Nicknamed the City of Arts and Innovation, Winston-Salem is a vibrant, bustling cultural hub and college town with no less than six colleges and universities dotted about the city. Formed by joining the two industrial cities of Winston and Salem in the early 1900s, Winston-Salem is a friendly, energetic city with a strong artistic and cultural core – America’s first classical music composition was created in Salem and the city is home to first state-supported arts conservatory in the country. Visitors to the arts-loving city have a plethora of options when it comes to overnight stays, ranging from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to luxury hotels. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Winston Salem - University
3.Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Winston-Salem Downtown
4.Graylyn International Conference Center
5.Hampton Inn Kernersville
6.Henry F. Shaffner House
7.Home2 Suites by Hilton Winston-Salem Hanes Mall
8.Hotel Indigo Winston-Salem
9.Kimpton Cardinal Hotel
10.SpringHill Suites by Marriott Winston-Salem Hanes Mall
11.The Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center
12.The Zevely Inn
13.The Wherehouse Art Hotel
12 Best Winston-Salem Hotels
- Brookstown Inn, Photo: Brookstown Inn
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Winston Salem - University, Photo: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Winston Salem - University
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Winston-Salem Downtown, Photo: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Winston-Salem Downtown
- Graylyn International Conference Center, Photo: Graylyn International Conference Center
- Hampton Inn Kernersville, Photo: Hampton Inn Kernersville
- Henry F. Shaffner House, Photo: Henry F. Shaffner House
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Winston-Salem Hanes Mall, Photo: sutteerug/stock.adobe.com
- Hotel Indigo Winston-Salem, Photo: Hotel Indigo Winston-Salem
- Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, Photo: Kimpton Cardinal Hotel
- SpringHill Suites by Marriott Winston-Salem Hanes Mall, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- The Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, Photo: The Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center
- The Zevely Inn, Photo: The Zevely Inn
- The Wherehouse Art Hotel, Photo: The Wherehouse Art Hotel
- Cover Photo: Kevin Ruck/stock.adobe.com
Attraction Spotlight: Graylyn Estate
Situated in Winston-Salem, the Graylyn Estate rests on a vast 55-acre property and offers guests a private estate of their own. Located just minutes from downtown, but providing a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, Graylyn offers the perfect combination of an enchanting, historical residence and a modern, sophisticated conference facility. Guests can choose from an impressive range of accommodation from Manor House rooms and suites in the Mews to cozy guest cottages and private bungalows. All accommodation features spacious bedrooms, en-suite marble bathrooms with baths and showers, charming sitting areas, ornate fireplaces, and beautiful views. Guests can enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast buffet each morning, and superb dining at one of the several on-site restaurants around the estate. Alternatively, guests can enjoy delicious home-cooked fare in the comfort of their rooms.
Graylyn features 85 well-appointed and stylishly decorated guest rooms in several private buildings set around the beautiful 55-acre estate. Guest rooms feature comfortable king, queen or double beds in plush linens, down comforters, and hypoallergenic pillows, and en-suite marble bathrooms with showers soaking bathtubs, thick towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products. Lavish sitting areas have plush sofas and armchairs, ornamental fireplaces, and lovely views of the garden.
Five Premium Suites are reminiscent of a bygone era with luxurious décor and antique furnishings, massive king-size beds in luxury linens, marble en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs, a multi-head rain shower, and designer bath products. Located in the Manor House, the Bowman Gray Suite is the most luxurious of the suites with a charming sitting area, an ornamental fireplace, and a welcoming ambiance.
Located in the Mews, Bungalows and Bernard Cottage, six individually designed and decorated Estate Suites boast an elegant combination of historical elements and modern touches with oversized seating areas, large bedrooms with king or queen size beds and en-suite bathrooms.
Thirteen antique guestrooms are located on the second floor of the Manor House and feature the original bedrooms and sitting rooms of the Gray family. Individually designed and decorated and boasting different layouts and sizes, each room has a romantic queen and king-size bed and en-suite bathroom a marble soaking tub and walk-in shower, thick towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products.
The third floor of the Manor House features 15 sunny guest rooms with dormer windows, spacious living areas, comfortable bedrooms, and inviting en-suite marble bathrooms with showers, soaking bathtubs, thick towels, and bathrobes, and organic bath products.
Guests enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast buffet every morning featuring fresh local fare each morning such as egg dishes, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and juices, freshly baked bread and other treats, coffee, and tea. A lighter deluxe continental breakfast is served in the Mews Dining Room during the same hours as regular breakfast and brunch are served on Saturdays and Sundays. Customized menus are available for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and graduation dinners.
Offered in the Manor House, Graylyn Estate Dining features an award-winning menu of signature dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients by Executive Chef Greg Rollins. Guests can choose from a classic three-course menu or a tasting menu of innovative dishes that embrace the past, present, and future of this historic estate. The Graylyn Grille Room is a comfortable, relaxing place for enjoying cocktails or a glass of wine by the crackling fire or the elegant bar, or a hearty meal of innovative cuisine in the restaurant.
Amenities and Recreation
Deluxe amenities at the Graylyn Estate include the Graylyn Estate restaurant and the Graylyn Grille Room where guests can enjoy delicious breakfasts and brunches, excellent cuisine for dinner, handcrafted cocktails, and fine wines from around the world.
Wedding & Events
Graylyn Estate features a selection of sophisticated corporate meeting facilities and modern conference rooms for all types of events from meetings to weddings. Located in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area, Graylyn is ideally situated within easy access of Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham and can host events for up to 200 delegates.
