Winston-Salem Enriching Experiences

Raffaldini VineyardsRaffaldini Vineyards' Sangiovese First NC Wine to Receive 90 Points, Editor's Choice in Wine Enthusiast

10/06/2014 - Raffaldini Vineyards 2011 Sangiovese received a 90 point score and Editor’s Choice from the Wine Enthusiast, one of the three major national wine magazines.

Winston-Salem Symphony to Perform Brahms’ First SymphonyWinston-Salem Symphony to Perform Brahms’ First Symphony

09/29/2014 - The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody Music Director, will present Classics Series concerts featuring Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, op. 68, as well as Dmitri Shostakovich’s Overture Festivo, op. 96. Guest artists Brooks Whitehouse, cello, and Paul Sharpe, bass, (also known as Low and Lower) will perform with the Symphony for the world premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Katabasis for solo cello, solo bass and orchestra. In addition, Low and Lower and the Symphony will perform another Dillon piece entitled Poke for solo cello, solo bass and orchestra. Sharpe and Whitehouse are both faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) where Dillon is composer in residence.

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Historic Old SalemCelebrate the Holiday Season in Historic Old Salem

09/29/2014 - The holiday season is a special time at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. It’s easy to find the holiday spirit at Old Salem with the beautifully decorated historic district and all the opportunities to experience authentic history, enjoy fresh-baked treats, find unique holiday gifts, and hear seasonal music. There’s something for everyone during the months of November and December.

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Winston-Salem Meetings and Conventions

Visit Winston-Salem Ends Fiscal with Increased Convention Sales and Delegate SpendingVisit Winston-Salem Ends Fiscal with Increased Convention Sales and Delegate Spending

07/16/2014 - Visit Winston-Salem closed its 2013-14 fiscal year June 30 by securing 143 future convention and sports events totaling more than 73,000 room nights in Forsyth County hotels estimated to generate $78 million in delegate spending for Winston-Salem.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Unveils Plans to Convert Iconic R.J. Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina into City’s First Four-Star Boutique Hotel

05/22/2014 - Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today a new partnership with Philadelphia-based PMC Property Group to convert one of the most iconic and historically significant properties in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – the R.J. Reynolds Building –into the city’s first luxury boutique hotel, which will occupy the first six floors of the building. PMC will be the developer of the mixed-use property which will include the hotel, meeting and function space, a lobby bar, restaurant, and luxury rental residential housing on the upper floors.

Sims Patrick Studio Wins IIDA Award of Merit for Graylyn’s Mews Redesign

03/24/2014 - The 9th annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Georgia Chapter Best of the Best Forum Design Awards took place February 27, 2014 at 200 Peachtree Street, in Atlanta, GA. Taking home an Award of Merit for Small Hospitality was Sims Patrick Studio.

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Winston-Salem Sports and Sporting Events

Winston-Salem Open to Feature Special Events during TournamentWinston-Salem Open to Feature Special Events during Tournament

08/13/2014 - The Winston-Salem Open begins with qualifying on Saturday, August 16 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. In addition to big-time tennis served Southern style, the Winston-Salem Open is featuring a number of public special events, including Military and Uniformed Personnel Appreciation Day, a “Take it on the Rise for Ta-Tas,” charity clinic, Ladies Day and a film screening.

North Carolina’s John Isner to Headline Winston-Salem OpenNorth Carolina’s John Isner to Headline Winston-Salem Open

08/12/2014 - Greensboro’s John Isner has never lost a match at the Winston-Salem Open, and he’ll be looking to continue that streak when the fourth annual ATP World Tour 250 event gets under way on Saturday, August 16 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Race 13.1 Winston-Salem Half Marathon, 5k and 10k Races to be Held on October 19

08/08/2014 - Race 13.1 is pleased to announce that Winston-Salem, NC will host the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Race 13.1 Winston-Salem Half Marathon on October 19, 2014. The event will also include 5k and 10k races. Registration is open through the official race website at

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Media Coverage

Meet the Moravians of Old Salem, N.C.

07/15/2014 - The shoemaker explained what made his lasts last, and the tavern public room was set up for a congenial checkers match. But when we saw the tavern owner's wife sitting at a table practicing the art known as fraktur and when we spotted the ceramic tile stoves that heated 200-year-old buildings, we realized that Old Salem in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a living history town unlike Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, or others you may have visited.

Tobacco, Wine, and Appassimento

07/10/2014 - Tucked amongst the rolling countryside of Ronda, North Carolina is a little stretch of Tuscany. “Where are you? Looks like an Italian Villa!” my mom texts back to the picture of Raffaldini Vineyards I have sent her. My mother is right. It does, in fact, look like Italy. And with the Italian winemaking techniques of Jay Raffaldini and Evans Kiley, head winemaker at Raffaldini Vineyards, it is beginning to taste a bit like Italy as well.

A picnic lunch at Reynolda House, in the style of Katharine Smith Reynolds

07/10/2014 - Katharine Smith Reynolds was a woman ahead of her time. In the early 1900s, as a young bride planning the grand estate that is now the public Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, she insisted that her home have every feature that could foster healthy living. State-of-the-art exchangers scrubbed the air to minimize the risk of devastating contagions. Exercise was taken outdoors and a large garden produced nutritious food to feed her growing family.

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