Hillsborough North Carolina

One of the most renowned college-area towns in the country, Hillsborough, North Carolina is home to two of the most prestigious universities in the nation, and in some degrees the world. Sitting on 8,600 acres in nearby Durham, NC, Duke University is home to over 14,000 undergraduate, graduates and professional students. With an 11% admittance rate, its exclusivity and prestigious name has earned Duke the title of 14th best universities in the world by Newsweek. Also close by, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill houses over 28,000 students, nearly 18,000 of which undergrad. They offer 71 bachelors, 107 masters and 74 doctoral degree choices. Duke and UNC have two of the regularly best division one men’s basketball programs in the nation, winning 27% of the national championships in the past 30 years. Any local resident of the area will tell you that the most prominent statistic is the fact that these schools are only a mere 9 miles apart. This close proximity and high quality of sports had led to one of the fiercest basketball rivalries in history. In fact, it was ranked the #1 college basketball rivalry in history according to Sports Illustrated. 

Hillsborough is home to more than just college sports and frat houses, however. The town has been named one of the top 10 coolest small towns in America by budget travel. There is an abundance of night life, restaurants, and historic locations to explore across the town. 

What to do:

Taste Carolina: Gourmet Food Tours - 500 Reynolds Ave, Durham, NC 27707
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours is the best way to experience the top food destinations around various North Carolina regions. They offer walking tours in six different towns across North Carolina, each hitting five to seven restaurants and shops offering unique food options. They strive to find the best local farm-to-table cuisine possible, and are always updating their tour options and locations. 

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area - 625 Virginia Cates Road, Durham. NC
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area is a 190 acre region containing oak forests, ponds, wide fields and various habitats throughout. The highest point of 867 feet is the highest in all of Orange County. Exciting mountain trails and a pristine hiking environment await visitors of this state park.

Dean Smith Center (UNC) - Old NC Highway 10, Chapel Hill, NC
Home to the UNC basketball program, the recently renovated Dean Smith Center is one of the premier college athletics complexes in the United States. They’ve made multiple renovations to the facility over the past six years, including new offices, sound and light systems, as well as training, weight and locker rooms. 

Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke) - 301 Whitford Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Self-defined as “the crown jewel of college basketball’s classic venues”, Cameron Indoor Stadium houses the Duke Blue Devils. The arena is one of the smallest in the nation, leading to intimate, intense basketball events, especially headlining games. Fans, known nationally as ‘Cameron Crazies’, are some of the loudest and most loyal in the nation. For this reason, it is one of the most feared locations for away teams in the nation. 

Chapel Hill Wine Company - 2809 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
One of the most popular wine stores in the area, the Chapel Hill Wine Company knows their wines. They feature a variety of wines, from whites to reds, and budget-priced to top shelf quality. The staff definitely knows their wine! The store also features a wine station, holding 12 bottles of wine. Upon purchasing a card, you insert it into the station, and can choose a selection to sample as your shop around the store. 

The Streets at Southpoint - 6910 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, NC
In nearby Durham, the Streets at Southpoint is regarded as a ‘hybrid mall’, featuring an outside and inside portion to the shops. There is a plethora of shrubbery, statues and other decorations lining the outside portion of the mall. There is a movie theater on site, as well as multiple dining options.

Hillsborough Farmers Market Hampton Pointe - (Home Depot Parking Lot) Hillsborough, NC
The Hillsborough Farmers Market is a not-for-profit run during the summer on Saturdays, from 8am to noon. The goal of the market is to give small-scale entrepreneurs to sell product directly to consumers, avoiding competition from large corporations. The market features products from farmers, bakers, crafters, and other local artisans.   

Where to Eat: 

Panciuto - 110 South Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Since 2006, Panciuto has based their business technique off connecting the customer to the farms their food is grown on. Their menu changes often, depending on availability of certain foods being grown at that time. Menus can change as often as daily, so dining is always a unique experience. 

Weaver Street Market - 228 S. Churton St. Hillsborough, NC
The market features events such as wine tastings, natural and organic food sales and a deli, hot and salad bar for sit down eating. A major feature of the event is their Co-op ownership, where adults can buy into the market, where members can have a say in the happenings of the market and it’s events. 

Wooden Nickel - 105 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC
A local favorite, the Wooden Nickel Pub features burgers, wings and micro brews. They have nightly drink specials, and a menu featuring beers from local breweries and locally-grown produce. 

Maple View Ice Cream - 6900 Rocky Ridge Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Maple View Ice Cream has expanded from 12 core flavors upon opening in 2001, to currently hundreds of unique ice cream flavors today. Flavors change by the season, and there is always guaranteed to be 20 flavors on hand. Their current flavors can be found on their website, and the company’s ice cream can also be found in cartons in various supermarkets and stores around Hillsborough.

Hot Tin Roof - 115 Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC
This local sports bar is everything one may expect in a down home bar. Specials include daily drink deals, as well as weekly and bi-weekly events such as DJs, football screenings, cookouts and karaoke nights. Open every day until 2am, the Hot Tin Roof is surely a local favorite. 

Saratoga Grill - 108 S. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Saratoga Grill is a quality eatery with a variety of house specials and favorites. They are self-proclaimed to be best known for “New England clam chowder, honey almond salmon and scones”. 

Antonia’s - 101 North Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Antonia’s is a quaint, cozy authentic Italian eatery that continues the Hillsborough tradition of farm-to-table ingredients. They serve their homemade pastas and fresh seafood in a classic Italian style. The restaurant also has a variety of menu specials, and features live jazz on Tuesdays. 

Hillsborough BBQ Company - 236 S. Nash St. Hillsborough, NC
The Hillsborough BBQ Company is prominent amongst Hillsborough locals for their pit-cooked barbeque, as well as a variety of appetizers and sandwiches. Pricing is extremely reasonable for the high quality and care of the food, and is a clear favorite among locals. 

Located a stone’s throw from both the University of North Carolina and Duke University, Ashford Lakes Apartment Homes is a unique retreat for its residents in the Hillsborough, NC area. Our apartments for rent in Hillsborough, NC feature two and three bedroom townhome-style floor plans, each with private decks or patios, and walk-in closets with built in organizing racks. The property sits on 27 wooded acres, with a 5 acre fishing lake. An in-ground, resort style pool is also located on the property, with grassy areas separating it from the lake. Ashford Lakes takes pride in their exceptional customer service, and maintenance service teams. Anyone from first-time renting students to full families looking in the Hillsborough, North Carolina must take Ashford Lakes into consideration. View our website or give us a call today for more information! We look forward to hearing from you.