL 506 506 W Franklin St., some more local music
  10. JESSEE’S COFFEE AND BAR 401 E Main St., one of my favorite places, beer, wine, and coffee all while enjoying free live music outdoors
  11. MILLTOWN 307 E Main St., huge beer selection
  12. SOUTHERN RAIL 201 E Main St., fun atmosphere near Carrboro’s town center
  13. THE SPOTTED DOG 111 E Main St., the friendliest bartender in town
  14. GLASSHALFULL 106 S Greensboro St., big wine selection and interesting food
  15. THE SPEAKEASY AT TYLER’S 100 E Main St., if you love beer but were overwhelmed by Milltown’s selection then this is where you want to be, you can also enjoy some billiards, foosball, and Pac-Man at this place.
  16. ACME FOOD AND BEVERAGE CO., 110 E Main St., interesting drink selection and REALLY good appetizers
  17. CATS CRADLE 300 E Main St., live music 7 days a week
  18. THE LANTERN 423 W Franklin St., bar is hidden in the back with a small outdoor patio
  19. ROBERT’S AT THE FRANKLIN HOTEL 311 W Franklin St., piano bar  
  20. THE DEAD MULE CLUB 303 W Franklin St., your almost home at this point

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