Find your calm safely exploring this beautiful, historic town....


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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You can head over to Spring Haven Farm tomorrow for “S’Mores with Goats.” Warm up by the firepits with a one of a kind not-your-average S’more kit. Enjoy the rest of the farm before or after! Tickets here: https://www.springhaven.farm/?fbclid=IwAR0bvWQzSw4oqAhQ26s6OMxtDrkOBd8i_Dbi_XoooTn9gglrlAVk0PQtIdI
There’s no better place to spend the holidays than Hillsborough, NC!
Don’t forget to drop off your letters to Santa! If you can get it to the Vistors Center porch, we can get it the rest of the way to the North Pole! 
Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful weekend!
If you didn't catch it live, be sure to check out the 2020 Virtual Holiday Parade! 

There are special messages from Mr. & Mrs. Claus, as well as many of your favorite Hillsborough organizations and businesses. Happy Holidays!

If you're looking for a great holiday gift to show off your hometown pride, or commemorate a special trip to Hillsborough, check out our Hillsborough Holiday Stockings- new to our Gift Shop!

Ready-made, our Hillsborough stockings are filled with a pewter Candlelight Tour Series ornament, 12-ounce insulated tumbler, and Harmony Farms Jar Candle.

If you're looking for a great holiday gift to show off your hometown pride, or commemorate a special trip to Hillsborough, check out our Hillsborough Holiday Stockings- new to our Gift Shop!

Ready-made, our Hillsborough stockings are filled with a pewter Candlelight Tour Series ornament, 12-ounce insulated tumbler, and Harmony Farms Jar Candle.

If you're ready to get festive, check out all the events going on during the Hometown Holidays Festival!

Write a letter to Santa and drop it off at the Visitors Center on East King Street! Curious to know what Christmas would have been like with the Burwell family? Take a tour of the Burwell School to see holiday and Christmas decorations from the 19th century! Walk around town on the Holiday Wreath Stroll and pay a visit to some of Hillsborough’s great local businesses and homes, decorated for the season.

Find more info on these events and so many more at the link below. Happy Holidays!

There's still time to enter the "Homes for the Holidays" Gingerbread Competition!
Contestants may make their edible gingerbread creations in the likeness of any historic home, building or structure in Hillsborough. A walking tour of entries will be displayed in the storefront windows of various downtown businesses from December 5 until January 2, and the public is encouraged to vote by phone for their favorite designs in both Adult and Youth/Family categories.  Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show on New Year's Eve.
Register online by NOVEMBER 30; entries are due for display by DECEMBER 3. 
For more information and to register, visit www.HomesForTheHolidays2020.com.
Find Your Calm in Hillsborough. You can visit fascinating historic sites, experience an innovative culinary scene, explore miles of trails along the Eno, find inspiration at a local art gallery, and so much more. 
Whatever your calm is, Hillsborough can help you find it this weekend.
Happy Halloween from Hillsborough! Whether you're tuning in to a virtual concert, going to a socially distanced holiday event in town, or just staying in with some delicious grub from one of our amazing local restaurants, we hope you have a spooky good time! 

For more info on things to do tonight and this weekend, check out our events calendar below!

Tonight, the Hillsborough Arts Council is hosting a virtual River Park concert featuring local artist Seth Walker! 

So if you're looking for a fun Friday night in, why not pick up some takeout from one of our many wonderful Hillsborough restaurants and tune in to a great concert?

We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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
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