Afternoon Tours

Wednesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 18, 2017

Please note that tours are subject to changes and adjustments.

Option 1:  Carolina on My Mind - Just Updated!

Attire: Casual, comfortable clothes. Walking shoes. Rain or Shine. Wear Walking tour on campus is 1 hour.

A visit to Chapel Hill would not be complete without exploring the University of North Carolina campus and attractions. UNC ranked #12 in the Top 20 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by Conde Naste (Jan ‘16). The Carolina Tar Heels Athletics Program one of the premier programs in the nation. The Tar Heels have won over 40 NCAA team championships in seven different sports, including five in men's basketball.

Enjoy a box lunch before taking a guided tour of the campus of University of North CarolinaJoin us for a walking tour of stories as we cross the quads of America’s first public university, introducing you to our history and traditions, legends and landmarks, hallmarks and points of pride. This tour will invigorate your True Blue Bucket List and includes behind-the-scenes visits to the renowned Southern Historical Collection to view a few unusual artifacts and an introduction to one of the seven original Rembrandt drawings recently gifted to our Ackland Art Museum. Following your experience at Ackland, participants are encouraged to explore – and play – with Los Trompos, an installation of large, woven spinning tops designed by artists, Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. Your Tar Heel born and bred tour guide is a Chapel Hill native, Carolina graduate, educator, author and director of UNC Visitors’ Center.

Tour the Carolina Basketball Museum. The museum features artifacts, videos, photos, statistical and historical panels that highlight the history of the Carolina Basketball program. The museum experience begins with a six-minute theater presentation and includes video tributes to Dean Smith, Roy Williams and the Carolina Family, Tyler Hansbrough, Phil Ford, Michael Jordan and the history of UNC Basketball. It also includes interactive presentations highlighting Carolina's 18 Final Four appearances and 17 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championships, and many of the greatest games and most exciting finishes in Tar Heel history.

Option 2: Discover Hillsborough, NC

Attire: Casual, comfortable clothes. Walking shoes. Rain or Shine. Walking distance to sculpture on Riverwalk is less than ½ mile. Walking tour of Hillsborough is 1 hour.

Many towns claim to be historic; Hillsborough embodies it. Hillsborough is the oldest town in the Piedmont. It’s a small town with a big history. Hillsborough has been called “a museum without walls” because its downtown historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes more than 100 late 18th and early 19th century structures. Among those buildings open to the public is the Visitors Center, which includes the office of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters when he surrendered the largest of the Confederate armies to Gen. William T. Sherman, leading to the Civil War's end.

Hillsborough NC is also known as America's Little Literary Town. More than a dozen top authors have moved to the tiny town of Hillsborough, N.C., finding both community and quietude.

Start the tour with a box lunch under the Eno River Farmer’s Market Pavilion with Mayor Tom Stevens. From there take a short stroll on onto Riverwalk. Riverwalk is a paved, accessible, urban greenway that stretches about 1.8 miles along the Eno River. It is a popular trail for walking, jogging and cycling, and provides pedestrian connections between several neighborhoods and is part of the N.C. Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Attendees will walk to an amazing Patrick Dougherty stick work sculpture “A Sight to Behold”. The sculpture — built with three Hillsborough brush truckloads of Southern sugar maple, sweet gum and elm saplings Dougherty said he was inspired by the concept of a pleasure dome, as in poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan.”

Next, take a guided tour through Historic Hillsborough. Docents lead your group on a tour that includes historic sites from the late 18th and 19th centuries. You will visit the Old Town Cemetery, where William Hooper, one of North Carolina’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, is buried, as well as the Burwell School Historic Site. The Burwell School was an antebellum school for girls and the home of Elizabeth Keckley, an enslaved woman who later became the dressmaker and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln.

The tour concludes with Ayr Mount, a Federal-era plantation house built in 1815 in Hillsborough, North Carolina by William Kirkland. Kirkland, named the house in honor of his birthplace, Ayr, Scotland. Unlike the other houses in the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust collection, Ayr Mount looks deceptively simple, even austere on the outside. There are no soaring columns proclaiming its classicism. On the other hand, Ayr Mount is far grander – especially in the interior – than one might expect from a first look at the exterior.

Option 3: Orange County Farm Tour

Attire:  Casual, comfortable clothes. Walking shoes. Rain or Shine. This tour is about 4 ½ hours due to transportation time and visiting each farm for 1 hour.

Spend the afternoon visiting 3 farms in rural Orange County.

Maple View Farms - Attendees will enjoy a box lunch, take a hay ride to see the Holstein Cows, scenic views of open farmland, antique dairy collections and sample nationally award winning freshly churned Southern Ice Cream. Food and Wine ranked Maple View #4 Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S.

Chapel Hill Creamery- Where happy cows are an integral part of their team! The creamery is a small dairy farmstead, producing award-winning fresh and aged cheese, and whey fed pork. Attendees will get the see the farm, learn about the sustainable farming, the cheese making process and, of course, sample the cheese. And attendees also get to meet Fryer the Ox!

