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Chapel Hill, NC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 13
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,112
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 184
Committable Meeting Rooms* 10
Convention Center Space 25,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 16,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 7,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $97
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $56
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $298
*Maximum for a single hotel

Chapel Hill, NC Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Chapel Hill, a city guide for meeting professionals. This town, nicknamed “the Southern Part of Heaven,” features big-time fun in a welcoming, scenic package. Set in central North Carolina and part of the respected Research Triangle Region, Chapel Hill is quickly becoming a hot spot for New American cuisine and was even named “America's Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appetit magazine; many of its restaurants even feature group dining space. A place of authors, musicians and artists, Chapel Hill is also a place of youth and vibrancy, thanks to its resident UNC Chapel Hill campus, home to a renowned athletic program and dynamic campus life. The heart of Chapel Hill is found along Franklin Street, which runs through downtown and, with its coffee shops, restaurants, museums, bookshops, music stores and bars, is considered the center of town and campus social life.

Chapel Hill is conveniently located about 18 miles away from the Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU), the major air travel provider for the entire Research Triangle Region. RDU was recently ranked # 9 for Best Airports in the country by Conde Nast. Serving nine million passengers each year and 400 departing flights each day, RDU offers service to dozens of destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and more. Passengers can hop on Triangle Transit's Route 100 bus service, which takes passengers from the airport to connecting bus routes at its Regional Transit Center. In addition to Triangle Transit, Chapel Hill features bus service aboard its free Chapel Hill Transit buses, as well as Tar Heel Express town-campus transportation and Orange Public Transportation service between northern Orange County and downtown Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.

Set on quiet landscaped grounds about a five-minute drive from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, the university's William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education serves as the largest stand-alone meeting facility in Chapel Hill. Spanning 25,000 square feet of meeting space and offering such spaces as a 420-seat auditorium, the Friday Center hosts more than 700 events and approximately 73,000 participants each year. Chapel Hill Transit offers bus service to and from the center.

In addition to the sprawling Friday Center, Chapel Hill is home to a variety of unique venues perfect for hosting group gatherings. Groups can hold events at several UNC Chapel Hill-affiliated sites, including The Carolina Club with 9,500 square feet of space and Kenan Center. Also affiliated with the university, the North Carolina Botanical Garden features indoor and outdoor event spaces throughout its 800 acres of preserved land, nature trails and LEED Platinum Education Center. Groups can tour the Carolina Basketball Museum, which chronicles the history of UNC basketball through an extremely comprehensive collection of artifacts, photographs and videos, as well as join a culinary walking tour of Chapel Hill. Groups can also rent out theater space at nearby Carrboro's The ArtsCenter, hold a golf outing at the Fazio-designed UNC Finley Golf Club or try their hand at comedy with a team building session or comedy class at the respected DSI Comedy Theater.

About Chapel Hill, NC / Additional Info

Multicultural and multifaceted, Chapel Hill was created to serve as the home of the nation's first state university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, founded in 1793. Present-day reminders of late 18th century life can be found in Chapel Hill's quiet winding streets, wooded home sites, small shops and stone walls, which only add to the town's charm and respect for its history. From its world-class athletics to its museums, UNC Chapel Hill serves as the cultural and entertainment cornerstone of this Research Triangle Region destination. In fact, the university brings to this area such highlights as its Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (the first planetarium to open on a college campus in the United States and the home of the world's largest full dome digital planetarium on a college campus), as well as the Carolina Basketball Museum, which chronicles the university's basketball past, present and future. If you want to get away from it all, Chapel Hill is home to a number of restful spots, including the Eno River State Park, which features 4,000 acres of natural beauty and one of the best fishing spots in the Neuse River Basin.

Let's not forget about the food. Chapel Hill is quickly becoming a New American cuisine powerhouse, made evident by the many national recognitions and James Beard Awards that its resident chefs and restaurants have been scooping up. Culinary highlights include Crook's Corner, infamous for it seasonal Southern cuisine and casual dining room adorned with the work of local artists. Lantern marries Asian flavors with North Carolina ingredients, resulting in delicious Pan-Asian creations served in a sleek space that practically glows. Acme Food & Beverage serves Southern dishes in a fine dining setting, while One serves innovative New American fare known for its elegantly simple approach. Last but not least, Top of the Hill serves up Southern fare crafted with locally-sourced ingredients, as well as serves as the state's first and only organic distillery producing grain-to-grass vodka, whiskey, gin, and some of the most celebrated beers in the country. Distillery tours are available to groups.

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