Graylyn also hosts romantic weddings, intimate ceremonies, and elegant receptions, along with rehearsal dinners, bridesmaid luncheons, and vow renewals. In addition to beautiful venues, the estate vendor lists, professional wait staff, and event planning and management teams to take care of also offer exclusive services such as customized menus and outstanding cuisine, preferred every detail.
1900 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, Phone: 336-758-2600
Attraction Spotlight: Winston Cup Museum
The Winston Cup Museum & Special Event Center is dedicated to the world-renowned NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Winston’s sponsorship of the event. Located in downtown Winston-Salem just a few blocks from the bustling Trade Street Arts District, the museum and center pay tribute to the rich racing history of Winston-Salem, the Bowman Gray Stadium, which is the longest running NASCAR track in the country, and the fantastic Winston Cup Series era of NASCAR.
Established in 2005 by Will Spencer, shortly after the Winston sponsorship of NASCAR ended, the Winston Cup Museum was born after a discussion with the longtime car owner, Richard Childress, who suggested putting several original racecars that were just sitting in storage, on display for NASCAR fans to enjoy.
The Winston Cup Museum delves into the history of stock car racing during the legendary Winston Cup Series era of NASCAR. The world-renowned stock car racing series began in 1971 when the Winston brand of R.J. Reynolds’ Tobacco Company became the title sponsor of NASCAR’s elite division, known as the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Division. The first non-automotive sponsor to support NASCAR, the Winston sponsorship played the lead role in the series for 33 years and was said to have been the driving force behind taking the NASCAR series into the next ‘modern’ era of racing.
The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company ended its sponsorship of the NASCAR series in 2003, after which Spencer founded the museum to keep the rich history of the partnership alive. Spencer is also the owner of JKS Motorsports, which was involved in NASCAR racing and the motorsports industry for over three decades, and has an extensive personal car collection, which is also occasionally displayed in the Museum.
The Winston Cup Museum features a fascinating collection of cars, including two vehicles driven by 1971 Winston Cup champion Richard Petty and team owner Jack Roush in the final Winston Cup race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2003. There are also cars driven by Alan Kulwicki, Dale Earnhardt, Sr., and Wendell Scott on display, as well as a variety of exhibits, photographs, documents and memorabilia that capture the three decades that the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company sponsored NASCAR’s premier series. Visitors to the Museum can relive 1996 winner Michael Waltrip’s victory in The Winston Cup, along with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s exciting win at the Talladega Superspeedway during the Winston No Bull 5 race.
Other notable attractions in the Museum include special exhibits showcasing champions Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, and Harry Gant, including unique memorabilia, such as helmets, uniforms, trophies, and winner’s checks. There are never-seen-before photographs of the legendary era of NASCAR from the R.J. Reynolds Sports Marketing archives and a pictorial timeline of the rich history of Winston Cup Racing. Racecar lovers can enjoy interactive racing simulators and have their picture taken at victory lane, take part in interactive NASCAR trivia games and take home some unique memorabilia from the souvenir shop.
The Winston Cup Museum can be rented for special occasions, events and functions and other special occasions. Offering the perfect backdrop for NASCAR fans and racing aficionados, the Winston Cup Museum can be used for weddings, rehearsal dinners, business functions, and birthday parties for up to 200 guests. The Winston Cup Museum offers a variety of packages and services in addition to the venue, including setup and cleaning, and event planning and catering coordination.
The Winston Cup Museum & Special Event Center is located at 1355 N. Martin Luther King Jr Drive in downtown Winston-Salem close to the vibrant the Trade Arts District and is open to the public from Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Winston-Salem offers a wealth of things to see and do, ranging from a vibrant downtown arts district packed with galleries, museums, historical sites and excellent local restaurants, cafés and bars. Enjoy live music at The Garage, Silver Moom Saloon, and Single Brothers and taste some of the region’s local brews at the Foothills Brewery and the Small Batch Brewery. Explore the history of Winston-Salem with visits to the Old Salem Museum and Gardens, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, and the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Sports fans can watch the Winston-Salem Dash baseball team, venture out on a Segway tour with Revolution Gliding Tours and Triad Eco Adventures or a carriage tour with Camel City Carriage
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1355 N. Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-724-4557
Attraction Spotlight: Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum
The Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum in Winston-Salem, NC is a community-based and non-profit theater that produces original theater performances for families and showcases emerging professional artists with the aim of inspiring curiosity and wonder about the arts, as well as encouraging lifelong learning within the community.
The mission and vision of the Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum is to inspire interest and curiosity in the performing arts and theater using introducing original works to a new generation of theatergoers, entertaining, educating. It also aims to inspire both the young and young at heart and develop leaders in the community and the performing arts. The Museum also seeks to entitle children to explore their creativity through educational programming and to inspire new adventures and experiences in everyday life.
Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum offers a range of workshops, classes and other programs that encourage young learners to be inspired by the performing arts. The Theater's newest initiative, Young Dramaturgs (the name for someone who helps a playwright make their work the best it can be) teaches students the skills of a dramaturg and the vital role they play in the performing arts world.
The Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum is located at 390 South Liberty Street in Winston-Salem and presents a variety of performances and productions throughout the year.
Tucked between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean in the state of North Carolina, Winston-Salem is a modern city with much to offer in the way of things to see and do, including over 80 urban parks, eight institutions of higher learning, numerous galleries and museums, wineries and restaurants, championship golf courses and Salem College, the oldest college for women in the country. Fun activities for the whole family include the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Old Salem Museum, and Gardens, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, SciWorks, and the Historic Bethabara Park.
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390 South Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-723-9111