With more than 120 local shops and restaurants to browse in downtown alone, Winston-Salem’s local maker community has mastered the art of handmade holiday gift giving. Now you can too.
Since 1753, Winston-Salem, North Carolina has been a haven for Moravian settlers seeking religious freedom. Over the years, these peaceful pragmatists formed a community based on common ideals, shared work and a deep respect for the land, art and music. (They also made a darn fine cookie.)
Whether you’re searching for inspiration for those last-minute gifts, relaxing in style with family and friends, or simply creating space for yourself amid the hustle of the holiday season, you’ll find no place more pristine to escape to than Winston-Salem’s famed Reynolda Mile.
Editor’s Note: We were so taken about featuring beloved traditional holidays dishes from some of Winston-Salem’s top chefs, we didn’t even consider how difficult it would be to land on just three. So we enlisted Winston-Salem’s culinary man-about-town, Carroll Leggett, who expertly narrowed down the field to three amazing chefs who would willingly part with one of their tried and true holiday recipes. We hope you enjoy Carroll’s salty take on each chef, their recipe and a side sampling of their homeplace. All culinary roads really do lead to Winston-Salem.
How much do you know about Old Salem’s Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)? Maybe a little or nothing at all. While you may have walked across the Old Salem covered bridge and visited MESDA’s self-guided galleries, there are always new things to learn about this local gem and all it has to offer.
Ready to take your garden to the next level? Autumn is the time to make it happen. You may have seen and felt the signs already: cooler nights, the dulling of summer leaves, and of course, pumpkin spice everything. Fall is officially on the way.
Tracing back to the founding of Salem, Winston-Salem’s history of craftsmanship continues to live on, inspiring artisans and entrepreneurs throughout the city still today. We caught up with the owners of Sunnyside Millwork to discuss how the city has influenced their handcrafted furniture and where you can see it during your next visit.
For local roasters and dedicated coffee drinkers in Winston-Salem, coffee is life. We caught up with java masters from three of our beloved coffee shops—Krankies Coffee, Footnote, and Twin City Hive—to learn about their roasting techniques, find out how to perfect a home-brew, and discover must-try menu items for your next visit.
One of the best parts about visiting Winston-Salem in the summer is having plenty of opportunities to escape the heat with indoor attractions. In addition to classic must-sees like Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Old Salem Museums & Gardens, here are some off-the-beaten-path experiences that are super cool…literally. (Listed in no particular order.)