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This Fall in Winston-Salem, savor the flavors of our Moravian Culinary Trail. Sip your way through harvest season in our nearby Yadkin Valley wine region. Follow the fall foliage into an eclectic art gallery or glass blowing studio. Whatever your muse, Winston-Salem is your destination for the perfect fall getaway.


  • This season, admire lush mums and colorful fall foliage and wake up your planting plans with a tour through Winston-Salem's collection of historic and heirloom gardens. Our lush gardens date back more than 250 years and offer a peek into our colorful past. Some pundits agree that our gardens are a study of horticulture and history.

    We've offered the following historical tour line-up as it begins with the first seed planted and ends with our newest gardens. But like any adventure worth going on, there is no set map. Either garden makes a wonderful starting point for a historic garden tour that's all your own. So please enjoy at your own pace.

  • HISTORIC BETHABARA PARK: Begin your history lesson on Winston-Salem’s horticulture with a tour through Historic Bethabara Park and enter into the days of the 18th century North Carolina backcountry. The park dates back to 1753 when the Moravians first settled the area. Dig up more than two centuries of gardening traditions with a stroll through Hortus Medicus (reconstructed), the country's oldest known medical garden, and the 1759 Community Garden. The Community Garden is the only known, well-documented colonial garden in the U.S. LEARN MORE »

    Must-Do Fall Event: Historic Bethabara Apple Festival (Sept. 17)

    2147 Bethabara Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    (336) 924-8191

  • OLD SALEM MUSEUMS & GARDENS: Head over to Old Salem Museums & Gardens, one of America's most well-documented historic attractions. Old Salem offers visitors an up-close look at 18th and 19th century Moravian traditions. Discover the Single Brothers and Miksch heirloom gardens and “dig up” ingredients that are often times plucked and freshly prepared at the nearby Tavern in Old Salem. Now an award-winning restoration garden, the Single Brothers’ Garden is the largest interpreted garden in Old Salem. If you’d like to tour the historic buildings and learn from costumed interpreters, purchase an admission ticket at the Old Salem Visitor Center.
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    Must-Do Fall Event: Harvest Day (Pigs n Pippins) Festival (Oct. 15)

    900 Old Salem Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101
    (336) 721-7300

  • REYNOLDA GARDENS: Continue your journey on to Reynolda Gardens, located just 10 minutes from downtown. Planted in the early 20th century, the Reynolda Gardens are the by-product of Katharine Reynolds’ vision and progressive thinking. Mrs. Reynolds, wife to tobacco baron R.J. Reynolds, firmly promoted healthy eating and cooking habits and wanted her gardens to be a beautiful gift to the community and the workers on her country estate. A step into the 1913 greenhouse opens the door to a wonderland of vividly colored plant life. Reynolda Gardens is also a part of the NC birding trail making it an ideal location for bird watching. Walk over and take a self-guided tour of Katharine’s former home, now Reynolda House Museum of American Art. (Ticket required for Reynolda House) LEARN MORE »

    Must-Do Fall Event: Meadow Fest (Sept 25)

    100 Reynolda Village
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    (336) 758-5593

  • PAUL J. CIENER BOTANICAL GARDENS: Nestled 15 minutes east of Winston-Salem, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens (PJCBG) is the newest of the gardens in our area. Featuring 15 separate gardens and continuing to grow (literally and figuratively), PJCBG is home to a Kitchen Garden that is planted based upon traditional Moravian methods and their Pattern Garden. Call and ask about their seasonal gardening workshops with special guest speakers. Stop into the gift shop where you find locally crafted birdhouses and seasonal plants for purchase. LEARN MORE »

    Must-Do Fall Event: “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” in the Garden (Oct. 2)

    215 South Main Street
    Kernersville, NC 27284
    (336) 996-7888


  • History buffs, avid art aficionados, and historians alike will find an intriguing escape in the more than 250 years of rich Winston-Salem history and tradition.

    Here, yesterday’s homes are today’s fine dining restaurants, charming hotels and modern-day art museums. Charming colonial homes built in the mid-1700s and mansions and estates of the Roaring 20s offer a revealing look into the city’s colorful past.

    True to the culture of Winston-Salem, there is no right or wrong in where you start or finish. We’ve organized the list chronologically to get you started from the first brick laid to the mansions of the Roaring 20s era.

  • HISTORIC BETHABARA PARK: Winston-Salem’s earliest Moravian settlement invites visitors into its restored and reconstructed homes built in the mid-18th century. The Moravians, a German-speaking religious group, settled the area in 1753, calling it the Wachovia Tract (where Wachovia Bank, now Wells Fargo, got its name). Venture into the 1788 Gemeinhaus, the last 18th century German church with attached living quarters remaining in the U.S., and discover more about the community’s Moravian culture inside the 1803 Buttner House, the earliest known distiller’s house in the U.S. LEARN MORE »

    Must-Do Fall Event: Historic Bethabara Apple Festival (Sept. 17)

    2147 Bethabara Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    336-924-8191

    Admission:
    $4/adults, $1/children

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (April to mid-December); closed Mondays. Grounds, gardens and trails open year-round.

