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April 27, 2010 | 09:20 AM

Carolina Crossroads Culinary Rewards Program

As a guest of the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar, you have experienced our graceful dining atmosphere, enjoyed our impeccable service and savored our unparalleled menu. As a way of saying thanks for being our valued customer, we have created a new loyalty program that rewards you just for dining with us.

With our Culinary Rewards Program, you'll earn points every time you dine at the Carolina Crossoads, so you can enjoy more great food and good times on us. As a member, you'll earn one point for every dollar you spend at the restaurant and bar. Once you have accumulated 300 points, we'll give you a $20 Carolina Crossroads gift card that can be redeemed any time at our restaurant - it's that easy! Additionally, rewards members will receive special invitations to Members Only events and offers, as well as preferred reservations on high demand dates.

Enrollment in the program is simple - and free! Enroll now or register in person during your next meal with us. And just for signing up, you'll receive 25 bonus points to get started.



December 08, 2009 | 08:25 AM

Tar Heel Wedding

Livi and Jeremy celebrated their wedding with us Carolina style.  KA Studios Cinematography captured their special day on film.  Click here to view their beautiful wedding video.  It truly was a Tar Heel dream wedding.  Congratulations Livi and Jeremy!


A large percentage of our brides and grooms are Carolina Alumni.  Since The Carolina Inn is owned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and located on the UNC campus, it is a Carolina girls' dream to walk down the aisle in our beautiful Hill Courtyard and celebrate the beginning of her new life in our elegant Old Well Room.

Carolina brides, tell us your Tar Heel wedding stories right here on our blog.  How did you meet your loved one?  How did he propose?  What was your dream wedding like?   

November 06, 2009 | 04:47 PM

UNC Homecoming Weekend in Chapel Hill

Carolina homecoming weekend is an exciting time to be in Chapel Hill.  The town is taken over with Carolina blue and Tar Heel spirit, alumni come from all over the nation, and downtown is hopping with Tailgate parties at every street corner, including The Carolina Inn’s very own Tailgate Party on the Front Porch (party starts at 12:30 PM this Saturday, November 7th) with special appearances by Rameses and Carolina Cheerleaders. 

For the Carolina Inn staff, it is always a pleasure to work on homecoming weekend to welcome returning UNC alumni and fans who stay with us every football season.  It is like welcoming family members into your house.  The inn has a distinct energy on home football weekends.  Even if you’re not a football fan, that energy is contagious!    

Two things in particular will make this year’s homecoming one you won’t want to miss!  First, the Duke-Carolina rivalry continues as the Duke Blue Devils will visit Kenan Stadium.  It's a rivalry that doesn't get nearly as much attention as these schools’ basketball teams, but it's a strong historic rivalry nonetheless.  The Carolina-Duke game this Saturday will be much more intense than in the past because both of the teams’ seasons are kind of on the line - a win on Saturday will keep them moving towards bowl eligibility

Finally, UNC school leaders have decided to bring back an old tradition: homecoming parade!  This will be the first homecoming parade at UNC in 16 years.  The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Columbia Street (coming out of Swain Parking Lot on campus) towards Franklin Street.  For the parade route click here

For those of you who will be participating in the homecoming or football game festivities, tell us all about it right here on our blog.  If you're not a big football fan, we still want to hear your experience in Chapel Hill during this exciting time of the year.  Go Heels!

September 15, 2009 | 09:04 PM

Stepping back in time

I grew up in Durham and spent four of the best years of my life in Chapel Hill, but unfortunately both of those took place a long time ago. I moved out of the state after I graduated from UNC in 1990, and have only made it back on occasion, which is why my inaugural stay at the Carolina Inn in August 2009 was so special. I was there for a high school reunion taking place on Franklin Street, but it seemed to me more like a trip back in time to my college days. That Sunday morning, waking up in my immaculate third-floor Inn room that majestically overlooked the corner of Columbia Street and Cameron Avenue, I decided to do something I seriously doubt I ever did during college; I took a walk around Franklin Street before 10 AM. It was a quiet, beautiful morning as the campus slowly awakened, and the sights, sounds ... even smells ... I experienced during my hour-long stroll around campus brought back so many fond memories. So thank you, Carolina Inn, not only for providing some of the most comfortable accommodations I've ever enjoyed, but for allowing me to truly step back in time. In fact, I believe my fellow Tar Heel alum Thomas Wolfe may have been mistaken... You really can go home again!

August 21, 2009 | 11:16 PM

The perfect Carolina wedding!

My husband and I met on UNC's south campus, had our first date at a restaurant on Franklin Street, and graduated at Kenan Stadium. There was no more perfect a place to marry than at The Carolina Inn on a warm July evening. The ceremony and reception were more beautiful than I could have imagined and I will never forget walking to the Old Well with my new husband. We had a great experience with all of the staff at The Carolina Inn which added to the perfect weekend in Chapel Hill!

February 13, 2009 | 11:59 AM

The Cafeteria

I recall vividly that coming to Chapel Hill for a football game was not complete for this young boy without having breakfast or lunch at the Carolina Inn cafeteria. It amazed me how much food there was, and how grown-up it made me feel to walk down the line with my tray full of food and drink.

February 13, 2009 | 05:20 AM

Fateful Meeting

Imagine Chapel Hill in October 1968 -- falls colors and warm days. It was a Saturday and I had an early class. I lived in whitehead dorm next door and often ate breakfast in the Carolina Inn cafeteria. That Saturday, I proceeded through the line and was stopped by an old guy -- must have been at least 30 - who asked if I was "anti-social." I responded "Well, no." And he asked to sit with me. Remember at that time, the campus was full of long-haired hippies and war protesters. This old guy was clean shaven, had a short haircut, and our conversation was about travel and the usual get-acquainted topics. I learned that he was at Fort Bragg and in the Special Forces -- whatever that was. At first, I did not figure out that that meant "Army - Green Beret." He was taking a course on Saturdays and had driven up to attend class. We made an agreement to meet the next Saturday, same time, same place. The rest is -- as they say -- history. We married in January 1970 and one year later, he spent another tour in Vietnam. Retiring in 1977, we returned to Chapel Hill and busied ourselves working and building a second career for him -- eventually as a programmer analyst at the UNC Dental School. I worked at RTP for various EPA contractors as a technical writer/editor and put that English degree to good use. Both of us are retired now and travel often in our motorhome. When we pass the Carolina Inn, we often comment about that fateful meeting.

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