New Year, New Home: Buying New in 2023

“Home” is far more than a series of walls… it is the place we build our lives, connect with others, and embrace the many elements that combine to create a fulfilling lifestyle for our family and friends. That’s why choosing the right place for you and your loved ones is such an important decision. Fortunately, this big decision can be easy, especially when you discover the many benefits that a master-planned community like Chatham Park has to offer.

Are you and your family considering a new home in 2023? Here are just a few of the many benefits you’ll discover as a new homeowner living in Vineyards, the first residential neighborhood in Chatham Park.

Guaranteed Quality.

When you buy a new home, you are making a significant investment in you and your family’s future. It’s only fitting that master-planned communities like Chatham Park make a point to work with some of the most reputable home builders in the region, ensuring you’re investing in the very best. With several single-family home and townhome builders to choose from, you can find the right fit and trust that you’ll love the end result. Vineyard’s collection of builders also offer a variety of floor plans, including first-floor living options, as well as custom products to fit your lifestyle.

Connectivity & Convenience.

Chatham Park is a walkable and bike-friendly community. Come visit Vineyards and see how our well-planned greenway system, sidewalks and bike lanes are set to weave throughout all of our future neighborhoods. Looking for a quicker way to get around? Our road infrastructure is well thought out and routes through all major roadways and home developments in Chatham Park, increasing the ease with which you get from one place to another. Our community is also conveniently located by interchanges and ramps for Highway 64, and is just a 30-minute drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Whether your travels take you down the road or to another state, we’ve worked to make getting places as seamless as possible.

Environmental Innovation.

As Vineyards at Chatham Park continues to grow, our standards for “clean technology” remain a top priority. Our master-planned community attracts people and businesses who are committed to conserving resources and gaining a cleaner, greener lifestyle. To help accomplish this, we’ve partnered with Southern Energy Management to ensure the best quality of its homes by implementing Chatham Park ecoSelect® Plus, a program that focuses on increasing energy efficiency, providing support and assuring quality control and consumer confidence.

Authentic Community.

One of the biggest benefits of living in a master-planned community like Chatham Park is the ease with which residents can feel connected to the people and places around them. Between MOSAIC’s robust calendar of events, which range from movie nights and sunset yoga to family-friendly concerts on the lawn, and Knight Farm Community Park, which gives members access to a playground, dog park, splash pad and other fun activities…there are countless ways to socialize and find a sense of belonging here. Come be a part of our community—we can’t wait for you to join us.

Here at Vineyards at Chatham Park, our collection of reputable and award-winning home builders offer a wide range of eclectic floorplans and move-in ready homes, built with integrity and intentionality from the ground up. Interested in a new place to call “home” in 2023? Come out and explore all that Chatham park has to offer. Tours available daily at our information center located at 500 Vine Parkway, Pittsboro NC.


Home for the Holidays: Getting into the Christmas Spirit Around Chatham Park

Home for the Holidays: Getting into the Christmas Spirit Around Chatham Park

Here at Chatham Park, we feel very fortunate to call Pittsboro our home. In Pittsboro, both residents and visitors alike can enjoy the town’s unique blend of shops, restaurants, local events and—most importantly—its people!  Now that the holiday season is in full swing, there are even more ways to enjoy what’s right in your backyard; and to make it even easier for you, we’ve put together a list of several ways you and your loved ones can enjoy all that Pittsboro has to offer this time of year. Think: hot chocolate, meet-and-greets with Santa Claus, live music, creative workshops and more—all with the beautiful backdrop of twinkling lights and holiday décor.

“Holly Days,” Presented by the Town of Pittsboro

While “First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market” is a recurring Pittsboro tradition, this month will include festive events and unique shopping experiences that you are sure to enjoy. This family-friendly event, which will take place on December 4th between 12-4pm, is free to attend. Artisans, non-profits and local businesses will be out and about in downtown Pittsboro, and while you browse through their art, jewelry, woodwork, soaps, pottery and more, you can enjoy a sweet treat from one of the holiday food trucks!

The Annual Pittsboro Christmas Parade is another memorable tradition complete with a procession of marching bands, dancers, holiday revelers, Christmas carolers and Santa Claus himself. This year’s theme is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and prizes will be awarded to the best entries! The parade will begin at 3pm on Sunday, December 11th, but most locals show up early to browse the food, drink and shopping offered by local businesses. Can’t make it? Pittsboro by Luminaria gives you yet another chance to enjoy lights, music and shopping on Thursday, December 15th. Not only will shops be open late, but they will have beverages and snacks on hand too!

