Ackland Art Museum

Plan a visit to nearby Ackland Art Museum!

The Museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 18,000 works of art, featuring North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), as well as significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, and North Carolina pottery. The Ackland organizes more than a dozen special exhibitions a year.

The Ackland is located on S. Columbia Street, near the Franklin Street intersection in downtown Chapel Hill. Click for directions and parking.

Southern Season: Your Local Gourmet Grocery Store

Southern Season offers a world-class selection of over 80,000 specialty foods, gifts and entertaining items.

Located at 210 S. Estes Drive at University Mall in Chapel Hill, Southern Season is a fantastic shopping destination during the holiday season!

Carolina Performing Arts

Explore performance events at Carolina Performing Arts!


Located at Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, world renowned dance, music, theater, and other special performances are less than 10 miles from Westfall.

Events at Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village

Visit the Fearrington Village events calendar for fun and interesting activities that include music, book discussions, storytimes, farmers market, wine tastings, and more. All within 5 miles from Westfall!

Chatham County’s Bynum Front Porch Series

Take in a bluegrass jam session in Chatham County’s Bynum, North Carolina at the Bynum General Store!

This Friday, August 25, 7:00-9;00 pm, enjoy hearing the Tommy Edwards Bluegrass Experience.

And, come out for the Bynum Front Porch Bluegrass Pickin’ on Saturday, August 26, 10:00-12:00 pm.

For more information, visit Bynum Front Porch.

July 4th Celebration and Fireworks

To learn more about the Town of Chapel Hill’s July 4th celebration, click here. Make plans to attend and discover why Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as one of America’s Top 10 Best Towns for a July 4th Celebration!


Ways to Outsource Lawn Care at Your Westfall Home

Lawn care is an important part of your Westfall home. Each resident in our beautiful neighborhood has at least a half-acre lot of green. For some, lawn care is a rewarding hobby while others just don’t have the time. We’ve rounded up some helpful sources for lawn care and maintenance in the Orange County and Chatham County areas.

Why Outsource Lawn Care
First, why outsource? Spending time working on the lawn is satisfying. When you are done, you can see the hard work you put into it. But most people do not have the time to maintain the lawn after working all week and spending weekends on activities. U.S. News points out that it’s smart to outsource domestic chores.

Second, residential lawn service companies use professional equipment, which means your lawn will look twice as good. These professional teams maintain sharp blades, which cuts your grass cleaner, preventing disease and insect infestation. And a pro will mow at the correct height based on the season and your lawn. Plus, your team can help with other landscaping or just manage the cutting.  

Triangle Lawn Care Options
Whether you heavily landscape or keep the grass, here are some options if you want help maintaining the appearance of your yard.

  • Canopy Lawn Care – Subscription and online services are popping up for everything these days and lawn care is no exception. This service has a nice feature: they can give you a quote fairly quickly after typing in your address.
  • Craigslist/Yelp – Online review and ad sites are a great place to find professional lawn care services. Review sites have the added benefit of letting you know who does a good job and who doesn’t.
  • Buy Local – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce has a page in their directory for Gardening and Landscaping services.
  • Ask Thy Neighbor – Westfall has some great neighbors who can offer their suggestions or their teenage children looking for a summer job.

How did you find your amazing lawn care crew? Share with us on our Facebook page.


Hidden Gems in Chatham and Orange Counties

Chatham and Orange Counties offer a lot of well known activities for area residents. And when you’re tired of visiting the Nasher Museum, relaxing on the Jordan Lake beach, or playing golf, there’s still plenty more to do! Check out these hidden gems:

Paddle down the Haw River. Paddle your own canoe — or kayak — in a guided or self-guided trip with The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. This activity provides physical benefits and a chance to see nature. They offer many options for all fitness and interest levels.

Sip wine among the grapes. Of course sipping wine from your porch at Westfall is always a good idea, but you can mix up the views by visiting Chatham County’s two wineries: Silk Hope Winery in Pittsboro and Horizon Cellars Winery in Siler City. Both offer wine tastings, special events, live music, and food.

