The getaway you've been waiting for...


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?

Explore Hillsborough using self-guided tours.

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Our little town streets are always busting at the seems with fun things to explore. Art - Music - History - Outdoor Adventure! 

Hillsborough, the getaway you've been waiting for! 

What are your weekend plans???
"Occoneechee is still there, still open to the public, saved by the woods that reclaimed it." @jmarkovich with @ourstatemag shines a light on the history of the Occoneechee Speedway. 

Opening in 1948, the dirt track served the professional drivers of NASCAR for nearly two decades. Today, the mile-long path serves as a trail for the public. Instead of revving engines and loud cheers, folks can retreat for a leisurely stroll through another part of Hillsborough history. 

https://www.ourstate.com/occoneechee-speedway-is-the-track-that-time-forgot/ (LINK IN BIO - CLICK NEWS&NOTES)
Hillsborough Magnets are Back!! Order online (gift shop link in bio) or visit us Wed-Sat 10-4!
It's strawberry 🍓 season in NC!! 

Photo credit: @enoriverfarm

Shop local when it comes to your fresh fruits and veggies! 
@enoriverfarm  @enoriverfarmersmarket @canecreekfarmnc @sugarhillproduce @tenmothersfarm @mcadamsfarm @broken.spoke.farm
Last Friday Art Walk is TONIGHT! Poetry readings, local musicians, dance waves, and street performers will be dispersed throughout downtown Hillsborough. Roam about the historic district and enjoy the night's festivities! 

For the list of performers and locations visit @hillsborougharts

@thecolonialinnhillsborough @yonderbarnc @margaretlanegallery
Sip. Shop. Stay. Hillsborough is the getaway you've been waiting for! 

--- Spend your weekend with us!---

Weekend at a glimpse:
-Last Friday Art Walk - Downtown Hillsborough @hillsborougharts

- Date Night Exhibit - FREE! @orangehistorync

- Strawberry Picking @enoriverfarm

- Yoga on the Lawn @enoriverfarmersmarket
With @monarchmovementco
-Dinner, Drinks & a Show @botanistandbarrel
With @culturekitchen
@succotashdurham @chirbachirba 

- Happy Hour @yonderbarnc

- Art, Art, and more Art @margaretlanegallery

-Porch Sale @ineedalittlesomething

-50/50 Fundraiser @whupfm

See all events on our website and  highlights.
Views from top of Orange County. 😍 

Have you planned your visit to Hillsborough? Let us help! Views maps, visitor guides, and events on our website. 

#visitnc #visithillsborough #optoutside #hike #hikemoreworryless 

📷 photo credit: @getgoingnc
Hillsborough has southern charm, a rich history, great food, and even better people. We love when visitors explore our quaint streets! ❤

Check out the latest Hillsborough highlight from @imfixintoblog. Link in bio!
The pollen cloud has lifted. Time to hit the trails!

#explorelocal #trail #visitnc

📷 Photo credit @mon_meyer
Show off your Hillsborough pride! Shop our gift shop ONLINE (link in bio) or swing by the visitors center Wed-Sat 10am-4pm. 

#shoplocal #visithillsborough #visitnc
Visit Hillsborough this weekend! Keep an eye on our stories for more events! 

1. Final chance to explore the Yesa exhibit @orangehistorync 

2. @margaretlanegallery now offering the Sense of Wonder and Transformation shows

3.@porchhillsborough hosting a pottery sale

4. Spring Baby Goat Festival begins at @spring_haven_farm 

5. Eat local buy grocery shopping at the @enoriverfarmersmarket 

6. Outdoor performances @botanistandbarrel, @yonderbarnc

*Hillsborough follows the NC COVID safety protocols. Facemasks are required to enter a business, and social distancing guidelines are followed.
Hillsborough Visitor Center will be open for Good Friday! 

Spring House of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
*Please note that due to COVID, our front door remains locked. For assistance, house tours, or to shop in our gift shop, please call, and a member of the staff will let you in. 

#shoplocal #explorenc #visithillsborough #visitnc #historictowns #arts
Rainy days are for splashing in puddles! Grab an umbrella and explore Hillsborough this weekend. 

