How To Give Back To The Community By Drinking Beer
Support Water Quality Through Foothills Brewing Foothills Brewing values two essential items that support the ongoing growth and vitality of North Carolina’s craft brewery scene: water quality and supporting fellow brewers. With April being North Carolina Beer Month, Foothills Brewing developed two major ongoing initiatives in 2015 to back these causes.
More information: http://epicureandculture.com/best-breweries-giving-back/
Drink by the Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Southeast is home to classic cocktails such as the Sazerac, and famous concoctions like Peychaud’s Bitters and Coca-Cola. But, nowadays, the region is as well known for booming craft breweries, artisan distilleries and a growing number of small wineries. And with all that goodness to drink in, Southeastern cities have emerged as meccas for bars and nightlife.
More information: http://specials.myajc.com/travel-drink/
8 new hotels with surprising past lives
The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel - In Winston-Salem, NC, the former company headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, is now partially occupied by the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel.
10 Things You’re Missing If You Haven’t Been to Winston-Salem
This eclectic city in northwestern North Carolina has the Smokies and the Blue Ridge to the west and the Outer Banks to the east. Its famed hyphen comes from the merger of two cities in 1913. Salem was settled in 1766 by serious-minded, Eastern European Moravians known for arts and culture. Upstart Winston, established in 1851, attracted entrepreneurs like tobacco titan R.J. Reynolds. Put the two together, and you have a city with a thriving arts community—it’s home to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the National Black Theatre Festival, and much more—and an inventive spirit. Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Texas Pete hot sauce, and US Airways were born here.
More information: http://www.southernliving.com/travel/things-to-do-in-winston-salem-nc?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SouthernLiving%2Flatest+%28Southern+Living%3A+Editor%27s+Picks%29
Discover Greensboro–Winston-Salem’s New Cool
The former textile towns are undergoing a renaissance thanks to stylish boutique hotels, inventive restaurants and breweries, and a vibrant arts scene.
More information: http://nymag.com/travel/weekend-escapes/greensboro/
The South’s Best Vineyards by Southern Living Magazine
This idyllic vineyard could easily be in Tuscany—or Mantua—rather than nestled in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, but that’s thanks to the due diligence of the Raffaldini family, who scoured the country for landscape that channeled the Italian countryside. The result is 42 acres of vines on a beautiful 120-acre estate—and a Chianti worth writing home about.
North Carolina’s Moravian Culinary Trail
On Easter Sunday, the Moravians of Salem, North Carolina will hold their deeply spiritual Sunrise Service. It dates from 1732 when a group of Moravian men met in the graveyard, “God’s Acre,” to sing praises and ponder the true message of Christ’s death and resurrection. Annually, attendance includes people of all denominations from across the country.
More information: http://www.philasun.com/travel/north-carolinas-moravian-culinary-trail/
Fall getaways offer romantic options across the Southeast
Summer came and went, and that long weekend getaway never happened. But there’s nothing like a fall retreat. The chill in the air offers a good excuse to cuddle. For couples wanting to hit the road, romance and adventure await. Here are some places across the Southeast too perfect to pass up.
Experience Family-Pleasing Winston-Salem
Just a quick 84 miles from Charlotte, Winston-Salem is perfectly situated for a day trip or a weekend away. Rich in welcoming smiles, the city has much to offer visitors. Moravian cookies, Old Salem, historic museums, and many great places to dine will leave your family wanting more after your visit.
Southern Living: 13 Destinations to See Fall Leaves in the South
Winston-Salem is known as the “City of Arts”, home to the first arts council in America. One of its neighborhoods, Old Salem, acts as a living history museum, where visitors will find blacksmiths, cobblers, potters, and carpenters that still practice their trade. Old Salem currently features more than 20 restored buildings with more than half featuring costumed interpreters living life the way the Moravians did in the 1700’s. Winston-Salem keeps the bright leaf colors longer than most of the other areas in North Carolina, so leaf peepers can see foliage through the second week of November.
USA Today: Autumn colors: Beautiful fall foliage around the USA
In North Carolina, the area around Winston-Salem is a top spot to watch the leaves change colors. This is because traditionally the leaves keep their bright hues for longer than most other parts of the state – typically through the first two weeks of November. There are a number of places to partake in scenic leaf-peeping drives including Reynolda Mile and the Blue Ridge Parkway from Winston-Salem.
