Farewell, Chapel Hill

Two years ago, when I first shared here on the blog that I had decided to attend UNC-Chapel Hill for grad school, I received an explosion of comments with people telling me how awesome Chapel Hill is and how much I would love it.


At the time, I was wondering how awesome Chapel Hill could really be. But you know what? They were right.

Minus all the endless assignments and studying, I have absolutely loved my time here in Chapel Hill and there are so many things that I’ll miss about this town.

I’ll miss Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn.


I’ll miss blasting country music with the windows open while driving down country roads. (And yes, my former northern girl self is appalled by the fact that I actually like country music now.)

I’ll miss biking down those same country roads with Matt.


I’ll miss the 70 degree weather in February.


I’ll miss the Old Well on campus.


I’ll miss getting ice cream at Maple View Farm.



I’ll miss the outdoor movies that played right by our apartment in the summer.


I’ll miss running on the Tobacco Trail.


I’ll miss me and Matt’s very first apartment together — and especially the porch that surprised us by being surrounded by beautiful flowering pink trees in the spring.


I’ll miss early morning track workouts on UNC’s baby blue track.


I’ll miss Weaver Street Market, and Sandwhich, and Jessee’s Coffee & Bar, and so many more places I can’t even think of right now.

And of course, I’ll miss Franklin Street Yoga.


This place has taken me from the occasional yogi to the full on yoga lover. If you are ever in town, you must take a class there. I went to my favorite hour and a half power yoga class last night for the last time with the girls (followed by one last dinner at Akai Hana, another favorite) and nearly cried during savasana when Lori played “Carolina In My Mind.” I made sure to get a picture with Lori, the studio owner and my favorite teacher, after class. I’ll miss you, Lori! I hope I can find a yoga studio at least half as good as yours in DC.


This photo makes me look so tall! Lori is just really short. :)

But of course, the thing I will miss the most about Chapel Hill is my friends.








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Oh, the adventures we’ve had. :)

Until next time, Chapel Hill. Thanks for being awesome — I’ll miss you!


And now, it’s time for a new chapter in life and many new adventures up in DC. I’m excited to share them with all of you!

Matt and I are loading up the UHaul and making the move today, so I will probably be MIA for a few days until we’re settled. Catch you guys then from up north. :)


  1. 1

    On to the next awesome adventure! I so enjoy your pretty pictures and inspirational posts– best of luck with the move!

  2. 2

    What a great post! I was an undergrad at Chapel Hill and you just made me tear up too as I have some of the same favorite places. You’re the first local blogger I found (I’m in Raleigh) and it’s been a lot of fun reading and seeing pictures as you explore the town I love so much.

    I know that you are of course going to keep blogging but I still feel a little like this is goodbye – NC will miss you! I’m excited to see what your new life in DC will be like though and look forward to reading all about your wedding preparations :-)

  3. 4

    Awww you made me adore NC as well!

  4. 5

    As someone about to make a big move myself and leave one of my favorite cities, I’m excited to see how yours goes!! Good luck!

  5. 6

    Awww I’m so sad you’re leaving! Chapel Hill is a special place that will always be with you :) Good luck in DC! You’re going to be an amazing RD!

    • 7

      Aw I wish we’d had a chance for one last run before I left! Let me know if you find yourself in DC anytime… and keep me updated on your school/job stuff! :)

  6. 8
    Jessica says

    Awe, you had such a great time but are on to such a fun new adventure. Its always bittersweet. I can’t wait to follow all those adventures too :)

  7. 9

    I have never been to Chapel Hill or met anyone in your photos other than you, but I still teared up. #sapalert

  8. 11

    Man, we’ve gotta make a trip down to Chapel Hill… :)

    So glad you enjoyed your two years there! But, can’t wait to have you in the District again!

  9. 13

    I’ve been a fan of UNC for over a decade and loved the area. You’re so lucky you got to live there, Chapel Hill is so quaint! Good luck with the move! :) I <3 DC!