Slid on the rainboots and enjoy the trails of Occoneechee Speedway or discover historic Hillsborough through one of @historichillsborough walking tours. 

Ditch the clouds for some indoor shopping! @jeanniewho
@reinvintaged20 @saywearit @majesticoutdoorshop @108_churton and more.

Or discover your artistic side by browsing the works of local artists;  @margaretlanegallery
@hillsborougharts @thomasstevensart

#visithillsborough #explorenc #visitnc #familyfun #hillsboroughnc

Last Fridays are rolling back in, and this month we're ramping it up! 
Catch a special Poetry "Prose" Showcase, featuring Endlesswill, DS Will, and Sh8kes, and help us celebrate our search for Hillsborough's next Poet Laureate! 

Meet us downtown for the festivities this Friday, 6-9 PM!
- Margaret Ln Gallery Poetry and music
 -Arts Council gallery and gift shop
 -Busker at small park next to Dual Supply
 -Stilt Walker roaming with instructions to maintain distance
Visit the Hillsborough Arts Council for a list of all participating venues. 

#ncart #shoplocal #visitnc #visithillsborough #historicdowntown #hillsboroughart #localartist #poet
DONATE A DONUT, Teacher Edition:
** Special Message from @woodennickelpub and @wnp_bakeshop 

With many of our town's schools reopened or about to open for in-person learning, we want to send some love to all the educators out there, to help them celebrate going back to school. With some help from the pastry wizards at WNP Bake Shop, we’re doing it with donuts! 🍩

How it works:
Whenever you call in your orders or stop by the pub or Bake Shop, you'll have the option to DONATE A DONUT for $2. So easy!

And then:
For every 2.5 dozen donations we receive(that’s 30 donuts, math-heads), we'll double it!! And each time we’ll deliver 5 dozen donuts to a different local school, spreading our collective donut love ❤️

Teachers are our straight-up heroes y’all, and we have a deep appreciation for their difficult work and incredible compassion. So many of our extended pub fam out there work in Hillsborough’s school systems, and we love all of you. Plus Kim's donuts make for some pretty awesome gifts! So on your next visit or takeout order, consider sending a donut and a big thank you to all the fine folks who are helping to take care of Hillsborough's future 🙏

#donutpower #donateadonut #teachersrock #teachersrule #teachersaregoingbacktoschool #donutsmakepeoplehappy #donutlove #communitylove #WoodenNickelBakeShop #WoodenNickelPub #hillsboroughnc #supporttheteachers
Let's hear some love for Hillsborough! What's your favorite local spot? 

#localnc #visithillsborough #shoplocal #visitnc
OPENING DAY @enoriverfarm!! 

Message from the farm: 

What to expect on and during your visit:

• Visit our on-site creamery and grab a house-made waffle cone filled with our homemade ice cream.  Our ice cream is made here using all fresh, locally sourced ingredients to bring you the best ice cream experience!

• Our enchanted greenhouse is full of ornamental plants like our herbs, hanging baskets, ferns, house-plants, succulents and tropicals. Each and every one of our plants are grown here on our farm, using the knowledge of our expert growers and a whole lot of love!

• A fully stocked produce stand with local honey and baked goods such as: cinnamon buns, pound cake, banana bread, scones and more!

• Each guest will go through temperature screening and hand sanitation upon arrival. All of our guests are required to wear face coverings, unless actively eating or drinking. Bring a blanket & make it a picnic! There is plenty of space around the farm to enjoy your ice cream cone in a responsible, socially distanced manner. 

In the days to come...

🌷 Cut-your-own tulips fields will be opening March 2021
🍓 One of a kind, handicap accessible strawberry picking & you-pick strawberry fields opening April 2021
🫐 Blueberry & blackberry fields opening June 2021

We are so excited to kick off this season with you all!! Thank you for your continued support of our dream!
Cuteness overload! Looking to explore with your pup?! Hillsborough is full of dog-friendly activities! Walk along the Eno, hike up a mountain, or enjoy outdoor dining. 

We want to see pics of your best friend!! Tag @hillsboroughnc on your next Hillsborough adventure. 

Photo credit: @enoriverdental. 😎
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