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A Weekend itinerary for the covid-conscious traveler

Looking for a safe weekend getaway? Consider Carrboro, where you can relax on a rooftop terrace, dine al fresco on outdoor patios, and meander miles of trails and outdoor green space. Our community has taken great care with safety and sanitation to ensure you feel free to rest, relax, and indulge. 

*Masks are not currently mandated, however, some establishments may require masking or
proof of vaccination to enter.


Check-in and enjoy your safe and modern weekend accommodations

The Hampton Inn & Suites is on Main Street and in the center of it all. Enjoy contactless check-in as you drop your bags, grab a map of downtown, and get ready for a safe and memorable weekend full of crafts, food, and adventure. Learn about the hotel’s high level of safety and cleanliness protocols that exceed industry recommendations.

Enjoy lunch at the historic train station, now called thai station

Thai Station Restaurant delivers delicious, fresh Thai food with an unforgettable experience – served in the beautifully renovated train car at the historic train station. Sit outside on the large back deck under flowering vines and enjoy views of the old but still functioning railroad.  

Take an afternoon stroll THROUGH the beautiful, historic Carr Mill Mall

Located in the heart of Carrboro, Carr Mill Mall is home to more than 25 local and family-owned businesses. Explore the various shops and embrace its historical charm, where staff will be sure to greet you with a mask and smiling eyes.

Browse Carrboro's craft stores for unique souvenirs

Explore the work of talented artisans featured at the NC Craft Gallery, This & That Gallery, and WomenCraft, and don’t miss Sophia’s new gift shop, called My Muses Card Shop, in the Station along Main Street. Find whimsical, elegant, and functional gifts for any occasion in a safe, face-covered environment.


Tandem Restaurant offers great food in a warm, relaxing environment where locals, friends, and guests can unwind and safely have fun. The name Tandem reflects the closeness of their working and personal relationship between the co-owners, Chef Younes Sabouh and GM Emma Sabouh, who are raising their family in Carrboro.

taste the local flavor with a carrboro-crafted brew

Dingo Dog Brewing Company is located on the north end of downtown and produces a variety of beer and cider on a farm just outside Carrboro. Dingo Dog uses produce grown onsite in a “zero waste” facility, and uses profits to fund grants to no-kill animal rescue organizations in North Carolina.

Top off the evening with a rooftop view of carrboro

After your first day of exploring, relax poolside on the rooftop terrace of your hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites. Cherish the views of Carrboro and Chapel Hill as you imagine the safe and exciting adventures that await you in the weekend ahead.


Rise and shine with a fresh cup of award-winning coffee at Open Eye Cafe

Wake up those taste buds with the aroma of fresh brewed coffee from Open Eye Cafe. You will be served coffee sourced directly from farmers across the globe and roasted fresh just steps away from where you order it by Carrboro Coffee Roasters. Order online or at the door, for take-away or curbside pickup, or feel free to lounge like a local, and savor that coffee on their safe and sanitized outdoor tables.

pick-up a fresh buttermilk egg and cheese biscuit from Neal’s Deli

Life is better with a Neal’s Deli buttermilk breakfast biscuit in hand. This locally-owned deli will be sure to help you safely start your day on the right foot and is conveniently located next door to Open Eye Cafe. Feel free to come back later and delve into a New York-inspired pastrami biscuit. 

Walk to Carrboro’s renowned Farmers’ Market

Locally grown and nationally known, Carrboro Farmers’ Market is home to many of the most talented growers and artisans in the region. Visit the different vendors for a wide selection of the highest quality, locally grown produce, artwork and much, much more. Enjoy it all with peace of mind knowing their strong safety protocols


Cruise with comfort and confidence on a bike from The Clean Machine. Their experts will provide assistance to ensure that you get the right ride to conquer the trails. There are many bike shops in Carrboro for you to consider, including Back Alley Bikes and PARcycles.

