Originally settled in the 1700s by the Moravian church, Winston-Salem brought together two separate cities. It developed throughout the 1800s and 1900s with the rise of the tobacco industry as companies like R.J. Reynolds. It became one of the largest cities in the region throughout the 1920s and is a part of the area known as the Triad, which also includes Greensboro and High Point. Companies like Wachovia and Krispy Kreme also started in the area.
What to Do
Old Salem Museums & Gardens– Before there was Winston-Salem, there was Salem. The historic buildings have been restored to serve as a living history museum, completed with interactive exhibits and costumed docents. 900 Old Salem Road
SciWorks– Younger visitors will appreciate the interactive exhibits at the science museum, which has a planetarium, animal habitat, walking trails, and butterfly gardens. 400 West Hanes Mill Road
Reynolda House Museum of American Art– Set in the home of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds of tobacco fame, this museum features some of America’s most notable artists, from Mary Cassatt to Georgia O’Keefe. 2250 Reynolda Road
Artivity on the Green– This unique park in the downtown arts district features large-scale sculptures that allow visitors to interact with them as well as murals covering the walls.
Taste Carolina Food Tours– Experience the best of the city’s restaurants as well as history through a food tour. The Sunday walking tours go to eight eateries. Leaves from Foothills Brewing
Where to Eat
Hutch and Harris Pub– The menu of this bar and restaurant combines the best from the north and south, including a raw bar and brunch menu. They also serve specialty cocktails and craft beers. 424 4th Street NW, (336) 721-1336
Mary’s Gourmet Diner– The family-run eatery began under a different name, but continued to expand and change its name. This funky diner serves breakfast all day and showcases local artwork. 723 Trade Street, (336) 723-7239
Milner’s American Southern Restaurant– This family-owned restaurant serves the best of Southern cuisine with modern techniques. Pair your meal with a glass of wine and enjoy live jazz music on weekends. 630 South Stratford Road, (336) 768-2221
LOCAL – 27101– For good food in a good setting, seek out Local for burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and salads. 310A W Fourth Street, (336) 725-3900
Camino Bakery– With three downtown locations, this is where you go for your carb fix. Their menu features pastries and desserts, healthy sandwiches, and quiches for a quick lunch. Pair with local Krankies coffee or beer and wine. 310B W Fourth Street, (336) 721-9990
The Katharine Brasserie– Located in the Cardinal hotel, this chic restaurant is named for the matriarch of the Reynolds family. The French-inspired eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as cocktails and brunch. 401 North Main Street, (336) 761-0203
Where to Stay
You’ll find your standard chain hotels in Winston-Salem, especially for the conference crowd. But The Historic Brookstown Inn is a historic inn with comfy bedding and large living spaces. The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel is the newest addition, opened in the former R.J. Reynolds building with hip furnishings and common areas. Winston-Salem Hotel and Spa is a favorite of visitors to Wake Forest University for its free breakfast and luxe bathtubs. Hanging Rock State Park offers the closest campgrounds to Winston-Salem. The facility also has RV and tent sites. Airbnb allows you to rent an apartment or house during your stay for a more local experience. It’s perfect for groups or if you just want some extra privacy.
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