  • HISTORIC BETHANIA: As North Carolina’s first planned Moravian community, Bethania is a living and working town devoted to preserving its history of 255 years. Explore the restored hand hewn 1790s Wolff-Moser House and the 1894 Alpha Chapel that today serves as the town’s meeting hall. A national historic landmark, Historic Bethania is the only example of a European style “open field” agricultural village remaining in North Carolina. During your visit, enjoy a walk along Historic Bethania’s 1.5 mile Black Walnut Trail – the town is home to the annual Black Walnut Festival each September. LEARN MORE »

    Must-Do Fall Event: Black Walnut Festival (Sept 24)

    5393 Ham Horton Lane
    Bethania, NC 27010
    336-922-0434

    Admission:
    Free

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays

  • OLD SALEM MUSEUMS & GARDENS: In the backyard of bustling downtown Winston-Salem, visitors enjoy the quieter pace of 18th century Moravian lifestyle. One of the country’s most authentic and comprehensive history attractions, Old Salem Museums & Gardens opens its doors to dozens of preserved and restored homes and buildings. At the doorsteps along the cobblestone sidewalks, costumed interpreters greet you with smiles and a stories. The aroma of 18th century hearth cooking demonstrations lures visitors into the Miksch House (circa 1771) while others enjoy learning of early day medical practices at the home of Dr. Samuel Benjamin Vierling (also referred to as the Doctor’s House). Winkler Bakery (circa 1800), the oldest continuously operating bakery in America, is your stop for a warm sample of Moravian sugar cake or visit the Tavern restaurant for a savory slice of Moravian Chicken Pie. Old Salem is also home to the internationally renowned Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), with 30 period rooms filled with skillfully crafted furniture, textiles, silver and paintings of the early American South and from seven Southeastern states. MESDA houses the only database and historical collection of home furnishings of its kind in the U.S. LEARN MORE »

    Must-Do Fall Event: Harvest Day (Pigs n Pippins) Festival (Oct. 15)

    900 Old Salem Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101
    336-721-7350 or 888-653-7253

    Admission:
    All-in-One Ticket, Tuesday-Saturday, $23/adults, $11/children (6-16)
    All-in-One Ticket, Sunday, $18/adults, $9/children (6-16)
    Other ticketing options available online.

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4:30 p.m.; closed Mondays

  • KÖRNER’S FOLLY: Built in 1880, this historic home showcases the talent, ingenuity and true genius of Jule Gilmer Körner, an interior decorator, designer and painter. Located just 15 minutes east of Winston-Salem and known as the “strangest home in America,” visitors stroll through a winding maze of doorways and staircases leading you on a journey through 22 rooms in this three-story, seven-level marvel. No two doorways or windows are exactly alike. The home has 15 different fireplaces and ceiling heights range from 5½ feet to 25 feet. Pivoting “windows” and other openings anchor a unique air distribution system, while cubbyholes and trap doors exemplify Victorian ingenuity. The top level houses a private theater known as Cupid’s Park Theater, believed to be the first private little theater in America. LEARN MORE »

    Must-Do Fall Event: Oktoberfest (Oct. 1)

    KornersFolly.org
    413 S. Main Street
    Kernersville, NC 27284
    336-996-7922

    Admission:
    $10/adults, $6/children (6-18), children under 6 free

    Hours:
    Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.; closed Monday-Wednesday
    Visitors should arrive one hour prior to closing.

  • REYNOLDA HOUSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: Listed as one of “The Great Houses of the South” and now one of the nation’s premier American art museums, Reynolda House of American Art was originally the home of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds and wife Katharine. It was Katharine who spearheaded the design and construction of the 1917 estate. Home to three generations of the Reynolds family, the Reynolda House then became Reynolda House Museum of American Art in 1967. Today it transports visitors into the genteel yet energetic era of the early 20th century. Many of the rooms are adorned with the original furnishings reflecting close to 50 years of the Reynolds residency. From the attic, where decades of the family’s clothing and antique toys are on display, to the basement (circa 1937), complete with a squash court, bowling alley, gun range and beautiful pool house, every level of the home tells a chapter of the Reynolds’ rich family history. A home ahead of its time, Reynolda House was built with an innovative air filtration system and cork floors in the kitchens. This 67-room house stood at the center of what was once a 1,067-acre estate with gardens, a greenhouse and a village, that today houses boutique shops and restaurants. LEARN MORE »

    Must-Do Fall Event: Grant Wood and the American Farm (Sept. 9 – Dec. 31)

    ReynoldaHouse.org
    2250 Reynolda Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    336-758-5150

    Admission:
    $14/adults, children ages 18 and under free

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.;
    closed Mondays and the month of January. Garden is open during daylight hours year-round.