Philadelphia Sun: The African American Experience in Old Salem, North Carolina
“In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, love.” –Moravian Motto There is no one universal black slavery experience. Each person’s story is different, impacted by where a person was enslaved, who enslaved them, their gender and a quixotic and inexhaustible menu of circumstances that might change over time. Through travel to sites with particular resonance for African Americans it is possible to immerse yourself in the lives and singular experiences of people of African descent and nowhere is the journey more unique than in Old Salem, North Carolina. visitnc.com.
Fall foodie festivals offer affordable vacation fun
Now that the weather's getting a bit cooler and shoulder season hotel rates have started to kick in, it's a great time to start thinking about planning an autumn getaway. Add in this fall's drop in airline ticket prices, and the savings opportunities become even more appealing. So, how could you possibly add to the value of such a vacation? You have only to research the food festivals at your chosen destination.
Winston-Salem’s National Black Theatre Festival, “Kissed By Lightning”
Biennially, Winston-Salem, North Carolina hosts the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF). The six-day event presents and preserves the legacy of African American theatre, honors outstanding members of the international theatre community and serves as a venue for the staging of new plays and a showcase for emerging artists. The NBTF is the flame kindled from embers that were first ignited on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean and represents not only current creative excellence but also the courage, resilience and tenacity of a host of spiritual benefactors. ncblackrep.org.
The Honey Pot
Winston-Salem – I’m writing about The Honey Pot in a random, incomplete kind of way because I had a huge digital image and note mishap, but wanted to share what photos I was able to save and let you know about this W-S spot you should check out when you’re in town. A couple of us stopped in while in Winston-Salem on a “what’s new” media tour. Loved the decor of this cozy space. We were there after dark, and I’m guessing the ambiance was at its best in that lighting. We’ll have to go back for lunch to check out that theory.
More information: http://carolinaepicurean.com/2015/08/the-honey-pot/
Best-Kept Secrets: Winston-Salem offers best of both worlds
No, Winston-Salem wasn’t named for the two historic brands of cigarettes. R.J. Reynolds, the hometown tobacco company, honored the city in the 1950s by naming an iconic cigarette in a red package “Winston,” while its menthol cousin in a green package was christened “Salem.” Winston-Salem, meanwhile, got its name in the early 1900s with the merger of Salem – a peaceful, religious settlement founded by Moravians – and Winston, the more secular tobacco-factory town nearby.
A Showcase for Growing Together
For a woman who is about to welcome more than 60,000 people to her town, Mabel Robinson sounds surprisingly calm a few days before the opening of the biennial National Black Theatre Festival.
Follow North Carolina’s Moravian culinary trails
One of 82-year-old Evva Hanes’ earliest memories is helping her mother bake Moravian sugar cookies in a wood-burning stove. The crispy, potato chip-thin cookies were sold to supplement the income from the family dairy farm near Winston-Salem, and little Evva was eager to do her part. Because of the uneven heat distribution in a wood-burning stove, the cookies had to be moved from the bottom of the oven to the top during baking. Timing was crucial.
Exploring the food scene in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is steeped in history. It has always had entrepreneurial spirit, promoted arts, and has fostered innovation, technology and medical research. The city is as rich, multifaceted and varied, as the lush, green carpeted hillsides that surround this most hospitable city.
Dash off to Winston-Salem
I suppose that I’d never given a lot of thought to visiting the city famous for it’s hyphen before. When I mentioned to my friends that I was visiting, they started talking about WITCHES…um, we’re not talking about THAT Salem. THAT Salem is up in Massachusetts. This is the town of the DASH….that hyphen that in 1913 united the towns of Winston AND Salem together as one.
More information: http://champagneliving.net/dash-off-to-winston-salem/
Take a Trip to the Reinvented Winston-Salem
When you have teenagers and a full-time job, it is easy to get immersed in the predictable details of everyday life. There is a reason for the expression “being in a rut.” I imagine indentations of my footsteps around the neighborhood from walking the dog, a worn path in the kitchen and grooves in the concrete from my car going from home to work and back again. So when I got a chance last month to visit Winston-Salem, N.C., a city of 235,000 located about 90 miles west of Raleigh, I was excited. It isn’t often that I get to explore a new place, especially one so interesting and fun.
More information: http://www.nextavenue.org/take-a-trip-to-the-reinvented-winston-salem/
Winston-Salem: Perfect Locale For a BA50 Girls’ Weekend
Looking for an enchanting place to schedule a girls’ weekend? Why not incorporate some “girls” history into the mix? The city of Winston-Salem has it all, and it’s offered with a huge dose of Southern hospitality.