Other Happenings In and Around Pittsboro

Celebrate the Christmas season in your very own backyard on MOSAIC’s event lawn! On December 3rd from 2-5pm, MOSAIC will be collaborating with United Way of Chatham County to host a Holiday Festival full of food and fun. Come learn about local nonprofits, find the perfect holiday gift at our market of vendors, enjoy lunch at one of the on-site food trucks and get your photo taken with The Grinch!

Test your culinary skills by booking an instructor-led baking class at the Traveling Café Culinary Studio. Throughout the month of December, the studio is offering several sessions where you can learn how to make, shape, decorate and EAT your holiday favorites! Featured classes include:

    • Italian Christmas Cookie Trays
    • Christmas Bread and Biscotti Workshops
    • Kids Christmas Cookies
    • Bûche de Noël Make and Take

Step back into time this holiday season and experience the greenery-decorated Alston House by candlelight. A ticket to “O Blessed Season” Candlelight Tours will give you a guided look at the 18th century Christmas practices, celebrations and traditions of the historic site.

Beyond Pittsboro: The Triangle (Honorable Mentions)

Chapel Hill. The 17th Annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe and Craft Show is your one-stop-shop for handmade gifts and tasty treats. Featuring over 60 talented local artisans and crafters, there is sure to be something for everyone on your holiday list! The craft show will take place on December 3rd from 9am to 4pm, and admission is free. The following day, you can also stop by the “Holiday Market at The Barn” between 12-5pm for more arts and crafts, holiday photos, food and family fun.

Raleigh. Try something new this year by signing up for an instructor-led class with the English Garden of Raleigh! Whether you’re crafting a festive candle centerpiece or an elaborate wreath for your front door, these classes are an excellent way to spend time with friends while adding something unique to your holiday décor.

Cary. Just down the road in Cary, NC you’ll find Fenton’s outdoor ice skating rink. “Skate the Square” is a magical holiday experience surrounded by spectacular food, trendy shops and winter holiday cheer. The rink will be operating from now until January 16th and tickets can be purchased in advance or on-site (or, you can purchase a season pass!).

Raleigh. The Temple Beth Or is thrilled be hosting its Handmade Hanukkah Market on Sunday, December 4th. Jewish artisans will be displaying and selling their work, which will range in style from textiles and photography to jewelry, pottery and much more. The Chabad Center of Raleigh is also hosting a Grand Menorah Lighting on Sunday, December 18th, and will feature live music, donuts and hot drinks. Families of all ages are welcome!

Durham. Over the course of two days (December 10-11), The Patchwork Market will feature more than 100 local vendors and creatives. Not only can you browse a diverse selection of high-quality and original goods, but you can also put a face, name and story to the gifts you give this year!



Adopting an Attitude of Gratitude & Community Involvement Opportunities Near Chatham Park

With the holiday season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Research has revealed a strong link between a positive, grateful mindset and physically healthier bodies – including cardiovascular benefits, elevated mental health and a boosted immune system. Learning to practice gratitude leads to longer-lasting feelings of contentment and positivity, in turn enriching your life and giving it deeper meaning.

Here are a few simple ways you can develop an attitude of gratitude:

  • Hit pause: With our whirlwind schedules, it’s easy to get caught up and lose sight of what’s truly important. Taking the time to pause, look up and acknowledge all you have to be grateful for can have a major positive impact on our well-being. Being mindful and present is a skill that can be learned and strengthened through practice. Over time, this process becomes more constant and its results more distinguishable.
  • Count your blessings: Focusing on what you have rather than what you want can help shift your mindset into an attitude of gratitude. This practice will help you realize the goodness in your life and allow you to keep proper perspective. Keeping this physical log can also be helpful to revisit in trying times to ground yourself and keep positive.
  • Express and encourage: Gratitude is contagious. A simple act of kindness, like holding the door open for the stranger after you, can have a pay-it-forward ripple effect in your community. Encourage others to adopt an attitude of gratitude and be intentional about sharing how your new mindset has changed your life with those around you.

