Over the weekend, I made a day trip to Winston-Salem to visit a sweet friend of mine. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by the history and charm of the city! While I only spent a few hours in Winston-Salem, I left feeling like I could’ve spent an entire weekend there. I made the hour and a half drive Saturday morning, had lunch, did a little sightseeing, and headed home after a quick coffee stop!
Our first stop once I arrived was Crafted: the Art of the Taco for lunch. While I’d like to say it was a great meal, I was only mildly impressed. Our queso and pico de gallo were delicious, as was my shrimp po boy taco. I also ordered the Baja Style taco with braised chicken, and thought this taco was just so so. I would love to go back for dinner and see how their margaritas stack up! Another option my friend suggested was The Katherine, a French brasserie located in the bottom level of a Kimpton Hotel - it looks adorable!
After lunch, we headed out on a driving tour of Winston-Salem. We drove through the Reynolda Historic District, which was made famous by R.J. Reynolds, and is home to the Reynolds family country home. Wake Forest University is also located in the Historic District! After a quick drive around Wake Forest and a stop at the Graylyn Estate (a local event venue and boutique hotel right across from the Reynolda House Museum of American Art), we stopped at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Even though we had to go through the house at a quick speed, I felt like we were able to appreciate the art on display while simultaneously enjoying the historic home. Their American art collection was fascinating; my favorite pieces were a Robert Henri portrait and an Alexander Calder sculpture. No photography was allowed inside the property, so unfortunately I don’t have any personal photos to share.
Following our time at the Reynolda House, we drove through Old Salem Historic District. If the weather had been a bit more mild it would have been great to get out and walk around the historic Moravian Colony. Founded in 1766, many of the original buildings still stand today. Salem College, an all girls college of about 600 students, is located on the property as well. I’m hoping to go back to Winston-Salem in the fall when the weather is nicer so I can further explore the historic areas!
With time for one last stop, we popped into the Camino Bakery located in downtown Winston. Even though it was very warm on Saturday, we managed to snag a table outside in the shade. I loved having the opportunity to catch up with my dear friend over an iced latte and a blueberry muffin.
Even though I started a new full-time job on Monday, I’m going to continue to make weekend trips when possible. I’m hoping to revisit Winston-Salem in the fall to further explore what it has to offer. I’d also love to fit in a day trip (or a full weekend) to the mountains - especially when the leaves are changing! One of the great benefits to living in Charlotte is its location - I’m lucky to be about 3 hours from the beach and less than that from the mountains!