Experiencing the Heritage of Winston-Salem, NC
Did you ever Bank at Wachovia, wear Hanes textile products or enjoy a Krispy Kreme donut? Or smoke a major brand of cigarettes? Ever heard of Wake Forest University? If you did, credit Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Those major household names have their roots in that charming old Southern town that is, in fact, two cities: Winston and Salem, where history and arts, cuisine and wineries meld into an interesting destination.
Wine Shines in North Carolina's Yadkin Valley - Byways Magazine
Winston-Salem is the gateway to North Carolina's most popular wineries, located just minutes from the Yadkin Valley -- considered one of the top producing wine regions in the eastern U.S.
America's Most Indulgent Food Trails
Fully surrender yourself to the many tastes of the country with food trails meant to make you loosen your belt a notch or two. From farm-fresh to comfort-style, these cities and states have lined up the best restaurants, bakeries and markets for sampling delicacies and regional specialties. These trails cover spicy and sweet cravings, heavy desserts, southern cooking, barbecue, seafood favorites, Mexican and Italian cuisine, and more. If you're looking to indulge, these guides and paths are your best bet.
Easter sunrise service a decades-old tradition for trombone player
This Sunday will mark the 243rd Easter sunrise service at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, the longest continuous Easter sunrise service in the nation. One trombone player has attended every service since 1935.
Visiting Winston-Salem NC with the Family is a Must #VisitWS
We arrived at the beautiful The Historic Brookstown Inn at around 4:30 in the afternoon. By then I think everyone was just exhausted and needed to stretch their legs. We headed to our room and I literally dropped my luggage, hubby, and kids in the room for just a few minutes. I just had to stop on by and meet the fabulous ladies with Visit Winston-Salem before they headed home for the day. They left us an absolutely amazing itinerary during our stay with activities and suggested placed to visit and eat at.
More information: http://abccreativelearning.com/tag/travel-to-winston-salem/
Gourmet Getaways: Graylyn Raised
North Carolina is not the first place that comes to mind when I think of the decadent estates, or the wild, Gatsby-esque parties of the Jazz age. But on this particular morning as I drive down the long, straight stretch of Reynolda Road outside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, it is exactly such Prohibition-era playhouse-now conference center-for which I am on the lookout.
More information: http://visitwinstonsalem.com/images/LocalPalateLayout.jpg
Examine Moravian culture in North Carolina
At Old Salem Museum and Gardens, a living history museum that interprets Moravian life from 1766-1866, a costumed interpreter in the Single Brothers’ House presses clay into two halves of a mold until she’s satisfied that every crevice has been filled. Next, the twin molds are firmly placed one on top of the other, forming a large hollow space inside. The potter raps on them with a mallet to ensure the two pieces fuse at the seams.
6 Wineries to Visit in North Carolina
I confess that I’ve always been a little bit wary of The South. Being a Philadelphia native, in The South I am what's called a Yankee. When I visit, I don't always wear my Philly roots on my sleeve, because why stir up trouble? So the first thing I say upon meeting Erin Doby of RayLen Vineyards & Winery in northwestern North Carolina is “How y’all doin’, darlin’?” I’m also chewing on a piece of straw for added effect. And apparently the ruse works, because Erin says “how y’all doin’ ” right back and proceeds to pour me a sample of every wine in the tasting room — nearly 20 in all — free of charge.
10Best: Delicious pies around the South - Sweet Potatoes
When it comes to pie, no other American region offers a bounty quite like the South. Blessed with good weather and a steady stream of farm-fresh ingredients, the region's bakers have an endless list of varieties from which to choose; some opt to stick to the classics, while others look to push the boundaries and create a concoction never before imagined.
The United States of Thanksgiving
North Carolina and sweet potatoes go way back. The relationship, according to the food writer Sheri Castle, hinges on a history of abundance. “Sweet potatoes were plentiful, even among the poorest folks of any ethnicity,” she said. “Enslaved Africans used sweet potatoes in place of yams and other West African root vegetables.” To this day, the state is a national leader in growing the crop.
Meet the Moravians of Old Salem, N.C.
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
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
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.
