oops I meant to reply to just that one post mentioning the parenting group. But. Earthmommy18, you will probably really love Chapel Hill. Carrboro is great, and the whole Triangle really does have a lot of cultural activities, museums, and nature to explore. And yes the NC beaches are amazing, plus the mountains are also close by. And the countryside is really nice. The weather is AMAZING in the fall, from September through December, and is ok in Jan-March, then starts getting beautiful in April, and then is super hot during part of the summer, but the trick is to hang out with your kid at the pool or by a river or lake or let him run around in the sprinkler or something. Also summer nights are to die for. You are perfectly comfortable outdoors at night in a tank top, and it's just awesome.
People are probably the nicest while also being culturally interesting of almost anywhere in the country. Very friendly and genuinely nice. I grew up in Raleigh, and then traveled some but came back home to settle down. A lot of people I know also move away, like to New York City, but return here to raise kids.
Lots of vegetarians, and lots of veggie places to eat in Chapel Hill. Weaver Street Market is a great co-op. I think you'll like it.