Historic Overview: Winston-Salem – Past, Present, and Future
Winston-Salem. Rarely a day goes by that we are not asked how our famous "hyphen" came to be. The short story is that we're the result of our forward-thinking and highly enterprising forefathers. And to many, it's quite surprising that we've only enjoyed our "Twin City" status since 1913.
Winston-Salem: A Place To Create, A Place To Learn, A Place to Be Inspired
When it comes to art and innovation, Winston-Salem is indeed a city of cultural “firsts.” From the first pieces of Moravian pottery crafted here in the mid 1700s to 1949’s launch of the first local arts council in the country, Winston-Salem is an arts leader and innovator.
Winston-Salem: Where Eating and Drinking Well Is Yet Another Form of Art
It’s only natural that the City of Arts and Innovation would elect to toast the agricultural underpinnings in its history and celebrate the food and drink of the South. Winston-Salem is one of the region’s best-kept culinary secrets. But not for long. It has everything culinary travelers dream about, and spicy stories you won’t find anywhere else in the country.
Winston-Salem: Here, "haute cuisine" is just a fancy way to say "supper"
Lively independent restaurants dominate Winston-Salem’s dining scene. Downtown Winston-Salem bustles with pedestrian traffic every night as travelers and the theatre, university and business crowds gather for the evening meal and drinks. Whether you’re nestled in the charming historic West End neighborhood, in the heart of downtown or in The Arts District, excellent choices abound at every corner. The suburbs offer up some awfully nice options, too. Here’s a sampler:
Winston-Salem: The Gateway to the Yadkin Valley and North Carolina’s Wine Country
The Yadkin Valley, the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) in North Carolina, was established in 2003. It’s the most densely populated wine region in the state. With North Carolina now at more than 100 wineries and ninth in the country in wine production, thirty-six of those vineyards are located in the Yadkin Valley.
Fall Events: Food, Fun and Art in Winston-Salem
Enjoy the flavor, colors and art of fall in Winston-Salem, N.C. Explore our gardens and galleries, experience the wine harvest in the Yadkin Valley, and toast the season at our restaurants. We can’t wait to greet you.
Gentlemen, Start Your Stories!
Start your engines and sprint to see all that Winston-Salem has to offer race fans. Check out the Winston-Cup Museum to view the 33-year history of America’s #1 spectator sport or cruise down to Bowman Gray Stadium where it all began. After that, take snapshots with the shell-shaped service station then stop by and fill up at the Old Fourth Street Filling Station. If you are with someone who is not as “car crazy” but has been very patient, check out Rebecca and Company for the finest in women’s clothing and is located in a former—you guessed it!—gas station. Wind down at the winery started by race legend Richard Childress and for your last stop, park yourself at The Garage or, check out Wilson’s Tire Shop; a venue that serves as a service station by day, and a live music venue at night! After all that, if you find your tank on empty, grab a bite at Bib’s Downtown whose location also was a service station.
Who are the Moravians?
Moravians, followers of a mainstream protestant religion, settled here in Winston-Salem 250 years ago and have contributed significantly to the area’s rich culture. This denomination originated in the Czech Republic around 1415 from the followers of Jan Hus. These missionaries made their way from Germany to Pennsylvania, and then settled in Winston-Salem on 10,000 acres known as the Wachovia Tract. Many of the area attractions serve to preserve the history of these settlers and educate visitors about their origins and influence.
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