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CHAPEL HILL’S PERFECT SUNSET-VIEWING SPOT BY JESSIE AMMONS PHOTO BY KRISTIN PRELIPP, KPO PHOTO
I HAVE VERY FEW complaints about living in Chapel Hill. Within a 10-minute walk of my historic downtown home, I can see an art exhibition, enjoy a top-notch meal (or a pretty great cheap bite), sip a local craft brew, catch a theatrical performance or a concert, listen to an academic lecture, shop the farmers’ market and find just about any gift I could possibly need. But here’s the thing: I’m nestled at the bottom of the hill, surrounded by magnolia trees. So is most of town. Which brings me to 40
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my complaint: Where do you go to watch the sun set? I’ve been on a quest for years to find the perfect spot. Sure, there’s the famed Top of the Hill patio and the lucky few westwardfacing porches in Greenbridge, 140 West and The Courtyard. But I want a tried-andtrue place, a backdrop for a ritual. And I want to really see the sunset in all its glory, not just
a few orangey-red hues casting a picturesque glow on stoplights. (Although it’s pretty remarkable how much more appealing an evening commute through downtown can be!) At long last, I’ve found it: Merritt’s Pasture. You’ve seen it – a roughly 32-acre plot of land on the east side of 15-501, which is to the right as you cross over the James
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