Southern Traditions & Contemporary Tastes in a University Town
Chapel Hill, North Carolina blends the best of the old and new South, the energy and charm of a University town and a wonderful natural setting.
The Carolina Inn is nestled in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, on the University of North Carolina campus and just 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU).
Founded in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the U.S. The town of Chapel Hill was created to serve the University. The town's winding streets, wooded areas, stone walls and small shops hearken to that time. The name Chapel Hill came from New Hope Chapel, which was once located on the site of the present-day Carolina Inn.
Chapel Hill is one of the three legs of Research Triangle Park (RTP), which is home to more than 170 global companies. Bon Appétit Magazine named Chapel Hill one of "America's Foodiest Small Towns" and restaurants like Carolina Crossroads, at The Carolina Inn, work with local farmers for extraordinary farm-to-fork experiences. Chapel Hill also offers every cuisine from the AAA Four Diamond rated Carolina Crossroads to multi-ethnic cuisine, legendary BBQ and down-home southern cooking.
In the 1800s, cutting a tree down in Chapel Hill was against the law. Today the town is tree-shaded, filled with wildflowers, azaleas and trails, and features beautiful gardens.
Local merchants can be found at the gourmet emporium of Southern Season and the Shops at Eastgate. On Franklin Street just outside The Carolina Inn, you'll find designer clothing and jewelry, furniture, art galleries and artisanal foods. Many coffee shops, restaurants, museums, bookshops, music stores and bars are located very close to the university and the hotel, as well.
At the heart of it all is The Carolina Inn.