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Two Days in Winston-Salem

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Winston-Salem has something for everyone from a historic past, lively art and cultural scene to vibrant nightlife, diverse dining scene and charming downtown. Explore the Twin City's history, art, culture, food and entertainment through this 48 hours itinerary guide.

Two days in Winston-Salem
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Day 1 in the “Twin City”!

9:00am- Breakfast at Mary's Gourmet Diner!

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at Mary's Gourmet Diner. It serves up creative American classics made from local ingredients. Grab a cup of coffee and relish the delicious breakfast. A few favorites are nachos, French toast, cheese grit, biscuits and eggs benedict.  

Address: 723 Trade Street NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-723-7239
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:00am-2:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 8:00am-3:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am-2:00pm

10:00am- Tour the Old Salem Museum & Gardens!

Visit the Old Salem Museum & Gardens and experience the early American history in Moravian settlement of Salem dating from 1766 to 1849. Get an up-close look at eighteenth and nineteenth century Moravian culture and traditions.  Tour a variety of southern craftsmanship, artistry and stories from the early South. Stroll through the restored and renovated historic buildings and structures, and award-winning restoration gardens. 

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 Mary's Gourmet Diner: 1.5miles or 6minutes drive

12:00pm- Edutainment at Children's Museums of Winston-Salem!

Edutainment time for kids! Head off to the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem that 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. 

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 Old Salem Museum & Gardens: 0.7miles or 2minutes drive

1:00pm- Out to 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. 

2:00pm- Explore art of early South at The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts!

Visit the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts that has an interesting collection of exhibits detailing the North Carolina’ past. Check out the antique furnishings, decor, paintings, textiles, silver, sculptures and other decorative arts of the early South. 

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

3:00pm- Explore history at New Winston Museum!

Next, head off to New Winston Museum that chronicles the history of the Winston-Salem people and places through photographs, letters, documents and other exhibits. It showcases the cultural history of the early Winston and Winston-Salem. 

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
Distance from The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts: 0.6miles or 2minutes drive

4:00pm- Walk through the racing history at Winston Cup Museum & Special Event Center!

Head off to Winston Cup Museum & Special Event Center that houses authentic Winston Cup race cars from the different periods of the 33 years of NASCAR Winston Cup history. It has the cars driven by NASCAR legends like Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, and many more. Also on display are autographed pictures, trophies, winner’s check, driver helmets and uniforms, original racing posters and other memorabilia.

Phone: 1 336-724-4557
Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Distance from New Winston Museum: 1.7miles or 7 minutes drive

5:00pm- Retail Therapy!

Head off to Thruway Shopping Center that features over 45 shops and several restaurants. It houses local, national and regional merchants selling a variety of styles of shoes and clothing for both men and women.

Address: 300 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, United States
Phone: 1 866-986-7285
Distance from Winston Cup Museum: 2.9miles or 8minutes drive

Ready for some more shopping? Visit the Piedmont Craftsman Gallery that has fine contemporary craft work by about 400 talented Southeastern artisans. Shop for arts and craft of clay, wood, fiber, metal, photography, glass and mixed media.

Address: 601 Trade Street NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-725-1516
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:30am-5:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am-4:00pm
Distance from Thruway Shopping Center: 2.9miles or 8minutes drive

7:00pm-Dinner and Drinks!

Head off to The Tavern in Old Salem that serves up farm-to-fork American cuisine in an authentic historic setting, along with craft beers. The staff is dressed in traditional Moravian garb and serves the dishes that date back to Moravian times in the candle-lit dining rooms. A few favorites on the menu are Chicken pies, Smoked blue cheese bisque, and gingerbread with lemon ice-cream. 

Address: 736 S Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-722-1227
Opening hours: Lunch hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00am-3:30pm, Dinner hours- Tuesday to Saturday: 5:00pm-9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-3:00pm
Distance from Piedmont Craftsman Gallery: 1.3miles or 6minutes drive

9:00pm- Country-style night fun at Johnny and Junes Ultra Saloon!

Step in 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. Boot sporting folks hit the dance floor, while the adventurous patrons mount the mechanical bull for a wild ride. 

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
Website: johnnynjunes.com/ 
Distance from The Tavern in Old Salem: 2.7miles or 7minutes drive

11:00pm- Kick back with drink and bar games at Burke Street Pub!

After an energy-packed night fun, head off to Burke Street Pub for a relaxed night out. It has a spacious patio bar that features pitchers of beer and bar games like foosball, ping-pong and darts. 

Address: 1110 Burke Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-750-0097
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 4:00pm-2:00am; Sunday: 12:30pm-2:00am
Distance from Johnny and Junes Ultra Saloon: 1.8miles or 5minutes drive

Day 2 in "The Dash"!