Nibble Your Way Through Winston-Salem, NC
Soak up the stories, visit a historic bakery that is more than 200 years old!, sample goods fresh from the wood-burning oven and savor the flavors of the Moravian Cookie Trail right in beautiful Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
4 Easy Ways to Serve North Carolina-Made Moravian Cookies
Each year, more than a million pounds of Moravian cookies come out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Not familiar with the wafer-thin treat? They've been a local favorite for more than 200 years, and a handful of area bakeries roll out their own takes on the delicate dessert, with flavors ranging from traditional ginger to blood orange. The city's restaurants love using them in dishes, too: Milner's American Southern Cuisine and Cocktails serves salmon encrusted with crushed Moravian ginger cookies, while Haute Chocolate often crafts a Moravian cookie truffle.
More information: http://www.countryliving.com/cooking/about-food/moravian-cookies
Graylyn for You, Your Wedding or Conference
Thanks to some special folks in Winston-Salem, I was given the opportunity to tour Graylyn. I like to call it by the name its original owners, Bowman and Nathalie Lyons Gray, gave it rather than its current official name: Graylyn International Conference Center. Just sounds more historic and romantic.
10 best cooking school vacations
North Carolina Barbecue Society Boot Camps - Winston-Salem, N.C. - BBQ lovers learn grilling secrets from some of the country's top pit masters in classes following the society's belief that barbecue should be cooked low and slow, over live coals. At the end of the weekend class, participants are certified to judge barbecuing contests. "For weekend grilling enthusiasts, this will take you to near-expert overnight," Zimmern says. 336-765-6227; ncbbqsociety.com.
Winston-Salem in the Charlotte Observer
It’s only natural that the “City of Arts and Innovation” would elect to toast its agricultural underpinnings and celebrate the food and drink of the South as an art and with innovation. Winston-Salem ( www.visitwinstonsalem.com) offers everything culinary travelers dream about and savory restaurants and events you won’t find anywhere else in the country.
Five Meals You Can’t Miss in North Carolina
In the 12 years I’ve lived in North Carolina, I’ve eaten in just about every county and corner of the state. Food here runs the gamut from five-star fine dining to country food cooked the way the locals like it, but there’s a common thread that runs through every memorable dish: the food has a flavor that speaks to North Carolina. Whether you order Spanish tapas with a Southern twist; traditional barbecue with vegetarian options; or an inventive dish that plays with traditions, ingredients, and local flavors, you’re in a good place for food that satisfies, surprises, and showcases North Carolina on the plate.
More information: http://moon.com/2014/04/five-meals-you-cant-miss-in-north-carolina/
Time.com - Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Easter
In 1773, America's first Sunrise Service — an Easter Mass held early enough for congregants to witness the dawn's first rays together — was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, organized by the Moravians — a church with its roots in the present-day Czech Republic. The service is held to mark the empty tomb that greeted Mary as dawn broke on Easter morning. Since then, such celebrations have been held in such diverse and scenic venues as the Hollywood Bowl (which celebrates its 88th service this year), the Lincoln Memorial and Colorado Springs' Garden of the Gods.
Eight Most Overlooked Foodie Towns in the South
I wasn’t born in Winston-Salem, but the arts capital of North Carolina quickly became a home away from home when I set foot on Wake Forest’s campus almost a decade ago. And in my four years as a Demon Deacon, I like to think I learned my way around the local food scene. Even now, I joke with friends in New York that The Dash has more excellent restaurants per capita than the Big Apple itself.
More information: http://www.bourbonandboots.com/eat-like-local-winston-salem/
Travel to Old Salem
For the past 242 years, early on Easter Sunday morning, Moravians (a Protestant denomination) in the historic town of Old Salem, North Carolina, have gathered outside of the Home Moravian Church. Even earlier, they have been roused from sleep by roving brass bands playing “Sleepers, Wake,” readying them for the sunrise service. Easter preparations start the week before. On the Saturday prior to Easter, in the gentle hills of the Moravian cemetery called God’s Acre, church members scrub the flat, limestone grave markers and appoint each with fresh flowers. Several times that day as they work, they’re regaled by a brass band.
More information: http://www.tablemagazine.com/table_live_posts/travel-old-salem/
Moravian cookies grow beyond Winston-Salem
The Moravian cookie – those thin, crisp ginger or sugar cookies that grace holiday tables around the world this time of year – has likely gone farther than any Moravian settler ever imagined. These cookies were once treats baked only by Moravians, a small group of pre-Reformation Protestants who settled in North Carolina in the mid-1700s after escaping religious persecution in what is now the Czech Republic. They built the town of Salem, which merged with Winston in 1913.
