Friday, May 23, 2014

Some Fun in Chapel Hill, Durham and Apex, NC




We now have our home on the market and are considering moving to North Carolina.  Since we are not sure on what area in NC, we decided to visit Chapel Hill, Apex and Durham.  

I have been to Raleigh Durham before when I attended a conference with a pharmaceutical company that I had worked for.

It was nice to return and we stayed at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham.  It is a wonderful hotel adjacent to Duke University.  More information on Washington Duke Inn can be found here.



The weather was just perfect on our trip so we dined outside quite often.


I enjoyed their roasted corn chowder with shrimp for lunch and it was fabulous!

I even enjoyed a Cape Cod on the terrace overlooking their golf course.....








The lobby was so beautiful and their flower centerpiece was gorgeous!!!

DUKE UNIVERSITY:




We also walked around the campus of Duke University!  






Then we spent some time in Chapel Hill which was also a beautiful area and home of UNC - Tarheels.  









We dined at at a restaurant called Top of the Hill.....(a brewery and restaurant and we had roof top seating....).


I ordered the Wild Mushroom Grit Cakes with shrimp which were to die for!!!!


Sutton's Drug Store - this is an old fashioned drug store in Chapel Hill and has been in business since 1923.  The store is adorned with UNC memorabilia and also has a counter and grill which breakfast and lunch is served.  We met several friendly locals that shared a lot of information to us about the area.










Apex is a town in Wake County and a suburb of Raleigh.  We also gathered real estate information here along with some shopping.  I loved the town feel and it actually reminded me a little of Beaufort, SC.










Below are a couple of homes in the Apex historic area.  I love them and just wish I would have taken more photos of the homes in the areas that I visited.





We really enjoyed visiting these three cities in North Carolina.  Met a lot of nice people and gathered some real estate information on all of the areas. 

Now our next visit in about a month will be the Raleigh area and suburbs.

Also linking to: http://jannolson.blogspot.com/

8 comments:

  1. How fun to explore all those lovely places and know you could live there if you choose. We are looking to do the same, but it will be a couple years until we start the process :-)

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  2. How exciting to be contemplating a move to NC! I moved to Concord, a small town about 2 mins from Charlotte and lived there for 10 years. It's a beautiful, little historic town. Monroe and Davidson are also beautiful towns, very close to Charlotte. It was a big change for Orange County CA, but we loved living there, it was close to the mountains, and lake Norman is right there. If you're not locked into Raleigh, you might consider Charlotte, it's a great city. My son was stationed at the Air Force base right outside of Raleigh for a year, we visited him there and really loved that area also. I don't think you will have any regrets moving to NC! Will be looking forward on reading more about your move and where you end up!
    Good Luck!
    Rebecca
    Good Luck,

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  3. That is such a great way to get a feel for an area. Every place you visited looked so beautiful. Good luck in making a decision.

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  4. My daughter goes to UNC-Chapel Hill. She loves the area. I don't think she ever wants to live anywhere else. Good luck with your house hunt. - Carla

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  5. This is very exciting! When you said that you were selling your house, in a comment a while back, I didn't realise that you were contemplating a big move. I think it would be a lot of fun to explore new towns with an eye to a move!

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  6. I'm so excited for you Kelly, I can't wait to hear more about your decisions. These look like such charming places.

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  7. I live about 25 minutes south of Apex. We shop and dine there regularly. You will love it there! Good luck!

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  8. Looks like such a fun trip. Wild mushroom grit cakes with shrimp, oh my! Love old buildings with history. Someone just told us recently how gorgeous Duke campus was. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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