Author: Neil Offen

Neil Offen, who produced this article for the Chapel Hill/Orange Visitors Bureau, has been a newspaper reporter and columnist, a magazine editor, a blogger, radio news director and the author of more than a dozen books. He has lived in New York, Paris, Provence, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. You can follow him on Twitter  @NeilOffen1

           

Two Towns, One Community

Thursday, December 19, 2019 11:00 AM by Neil Offen

About Carrboro and Chapel Hill - the two are contiguous, one runs into the other, and often visitors don’t differentiate. But locals do. Here’s my perspective:

Chapel Hill has the University of North

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They've Stood the Test of Time

Monday, September 9, 2019 9:00 AM by Neil Offen

New businesses, new stores, new restaurants pop up all the time around Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County.

Sometimes, all the newness can make you forget the places that have been here a long

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Hillsborough is Buzzing

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3:00 PM by Neil Offen

My sister-in-law and her boyfriend were visiting. They had been here before and we had shown them all the main sites — the historic, beautiful campus of the University of North Carolina, the scene

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A Tale of Trees in Orange County

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:00 PM by Neil Offen

Almost everybody notices it when they first fly into the area: how stunningly green Orange County is. Pines, oaks, cedars and (much) more.

Yes, the county has grown significantly in recent years, new

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A Stroll Down Rosemary Street

Monday, August 27, 2018 8:00 AM by Neil Offen

Everyone knows Franklin Street. It’s Chapel Hill’s main drag, the classic college town’s classic strip. But just a block away, parallel to Franklin, is a lesser-known thoroughfare, a street with a

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Orange County Old and New

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 3:00 PM by Neil Offen

Construction cranes dot the sky. Growth is everywhere in booming Orange County, North Carolina.

We’re adding buildings, houses, stores, roads. But in the midst of all the change, there remain

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Trails for Geezers

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:00 AM by Neil Offen

There are lots of wonderful trails for vigorous hiking or biking in Orange County. Occoneechee Mountain, Duke Forest and the Pumpkin Trail in the Carolina North forest, among many others, all are

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