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

           

Hillsborough is Buzzing

Sunday, September 16, 2018 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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An Ethnic Food Tour

Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:00 AM by Neil Offen

When I moved to Orange County more than 30 years ago, ethnic food meant … well, pizza. Oh, you might have been able to get a little chow mein here or maybe a limp taco there, but if you wanted exotic,

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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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Keeping Warm When it Gets Cool

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 10:00 AM by Neil Offen

The weather outside is not exactly frightful — in fact, in Orange County, NC that almost never happens — but let’s admit it: it’s getting cooler. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to get warm and

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The Burger is Back

Saturday, September 30, 2017 12:00 PM by Neil Offen

The burger is back.

Well, to be honest, it really never left. Perhaps the quintessential American food — contrary to legend, it was invented in the U.S., not in the northern German city that gave it

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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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