short list winners

The votes are in, and it’s official: the winner of May’s Chapelboro Short List for “Best Place To Spend A Sunny Day” is the North Carolina Botanical Garden!


The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a peaceful retreat on more than 900 acres just south of the UNC campus. Its nature trails make for wonderful walking, but its scientific mission also makes it a vital home for research and preservation of thousands of plants native to the Carolinas. Separate gardens recreate the varied habitats from across our state, from the coastal plains to the mountains. Come to stroll on any sunny day, or sign up for one of their many classes.

Also on the Short List

Top of the Hill Outdoor Patio

topoTop of the Hill is one of Chapel Hill’s favorite restaurants, a place to celebrate everything from football wins to graduations with delicious new-southern food and house-brewed beer. And their open-air patio above Franklin Street might just be the perfect spot for a late-afternoon drink with friends.

Coker Arboretum

cokerAn oasis on the UNC campus, the Coker Arboretum’s tree-lined paths offer a pleasant getaway for students and locals alike. You’d hardly know you were in the middle of a bustling city and university!