To take your attitude of gratitude the extra mile, here are some local opportunities to give back to the Pittsboro community:

  • Chatham Education Foundation (79 George Moses Horton, Drive, Pittsboro): The Chatham Education Foundation strengthens communities in Chatham County by partnering with community residents, businesses, and foundations to improve education opportunities for public school students. Chatham Park has a history of partnering with and donating to this organization, and in lieu of the spirit of giving, you can help too! The Chatham Education Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help with everything from tutoring and test proctoring to sorting books and chaperoning field trips—so no matter your interest or skillset, you can give back to your community in a way that is meaningful and fun!
  • Chatham County Partnership for Children (220 Chatham Business Drive, Pittsboro): The Chatham County Partnership for Children is a group of citizens, parents, teachers, and human service providers who are dedicated to improving lives of the county’s young children. Volunteer opportunities exist for those who are Chatham County residents, at least 18 years old (OR enrolled in High School and completing community service), interested in children, and willing to volunteer their time and expertise to the community. For more information, visit
  • CORA Food Pantry (40 Camp Dr, Pittsboro): CORA Food Pantry is a nonprofit organization that serves local residents facing food insecurity. By collecting and purchasing healthy food for distribution throughout the Pittsboro area, CORA moves closer and closer each day to its goal of building a community without hunger. Between now and November 30th, Chatham Park will be collecting donations for CORA’s annual holiday drive, and you can help! By picking up a few food items on your next grocery run (list of most needed items here), you help ensure that every family in the Pittsboro community has the means to enjoy a wonderful holiday meal this season. Donations can be dropped off at Vineyards Sales & Information Center (500 Vine Pkwy, Pittsboro NC) from 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday, and 1-5pm on Sundays.
  • The Livestock Conservancy (33 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro): The Livestock Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization committed to protecting endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction. Included in their mission are over 150 breeds of animals. Volunteers perform important jobs that supplement the essential functions of the organization and allow staff to continue to develop and implement programs that further The Livestock Conservancy’s mission. For more information, visit
  • Hope of North Carolina, Inc. (704 Spindlewood, Pittsboro): HOPE’s mission is to create an inclusive, supported community where all individuals, including those with developmental disabilities, can live meaningful and purposeful lives. This organization invites Pittsboro residents to join their team of committed volunteers to help create affordable, inclusive housing options for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Triangle area. For more information, visit

Being grateful for every opportunity and challenge has the power to transform your life as well as the lives of those around you. Embrace an attitude of gratitude and give back to the Pittsboro community this holiday season and beyond!


Intentional Art Displays in Chatham Park

How art ties into each of our five pillars of Quality Design, Stewardship, Connectivity, Innovation and Healthy Balance

Chatham Park provides each and every resident, vendor and visitor with the space to live, work, play and learn well… and local art is a big part of what makes our community thrive. Not only do diverse paintings, sculptures and murals provide a beautiful backdrop to everyday life, but inspiring architecture, infrastructure and landscaping also offer day-to-day functionality. This month, we celebrate how Chatham Park has integrated local art into its five pillars—Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Healthy Balance and Stewardship—and how these pillars work together to create a balanced lifestyle for all.

Innovation: By implementing clean, cutting-edge technologies throughout our neighborhoods, shared amenities and local businesses, Chatham Park has already made a name for itself in sustainability. Local artists have transformed utility boxes, recycling bins, trash receptacles and even the Water Recovery Center into memorable, interactive works of art. These “everyday” objects traditionally detract from an environment’s aesthetic appeal… but in Chatham Park, they add to it.

Connectivity: Chatham Park’s well-rounded community spans over 7,068 acres, but its reach extends much further. As an active member of the Chatham County Arts Council, Chatham Park is always seeking new ways to encourage local artists to embrace their creative side. That’s why we are an annual sponsor of Chatham Art Council’s Go See This series, which celebrates art events in and around Chatham County. In the past, Chatham Park has also participated in Pittsboro “First Sunday’s” and Chatham Art Council’s “Chatham Experience,” both of which have featured the work of several local artists.

Quality Design: With its wide variety of shops, dining, entertainment and events, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in Chatham Park. At multi-use public spaces like MOSAIC and Penguin Place, you’ll find art disguised at every turn: storefronts, maps, benches, bike racks and commercial architecture all work together to turn elements of everyday life into places for activity and community.

Healthy Balance: Although everything in Chatham Park is just a quick walk or bike ride away, we want you to be able to chase your passions safely. Not only does intentional landscape lighting ensure that you can get exactly where you need to go, but it also highlights the many streetscapes, architectural details and other landscape elements that give our community a sense of place.

Stewardship: From the UNC Urgent Care Center to the event lawn at MOSAIC, art provides an effortless balance between Chatham Park’s natural landscape and manmade community spaces. Unique art and architecture are integrated into signs and statues, adding both functionality and character to buildings, streets and other special places.


