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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 42 CHAPEL HILL Spirits run high in the town. TOPO (Top of the Hill) distillery operation makes handcrafted organic vodka, Moonshine Carolina Whiskey and Piedmont Gin using only organic Carolina wheat. It's the only certified organic and local distillery in the South. Take a tour and buy a bottle to take home. For a memorable experience, stop into The Crunkleton where cocktails are elevated to a fine art. The bar is revered as one of the best cocktail bars in the region with an unmatched selection of scotch, whiskey and bourbon. For those who prefer tea, the answer is the Honeysuckle Tea House. Old ideas are transformed into modern remedies under the pagoda-style roof. The tea house grows its own produce and features unique tea blends, honey-wines and soups along with the cure for what ails —salves, soaps and balms. The cook in everyone's life will want to visit Southern Seasons to stock the kitchen and pantry with hard-to-find food products. The Triangle's largest cooking school and gourmet food store hosts ongoing cooking classes on site led by national chefs from Food Network. The pedestrian friendly town is tuned into outdoor recreation and sustainable living. Nature lovers enjoy the North Carolina Botanical Garden, one of the largest in the Southeast, with more than 2,500 species of plants, nature trails, walking tours and classes. Briar Chapel is the Triangle's largest green community because of its commitment to nature and integrating within natural spaces. Its entrance is a more than mile long drive into the neighborhood, an area with 20 parks and more than 1,600 acres. Chapel Hill and the neighboring town of Carrboro have a system of bikeways and greenways, open daily from dawn to dusk. Southern Village is a New Urbanism neighborhood with single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, apartments and retail, office and civic space. Nationally recognized as an example of smart growth, Southern Village has been featured in numerous publications including Time, Better Homes & Gardens and Builder magazines. The Southern Community Park which abuts the Village offers soccer fields and a dog-walking park, a playground and cookout area, and a roller hockey rink, as well as an extension of the Fan Branch Trail. It will soon be easier to stay overnight. The Hyatt Place Chapel Hill in Southern Village will open in the spring and the international brand, AC Hotel by Marriott, is scheduled for fall 2017 opening. Chapel Hill is more than a slice of heaven. For all who claim it as home, it is a slice of "blue heaven." []

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