It's about a twelve hour drive so we started at 5 am on Friday morning and got there around dinnertime. Mike loves Boberry biscuits from Bojangles so that was one of our food stops on the way down!
We had beautiful weather while we were there. It only rained one night and the rest of the time I didn't need a jacket or boots. It was basically heaven. I wore dresses, capris, t-shirts, sandals and even thought about sunscreen at one point!
Our hotel, The Carolina Inn, was right on campus and it was basically the most gorgeous hotel I have ever stayed at! It is almost 100 years old and has so much character and history. The rooms had four post beds, scalloped bed sheets, and a beautiful grand armoire for the TV. There was a huge porch with window shutters, rocking chairs, and pretty flower beds in front. It was exactly what I picture in my head when I think of Southern life. The hotel was definitely one of my favourite parts of the trip!
This was our second visit to Chapel Hill (read the first recap here and here) but the last time I feel like we spread ourselves really thin because we wanted to explore so many of the surrounding cities. Staying at The Carolina Inn allowed us to be within walking distance of everything we wanted. We spent a lot of time strolling around the campus and getting to know the University better. The architecture of the buildings is so stunning and impresses me every time. The fraternity and sorority houses are like straight out of a movie.
We saw the Old Well, the Bell Tower, the basketball arena, the football stadium, and even a mural of Coach Dean Smith that Mike was excited about.
AND we got to see a baseball game! The university baseball season lasts 6 weeks in Canada and definitely does not compare to college ball in the States. We saw the Tar Heels play against Georgia Tech in warm weather at their gorgeous stadium. Fun fact: Matt Harvey (Mets ace) and Andrew Miller (Yankees closer) are Tar Heels. They lost, but we still had a great time.
Mike's main reason to go to Chapel Hill was to watch the basketball games with other fans. It sure beats watching at home on our couch while I'm next to him scrolling through Instagram. For the first game we went to the Carolina Ale House and the second one we watched at Top of the Hill. They're both on Franklin Street, which is the main drag where everything seems to be happening. The Tar Heels won both games and it was so fun to celebrate with the students and other fans! I definitely got more into it with all the excitement of being on campus. They went on to play in the Championship game which makes for a pretty great season!
We hope to go back to North Carolina in the fall, which will make it 3 out of 4 seasons that we will have visited. The drive to and from seems to get shorter every time we go and our road trip radius is definitely expanding. Who would have thought that I would consider a 12 hour road trip to be not that bad!