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Exploring Chapel Hill's Arts and Culture Scene

Close your eyes and imagine your dream location. Are you picturing spectacular, knock-your-socks-off natural beauty? How about a perfect year-round climate? Does it have easy access to magnificent beaches? Is it a cultural hub where a globally recognized art and music scene and world class dining are just facts of everyday life? Does it have that special intergenerational energy that can only be found in a university town?

Well, you can stop dreaming. In the real world such a place actually exists. And the best news is it boasts an Overture premier senior living apartment community.

Welcome to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They don’t call it the “Southern part of heaven” for nothing.

Perfectly located in the Raleigh/Durhan/Chapel Hill “Research Triangle,” Chapel Hill is a unique blend of cutting-edge sophistication and laid-back charm. Clearly, whoever coined the term Southern hospitality was enjoying a meal in Chapel Hill at the time.

Chapel Hill’s inclusive, vibrant spirit is matched by its welcoming tax structure, a perk of which is untaxed social security benefits. Throw in outstanding sports teams and get ready to experience the best of retirement life.

Here are a few examples of the many and varied things to do in Chapel Hill.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Even the most dedicated couch potato won’t be able to resist the splendor of Chapel Hill’s surroundings. The Triangle area boasts over a dozen state parks and reserves as well as miles upon miles of connected trails. You will never run out of places to hike, bike, paddle or leisurely mosey with friends. When the ocean beckons, just hop in the car and you can easily be at any of the many lovely seaside destinations in a couple hours. The best part of Chapel Hill’s weather is four distinct seasons. It’s always moderate enough to be outside, but each season is celebrated with changes in scenery and events.

Enjoy the Art

Chapel Hill’s public art displays are ubiquitous. From the decorated transit shelters, to the murals on buildings, parking lots and trails, to the graphic art on buildings that are part of the Downtown Vinyl Project, Chapel Hill celebrates local artists at key locations throughout the community.

Art lovers will also enjoy the permanent collections and special exhibits at both the Ackland and Frank Art Museums.

Enjoy the Festival

Chapel Hill rolls out the red carpet for their artists in a big way with its annual Festifall Arts Festival in October. A Chapel Hill staple for the past 44 years, this event showcases the diverse styles and imagination of local talent.

Enjoy the Music

Head to Memorial Hall for symphony orchestras, chorus groups, plays and concerts. There are also frequent plays, comedians, concerts, and movies showing on the UNC campus.

Enjoy the Town

Just off campus is Franklin Street, home to boutiques, restaurants, bars, and music venues. Popular with locals as well as students, Franklin Street is the quintessential example of the intergenerational vibe Chapel Hill is known for.

Enjoy the Food

Chapel Hill’s restaurant scene is as diverse and delightful as its art. From formal dining to the best cup of coffee, embark on a flavorful adventure as you discover outstanding local and international cuisine. You will agree Chapel Hill is more than deserving of its nickname, America’s “foodiest little town.”

Enjoy Life Long Learning

Proximity to University of North Carolina makes Chapel Hill a center of learning for residents of all ages. The University’s Friday Center for continuing education offers an abundance of enrichment classes for retirees. Sign up for a class on your own, or with your friends from your Overture senior apartment community.

Book a tour at Overture’s Crabtree, or Centennial 55+ communities today. Active adult life doesn’t get any better than this.

Enjoy Retirement!

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