This past weekend, we had an informal Chapel Hill reunion with some old friends from when we lived there 15 years ago. My husband went to graduate school at UNC and fortunately I was able to enjoy the experience with him as we were newlyweds! Our two years in Chapel Hill was a special time for us and we made many life long friends during that time. However, with babies and new jobs (and ahem… a pandemic) it had been 10 years since we were able to get the gang together.
So it was time! A few months ago a weekend was selected, the plan was made and it was ON! It’s always hard to leave the kids and with the new puppy it definitely took an extra layer of planning. But it’s always worth it and I am thankful to have been able to reconnect with this crew. With the pandemic, we planned to be in outdoor patio settings as much as possible and the weather completely cooperated! We had perfect fall temperatures and Carolina Blue skies!
WHERE WE STAYED
We didn’t plan to rent a car and wanted to be right in the action so we all stayed at The Graduate on Franklin Street. In the past, this was hotel was called The Franklin so it was the first time we had stayed here since it changed over. I absolutely LOVED the lobby and the great details throughout the hotel that paid homage to the history of UNC and the state of North Carolina. Even the hotel key cards were student ID’s of previous famous UNC graduates.
WHAT WE DID
Our weekend revolved mostly around connecting with friends (and apparently eating!) The weather was perfect so we truly just enjoyed the Carolina Blue skies and the nostalgic feeling of being back 15 years later.
- Lunch on the patio at Top of the Hill
- Bluegrass Concert at The Carolina Inn
- Dinner at 411 in the Private Patio Room
- Brunch at The Carolina Coffee Shop
- Lunch at Que Chula (casual Mexican restaurant with a great patio)
- Walked around campus and Franklin Street
- Private Dinner at The Graduate
WHAT I WORE
Thankful for parents for holding down the fort and for lifelong friends to reconnect with! Chapel Hill really is a special place. 🙂