What it is: This is one of my favorite signs that spring and summer have arrived in the area. Fridays on the Front Porch is a chance for families and just about anyone to come out and enjoy some live bluegrass music in the beautiful weather as well as a southern dinner and drinks if you choose. There are plenty of families spread out on blankets in the front with toddlers dancing to the music.
What we like: Really, what's not to like? We love the music, we love the fact that you can get enjoy a glass of wine or dinner if you would like but you're not required to get one. We think it's really nice that it's free to come listen to the music! It's a perfect way to spend a summer evening.
What we would change: One of the difficult things about going to Fridays on the Front Porch is parking. There is never enough street parking, so we've found the easiest thing to do is park in one of the lots on Franklin St. and walk over. It's not very far, especially with a stroller. Another thing that can be difficult is that it does get crowded. There are usually a lot of people on the lawn of the inn, especially the later you get in the evening. The crowd is usually split between families with young children and UNC college students.
Website and other important information: The Carolina Inn is located in Chapel Hill on a corner of the UNC campus.
The Carolina Inn 211 Pittsboro Street Chapel Hill, NC 27516 Phone: 1-800-962-8519
Hours: Fridays 5-8 pm
1. A typical Friday scene: the bluegrass band, families sitting on the grass, and a glass of wine waiting to be savored.