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Carolina Inn

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Why Stay At Carolina Inn

Completed in 1924 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this charming 185-room hotel is set in one of America's prettiest college towns—Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The Scoop

College towns can make for unexpected getaways, and Chapel Hill—known for its historic architecture, sports scene, and beloved Southern food spots—is a great example. Here, Georgian classrooms surround a leafy quad, and, from November to March, sports fans pack the Dean Dome to cheer on the Tar Heels basketball team. Set on the campus's western fringe, the 185-room Carolina Inn, built by university trustee John Sprunt Hill in 1924, features a blend of Colonial and Antebellum architecture, complete with a two-story portico and cupola inspired by George Washington's Mount Vernon. For a taste of true Southern cooking, the hotel's Carolina Crossroads restaurant serves seasonal dishes including peppercorn-dusted pork chops with whipped sweet potatoes.

Insider Tips

Staffers from the Spa at Bell House in nearby Pittsboro will come to the hotel for in-room massage treatments. Contact the hotel concierge to schedule a session.

If the Dean Dome is sold out, catch the game from an oversize leather chair at the inn's Carolina Crossroad's bar—and be sure to order a seasonal ale from Chapel Hill's Carolina Brewery.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) which is approximately 28 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 35-45 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.

211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • In-Room Spa Services
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Environmentally Sustainable
In-Room Amenities
  • Work Stations
  • High-tech Amenities
  • Data Ports
  • 32" HD LCD flat-screen TVs
  • Coffee + Tea Maker
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Cotton Bathrobes
  • Nightly Turn-Down Service
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Bar + Lounge
  • Afternoon Tea Time
  • Private Dining
  • In-Room Dining
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Rates Include:
  • Max occupancy in Traditional Double Queen is 2 adults and 2 children
  • Max occupancy in Deluxe Single Queen is 2
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, 28 miles northwest of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, is a beloved college town filled with 18th-century architecture and Southern-inspired restaurants and gastropubs.

Don't Miss

Breakfast Scene: At Caffe Driade, the coffee beans are roasted down the street at Carrboro Coffee Roasters, which works directly with farmers in Africa, Central and South America, and Oceania.
1215-A E. Franklin St.
1-919-942-2333
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Breakfast for two $20.

Architecture Tour: Each spring, the Bull City Carriage Company leads 30-minute horse-drawn carriage rides past the old tobacco warehouses in Durham's historic Brightleaf District to Duke University's oak-lined East Campus. Main St. at Gregson St., Durham.
1-919-730-7586
Rides from $30.

Where to Eat: Inventive chef Colin Bedford serves up his own brand of American comfort dishes at Fearrington Granary Restaurant, located on a former dairy farm just outside Chapel Hill. Order the smoked vanilla pheasant with toasted brioche sauce.
2000 Fearrington Village Center.
1-919-542-2121
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Dinner for two $45.

Where to Drink: Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill is well-known for its 20 varieties of handcrafted beers. Don't miss the crispy onion rings dipped in the brewery's Sky Blue Golden Ale batter.
460 West Franklin St.
1-919-942-1800
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Drinks for two $14.

Best Day Trip: Catch a ride the old fashioned way on the New Hope Valley Railway. The hour-long, open-air trips travel from Bonsal (about 25 miles south of Chapel Hill) to New Hill.
3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill.
1-919-362-5416
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Tickets from $10.
North Carolina charm in vibrant colors.

North Carolina charm in vibrant colors.

Why Go Now

Ongoing
Carolina Science Cafe
During the first weekend of every month, field experts speak on the latest science discoveries and technology trends at the Top of the Hill restaurant.
100 E. Franklin St.

Now through May 2012
Carolina Performing Arts Center
This year's Chapel Hill's Performing Arts Center season includes ballet, theater, and musicals.
114 East Cameron Ave.

Now through April 2012
Ackland Art Museum
Part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this small art museum hosts film screenings, music performances, and lectures.
101 South Columbia St.

April - October 2012
North Carolina Botanical Gardens
Check out more than 2,000 species of plants at this 70-acre expanse run by the University.
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.

Carolina Inn

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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