You may not know that a small town like Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the home of Wake Forest University and our very own WFU Style, was such a hidden gem. Want to explore the city and discover all it has to offer before you graduate? Read up on these must-sees in good ol’ Winston Salami!
THE ORIGINAL SHELL GAS STATION
The Original Shell Gas Station in Winston, Salem is a historic must-see! There were originally eight of these stations built in the 1930’s and this is the only one still standing. It’s a great place for a vintage photo-op. During the office’s business hours, you can walk inside to read about the history of the gas station.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art is a modern art museum that offers many visual art exhibitions, music, dance and theatre performances, and education talks. It opened in 1956 and produces original exhibitions by local artists.
OLD SALEM FARMERS MARKET, MUSEUMS, AND FIRST MORAVIAN CHURCH
Old Salem is a very historic place to visit in Winston. It is an old Moravian Settlement of Salem, and offers many different options to do and see. The Cobblestone Farmer’s Market is from April 8th-November 18th 2017 on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 12:00pm. It has sustainable and farmer-only products that are all naturally grown. After getting some groceries at the farmer’s market, you should head on down to the different shops and old bread bakeries in the town to buy homemade Moravian cookies, stars, and candles. Before you leave, stop by the First Moravian Church!
THE ORIGINAL KRANKIES
As you probably are aware, Krankies has the best coffee in all of Winston-Salem. But have you visited the original venue? The original downtown warehouse is a great study spot, with free wifi, and a delicious menu. It is located on 3rd street.
GLASS BLOWING CLASSES
The Olio, a glassblowing studio near The Porch Kitchen and Cantina, is a fun place to explore, get creative, and learn all about glassblowing. The enterprise offers workshops, private parties, and classes to learn all about glassware and glassblowing from recycled materials. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends- Sign me up!
Want a fun adventure that will guarantee you an amazing Insta? Venture a little outside Winston to Hanging Rock in Danbury, NC! There are over 20 miles of hiking trails and access to the Dan River for some afternoon river rafting. You will see breathtaking views and have many rock climbing opportunities.
PILOT MOUNTAIN AND HORSEBACK RIDING
Check out the Bregman Trail Riding and Stables in Pilot Mountain, NC. This is truly an adventure through some of the best trails of North Carolina. Bring your friends and spend a fall afternoon riding though trails on a trained horse!
4TH STREET VINTAGE SHOPS
Want to pop some tags? Walk down 4th Street in downtown Winston and check out the trendy vintage shops along the way!
Bailey Park is located in Wake Forest’s brand-new Innovation Quarter downtown. The park is a green space that offers a place to relax, eat at yummy food trucks, and attend outdoor concerts and yoga classes!
Want to go on a long walk or take a nice jog? Salem Lake is the place to do it! The large trail along the circumference of the lake is the perfect place to get some peace and quiet away from the bustling campus of Wake Forest!
You should definitely visit the Reynolda House and Museum of American Art before graduation. Since it is only about a half a mile away from campus, you truly have no excuse not to see it! The house offers many exhibitions (The Georgia O’Keefe exhibition just came out!) and a place to explore the true history of the Reynolds family.
Hope you enjoyed this list and will get the chance to check these places off!