Chatham Park Award-Winning Homes Recognized by the 2022 Parade of Homes

Chatham Park Builders Earn Awards from HBA’s of Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties

Chatham Park, 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn master-planned community located in Pittsboro, was recognized for numerous awards on behalf of six acclaimed builders in the Triangle area. The accolades for design excellence were announced by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties (HBA DOC) on Thursday evening the 6th and by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA RWC) Monday evening the 10th at its annual Parade of Homes Awards Gala. Of the six winning homes, three were dual winners receiving recognition from both organizations.

Throughout the month of October, Triangle Parade of Homes is an event that celebrates residential builders, developers, and designers throughout the Triangle—several of which have contributed to the stunning homes, infrastructure and landscaping found within Pittsboro’s premiere master-planned community. This year’s winners from Chatham Park include:

  • Homes by Dickerson – “Lagniappe Rose” (HBA DOC: Gold / HBA RWC: Gold)
  • Garman Homes – “How Wonderful” (HBA DOC: Silver), “The Rock” (HBA DOC: Gold / HBA RWC: Bronze)
  • Upton & Co. – “The Clarke” (HBA DOC: Silver / HBA RWC: Bronze)
  • David Weekley Homes – “The Lindley” (HBA DOC: Gold)
  • Walker Design Build – “Amelia” (HBA DOC: Silver)
  • Upright Builders – “The Sawgrass” (HBA DOC: Bronze)

“We are thrilled to see so many of the highly regarded builders found within our community recognized for their outstanding work during Triangle Parade of Homes,” said Vanessa Jenkins, Executive Vice President of Preston Development Company (developer of Chatham Park). “As our master-planned community continues to grow, we look forward to welcoming new builders, businesses and families alike to plant their roots here at Chatham Park.”

This marks the third year builders at Chatham Park have been recognized by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties and the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County for quality design and innovation. Each of these recognitions is a testament to the precision and care that goes into building a sustainable, forward-thinking community like Chatham Park. 

“Design is an important development principle in everything we do at Chatham Park, and our builders demonstrate their commitment by designing and building homes with thoughtful and innovative architecture,” said Jenkins. “We are delighted that they have received recognition for their outstanding work.”


Triangle Parade of Homes Comes to Chatham Park

Whether you’re thinking about buying a new home, or just want to reimagine the one you’re in now, the Triangle Parade of Homes is an event you won’t want to miss. This long-standing tradition in the Triangle is by far the largest open house event of the year and will be held during the weekends of October 1-2nd, 7-9th and 14-16th. It showcases new homes for sale, fully decorated model homes to tour and communities available for you to start building your dream home today.

For a community growing as quickly as Chatham Park, the Triangle Parade of Homes is the perfect way to get an inside look at some of the greatest single-family homes and townhomes in the Triangle area. Over the course of three back-to-back weekends in October, more than half a dozen of the region’s leading homebuilders will be showcasing the work of top architects, landscapers, home automation specialists, interior designers, manufacturers, and suppliers—all for your enjoyment. 

The theme of the 2022 Parade at Chatham Park is “Plant Your Roots,” and is meant to be a celebration of the native plants, trees and bees found in the area, as well as the new families that have made Chatham Park their home over the past few years. In addition to stunning home tours, Chatham Park is inviting everyone in the community to join us for our Parade of Homes Open House on Saturday, October 8th. From 12-5pm, attendees can enjoy local food trucks, instructor-led classes about Chatham Park’s environmental initiatives including solar energy and beekeeping, as well as fun activities to enjoy at Vineyards Sales and Information Center!

The Triangle Parade of Homes is the result of many months of planning, hard work and dedication, which is why we want as many people as possible to take advantage of the exciting event. Plan on snapping lots of photos and jotting down notes to reference later—you’ll be seeing state-of-the-art innovations in homebuilding, energy efficiency and sustainable architecture, as well as cutting-edge design that is sure to leave you inspired for your next redesign, repair or remodel. We also recommend wearing comfortable shoes!

Attending the Triangle Parade of Homes is not just an opportunity to experience Chatham Park’s beautiful homes, but the community as a whole. From our convenient location and stunning views to the countless amenities and retail spaces, we offer an award-winning, technology-centric, master-planned community that gives everyone the chance to experience a life well lived.


