CMAS Conference Visitor Information
Food and Drink
For a more complete listing, check out the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
CMAS Conference participants staying at the Courtyard by Marriott and the Best Western University Inn are quite close to the Meadowmont Shopping Center, located across the NC54 from the Friday Center. Meadowmont restaurants and coffee shops include:
CMAS Conference participants staying at the Aloft Chapel Hill will be across the street from the Glenwood Square and Environ Way Shopping Center. Restaurants in and around this area include:
CMAS Conference participants staying at the Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill or the Hampton Inn & Suites are closest to:
Most of the nightlife in Chapel Hill can be found on Franklin Street, adjacent to the UNC campus. There are a ton of restaurants and bars, offering many different types of cuisine ranging from mediterranean to asian to latin to american.
Things to See and Do
If you find yourself longing to do something outside the realm of environmental modeling, we offer the following suggestions. For a more complete listing, check out the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
Restaurants - https://www.visitchapelhill.org/restaurants/
Shopping - https://www.visitchapelhill.org/things-to-do/shopping/
- Tour the UNC campus. UNC-Chapel Hill was the nation's first public university and has a rich history and beautiful campus. You can arrange for a tour by calling (919) 962-1630
- Ackland Art Museum
- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
- You could catch a movie at Silverspot Theaters
- Go see a minor league baseball game (seasonal). Our local team is the Durham Bulls.
- Suttons Drug Store has been around for decades, nearly a century since 1923. It's a Chapel Hill tradition. Everyone has been there, just check out all the photos on the wall. While the pharmacy is no longer in operation, you can still find all of the old-fashioned staples and hot off the grill eats that attract new Tar Heels and keep customers coming back year after year.
- You'll find the markings Est. 1922 on the front of the Carolina Coffee Shop. It's even older than Sutton's and holds the title of the oldest continually running restaurant in North Carolina. It's easy to find, just look for the Parade of Humanity mural at Port Hole Alley on East Franklin Street. Don't let the year distort your idea of the menu - it is modern southern cuisine and cocktails and weekend brunch.
- Maple View Ice Cream & Country Store, with its wrap around porch, rocking chairs, and farm acreage views has inside the most delicious, creamy, award winning ice cream. The flavors change with the season and are as wholesome as the Holstein milking cows across the street at Maple View Farm. No worries if you're a true chocolate, vanilla and strawberry kind of person, they serve those flavors plus favorites like butter pecan, and cookies and cream all year 'round.
- Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery, aka the Social Crossroads of Chapel Hill, is the place to be during basketball season; particularly a UNC vs Duke game or better yet, a championship game where you'll find a trail of people camping out the night before just for a seat in the outdoor patio. It's a perfect view of the thousands and thousands of people that rush to the intersection of Franklin and Columbia after a Tar Heel victory. And if you're into craft brews, you'll be interested to know they are the eighth oldest surviving brewery in the state and developer of over eighty different varieties since 1996.
- Most likely the most photographed spot in all of Orange County, the Old Well on UNC Campus, is a neoclassical rotunda located at the southern end of McCorkle Place. Its current decorative form completed in 1897, was modeled after the Temple of Love in the Gardens of Versailles and has a drinking fountain reported to give good luck to those who drink from it. The original well served as the sole water supply to the university for many years.
- The Chapel Hill Mural named 1941 Curt Teich Postcard is probably the other most photographed spot in Orange County. Artist Scott Nurkin, who studied under Michael Brown (painter of many of the murals downtown), completed the mural in October of 2013 which commemorates various landmarks on the campus of UNC. The mural is located on the backside of the outdoor bar He's Not Here, a legendary collegial haunt and home to the famous Blue Cup which you may also see in many a photograph.
- Do you have the desire to relax in an open space while savoring a carefully prepared cup of coffee from beans roasted in small batches and sourced directly from small farms across the world? Then you'll want to check out Open Eye Cafe. The Open Eye Cafe is dubbed Carrboro's Living Room and a favorite among locals since 2004. For a quaint getaway experience, Open Eye's little sister Caffe Driade is a good bet. Think beautiful Northern-Italian style shop nestled in the woods. It actually is near the Chapel hill greenway and accessible by a greenway trail on the east side of town.
- For bacon lovers, the single, double, and massive triple BLT at Merritt's Grill are addictive and have been described in reviews as "...but oh my that freaking BLT!" And how does adding Pimento Cheese sound? Well they earned the title of best BLT with Pimento Cheese in the state of North Carolina by Peoples Magazine and Infatuation! By the way they have an awesome outdoor seating area perfect for all that good messiness that's going to come from whatever you get on the menu.
- Craft Beer and Cider Trail:
- Carolina Brewing
- Craftboro Brewing Depot
- Dingo Dog Brewing Company
- Steel String Craft Brewery
- Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Vecino Brewing Co.
- Botanist and Barrel
- Gizmo Brew Works
- The Casual Pint
- Arts & Crafts Galleries Galore Tour:
- Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
- Thomas Stevens GalleryArtsCenter
- North Carolina Crafts Gallery
- Womancraft Gifts
- FRANK Gallery