Plan A Meeting

Why Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau can offer advice and suggestions on coordinating special tours, theme parties, spouse programs, entertainment, speakers, florists, audio-visual equipment and other functional (or just plain fun) components of your conference. Anything to make your life easier. For more information, contact the Sales Office, Marlene Barbera at

Top Reasons to Hold Your Meeting Here

  • We're affordable, accessible and convenient
    When you put a great destination in the middle of the state, everybody can afford to visit. Chapel Hill is located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. We’ve got a first class airport, RDU, just twenty minutes away; and plenty of airlines that make visiting here easy. We have an awesome variety of hotels, too.
  • We've got a variety of great meeting facilities
    In Chapel Hill you can choose from a variety of meeting-friendly hotels, many with conference space, including 16,000 square feet of flexible space at the Sheraton; and 14,000 square feet of classically designed meeting space at the Carolina Inn. For larger meetings, the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education is located 5 minutes by car from the University of North Carolina and features 25,000 square feet of meeting space, individual rooms complete with audio-visual and multi-media capabilities and a 420 seat auditorium with stage.
  • We’re basketball, but so much more
    Our University of North Carolina facilities are rated among the nation’s best, hosting everything from a high school invitational to NCAA basketball and football. The North Carolina High School Athletics Association maintains its headquarters in Chapel Hill and actively hosts championship events from competitive swimming and lacrosse to softball and wrestling. A visit to Chapel Hill is incomplete without swinging by the Dean Smith Center and new Carolina Basketball Museum. Both offer private tour options.
  • Shop Local
    Local merchants are part of the charm of a University town. From the 60,000 sq.ft. gourmet emporium, Southern Season to the recently redesigned Shops at Eastgate, you can have it all. Franklin Street in the heart of Chapel Hill has designer clothing and jewelry, handcrafted furniture, art galleries, an artisan bakery and more. Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Carrboro make up the county, so be sure to explore all three.
  • We're only here for the food
    We hope you come hungry. Bon Appetit magazine named Chapel Hill and Orange County one of “America’s Foodiest Small Towns.” More than a dozen restaurants reach out to local farmers for a true farm-to-fork experience. From AAA Four Diamond restaurants to diverse, multi-ethnic cuisine to hickory smoked BBQ and other southern delights; you’ll find something for every palate.
  • It's Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough
    Come to Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough and we’ll make sure you experience the southern hospitality that keeps you coming back to the “edge of the triangle”.

Suggested Itineraries

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  • Family Fun Day Chapel Hill

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  • 10 Ways to See Chapel Hill

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  • Cultural Arts

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  • Historic Hillsborough

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