Get to Know Thales Academy

“Nothing is more active than thought, for it flies over the whole universe.” These are the words of Thales of Miletus, a Greek philosopher regarded by many as the Father of the Sciences and Western Philosophy. A master of thought, Thales saw education to be more than just a destination or mere accumulation of facts; rather, he viewed it as a lifelong journey in which students come to know and pursue truth. It is by emulating this model of excellence that Thales Academy has emerged as an immersive, effective educational experience—and it makes the school a perfect fit for the forward-thinking community of Chatham Park.

Founded in 2007, Thales Academy has very quickly gained a reputation for consistently outranking nationwide peers on standardized tests, resulting in heightened demand for the successful school model. Thales Academy opened the doors to their Pittsboro campus located in Chatham Park in April 2022, and is among eleven other campus spread throughout the southeast. Located in the Vineyards section of Chatham Park, the campus is directly south of the 10-acres that make up Knight Farm Community Park, making the school central and accessible to current and future residents.

According to Thales Academy Founder and Chairman Bob Luddy, each campus operates under the same underlying mission to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders by teaching students how to think, rather than telling them what to think. It does this specifically through its research-based method of direct instruction. The carefully planned approach to teaching, referred to by most faculty as simply “DI,” is a hallmark of Thales Academy. Although it is fast-paced and rigorous, the program is proven to effectively teach all types of learners at all ability levels by encouraging high engagement and expecting vocal participation. The program also reinforces individualized education in the following ways:

  • Students take a placement test to determine appropriate placement in the core subjects of Reading, Math, Spelling and Language Arts.
  • All students of one single skill level are placed in a classroom together and taught at a pace and level appropriate for their abilities.
  • Informal assessments are given daily throughout each lesson to determine immediate retention.
  • Formal assessments are given every 5 to 10 lessons to determine full comprehension.
  • Formal and informal tutoring and extra practice are administered as needed to most effectively help students reach mastery before advancing to the next lesson.
  • Teachers meet frequently to assess student progress and determine whether additional actions should be taken to help students succeed, including shifting students to different skill level groupings as needed.

This process allows students to rapidly gain and retain a wealth of knowledge while building self-confidence and competency in their abilities. In short, direct instruction ensures that students are prepared for success in college and well beyond.

“Thales Academy is one of many excellent institutions in the Chatham County Schools network,” said Administrator of Thales Academy Pittsboro Stefanie Glahn. “We felt it was important to offer the community a high quality, affordable education for students in Pre-K to 6th grades (with future plans to offer through 12th grade) through the use of Direct Instruction and a Classical Curriculum to ensure students are well prepared to succeed in higher education, career, and life while positively impacting the world around them. The location of Thales Academy Pittsboro provides a fully immersive living and learning experience for the residents of Chatham Park.”

At Chatham Park, the standard is always excellence, and as the first of many schools to become established in its area, Thales Academy is presenting students with a unique opportunity to receive a high-quality education while experiencing the innovation of a constantly changing and growing community. With community-building events and after-school activities offered year-round, students can truly
“live, work, play and learn” in Chatham Park, both in and out of the classroom. It’s a great jumping off point—and only the beginning for the community, which has also committed to making a school seat available to every child who lives in the development.

For more information about Thales Academy, visit You can also listen to the “Thales Academy” episode of Chatham Park’s podcast—the go-to resource that give you a ­­behind the scenes look at the people, places and projects that are coming together to create the perfect community.


A Non-Destination Vacation: Staycation in Chatham Park

Stay·ca·tion: /ˌstāˈkāSHn/: A period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within a day-trip distance of their home. Does not require overnight accommodation. Also known as “StayKay” or “Holi-Stay” The first known use of staycation was in 1944.

Vacations are a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, yet often involve swapping one form of a packed schedule for another. With a Staycation, families can enjoy a much-needed respite with activities consumed in smaller chunks, all while still spending nights in the comfort of home. And, with either zero or minimum daily mileage goals, Staycations can be enjoyed year-round as they are not dependent on large blocks of travel time.

How to organize a Holi-Stay?

Start by determining your drive: both in distance and motivation. Whether you opt to simply stay home and check items off the lazy-day wish list or pack the car for a day trip, start out by mapping out your destination. It may be only as far as the living room for an epic fort-building contest or it may be a road trip in search of North Carolina’s best ice cream – the beauty of a Staycation is the flexibility. With no reservations to make or check-out times to beat, itineraries are much more pliable and relaxation mode can remain engaged.