Honeysuckle Tea House- Attendees will experience this wonderful place that does wonderful things! The primary aim of Honeysuckle Tea House is to provide the surrounding communities with a pastoral sanctuary and dispensary of alternative health care in the form of food, herbal remedies and education. This is achieved by an extraordinary team of herbalists, 'tea-slingers', managers and farmers working in constant collaboration. Honeysuckle Tea House: 1) organically grows its own produce, 2) invents its own recipes for tea blends, tinctures, honey-wines, soups, salves, chocolates, soaps, balms, 3) designs and packages a hand-picked and hand-crafted line of therapeutic products, 4) repairs that which becomes 'broken', and 5) repurposes that which becomes 'waste'. Honeysuckle is a multi-faceted undertaking; an offering of quality goods created and served by a skilled and dedicated staff to a conscientious public.

Option 4: Explore Chapel Hill

Attire: Casual, comfortable clothes. Walking shoes. Rain or Shine. Walking Distance for scavenger hunt is ¾ mile and takes 1 hour.

Enjoy a box lunch at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens and take time to explore the gardens after lunch. The Botanical Garden, one of the largest natural botanical gardens in the southeast, features nature trails, carnivorous plant collections, perennial borders, aquatics and herb gardens.

Then head to Downtown Chapel Hill and explore Franklin Street. Attendees will go on a Scavenger Hunt to learn and experience all downtown Chapel Hill has to offer! The Scavenger Hunt will require participants to download the Eventzee app from I-Tunes or Google Play, create a free account and create a username and password.  Get ready for an experiential, fun, interactive hunt in Chapel Hill! Follow the GPS clues, submit photos, take quizzes and earn points.

Chapel Hill’s celebrated Franklin Street, named after Benjamin Franklin, features over 95 restaurants and bars, of which more than 75% are locally & independently owned. Downtown Chapel Hill also boosts amazing cultural and arts attractions!  Discover the history, sports culture, public art murals, arts, entertainment and the unique shops. Downtown Chapel Hill offers memorable experiences for the whole family.

Finish the afternoon with a tour and tasting at TOPO Distillery. Top of the Hill Distillery is the only USDA certified organic and fully-local distillery in the Deep South. Top-quality ingredients deserve special care. TOPO is the only Green+ Certified distillery in the country, meaning they take great measures to ensure the building, equipment and products are environmentally sustainable.

Option 5: Feel Free, It’s Carrboro

Attire: Rain or Shine. Wear casual, comfortable clothes. Walking shoes. Walking time for treasure hunt is 1 hour.

What started out mainly as a railroad depot for visitors to UNC eventually evolved into a mill town. Sometimes referred to as The Paris of the Piedmont, Chicarrboro, or The Seattle of the South, the Town of Carrboro has carved out a niche for itself as far more than a sleepy southern town. Great things happen in Carrboro.

With a population of around 19,000, Carrboro is said to be the most densely populated town in North Carolina. Home to a community of; artists, farmers, musicians, laborers, writers, performers, creative minds, forward-thinkers, and just plain folks. Carrboro exudes an openness and optimism that encourages creativity and free expression. The result is a unique town where the uncommon is common. From over 40 eclectic and gourmet restaurants, bars, two craft breweries, dozens of unique shops to Historic Carr Mill Mall, a Nationally- known Farmers Market and a nationally recognized music venue, the Cat’s Cradle, this a small community with a lot to do!

Attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch with the Mayor Lydia Lavelle at Tandem Restaurant. Learn about the town of Carrboro, its history, historic Carr Mill Mall and what makes this town unique, progressive and diverse!

Then set off on a treasure hunt in town. Mill houses anchor this walkable, wireless downtown. Become a part of the local community and see the sights, smells and tastes of the town. Immerse yourself in the town’s history, cultural activities, arts galleries and venues, the foodie scene and specialty shops.The Treasure Hunt will require participants to download the Eventzee app from I-Tunes or Google Play, create a free account and create a username and password.  Get ready for an experiential, fun, interactive hunt in Carrboro! Follow the GPS clues, submit photos, take quizzes and earn points.

End the tour learning about something treasured in Carrboro and gaining attention around the world: Hula Hooping! Carrboro is considered a Mecca of the modern hoop dance movement.  Julia Hartsell, one of the pioneers of the modern hooping movement and original founders of the Carrboro hoop dance community, started an internationally recognized hooping conference, Hoop Convergence, in 2008 and opened The Flowjo, a movement practice space, in 2010. 

Hoop dance is playful, entrancing, meditative movement practice loved by all ages.  The practice can be athletic & acrobatic, light & playful, soft & receptive or wildly blissful.  In this workshop, participants will get an opportunity to experience one of Carrboro's claims to fame, hooping, with a master teacher.  This will be a playful opportunity revisit or reclaim a childhood memory with a fresh spin.  The bigger, locally-hand-made hoops make hooping more accessible for adults of every body type.  Julia will also offer a demonstration with multiple hoops for an example of where the practice can lead for the inspired & dedicated.

Option 6: Downtime on Your Own

No lunch or transportation is provided.