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

10:00am- Reynolda House Museum of Contemporary Art!

Start your day of exploring the Dash by exploring the early South art at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The museum houses one of the finest and extensive collections of American artwork dating back to 1755 to the modern 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 Midtown Cafe & Dessertery: 2.4miles or 6minutes drive

11:00am- Winston-Salem’s Horticulture past at Historic Bethabara Park!

Experience the eighteenth century North Carolina at the Historic Bethabara Park. The park dates back to when the Moravians first settled here in 1753. Walk through the oldest know medical garden of the country- the Hortus Medicus and know about the gardening traditions that is two centuries old, and also stroll through the community Garden of 1795. Explore the twenty miles nature trails, visit the historical sites and observe wildlife. To get the hand-crafted Moravian, natural and colonial history souvenirs and treasures, visit the Edwin L. Stockton Visitor Center Gift Shop.

Address: 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem,   NC   27106, United States
Phone:  (336) 924-8191 
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:30am-4:30pm; Saturday & Sunday: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Distance from Reynolda House Museum of Contemporary Art: 3.0miles or 7minutes drive

1:00pm- Lunch!

Head off to Mama Zoe Michaels (2859 Reynolda Rd.) that serves up American cuisine. For Italian fare, head off to Dioli's Italian Market & Bakery (2898 Reynolda Rd.), or go to Tacoriendo 3 (3619 Reynolda Rd Suite #100) that puts out Mexican fare. For American fare, drop by the North Point Grill (7843 N Point Blvd).

2:00pm-Delve in the world of science, space and environment at SciWorks!

Head off to SciWorks that features interactive science exhibits, an environmental park with gardens and animal habitats, picnic areas, and a planetarium. Explore the outdoor environmental park, know about the inside of the human body, dig into the state’s biological and geological diversity through a wide range of hands- on exhibits, marvel at the night sky and travel through the solar system in the planetarium onsite, and learn about aquatic life indigenous to North Carolina. 

Address: 400 W Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, United States
Phone: 1 336-767-6730
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Website: sciworks.org/ 

3:00pm- Discover global cultures at Museum of Anthropology!

Next, head off to Museum of Anthropology housed in the Wake Forest University, North Carolina. It showcases the cultures from around the world through ancient and modern artifacts. The topics of the exhibits include Africa cultural diversity, North Carolina’ Yadkin River Valley archeology, the Silk Road Route through Central Asia, Indian Culture, and Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration.

Address: Wingate Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, United States
Phone: 1 336-758-5282
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-4:30pm
Website: moa.wfu.edu/ 
Distance form SciWorks: 4.0miles or 9minutes drive via University Pkwy

4:00pm- Check out contemporary art at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art!

Visit the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) that features finest pieces of contemporary art by local, international as well national artists.

Address: 750 Marguerite Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, United States
Website: secca.org/ 
Distance from Museum of Anthropology: 2.1miles or 8minutes drive

5:00pm- Go Shopping!

Head off to the Reynolda Village Shops that features specialty boutique shops. This spot has everything from art galleries to furniture, clothing and accessories for men, women and children, and items for home.
Address: 2201 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, United States
Phone: 1 336-758-5584
Distance from Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts: 0.9miles or 3minutes drive

Next, head off to Hanes Mall for latest trends. It houses over 200 stores. Classic retailers like Macy’s, Belk, JC Penney, Sears, H&M and Dillard’s can be found here. Shop ‘til you drop!

Address: 3320 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, United States
Phone: 1 336-765-8321
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Distance from Reynolda Village Shops: 5.2miles or 9minutes drive

7:00pm- Drink like a local at Old Winston Social Club!

Step into the Old Winston Social Club that has about 40 craft beers on draft, wine and spirits. Grab a seat on the spacious patio, meet new people, watch your favorite event on the HDTVs, get a round of craft beers on draft, and enjoy the free bar games, like football, darts, and ping-pong. It also features live music that keep the spot hopping.

Address: 1131 Burke Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-723-0060
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 4:00pm-2:00am
Distance from Hanes Mall: 4.1miles or 9minutes drive


Head over to The Old Fourth Street Filling Station (871 W 4th St) that serves up New American fare. Step in Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro (878 W 4th St) for delicious Southern cuisine. Go to Grecian Corner (101 Eden Terrace St) that puts out Greek cuisine, or head off to Quanto Basta Italian Eatery & Wine Bar (680 W 4th St) that serves Italian fare. 

10:00pm-Party the night away with live music, drinks and dance!

Head off to The Garage - Live Music Venue - Winston Salem, one of the oldest live music spot in the Twin City. Listen to live music across several genres and enjoy the drinks.

Address: 110 W 7th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, United States
Phone: 1 336-777-1127
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 6:00pm-2:00am

Should your hunger pangs call out, head off to 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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