Winston-Salem, NC
North Carolina
By Marie Soderbergh

Southern hospitality is abundant in the “City of Arts and Innovation,” better known as Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The warm weather, historic past and innovative present mingle to create the rich culture and welcoming people that make up this charming city.  Before the Twin Cities inception, Salem lie to the south and Winston to the north.  Salem, with its pleasant climate, abundant water and rich soil was an enticing destination for the Moravian settlers from Eastern Europe, and in 1753 they occupied the land and it quickly became a booming center of crafts and trade. The city of Winston sat quietly until 1851 when it was settled and established as an industrial center, soon becoming the national leader in the tobacco and textile industries.  In 1913, these two thriving cities united as one, Winston-Salem, and continue to draw visitors from all over to experience the diverse cultures and innovative people that make up this ever growing city.

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A southern hub of cultural and entrepreneurial spirits, Winston-Salem has roots in music, arts and industry.  In 2009, Forbes Magazine ranked Winston-Salem the 18th best place for business in the U.S., the city continues to be a national leader in nanotechnology research, manufacturing and finance.

Concerning the arts, it is a city of “firsts.”  The Moravian settlers brought with them their love and appreciation for rich and diverse chamber music, making a significant impact on classical music of America; J.T. Peters, a Moravian settler in Salem, composed his six string quintets here in 1789, it remains the earliest piece of chamber music composed in America. In 1949, Winston-Salem became the first in the nation to create an Arts Council, providing private and public support of the arts, including support of the renowned Winston-Salem Symphony.

If the artistic community is what draws you to Winston-Salem, we here at WhatCheaper.com recommend a visit to the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.  This historic estate lies on 1,067 acres of land and was once home to Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, who opened the house to the public in 1965 as a dedication to housing pre-colonial and modern art.  Also occupying the estate are the restored Reynolda Gardens, rich with beautiful flora such as cherry trees and orchids, as well as 16 acres of preserved wetlands which are home to a variety of wildlife.  Embark on a walk through the past, while surrounded by the beauty of the present at these breathtaking grounds.  

For travelers looking for the more contemporary side of Winston-Salem, WhatsCheaper.com suggests heading to the Downtown Arts District (DADA), where you will find an array of artists, both young and old, creating unique pieces in their studios.  With multiple galleries, a variety of restaurants, shops and a thriving nightlife, the arts district is a must visit area for an afternoon stroll or a day spent relishing in the arts, food and entertainment this city has to offer.

As the crisp winter brings way to spring and summer, blossoms and sunshine allow warmth for multiple outdoor festivals that attract visitors from all over.  The RiverRun International Film Festival has been named one of the premier film festivals in the South East.  This ten day festival showcases over 120 films, programs and receptions where filmmakers mingle with curious film buffs and novice viewers alike.  If live theatre and performing arts is of interest, the National Black Theatre Festival is a biennial event in July, turning Winston-Salem into a stage for the arts, with over 100 live performances and workshops at venues across the city.  For those curios about wines of the south, not only is Winston-Salem within a one hour drive of 35 wineries, the month of May brings the North Carolina Wine Festival, where the vineyards of North Carolina showcase their finest wines amidst crowds of people. For those who enjoy live music, crafts and food, WhatCheaper.com recommends attending the summers annual Rock the Block festival, or for some southern cooking, how about the weekend long  Twin City Ribfest in June.  If it is the turning autumn leaves that draw you to this city, the Arts Council offers you Six Days in November which was deemed “A Feast for the Senses,” encompassed with art, workshops, live cultural performances and much more.  These are only a handful of festivals and attractions this great city has to offer.

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MUST SEE IN Winston-Salem, NC LIST:

  • 1. Reynolda House Museum of American Art
  • 2. Downtown Arts District
  • 3. Frank L. Horton Museum Center
  • 4. BB&T Field
  • 5. Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
  • 6. Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
  • 7. Old Salem Museums & Gardens
  • 8. SciWorks
  • 9. M.C. Benton Jr. Convention Center
  • 10. Children's Theatre of Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem, NC EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. BookMarks Book Festival - March
  • 2. RiverRun International Film Festival - April
  • 3. Twin City Ribfest - June
  • 4. National Black Theater Festival - July
  • 5. Winston-Salem Open - August
  • 6. Winston-Salem Air Show - September
  • 7. Moravian Festival - September
  • 8. Six Days in November - November

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Embassy Suites Winston - Salem
460 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC
By Shannon McClure

Situated in the heart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina is a trendy, eclectic, avant-garde section of the city known as the Twin City Quarter.  Booming with restaurants, art galleries, and shops, the Twin City Quarter boasts an interesting mix of pop culture and quintessential charm.  One of the area’s finest upscale accommodations, the Embassy Suites Winston-Salem, offers guests impeccable suites that are the epitome of comfort, and is conveniently located  a mere 10 minutes from Smith-Reynolds Airport and 20 minutes from Piedmont Triad International Airport.

Check-in and unwind in a two-room suite that is spacious and relaxing, yet modern and tech-savvy.  For those on business,  or attending a conference or corporate event at the adjacent Benton Convention Center,  an Executive room will let guests get down to business with all the comforts of home. Whether on business or pleasure, guests enjoy accommodations with 1 king and 2 queen beds, each adorned with 300 thread count sheets, non- allergenic feather pillows, and Embassy Essentials bedding.  Add to that upscale décor, twin flat- screen televisions, dual phones with data ports, internet connection, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and wet bar, Embassy Suites Winston-Salem ensures its guests are well catered to (fee may apply for in-suite high speed connection).  

For even more comfort and enjoyment, take a dip in the indoor swimming pool, workout in the 24-hour fitness room, take advantage of the Silk Road Salon and Spa, and enjoy a complimentary drink at the manager’s reception.  Guests will delight in the complementary, made to order breakfast and can grab a gourmet coffee at an on-site Starbucks. Looking for some excitement in the city? If that’s the case, check out the Winston-Salem Arts District, visit Wake Forest University, enjoy street-side dining on “restaurant row”, or put on your dancing shoes for some afterhours entertainment at one of the many local music venues.

The Embassy Suites Winston-Salem provides top notch accommodations in the Twin City Quarter.  For your next stay in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the Embassy Suites is a must for travelers who want space, comfort, and class.    For fast and easy reservations, book through WhatsCheaper.com (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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