Explore a hidden trail. Many people turn to the Riverwalk in Hillsborough or the American Tobacco Trail, which runs through Durham and Chatham counties. But Chatham County has miles of other walking trails to explore plus the 275-acre White Pines Nature Preserve. Find a place for your weekend walk or an all-day hike.

Learn about biofuels. Next time you have visitors in town and you’re looking for something different, take a tour of Piedmont Biofuels, which produces biodiesel out of cooking oil. A tour includes the chance to see the facility and learn about the process. Learn more:

What surprising things to do have you found in Chatham or Orange counties?


Five Golf Courses Around Chapel Hill

Love golf? We’ve got you covered. Golf is a popular sport in North Carolina, and in the Triangle there are multiple courses, including several in Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties. Choosing from among them isn’t easy, but based on area reviews, here are five to explore (in no particular order).

1. Governors Club
11000 Governors Dr Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Type of Course: Private
If you’re looking to join a club, look no farther than just up the street from Westfall! Governors Club is a stone’s throw from the neighborhood, making it the perfect option for the avid golfer. With both informal and formal dining options, tennis, swimming, and more, it’s a wonderful perk for Westfall’s residents.

2. The Preserve at Jordan Lake
840 The Preserve Trail, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Type of Course: Semi-private
Also near Westfall, this course offers gorgeous views and a bit of a challenge. Many golfers report it as an unforgiving course and encourage others to bring extra golf balls, but don’t seem to mind. Some said the greens take some getting used to, but reported looking forward to the return visit to improve their scores.

3. The UNC Finley Golf Club
Finley Golf Course Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Type of Course: Public
Obviously you’ll see a few more students on this course, but many golfers are pleased with the greens, the course, and the overall atmosphere.

4. Hillandale Golf Course
1600 Hillandale Rd Durham, NC 27705
Type of Course: Public
If you’re looking for a great round of golf and a fun course, this is the place. Golfers report it as less challenging than some courses, but more fun with a Durham atmosphere and fantastic staff.

5. Golf Club at Chapel Ridge
1010 Chapel Ridge Dr. Pittsboro, NC 27312
Type of Course: Semi-private
Looking for another course close to home? The Golf Club has some great views, water hazards and wooded areas that create an interesting layout. Some golfers say the course has its challenges, but felt more “user friendly” than other area courses.
What’s your favorite golf course in the Chapel Hill area?

7 Advantages of Living Close to UNC-Chapel Hill

Living close to UNC has many benefits. While those near a university campus may complain about parking problems or party noise, Westfall’s location near Chapel Hill but in a self-contained neighborhood is the perfect place for taking advantage of the best the University of Chapel Hill has to offer, without any of the downsides.

Here is just a sampling of what our residents say they love about living near UNC.

  1. Theater. Several performing groups call Chapel Hill home, from comedy groups and student performers to professionals. There are multiple performance venues, including an outdoor amphitheater, Forest Theatre.
  2. Art. Students and professors have long been known as a great source for finding amazing art. Aside from the UNC art department, Chapel Hill also features the Ackland Art Museum, several galleries, and a 2nd Friday Art Walk downtown.
  3. Sports. Obviously UNC basketball and football are right down the road, along with dozens of other chances to catch a game, whether your passion is golf or volleyball.
  4. Other culture. The university’s calendar is full of many other cultural offerings, from national-level speakers to homecoming parades. A university provides a source of energy in a community like no other.
  5. Health care. Chapel Hill is home to some of the best health care facilities in the country. With the Chapel Hill School of Medicine right here, it’s easy to find dedicated healthcare professionals offering top-notch service.
  6. Excellent eats. Chapel Hill is home to many fantastic restaurants. While there are dozens to choose from, you can get an idea in our post about the Top 10.
  7. The university. If you have teenage children, they have at least one college option right down the road in UNC.

Because college students don’t have a ton of money, many of the things to do in Chapel Hill are inexpensive. One more benefit: the appealing amenities keep property values in the area stable or increasing, making your Westfall home a great investment.

Find out what else Westfall has to offer by giving us a call.