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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUmE 16 — IssUE 1 48 surrounding cities & towns Surrounding Towns by lynne brandon a rabid fan base are Neal's Deli (try the wildly popular pastrami sandwich), anything at Acme Food and Beverage, and have a grilled cheese and tomato soup combo at Tom+Chee, the restaurant made famous by ABC's "Shark Tank." Hillsborough is likened to a southern Garden of Eden. The town's beautiful gardens and the river are scenic backdrops for the peaceful life that attract those that work the land and those that write about it. The Wall Street Journal called Hillsborough "America's Best Little Literary Town in 2014," noting "more than a dozen top authors live in the tiny town." Hillsborough, the oldest town in the Triangle, is also a semi-fnalist in the Budget Travel 2015 "America's Coolest Small Town" contest. Evenings are spent walking on the Riverwalk that runs parallel to the scenic Eno River. Residents turned out in October 2015 for the ofcial grand opening of Riverwalk, a part of North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Walking in the downtown historic district with its more than 100 structures from the late 18th and 19th centuries is a favorite pastime. In nearby Chatham County, the town of Pittsboro is a town of contrasts. It is a place where you can get your hands dirty in the feld or a nationally renowned kitchen. Pittsboro is the home of Carolina Farm Stewardship (CFS), an heirloom animal organization, and a world famous Bed and Breakfast, Fearrington Inn. CFS is the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture association in the Southeast uniting farmers, consumers and businesses through education, farm tours and conferences. Try local Fair Game Beverage Company to taste brandy made with apples, and scuppernong wine with local grapes. Music and food bring out residents for festivals. Twice a year music lovers descend on Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance for a four-day outdoor festival. Shakori Hills is also the location of the Hoppin John Fiddlers Convention and Mountain Aid beneft concert. The frst postmaster of Apex is credited with naming the town according to town historian, J.C. Knowles. The area was often referred to as "The Apex" from the railroad survey map of 1862 and the name stuck. With more than 60 commercial buildings and homes dating from 1870 to 1940 and a district on the National Register of Historic Places, Apex is restoring its turn-of-the-century railroad heritage. Apex was recently named the No. 1 Place to Live in the U.S. by Money magazine, citing a small city with high wages, low home costs, steady job growth and excellent quality of life. The town of Morrisville is a hub for some of the largest business icons in the nation including PC manufacturer, Lenovo, and Burts Bees. It was noted by Former mill towns around Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham have a new song to sing these days and plenty of stories to tell. The smaller slices of the Triangle pie have resurrected themselves into lively communities with thriving downtowns, flled with creative people who are more educated than their parents but embrace Old World ways of living mixed with modern conveniences. These towns are magnets for the new entrepreneur whose businesses are run in barns, old renovated buildings, food trucks, kitchens or best yet, outdoors. The "micropolitan" towns are to the creative mind what RTP is to the intellect. In Orange County, the towns of Carrboro and Hillsborough are testaments to the power and persuasion of the creative life. Residents are artists, farmers, artisans, writers and those who appreciate eating fresh homegrown food served in locally owned restaurants. Carrboro, adjacent to Chapel Hill, is known for its popular farmers' market, iconic eateries with fresh, local food, and one-of-a-kind festivals. "The Carrboro Music Festival is Carrboro's greatest day," said Jackie Helvey, community leader. "It started out in 1998 with a handful of dedicated volunteers who insisted they could pull of a music festival with no money and not much more than great expectations," said Helvey. Now in the 18th year, the event in September features around 185 bands on 25 stages. Eating fresh is a mantra in Carrboro. Locals turn out in droves at the Carrboro Farmers' Market, the oldest enforced all-local market in the state. Restaurants with growing, eclectic, creative

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