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Old 01-11-2011, 01:46 PM
 
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My first thought was Durham, but if you want something smaller, . . . how about a lot smaller? Pittsboro?
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Is there anything similar to downtown Greenville, SC?
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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bump!
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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What about Concord?
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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What about Concord?
No. Try Davidson.
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Thanks for the suggestions. How about anywhere else in NC? What about surrounding areas outside of Greensboro? I heard others suggest that area. Somebody mentioned Friendship.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:05 AM
 
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chapel hill/carrboro

the hippest of hip small towns, great greenways, very walkable.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I'll echo Francois saying that small town and decent nightlife are a contradiction in terms. However I'll offer a few more suggestions for walkable towns with things to do based on perusing the photo galleries on C-D. Mostly, not at all "hip": Black Mountain, Southern Pines, Kinston, Asheboro and Statesville.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Beckycat, I'm just seeing this thread now, but I can't believe Hillsborough only got one mention. It's the obvious choice for a small historic, walkable, downtown. It's very historic and was the site of many important happenings during the Revolutionary War period and earlier (Hillsborough Visitors Center | Historic Hillsborough, North Carolina), very arts-oriented, home to many authors including Lee Smith and Allan Gurganus and others. They have community festivals like "Hog Days" and two (or more) farmer's markets, lovely old homes and estates. And it's only 20 minutes north of Chapel Hill and Carrboro — arguably the hippest spot in the state — so you can go see Arcade Fire or whoever the latest indy sensation is, and be back home in 20 minutes. The population of Hillsborough is about 6000 or so. There are various venues and galleries at various times in Hillsborough. Not sure what's there at the moment, but there are good restaurants and at least one music venue. They also have a nice health food co-op in Weaver Street Market which also hosts music events. Hillsborough, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chapel Hill and Carrboro are also good options if you want something a little bit bigger, but still on the small side. Combined their pop is about 80,000. They share a border and school system and for most people are practically one town, but they do have separate town governments. Obviously, Chapel Hill is home to UNC (one of the oldest public universities in the US) and is a classic college town, so when you say "historic" that's certainly there, but is not the major feeling of the town(s). UNC dominates the scene (lots of t-shirt shops and bars, and lots of folks who work at the University or the hospital), but there's a whole town away from the college stuff. There's a super vibrant arts scene in both towns. Incredible national award winning food in the area. Great farm to fork scene. Chapel Hill/Carrboro also have the highest performing public school system in the state if that's a concern.

Pittsboro is also a good option. It has a pop of about 3000 so is a little smaller than Hillsborough. It's about 20 minutes south of Chapel Hill so, again, easy enough to access the bigger arts scene there if something comes along. Pittsboro and Hillsborough are pretty similar, but Hillsborough has the edge in history if that's important to you.

Another teeny, tiny town that might be worth investigating if you want small is Saxapahaw with what many regard as the finest medium-sized music venue in the Triangle in the Haw River Ballroom. It's a former mill village on the Haw River and is home to only 1600 people give or take a few. They have a great free summer music series and farmer's market and the Ballroom hosts many national touring acts as well as locals—like Megafaun, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Junior Brown, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Dr Dog, etc, etc, etc. Great space and about 25 minutes west of Carrboro, 25 min south of Burlington and Graham.

Hope you can find what you're looking for!

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