Earlier this month, my friend KP and I decided to head to Hillsborough, NC for a little day trip. I stopped in Hillsborough one day to do some antiquing and thought the downtown was too cute! KP and I had a lovely day exploring this quaint town and I am already planning my next trip back.
Hillsborough: Things to Do
Hillsborough is so dang cute, y’all. It’s little downtown is fun for a couple of hours of just brunching, strolling the side streets, and browsing the stores. There is great access to walkways over the Eno River. After spending time downtown, head to Ayr Mount before stopping at Hillsborough Antique Mall. That’s exactly what we did, and I would do it over and over again each weekend if I could.
Highlights from our trip included shopping at Carlisle & Linny Vintage Jewelry which has the best vintage costume jewelry (and window boxes), 108 Churton for a great selection of home decor and clothing, We loved strolling down these side streets, and y’all know I love an old building with a story, especially if it comes with chippy paint, like this one (see below). We also loved walking across the Riverwalk Greenway for a little bit. I would love to bring Winston & Gizmo back to spend the day here. Ayr Mount has been a favorite of mine, and I just loved the rolling hills and the Adirondack chairs that overlooked them. And you can’t go wrong with Hillsborough Antique Mall. Honestly, I could spend all day there just going through the shops and their collections old postcards, records, and mirrors.
The Colonial Inn has been in Hillsborough since 1838 where it has been through various transitions names and businesses. It went out of business in 2000, and has since been let go. Someone bought it with the intention of fixing it up, but it is pretty far gone at this point. It is on the historic registry for Hillsborough, so it cannot be demolished without permission from the government. What a shame that it is in the state, because I can imagine how amazing this would be renovated as a boutique hotel.
Other places to check out?
Hillsborough: Where to Eat
My friend Lauren posted a picture a few months ago from Laplace in Hillsborough and it has been at the top of my list of places to try, especially since our trip to New Orleans. I was completely in love with the restaurant’s decor and vibe, and the amazing food. Bonus point: prosecco is on tap. We started with beignets and I ordered the fried oyster sandwich. It was absolutely delicious and I am dying to get back to enjoy the Bloody Mary bar on a weekend.
Other places on my list of places to try in Hillsborough?
Antonia’s is an authentic Italian restaurant and uses locally sourced ingredients. I have heard nothing but great things about this restaurant and I am especially smitten with the fact that it has daily specials that are actually updated on their website and social media channels.
Chef Aaron Vandemark has been getting nods from the James Beard Foundation for years and the menu is just as lovely as the decor. It’s another restaurant that uses sourced ingredients and has a menu that changes daily. I’d really love to try the grilled dogfish since it is served with fried oysters if I went and that was on the menu. This restaurant is my favorite kind, where I would ask the server what their favorite item is on the menu that day and go from there.
Hillsborough: Where to Stay
Hillsborough is about an hour drive from Raleigh, 20 minutes from Durham and 15 from Chapel Hill. If you decide to spend the night, check out the Inn at Teardrops is right in the historic district and walking distance to all the goodness on Churton St. in downtown Hillsborough.
So, there ya have it. Hillsborough is the perfect little getaway if you’re local to the Triangle. I had the best time exploring this adorable Southern town, but loved not having too far of a drive to do so.
I hope you had a great weekend! Don’t forget to link up with Biana and me!