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A Day in Winston-Salem

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Winston-Salem offers an array of cultural and historical attractions. It has world-class museums and art galleries, beautiful heirloom gardens, historic structures and other charming attractions. The gardens date back over 200 years and offer a glimpse into the Twin City’s rich and interesting past.  There is so much to do and see in Winston-Salem. If you’ve got only 24 hours to explore Winston-Salem, we’ve pulled together a few things to do and see in the Twin City. Here’s an itinerary guide that should satisfy art and history lovers, architecture aficionados as well as nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Plus, there’s something here for the foodies and shopaholics as well. 

A day in Winston-Salem
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9:00am- Breakfast at Midtown Cafe & Dessertery!

Grab classic breakfast at the Midtown Cafe & Dessertery. This casual restaurant serves up delicious Southern comfort food and desserts made from scratch. Delish highlights on the menu include Moravian chicken pie, Havarati sandwich, the Southerner, Pot roast, and Gorgonzola salad.  Whatever you order, everything would be delicious and hearty!

Address: 151 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104, United States
Phone: 1 336-724-9800
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:00pm-8:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 7:00pm-9:30pm; Sunday: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Morning: The Historic Attractions, Nature and Art!

10:00am- Walk through Old Salem Museum & Gardens!

Old Salem is one of the United State’s popular and authentic historical attractions.Visit the Old Salem Museum & Gardens and know the about the rich and unique history of African Americans and Moravian settlement of Salem dating from 1766 to 1849. Get an up-close look at eighteenth and nineteenth century Moravian culture and traditions.  There are about 200 staffers that play various roles, like the gunsmith, gardeners, potters and shoemakers to tell how the early settlers lived during the 17th century.  Take part in the puppet shows, learn how to churn butter, play colonial games, try the German paper-cutting art, make candles, and write with a quill pen. Adults can learn about heirloom plant varieties in the gardens, architecture lovers can check out the restored and renovated historic buildings and structures.

Address: 900 Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-721-7350
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30am-4:30pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-4:30pm
Distance from Midtown cafe & Dessertery: 3.0miles or 6minutes drive

12:00pm- Arty exploration at The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts!

Next, visit the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts that has an interesting collection of exhibits from throughout history of North Carolina. Check out the antique furnishings, decor, paintings, textiles, silver, sculptures and other artifacts that are centuries old. 

Address: 924 S Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-721-7360
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Old Salem Museum & Gardens: 0.1mile or 1minute drive

1:00pm- Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem for education and fun!

Next, head for the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem. The museum features a secret tunnel, early Salem house, old garbs which kids can try on, climbing structures and a variety of educational and fun activities. Kids can paint or sculpt in the art studio, climb the beanstalk, indulge in reading, play in the simulated village, make local krispy kreme doughnuts, or visit the enchanted forest. Kids can learn while having fun at this spot!

Address: 390 S Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-723-9111
Opening hours: Monday: 9:00am-12:00pm; Tuesday to Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: 0.8miles or 3minutes drive

2:00pm- Lunch!

Craving for Italian food, step into Di Lisio's Italian Restaurant (301 Brookstown Ave Suite 100) or Meridian Restaurant (411 South Marshall St).  Head off to Sweet Potatoes (529 N Trade St) or Bayberry Bistro (420 High St) for American cuisine. Visit Mooney's Mediterranean Cafe (101 West 4th Street) that puts out Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare. 

Finish off your lunch with sweet treats at the Winkler Bakery (525 S Main St). Do taste the Moravian Sugar cake at the bakery. 

3:00pm- Know the Winston-Salem past at New Winston Museum!

Visit the New Winston Museum that chronicles the history of the Winston-Salem people and places through photographs, letters, documents and exhibits. The exhibits demonstrated the impact of Civil war on the Winston-Salem and its residents. 

Address: 713 Marshall Street SW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-724-2842
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 12:00pm-5:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Website: newwinston.org 

4:00pm-Reynolda House Museum of American Art!

Next stop is named in the National Register of Historic Places- the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The museum houses one of the finest and extensive collections of American artwork in the South, dating back to 1755 to the present day and includes works by artists like Thomas Eakins, Jacob Lawrence, Frederic Church, Georgia O’Keeffe, and many more great artists. 

Address: 2250 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, United States
Phone: 1 336-758-5150
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30am-4:00pm; Sunday: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Distance from New Winston Museum: 4.0miles or 10 minutes drive

4:30pm- Go Shopping!

Head off to the Thruway Shopping Center that has over 45 shops and several eateries. It houses local, national and regional merchants. Their shelves are full of Winston-Salem fashions, apparels for both men and women, shoes, accessories and more. 

Address: 300 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, United States
Phone: 1 866-986-7285
Distance from Reynold House Museum of American Art: 3.0miles or 8minutes drive


Ready for some more shopping? Head off to Downtown Arts District that offers a great mix of art and craft stores and a number of antique shops. There’s everything from vintage finds to apparels, items for home, jewelry and gift items. 

7:00pm- Evening Drinks!

Head off to a popular watering hole- Tate's Craft Cocktails that serves great classic and signature craft cocktails along with light bar grub. It also has an extensive wine list as well as draft and bottled beers. Sip on your favorite drink and enjoy the evening!

Address: 279 W 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-422-7498
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 4:00pm-2:00am

8:00pm- Dinner!

Head off to Jeffrey Adams on Fourth that serves up farm-to-table New American fare in an elegant setting. A few favorites on the menu include maple bourbon flavored salmon, southern fried chicken, hot fudge brownie, seafood risotto, prime rib, and pot roast nachos. 

Address: 321 4th Street NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-448-1714
Opening hours: Monday: 11:00am-9:00pm; Tuesday: 11:00am-10:00pm; Wednesday & Thursday: 11:00am-11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-12:00am; Sunday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Distance from Tate’s Craft Cocktails: 1minute

10:00pm- Nightclubs, nibbles and nightcaps!

Head off to Johnny and Junes Ultra Saloon for some real country-style fun.  It has mechanical bull rides, pool tables, dance floor fueled by live music, and lively ambiance. 

Address: 2105 Peters Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27127, United States
Phone: 1 336-724-0546
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 8:00pm-2:00am; Thursday: 9:00pm-2:00am; Friday to Sunday: 8:00pm-2:00am
Distance from Jeffrey Adams on Fourth: 2.8miles or 6minutes drive


Head off to Studio99 that offers a wide array of unique nights catering to all moods and styles. It features a bar that offers a variety of cocktails, great live music and laid-back vibe. 

Address: 864 W Northwest Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-725-6111
Distance from Johnny and Junes Ultra Saloon: 1.0mile or 4minutes drive

Should your hunger pangs call out, hit Cook Out, which is open until 3am and on Friday & Saturday until 4am. It offers drive-thru food. It serves burgers, delicious hot dogs, hand-spun milkshakes, and various BBQ and chicken options.
Address: 339 Akron Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, United States
Phone: 1 866-547-0011
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday & Sunday: 10:30am-3:00am; Friday & Saturday: 10:30am-4:00am

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