For a true Staycation, consider these at-home ideas:

  • Spa Day!
    • Splurge on fluffy robes for the whole family
    • Set up stations for manicures, pedicures, and facials
    • Buy bubble baths and lotions in various scents
    • Give your hair a formal blowout
    • Take turns with shoulder massages
    • Serve tea or mimosas with a fruit tray and cookies
  • Head (in) to the Movies!
    • Select a favorite movie and create a menu based on meals or restaurants highlighted in the movies
    • Spend an entire day checking a trilogy of your must-see list with all-you-can-eat popcorn
    • Set up a backyard theatre and watch a favorite flick under the stars while enjoying smores over a campfire
  • Head (out) Back to Nature!
    • Leave the electronics inside and set up a campground in your backyard
    • Set up a tent (or two) with sleeping bags and pillows
    • Lay out a game area with cornhole, lawn darts, or a table for board games
    • Plan on bike rides or hikes (don’t forget your bug spray!)

No matter how you choose to spend your At-Home Staycation, make sure to do the prep work to alleviate the temptation to gravitate to daily drudgery. Stock your fridge, vacuum the floors, put away the laundry, and give the beds a fresh set of sheets. This day is about relaxing, not catching up!

If a full day indoors causes cabin fever, step just outside of Chatham Park and into Pittsboro proper. Learn the history of the area beyond the amazing restaurants and shops. Create a visual scavenger hunt using the Courthouse Clock as Homebase and end the contest with ice cream to celebrate.

Ready to hit the road for a day trip? Max out your mileage by first selecting what time you’d like to depart and what time you’d like to be back home. This day doesn’t have to be about pre-dawn departures as there are several “getaways” quite close to Pittsboro.

For a road Holi-Stay within an hour of Chatham Park:

  • Head North
    • Spend the day in Durham and catch a ballgame at the historic Durham Bulls Athletic Park
  • Head South/Southwest
    • Tour the quaint train town of Southern Pines
    • Visit the famed Village of Pinehurst
  • Head Northwest
    • Take the plunge at Wet ‘N Emerald Pointe Water Park
    • Stroll through the Greensboro Science Center
  • Head East
    • Explore the nonprofit wildlife sanctuary right here in Pittsboro at the Carolina Tiger Rescue
  • Head West
    • Make a day excursion to the world’s largest natural habitat zoo in Asheboro at the North Carolina Zoo

Or, if the road is calling your caravan further, two hours will open the car doors to:

  • US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, which has endless activities and events throughout the year
  • Bassett, Virginia: Bassett is the home of Bassett furniture, a hot spot for genealogical buffs, and sits right on Smith River and Philpott Lake.
  • Pageland, South Carolina: Known as the Watermelon Capital of the World

Keys to a great day trip? Create a great playlist with favorites from all participants and sing your way down the highway. Reach back in time for imagination-only games like “I Spy,” “Twenty-questions,” or “Road Trip Bingo” and make a promise to dine only at local restaurants. And once you are home for the night, offer hotel-style turndown service while everyone recalls their favorite part of the day.

Pittsboro is a great place to live, with many unique destinations just a short drive away. This year, take a vacation to nowhere – try a Staycation right here at home.


Activities Abound in Chatham Park

It’s hard to believe that summer is arriving in Chatham Park again! With so many outdoor activities available, this Pittsboro community beckons residents to get out, get adventurous, and explore the area they call home. From hiking to biking, from picnics to paddles, from splashing to soaring, there is truly something for everyone and for all comfort levels. The hardest part about summer in Pittsboro may be deciding which option to try first!

Paddles Swim & Pickleball is scheduled to open soon for the 2022 Summer season. Located adjacent to Knight Farm Community Park, Paddles is a welcome addition to Chatham Park’s growing list of leisure living amenities. Enjoy a book on a courtesy lounge chair or inside several spacious cabanas, take a trip down the swimming pool’s slide, or grab a snack from the concession stand. Once rested, why not try out pickleball? As pickleball continues to explode as the fastest growing recreational sport in the country, Paddles is thrilled to have included eight pickleball courts in its design plans. Not sure how to play? Check out the format at What is Pickleball?

Knight Farm Community Park, our first community park that was dedicated to the town of Pittsboro, celebrated its anniversary in May and what an inaugural year it was! Residents and visitors alike enjoyed the playground and splash pad while getting to know their neighbors. If you haven’t been to Knight Farm Community Park yet, now is the perfect time to take a walk to Vineyards at Chatham Park and visit the dragon shaped climbing gym or live edge tree trunk balance beams. There is also a dog park, covered pavilion, public restroom, and picnic tables. Knight Farm Community Park is the perfect place to get out and enjoy the fresh summer air during a picnic or game of frisbee.