Feel alive as you mountain bike through nature at Carolina North Forest

Explore Carolina North Forest, which is a 750 acre woodland forest located on UNC’s North campus, nestled between the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Also known as Horace Williams Tract, the forest offers more than 20 miles of easy, intermediate, and difficult trail loops, making it a favorite for our many local mountain biking enthusiasts.

Make your way to South Green and indulge in a fresh pizza from Coronato Pizza

Enjoy the perfect crunch of Coronato’s Roman style pizza. Coronato brings the casual and lively vibe of Rome’s urban side street eateries to Carrboro. Pro-tip: Get that pizza to-go and walk a few doors down to Craftboro Brewery Depot to enjoy your pizza and some high quality, locally-brewed craft beer at their picnic tables outside.

Enjoy a high quality, locally-brewed craft beer at a neighborhood community hub

Make a pit stop at Craftboro Brewery Depot, a comfortable and welcoming community hub with ample safe outdoor seating. Enjoy their many brews on tap and learn about the world of craft beer from local connoisseurs on the patio or next to the roll-up overhead doors.

Find Balance at Carrboro Yoga

Enjoy a small, socially-distant, and fully-masked class at Carrboro Yoga. Relax and destress as you find connection between your body, mind, and spirit. You’ll need to preregister because space is limited to keep everyone safe.

Relax & Replenish at wax poetic

Let your stress fly free at Wax Poetic, where you can get Acupuncture, Reiki, and other East Asian Treatments. Let their licensed professionals soothe your soul all in a safe covid-conscious environment. 

Savor a fusion style meal on a safe and heated patio

Freshen-up then enjoy a fusion style dining experience at IZA Eats, which is nestled in the heart of downtown Carrboro and features Japanese fusion style cuisine on small plates, sushi, ramen, whiskey, sake and cocktails in a modern space. IZA Eats is open for safe sit down dining service on their heated outdoor patio.

Live stream a Cat’s Cradle performance and enjoy your own private concert

Cat’s Cradle continues to bring music to you via live streams available online directly from its venue in Carrboro. These shows are streamed live without a crowd, captured with amazing sound and multi-camera HD video. Safely enjoy a show you can enjoy from the comfort of the rooftop patio at the Hampton Inn.


Start your day sipping fresh-roasted coffee

Sip on a picture-worthy latte as you lounge at Gray Squirrel on their chic, safe, and spacious patio. Gray Squirrel is a small-batch specialty coffee roaster, roasting in-house and serving a minimal menu of finely crafted espresso drinks and drip coffee.

Cultivate inner peace with morning meditation at The Kosala Buddhist Center

Zoom into a Kosala’s Advice for a Happy Life class on Sunday to help you relax, let go of difficult thoughts, and strengthen your mind to face the week. Explore the practice of Buddhist meditation and experience how to bring positive change in your life that will enable you to develop deep and lasting happiness.

stroll downtown on a self-guided mural tour

View must-see murals by talented local artists on a socially-distanced tour of paintings of giant sea turtles, landscapes, and everything in between. 

Enjoy Lunch at Carrboro's Community Bar

Head over to 401 Main, Carrboro’s community bar, and enjoy the great food and laid-back vibe on the two big patios featuring the best ground-level view in town. 401 Main is a great place to safely relax and make new friends.   


This self-guided historic tour of downtown Carrboro will have you walk to 21 beloved places and learn their remarkable stories. Inspire your mind on this heart-healthy adventure compliments of the Carrboro Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Resources Department. 


Read Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inspiring quotes as you safely meander through MLK Park.  This 10-acre park features a community garden, playground, walking trails, murals, and a grassy field to simply relax.

bless your tastebuds with an award-winning dinner

Located in the heart of downtown Carrboro, Acme Food & Beverage Co. serves up some damn good food. Award winning chef, Kevin Callaghan, draws inspiration from the seasonal rhythms and flavors of his childhood and uses fresh local ingredients to create Southern American dishes in a safe outdoor setting. Savor your meal in Acme’s beautiful and safe outdoor flower garden.