Visit Old Salem during Christmas break
The Moravians know how to do holidays. Their traditions especially shine at Christmas: sugar cake, wafer-thin spiced cookies, music and candlelight services.
The Local Palate Magazine - EATYMOLOGY: Moravian Sugar Cake
While delicious any time of year, a Moravian Sugar Cake from North Carolina's historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem somehow tastes even better during the Holidays. That's especially true if you are sampling a traditional sugar cake from Old Salem's Winkler Bakery. But the modernized version we share here from The Old Salem Museums & Gardens Cookbook allows home cooks to recreate what the Moravians were baking in their kitchens in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. As for the story behind the name: The Moravians are devout followers of a mainstream protestant religion who settled in the Winston-Salem area more than 250 years ago.
More information: http://lynnseldon.com/article1037.html
Seasonal Sanctuaries by Leah Hughes (Lake Norman Magazine)
When Paula Locklair came to work at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in 1972, Christmas meant Candle Tea and Salem Christmas Day. Two events — that was it. Forty-one years later, Locklair is the vice president of education programming and research, and she and her team oversee about eight different holiday events at the Winston-Salem destination.
Local gifts we love: Moravian Cookies
These thin, crisp cookies are full of flavor. And they even come chocolate-dipped. Some of our favorites are from Salem Baking Co., which offers a ton of flavors. This Winston-Salem based bakery is the largest in the area and also does Moravian Sugar Cake, which is so yummy
More information: http://www.wral.com/local-gifts-we-love-moravian-cookies/13180582/
Raffaldini & Childress Vineyards – Wines of the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina
We recently returned from Germany where we had the opportunity to experience the wines of the Rhine (Rhein) where Riesling is king. Last year we toured Friuli in northeastern Italy where Friulano and Pinot Grigio are the stars of the region. When we travel to France, we enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah which have achieved noble status. It seems that wherever we travel there are vineyards and each with a unique character. As a matter of fact, in the United States, all 50 states are now producing wine; yes, even Alaska has two vineyards.
On the road to winston-salem, nc and a recipe for moravian sugar cake by Bunky Cooks
We recently traveled to Winston-Salem in search of what they had to offer in the way of a unique food culture. Located in north central North Carolina, Winston, as it is casually called, is home to traditional Southern ingredients and cooking techniques. Similar to many other cities in the South, their cuisine is influenced by the foods of Africa, the Mediterranean, and Western Europe. However, Winston-Salem is also influenced by Eastern Europe cuisine and the German-Protestant heritage of the Moravians.
Winston-Salem Discoveries – Tanglewood Festival of Lights Is Now Open
Today (Nov. 22) marks the kick-off of the holiday season for all those who love Christmas lights, which, in North Carolina means time for the fantastic Tanglewood Festival of Lights, open and continuing through the New Year.
Holiday Happenings: Festive Events and Performances Throughout the Carolinas
Candlelight tours through the Moravian village of Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC, are enough to put anyone in the holiday spirit. Enjoy period games, food, songs and more as you stroll the streets of this charming historic site on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 15-Dec. 21. The Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights is regarded as one of the top events not only in the region, but also the nation. Nightly from Nov. 23-Jan. 1, 2014, enjoy a four-mile drive, hayride or carriage ride through Tanglewood Park, where it seems every tree has been covered in lights. Also in Winston-Salem are two great performances. The UNC School of the Arts puts on “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 13-22, while the North Carolina Black Repertory Company presents Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” from Dec. 6-8 and 13-15.
More information: http://www.aaagomagazine.com/content.cfm?a=1000&pgn=3
N.C. vineyard revives hard cider craft
A beloved beverage in America's early days, cider became the darling of colonial tables after it was discovered that apples grew better in the New England soil than the grains required to make beer. By the middle of the 18th century, the average resident of Massachusetts was downing 35 gallons of cider every year. Cider's popularity declined in the early 1900s as beer-loving German immigrants made their way to the Midwest, where grains flourished. But today, however, cider is enjoying a comeback. Last year alone, cider sales jumped 60 percent, capturing the attention of large beverage producers.
A Tale of Two Cities – Part One
Summer vacation season is here. We’re lucky to live nearly equal distance from the mountains and the coast, with so many interesting sites to visit when you feel like exploring the spaces between. This year, I’m planning a series of day trips to visit NC cities and attractions just an hour or two from the Triangle by car. So come along for a day’s road trip around NC this summer. This week I head west on interstate 40 to Winston-Salem, a city where tradition and innovation converge, resulting in delightful experiences for those with diverse interests.