While the daytime hours in MOSAIC at Chatham Park highlight retail, office, and residential activities, the evening brings theatres, restaurants, and music to life. On Fridays nights, from June thru October, MOSAIC will offer the best of both theatre worlds! Beginning June 10th, with a concert from Liquid Pleasure, the MOSAIC lawn will host concerts and movies on alternating weeks. No need to worry about pre-show dinner since food and beverages will be available as well. The event lawn will open at 7pm, with the shows starting at sundown through October 21st (no shows scheduled for the month of July). For a little self-care, there will be Sunset Yoga hosted by Yoga Garden on select Wednesdays in June, August, September, and October. Make sure you check the full MOSAIC calendar so you don’t miss out on these fun events!

Chatham County Parks and Recreation offers approximately 300 acres of outdoor space, including five district parks and three Haw River access sites. In addition, the Parks and Recreation program ramps up its sports programs during the summer months for both youth and adults, including several league play options, such as basketball and softball. There are also six weeks of summer camps available for children during which participants will enjoy swimming, boating, crafts, archery and more. The Chatham County Parks Summer 2022 Program Guide is packed with activities, both physical and instructional – now is the time to sign up for something you have always wanted to explore.

Chatham Park is an amazing place to live because it is located right next door to two breathtaking outdoor recreational areas. With both Jordan Lake and the Lower Haw River at our residents’ doorsteps, there are nearly 46,000 acres of options for getting active, whether it is a nature walk, bird watching, swimming, biking, fishing, boating, or camping.

The Pittsboro community has several opportunities to give back to the Lower Haw River this summer. First, why not join the Lower Haw River State Natural Area – Whack Attack! Invasive Species Removal Workday. This event is hosted by State Park biologists to identify and remove non-native plants. In July and August, the Saturdays on the Haw group will lead hikes to two different wetland areas, offering a chance to check out separate areas of our watershed. The wetland hikes are pet friendly and will also involve cleaning up the park trails, but you will need to register.

Did you know that Jordan Lake was actually created by damming the Haw River? The dam, located off Pittsboro-Moncure Road, is a great place to spot Osprey and Herons. Or, for a bigger bird of prey, try a hike to the Bald Eagle Overlook to catch a glimpse of our country’s national emblem. You may even catch sight of an eagle or two! Jordan Lake is also home to a variety of fish which is why it is a great place to spend the day on a boat. With two ramps open 24 hours and five others open from dawn to dusk, it is always just the right time to catch dinner.

Jordan Lake is home to more than 1,000 campsites that range from primitive (no water or electric) to RV ready, making its campgrounds the perfect place for group gatherings. Each campground has its own beach and bathroom facilities – and the campgrounds intertwine via the many trails throughout the parks. Whether you are a seasoned camper or a first-timer, having access to such a stunning weekend (or longer!) retreat is such a gift!

You’ll also find a variety of outdoor clubs in full swing for the summer season. House of Hops, located in Penguin Place at Chatham Park, serves as the starting line for the PBO Run Club which meets every Tuesday starting at 5pm. They have 3-5 mile road/trail options and walkers are welcome. Triangle Off-Road Cyclists hit the trails surrounding our area regularly and encourage riders of all levels to give off-roading a try. The group offer helps with bike maintenance at no charge and uses membership fees to fund trail repairs.

As summer quickly rounds the corner, make sure to include plenty of outdoor activities on the calendar. Getting outside is a perfect way to feel refreshed and create lasting memories. Adventures don’t always require big ticket experiences, especially when you are fortunate enough to live in a community with so many opportunities right outside your front door.

From hiking to biking, from picnics to paddles, from splashing to soaring, there is truly something for everyone at Chatham Park. Which adventure will you choose first?


In-home Innovation Ideas for Pet Lovers

Pets are important family members who bring loads of joy, laughter, and fluffy cuddles. Our Pittsboro neighborhood, Chatham Park, is full of pet-friendly areas in the form of endless walking trails, nearly 2,000 acres of dedicated parks and open space, easy access to water, and several restaurants which are happy to offer your canine companions a refreshment as they join you at an outdoor table.

In addition to the outdoor spaces we provide at Chatham Park, in-home innovation ideas range from simple to amazing for animal lovers. Here are some examples that can be added to any home.