  • SOUTHEASTERN CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (SECCA): As you approach the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), it’s easy to identify the artful blend of innovation and history which characterizes Winston-Salem. The 1929 estate of textile industrialist James G. Hanes sits adjacent to the late-20th century contemporary art museum that is now SECCA. A walk along the hallways of the 32-acre estate reveals beautifully hand carved moldings, two grand Swarovski crystal chandeliers and impressive hand-painted silk wallpaper made by the same French company Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis chose while decorating the White House.
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    Must-Do Fall Event: Dispatches Exibit (Opens Nov. 1)

    SECCA.org
    750 Marguerite Drive
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    (336) 725-1904

    Admission:
    Free

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Monday

  • GRAYLYN ESTATE: Located on the Reynolda Mile, guests and visitors of the Graylyn Estate marvel at its international décor and exceptional butler service. This 55-acre international conference center and hotel is the former home to Bowman Gray, once president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and his wife, Nathalie Lyons Gray. In 1925 Mrs. Gray led the charge of designing the home with artifacts and treasures collected during the Grays’ numerous international voyages. Completed seven years later, Graylyn Estate is considered to be one of the finest examples of Norman Revival architecture in the U.S. Guests enjoy morning tea in the Persian Card Room adorned with wood panels from a mosque in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey. In the nearby Atlantis Room, whimsical murals of undersea life line the indoor pool with porthole windows original to a cruise ship. Graylyn’s Tour Pour du Jour is a butler-guided tour giving an in-depth look into the history of the estate, including the solid marble tub, built-in scales and gold-plated fixtures in Mr. Gray’s bathroom – a few of the touches that made Graylyn “the showplace of the city.” LEARN MORE »

    Graylyn.com
    1900 Reynolda Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    336-758-2600

    Hours:
    Check online for tour dates, prices and accommodation rates.

Winston-Salem Craft Beer and Wine Getaway Package

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Visit Winston-Salem and find new and innovative ways to enjoy craft beer and local Yadkin Valley wines. Enjoy accommodations at The Historic Brookstown Inn in downtown Winston-Salem and a relaxing evening of craft beer and wine tasting at Carolina’s Vineyards & Hops (CV&H)—the first and only…

Romantic Holiday Getaway at the Village Inn Event Center

Clemmons Village Inn Event Center
February 02 2017 - November 30 2017

Spoil that special someone with the Endless Love Romance Package at the Clemmons Village Inn! During your stay you’ll enjoy: - Romantic night in a King guest room - Bouquet of Flowers - Box of gourmet chocolates - Bottle of wine - $25 gift card for a Romantic Dinner in…

Dig-In to Winston-Salem’s Spring Garden Collection: Historic Brookstown Inn

Multiple Locations
February 28 2017 -

Wake up your planting plans - and your creative side - with a tour through Winston-Salem’s historic gardens. Our lush gardens date back more than 250 years and offer a peek into our colorful past. Your personal garden itinerary takes you on a self-guided tour through Historic Bethabara Park, Old…

Village Inn “Have Clubs Will Travel” Golf Package

Clemmons Village Inn Event Center
February 01 2017 - December 31 2017

Winston-Salem offers some of the most beautiful championship golf courses in NC. In a charming suburb less than 10 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, the Clemmons Village Inn Event Center invites you to enjoy sunny afternoons on the green with their all-inclusive golf packages. Choose from 35 courses and with the added convenience…

European Touch Spa Package

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Indulge in the finer things in life with this overnight package at the historic Graylyn Estate.  Enjoy luxurious accommodations at Graylyn, then be escorted to nearby European Touch, a quaint day spa in Reynolda Village for the ultimate relaxing retreat. Your European Touch Spa Package Includes: • Estate Guestroom Accommodations* •…

Graylyn Estate: Living & Learning Package

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Experience the splendor and old world charm of Graylyn Estate, a fine example of Norman Revival style architecture nestled on 55 sprawling acres along Winston-Salem’s historic Reynolda Mile. Originally the historic home of Bowman and Nathalie Gray, the 1932 estate also neighbors Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Reynolda Gardens and…

Sweet Caroline Resident Rate at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Kimpton Cardinal Hotel
January 25 2017 - December 31 2017

Being a Carolina resident has never been SO GOOD! SO GOOD! North Carolina + South Carolina residents enjoy can enjoy $20 off our best available rate! To book this package, go to http://www.thecardinalhotel.com/winston-salem-hotel-deals/.

“The Art of Invention” Getaway Package: Historic Graylyn Estate

Multiple Locations
February 17 2017 - June 04 2017

Visit Winston-Salem this spring for a getaway immersed in art, history and culture. Reynolda House Museum of American Art presents “Samuel F.B. Morse’s ‘Gallery of the Louvre’ and the Art of Invention” through June 4. The 1917 historic home of R.J. Reynolds and family, Reynolda House now holds one…

Explore Winston-Salem with The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

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Home to North Carolina’s very first Kimpton hotel property, Winston-Salem invites visitors to explore and engage in our historical attractions, vibrant downtown and sensational Southern cuisine. Housed in the historic R.J. Reynolds Tobacco building in the heart of downtown, The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel preserves the architectural integrity of…