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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 16 — ISSUE 2 42 CHAPEL HILL restaurant offers options for these herbivores and some even specialize in preparing such foods like Sage Vegetarian Café (Persian) and Spotted Dog (American). The options are refreshing and extend beyond salads. Honeysuckle Tea House, for example, serves smoothie bowls — a combination of fruit and coconut milk with a variety of toppings like granola, cacao nibs, and edible flowers. There's no lack of places to grab a drink in Chapel Hill, as well. Top of the Hill Distillery produces its own whiskey, vodka and gin, and Steel String Brewery crafts its beer using locally grown rye and New Zealand Moteuka hops. Wine lovers can satisfy their cravings in nearby Carrboro at Glasshalffull, which has a rotating selection of more than 300 wines from around the world. An abundance of places to drink means an abundance of venues for musicians to play — a fitting attribute for the childhood home of music great James Taylor. Six downtown bars and restaurants in Chapel Hill feature live music nightly. Whether the atmosphere you crave is a lively, 48-year-old dive bar (The Cave) or a trendy, upscale saloon (West End Wine Bar), you'll find it in the Hill. For those looking for a more traditional music venue, UNC's Memorial Hall and Music Department present classical performances year-round; and, starting in late spring, the Carolina Inn hosts "Fridays on the Front Porch" to kick off each sun-filled weekend with lively bluegrass and food truck delicacies. A city that barely sleeps, Chapel Hill offers residents so much variety that they could do something different nearly every weekend here — so much so they'd never have to leave! But part of the beauty of this Southern city is its central proximity to so many unique places. Nags Head and Asheville are each a three-and-a-half-hour drive away, while Charlotte is about two. Out-of-state roaming is a cinch as well. Big-city lovers can travel to Atlanta in six hours, Knoxville in five and Washington, D.C. in a mere four. And for those who prefer to avoid the winter months, the Florida border is just under seven hours away. Whether you're craving a musical, a forested playground, mouthwatering meals, an entrepreneurial spirit or even a meeting of the minds — you'll find it in Chapel Hill, North Carolina's sweetheart. []

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