Living in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina puts you just hours west of the state’s pristine beaches and east of its scenic mountains. Being in Winston-Salem, the City of the Arts and Innovation, leaves you only a few minutes from a trove of arts, entertainment and fun.
The Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem is within easy walking distance of:
- Historic Old Salem, the Moravian town founded in 1766 and authentically restored and open for tours.
- Numerous restored lofts and other unique living spaces.
- The diverse and unique mix of galleries, dining and entertainment in the city’s Arts District, centered on Trade Street, as well as the ever-growing number of restaurants along Fourth Street.
- BB&T Ballpark, the beautiful home of the Winston-Salem Dash, minor-league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
- The Stevens Center for the Performing Arts and the Milton Rhodes Arts Center, two venues featuring a range of music, dance and artistic endeavors.
It’s a short drive down Interstate 40 to Forsyth County’s Tanglewood Park and its PGA championship golf courses, swimming pool, picnic grounds, horseback riding and paddle boats. Hiking at Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain state parks and scenic drives along the historic Blue Ridge Parkway are an hour to the west and north, respectively, while the beaches are four hours east.
Arts and entertainment have long been a specialty in Winston-Salem, the home of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the only state-supported school for the arts in the nation. The city has numerous types of arts, including the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Opera, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Diggs Gallery on the campus of Winston-Salem State University, Reynolda House with its gardens and American art collection, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Old Salem.
For sports entertainment, Wake Forest University’s Demon Deacons, proud member of the ACC, play football at BB&T Field and basketball at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Winston-Salem State University’s football team, the Rams, made it to the NCAA Division II national championship game in 2012. The Rams’ home, Bowman Gray Stadium, is perhaps even more famous as NASCAR’s longest-running weekly racetrack, offering Saturday night races through the spring and summer.
Downtown hosts the annual Twin City Ribfest, no surprise given the city is home to Texas Pete, the hot sauce so popular in the South. And a visit to another Winston-Salem original, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, brings home the sweet life of the city quite literally.
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School of the Arts
Stevens Center for the Performing Arts
National Black Theatre Festival
The Sawtooth Center for Visual Art
Milton Rhodes Art Center
Carolina Chamber Symphony