Winston-Salem Recognized by Forbes.com as One of the 25 Best Places to Retire in 2013
Fast fact: Winston and Salem merged exactly a century ago. Pros: Low cost of living, median home price $129,000, moderate climate, college amenities (Wake Forest), high doctors per capita, high Milken Institute aging rank.
More information: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjf45glmi/winston-salem-north-carolina/
Huffington Post Highlights Salute! NC Wine Celebration as Must-See Food & Wine Festivals In 2013
Over 30 North Carolina wineries will showcase their products, offering wine sampling and purchase. In addition to the wine festival, on the Thursday and Friday evenings prior to the festival, several downtown restaurants participate in Salute Winemaker Dinners, with chefs collaborating with winemakers to create one-of-a-kind memorable meals.
Ryan’s Restaurant Honored as Top 100 Best Restaurants for Service
In honor of the art of excellence in restaurant hospitality, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has announced the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants for Service in the United States and highlight the Top 10 honorees for hospitality. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Town Magazine - Twin City: Winston-Salem’s substance goes deeper than its tobacco lands
A city with a dual personality, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, straddles old and new. Tobacco built the nineteenth-century city of Winston, but the area’s earliest history tells its tales in colonial Salem. Though Winston and Salem were officially consolidated back in 1913, to know this mid-sized city today, you must first dig into its Moravian roots. More than a century before R.J. Reynolds established his first tobacco factory in Winston in 1875, a congregation of Moravians claimed this land, bringing along their German language. Protestants who came to America from Eastern Europe to escape religious persecution, the Moravians sent a band of 15 unmarried men down the Great Wagon Road from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Their destination? A 100,000-acre tract of wilderness in the North Carolina Piedmont.
More information: http://www.towncarolina.com/features/29-history/674-twin-city.html
Ranked #6 Best Place to Retire by Money.CNN.com
This central North Carolina city has a longstanding tradition supporting the arts. Its symphony, founded in 1947, is the oldest in the state; its arts council was the first in the nation; and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is among the most prestigious in the country. More draws for retirees include affordable housing (downtown townhomes can be had for $200,000) and tremendous health care, thanks in part to university teaching hospital Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Smithsonian Blog: Four Surprising Places Where Local Wines Thrive
North Carolina. Once among the leading wine-producing regions in America, North Carolina saw its industry wither when Prohibition kicked in, and for decades following, it lay in ruins, grown over with tobacco fields and mostly forgotten. But now, North Carolina wine is making a comeback. Twenty-one wineries operated statewide in 2001, and by 2011 there were 108.
US Airways Features Winston-Salem
If you're flying on an US Airways flight in October, you'll notice that their in-flight magazine in the seat back is a lot heftier. Winston-Salem is the featured destination in an unprecedented 98-page editorial section in the October issue of US Airways Magazine, the airline's inflight publication.
More information: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/usairways_october2012/#/58
Weekend Getaway: Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem is just over five hours away from Atlanta by car (about 320 miles). Originally, there were two separate towns --Winston and Salem. They merged in 1913, but many locals still refer to the area simply as Winston. Once known as one of the leading producers of cigarettes in the country, Winston-Salem today has a much more diverse economy with a large focus on banking, food products and health care. So what makes Winston-Salem good for a weekend getaway? It's what it has that Atlanta doesn't: a plethora of history intact.
More information: http://www.ajc.com/travel/weekend-getaway-winston-salem-1502764.html
SECCA attendance up 25 percent in first six months of the year
Visits to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art numbered 11,384 between January and the end of June — a 25 percent increase over the same period last year, museum officials said Wednesday. The attendance results mark the highest six-month total since December 2007, when SECCA became part of the N.C. Museum of Art, which is governed by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The numbers put the museum on a pace to achieve its goal of 23,000 visits this year.
Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market Ranked by US News & World Report as One of America's Best Farmers' Markets
This bountiful market entices food-enthusiasts with leafy greens, ripe radishes, and freshly picked flowers. Featuring all organic ingredients, these delectable picks are sure to satisfy health-conscious customers.
