Find your calm in a historic small town getaway...


Hillsborough is no ordinary southern small town.

Its scenic beauty, graceful architecture spanning three centuries, lively arts and culture scene, and convenient location provide a charming getaway for the day - or longer.

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Hillsborough is a close and easy getaway.

From Distance Time
Asheville 212 miles 3 hours
Chapel Hill 12 miles 20 minutes
Charlotte 131 miles 2 hours
Durham 14 miles 18 minutes
Greensboro 42 miles 43 minutes
Greenville, SC 229 miles 3.5 hours
Morehead City 190 miles 3.25 hours
Nags Head 226 miles 4 hours
Raleigh 38 miles 43 minutes
Richmond, VA 163 miles 2.5 hours
Wilmington 170 miles 2.5 hours
Winston-Salem 68 miles 1 hour

What type of adventurer are you?

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Reminder that there are some fantastic Halloween events being hosted by our Hillsborough history organizations this year. Occaneechi Ghost Stories, from the Orange County Historical Museum, is tonight, and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Burwell School Historic Site are hosting events this weekend. More information is available on their websites:

Beer, barbeque, and fried chicken - map out your NC food & beverage expedition with our comprehensive guides. https://hillsboroughgiftshop.square.site/shop/accessories/2
We have a new item in the Gift Shop to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Regulator Movement!

This original block print was commissioned by Hillsborough artist, Katie Hayes, in remembrance of the NC Regulator movement. The number of the edition (250) was chosen to mark the 250th anniversary of this date. Find it in our Gift Shop at the link below:


To learn more about the Regulators and view their "Regulator 250" content, like virtual tours and podcasts, visit the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough's website at HistoricHillsborough.org!
If you're looking for a fun activity tonight, the Hillsborough Arts Council has you covered! Last Fridays are back (virtually) and tonight from 6-8, you can enjoy a concert live-streamed right from HAC's Facebook page! 
Pick up some takeout from one of Hillsborough's fantastic restaurants and relax with the sounds of local band The Tan and Sober Gentlemen. We hope to (digitally) see you there!

The weather is cooling down and it's time to grab a friend and TREAT YOURSELF! Join us for our Fall Sidewalk Sale providing an outdoor, physically distanced way to shop with local businesses. Outdoor and indoor dining options also available!
Enjoy Hillsborough LAST FRIDAYS safely tonight by grabbing some take-out or dining in and watching the live-stream. https://facebook.com/events/s/virtual-last-fridays-with-love/1259623254379109/?ti=icl
NEW to the Hillsborough Gift Shop: Hillsborough tumbler and NC water bottles! Fill it up and head to the Riverwalk. Double insulated and in a variety of colors, you can quench your thirst in style. Link below! https://hillsboroughgiftshop.square.site/shop/accessories/2
Missing your favorite Hillsborough restaurants and shops?! Mask up and come see us! Our local businesses are taking all precautions to keep you (and themselves) healthy. Plan to come FIND YOUR CALM this Saturday!#supportsmallbusiness #findyourcalm #shopping #outtoeat
If you're looking for a fun weekend activity and way to engage with Hillsborough's vibrant arts community, Margaret Lane Gallery has the perfect event for you this Sunday, August 16.
They will be hosting a "Meet the Artist" event with Lynn Schmook, whose work includes "vivid alcohol inks and soft watercolors." The event will be socially distanced and mask-required and runs from noon to 3:00. You can find more information at the link below.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough is hosting a free online talk with award-winning history writer and storyteller Randell Jones on the lives and stories of several remarkable North Carolina women. 

Content will be available for viewing on the Alliance’s website any time between August 8 and 23. You can find them at historichillsborough.org.
New Item from the Gift Shop! Shop our exciting new collection of Hillsborough-inspired boxes. Uniquely curated boxes to help you save on our favorite Hillsborough items.
Find the link below!
Miles of trails along the Eno River. Fascinating historic sites. A cutting edge culinary scene and a vibrant community of writers and artists.
Hillsborough has so many ways to Find Your Calm.
Why not visit us this weekend and see for yourself?
If you're looking for a fun weekend activity and great way to connect with Hillsborough's vibrant art scene, check out this weekend's event at Margaret Lane Gallery.
Starting at noon, they will be hosting a masked and socially-distanced "Meet the Artist" event with Hillsborough artist Kevin Flynn Bell. You can see one of his wonderful pieces below which is currently featured in the gallery's "More Horses!" show.
The event is free and open to the public. Families, including children are welcome!
We hope you have a happy, healthy weekend!
Whether you want to pick up a book to learn a bit more about Hillsborough history before visiting us, or you want a hat or T-shirt to show off a little hometown pride, now you can browse the Visitors Center Gift Shop from the comfort of your couch!
Check us out at the link below!

If you're looking for a fun weekend activity or a way to engage with Hillsborough's vibrant art scene, be sure to check out Margaret Lane Gallery's event on Saturday. They are hosting a "distanced-and-masked" conversation with their featured artist, Debi L. Drew.

Have a healthy, happy weekend and we hope to see you soon!

If you're looking to Find Your Calm this weekend, get some sunshine and exercise in one of the countless gorgeous green spaces Hillsborough has to offer.

Find just a few of them here:

For a great weekend activity where you can take in some of this gorgeous Hillsborough weather while learning more about our town's unique history, stop by the first Churton Street Stroll Tour tonight from 6:30-8:30!  More info, including ticket purchasing and future dates and times, can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/108777805344

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!
One of the wonderful things about a town like Hillsborough is the ability to have a two-way conversation with town leadership. In an effort to promote transparency and communication, as well as lower barriers to you making our voice heard, the Town has developed Engage Hillsborough, a platform for news and for sharing your concerns and ideas. Today is the last day to fill out the survey that will help the site reach its full potential. If you have a moment, give it a look! We hope everyone has a wonderful, safe weekend! #hillsboroughnc  engage.hillsborough.gov
The Orange County Health Department has created these fantastic signs to encourage customers to continue following public health best practices. Feel free to use and share if you own or work for one of the countless wonderful shops, restaurants and other businesses that call Hillsborough home!
One of the many reasons we love Hillsborough is our innovative food scene and the many local restaurants that bring it to life. And while social distancing may mean you'll need to enjoy your favorites at home, the restaurants below are open for businesses.
#hillsboroughnc #stayhome
So if you want a break from cooking tonight, consider supporting our local restaurants!  https://www.hillsboroughnc.gov/community/covid-19-coronavirus/restaurants-open-takeout-and-delivery/
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