  • Pet Door– One of the most traditional methods of giving independence to cats and dogs is with a pet door leading directly to an enclosed backyard. Traditionally, pet doors were installed on exterior doors, but today’s access points are a bit more creative. Ask for a small entry to be built into a wall where it will be less noticeable from the inside and less obvious from the outside. There are also several higher-tech versions of the pet door that include anything from microchip control to application control via a smartphone, ensuring that only those animals with the proper credentials can gain entry (or be permitted exit privileges) from your home. Here are a few to check out: Crutchfield, High Tech Pet, or Sureflap.
  • Pet Cleaning Stations- Pet cleaning stations is a great option for a convenient and dedicated space to clean muddy paw prints, on a regular day, or open your own mini-pet salon for bath day. By installing a low entry/exit shower, homeowners eliminate the struggle of lifting flailing pets into a standard tub or sink as they realize they are about to be groomed. These cleaning stations can be located close to outside doors, making them an easy stop on the way in from walks or an afternoon frolic in the rain. Look at these amazing options on Next Luxury. As an added bonus, if your family also enjoys exploring nature, a cleaning station can also serve as the perfect spot to rinse mother nature off boots or sneakers after a long hike on our greenways.
  • Pet First Aid Kit– In today’s homes, nearly every family member has their own space to drop shoes, backpacks, keys, or purses. Pets can benefit by having their own space as well and by consolidating it into one area, you will never lose track of their food, leashes, first aid, or treats. Did you know that your pets have special needs when it comes to first aid? You should have a ready-made kit on hand for any minor accidents, which can be stored right in Fido’s dedicated space!
  • Flooring- Flooring is a huge decision in the initial building of a home.  There are many options for pet-friendly flooring, which do tend to cost a little more upfront but will last much longer as they are scratch and stain-resistant. Look for flooring that will not easily “catch” your pets’ toenails (stay away from Berber carpet or wood flooring with deep grooves) and go the distance on water-repelling options. If you are undecided on heated floors, think of your pets! Senior pets can benefit greatly from heated floors. As they age and spend more time lying down, the warmth of heated floors will help keep their joints and muscles from getting stiff or sore.
  • In-Home Aquariums– Do you dream of sitting beachside and listening to the calm flow of water? For those long days that don’t end waterside, create your own oasis by installing an in-home aquarium. Save floor space by having a tank built into an existing cabinet structure, by repurposing an existing television niche, or even creating a faux wall. Built-In aquariums create a Zen-like atmosphere as the soft sound of moving water combines with the colors of the moving fish yet fit seamlessly into your home. They are also enjoyable distractions for your feline friends!

Perhaps starting small is a better option for pampering your pet. There are plenty of options to make day-to-day pet care easier, more entertaining, and safer.

  • Smart Leash– Have you heard the old saying, “If your dog is overweight, you’re not walking enough?” A smart leash is a great way to track both your and your pup’s steps each time you stroll through your neighborhood. Smart leashes come in so many forms from the most basic (with a carry case for waste bags or a guiding light) to those with Bluetooth to alert you to a pre-determined distance goal. If you’re a dog owner, you are likely using your leash multiple times each day. This is a great item to splurge on and Petkit has some terrific choices.
  • Treat Dispensing Dog Cameras– As much of the population heads back to its offices, pets and people alike are missing each other’s company. Remote Treat Dispensers allow regular visits with those furry faces, virtually. What a fun way to break up the workday (and to check how often your pets are commandeering the couch).
  • Smart Ball Camera– Playdate’s Smart Ball Camera allows virtual interaction with your pet while you are not at home, alleviating anxiety and increasing activity. The ball sits in a docking station until activated via an app, signaling to your pet that something great is about to happen. From wherever you are, the path of the ball is in your hands – literally! Using the app, the ball can be rolled remotely for a fun play session while your phone offers a close-up view of a happy face.
  • Airtags– We often think of Airtags as a way to keep track of phones or purses but did you know that many pet owners use them to eliminate the worry of a lost family member? A lost pet is unable to communicate its proper station or, in some cases, becomes so enthralled with exploration that they simply lose track of its surroundings. By attaching an Airtag to your pet’s collar, you will have the ability to locate them with the click of an app. GPS Collars by Findster are another option though it is recommended to check its battery regularly.

Chatham Park is a wonderful place for our furry friends with so much open space for them to enjoy. Why not add some upgrades to your home, as a thank-you for the unconditional love and joy they bring, as well?