Last we chatted we had gone to bed in Asheville …on the morning of June 4th we got up bright and early and took off on a gorgeous drive. It was a perfect morning to drive through farm country and small towns and we enjoyed sun for the beginning until we got up a little more in the mountains to Boone, NC.
You may be asking why we stopped where we did so let me let you in on a little secret. My husband loves Nicholas Sparks books (and I love him for loving them) and has read them all. Part of this trip, actually the real reason it came about was so we could drive through all the towns that the books were set…so in comes Boone the setting of At First Site and True Believer. Boone is also the home Appalchian State University so we toured campus and the stadium for a bit. We also stopped for breakfast at Stick Man Bread Company.
After Boone, we stopped in Winston-Salem and checked out Wake Forrest University.
We drove through Greensboro (not much to see on the freeway) before arriving in Chapel Hill. I’d been here in October for work and had really enjoyed where I stayed so we decided to stay at the same spot – The Carolina Inn. FYI they give you amazing toffee chocolate chip welcome cookies.
After we dropped our stuff off we went on a massive campus tour. UNC is freaking gorgeous. Probably the most beautiful campus I’ve ever been on.
We also toured the football stadium. It was freshman registration and somehow the field was open so we had some fun wandering around in there.
And then part of the reason our tour was so long was that we had to go check out the basketball arena (and after that we may have made a wrong turn and ended up walking all the way around the outskirts of campus). Turns out the arena was pretty lack luster. For all the final four and championship teams (not to mention Michael Jordan) that came out of that school I thought it would be more impressive. We didn’t any pictures of that but we did stop by the hall of fame.
And then we walked to dinner. Chapel Hill is so pretty!
We grabbed beers at Carolina Brewery before ending up at Mellow Mushroom for pizza and then capped the night off at Top of the Hill. Nothing special about the beer but it had an awesome view.
We called it an early night because we had a loooong drive ahead of us. We got up the next morning and stopped first in Durham to check out Duke University.
And then we headed off to the Outer Banks in what would turn out to be the longest drive of our trip. Start to finish it was about 12 hours. Stay tuned…
Oh and final verdict of Chapel Hill – gorgeous. Definitely would recommend checking it out.