  10. 14

    Gosh you make me want to move to Chapel Hill! Moving is always so bittersweet. DC is such a fun place to live too! Good luck with the move!

  11. 15

    This made me tear up as well!! I moved to DC 3 years ago, right after I graduated from UNC and I love living here but I miss Chapel Hill and NC SO MUCH!

  12. 16

    Your blog has always made me want to visit Chapel Hill – no wonder you’ll miss it! :)

  13. 17

    Beautiful memories. I know how hard it is to leave a place you’ve grown to love (I’ve only had to do it 8 or 9 times in my life, nbd), but personally I just want to say how happy I am that we’re getting you back! :)

  14. 19

    What a lovely post! Where will you go next? A new adventure is on the horizon… how exciting!

  15. 20

    So beautiful, yet so sad….I hate goodbye’s :-(

    We look forward to your next adventures in life –and reading all about it on the greatest blog in the world! :-)

  16. 22

    What an amazing experience!! I love seeing the girlfriend photos. Grad school memories are among my favorites. Can’t wait to follow this journey!

  17. 23

    Hoping you have an easy move and safe travels.

  18. 24

    Now you’ll have the wonder and glory that is public transportation. can’t knock that!

    • 25

      So true – excited for the metro again! Although I’ll miss the free (yes, totally free) buses in chapel hill/carrboro!

  19. 26

    Best of luck with the move, Anne! On to the next chapter!

  20. 27

    Wishing you and Matt a fun, safe trip!!!

  21. 28

    Safe travels! I know it’s very bitter sweet! Now it’s time for new memories in DC!

  22. 29

    Leaving one place to go to another is hard!! I know this first hand. But good for you for focusing on all the awesome things that you’ve loved about it!

  23. 30
    Lauren K says

    You’ve made a lot of your blog readers cry! We will forever love reminiscing of our Chapel Hill days, and i’m looking forward to hearing about your DC ones too!

  24. 31

    Oh Anne, so sad all the memories…its really sad, but you were really happy with the place with the persons that you met there, you are going to be ok in DC, start again and be as you always be I mean…. a happy person. Good Luck in your new sweet home!

  25. 32

    Nothing like starting the morning with a good cry! Beautiful post. ;) Miss you already. Hope your drive north went smoothly. I’ll be seeing you soon!

  26. 34
    Adventurer says

    Congratulations, Anne. And thanks again for sharing the journey with us. It has been a great one! And you’ve made some great friends and memories along the way. Beyond that, bravo on developing a love of country music! There’s nothing like the Tarheel State to help someone find that attraction! Best for a smooth and safe move!

  27. 35

    Awwww, It’s bitter sweet, isn’t it Anne. But, that’s life, when one door closes another one opens and sometimes for the better. I am soooo glad you have grown to love country music. I have always loved it. One of my sons’in-law is in a country band in North Georgia called The Twisted Whiskey. He is great. This is just a fun past time hobby of his on the weekend. Looking forward to seeing your new place. “Happy Trails”.

    • 36

      Very bittersweet! That’s funny about your son in law – I’ll have to check out the band online! :)

      • 37

        Google will list several Twisted Whiskey bands. Click on the one Cleveland, Ga. with a group of guys around a p/u truck. My son-in-law is the one on the far left in black.

  28. 38

    Best of luck on your move. I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and I’m just outside of DC . . .happy to have you in the area. I would love the chance to meet up with you sometime!

  29. 40

    all the best as you move on with your next life chapter, anne!
    thanks for sharing your chapel hill highlights with us. i hope i can visit there some day!

  30. 41

    What a sweet post! I only wish we had gotten to hang out a few more times:( Best of luck in your new chapter!!!

  31. 43

    This is so sweet! I am graduating my school, as well, so I feel for you. It’s bittersweet to graduate, and I hope you take DC by storm. ;)

  32. 44

    Chapel hill looks gorgeous!


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