Roddick Enthusiastic About W-S Open
If Andy Roddick ever needs a job, he might consider working for Visit Winston-Salem, the convention and visitors bureau. Roddick, a star tennis player, couldn't stop raving about the city and what it offered during his visit last August to play in the Winston-Salem Open. He said that he and his wife, Brooklyn Decker, had such a good time that he has talked about the visit often with many other pro tennis players.
Winston-Salem's Wine Country
For years, when Winston-Salem was mentioned, the only thing that would come to mind is a pack of cigarettes. The iconic brand created by R. J. Reynolds in 1875 has all but disappeared and the new players in town include a bevy of wineries that are taking the area by storm.
Dwindling African Moravian Church Celebrates Its Rich History
There was a community Lovefeast yesterday at the St. Philips African Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. The congregation and guests shared cups of coffee and sweetened buns. "It goes back to when you have friends and family, you break bread together," says John Jackman, the pastor of another Moravian church in the city. "You share a meal. And so we have a simple meal." Jackman’s is one of 13 Moravian churches in the area, and he came to celebrate at St. Philips. He said the Lovefeast is a song service tied together with a variety of traditional Christian hymns. The Lovefeast service dates back to the early days of the Moravian church. This Protestant group formed in the 15th Century in what is now the Czech Republic. By the 18th Century, the Moravians had migrated to the United States, and in 1766, they founded the settlement of Salem in North Carolina.
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Forbes.com Recognizes Winston-Salem for having One of America's Best Downtowns
Although Winston-Salem has a lot to offer from an active arts and culture scene, it’s the downtown district of Old Salem that really earns the city a place on the list. Many of our cities boast historic downtowns, but Old Salem’s is different because of its focus on the town’s former Moravian settlers, and because there is a steadfast effort to keep parts of downtown in a time warp to the 18th century. It’s like a little slice of Old Williamsburg in the center of a mid-sized city. The whole district was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and continues to draw in visitors with its quaint old shops, churches, and costumed reenactors.
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Downtown Winston-Salem ranked No. 2 on the list of Top 10 U.S. downtowns by Livability.com
Winston-Salem's downtown works a little like magic. Once you step into the historic district of Old Salem, you may as well have stepped back into 1772 (with the added bonus of jeans and tennis shoes). The Old Salem district, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966, is a 100-acre representation of the first settlement in 1766 complete with restored shops, churches and live reenactments. The downtown is otherwise separated into four areas (Western Districts, Arts Districts, Fourth Street Districts and South Districts). Each district has its own look and feel.
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No. 18 Cheapest City for Expensive Living: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Monthly rent, unfurnished 2-br luxury apartment: $500 Lunch for one at a nice restaurant: $40 One liter of gas, unleaded 95 octane: $0.81 Beer, local brand: $0.93 Cup of coffee, including service: $3.50 This city of 230,000 people is the least-expensive U.S. city in Mercer's survey. Winston-Salem, home to Reynolds American (RAI)—the holding company of cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds Tobacco—as well as Wake Forest University, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health, and Hanesbrands (HBI), has a median household income of $41,979 and a poverty rate of 13.5 percent, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
No. 10 Most Fun, Affordable City: Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103
Winston-Salem has undergone a revitalization and its downtown area (near this Zip Code) has gained an arts district, new restaurants, bars, galleries, and residential developments, according to the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. A search on yellowpages.com shows that this section of the city, which stretches to Clemmons, has a number of restaurants along Hanes Mall Boulevard, Stratford Road, and Peters Creek Parkway.
The 25 Best Film Schools Rankings - 12. University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Don't come to Carolina unless you're serious about filmmaking. Academically rigorous, the UNC School of the Arts is a plunge into film in collaboration with drama, music, dance, design and production studies and a 65-piece orchestra. By the third year, you're shadowing the likes of director David Gordon Green. "Our graduates have made films that receive hundreds of millions of dollars and on the other side of the spectrum won the Grand Prix at Cannes this year," says Dean Jordan Kerner. Coming soon: a new animation and gaming building.
Winston Salem NC Named as Least Expensive US City
A new Mercer survey lists Winston Salem as the least expensive city to live in, basing their findings on cost of living and lifestyle standards. Mercer, a global organization for gathering information on human resources, released its latest survey (updated June 29, 2010), ranking the least and the most expensive cities in the world. The survey correlates expatriate living expenses with standards in the home country or state. Only one city in America made the least of least expensive cities, Winston Salem, North Carolina. Criteria include cost of living and lifestyle, with an emphasis on housing costs. These surveys are useful to global corporations seeking to establish a presence in a city.
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