I’ve been to North Carolina many times in my life, but a few weeks ago was my first visit to Winston-Salem. I had the opportunity to stay downtown at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel and was able to really enjoy the downtown area of Winston. If you are visiting the Winston area, there are a few things that even the locals may not think about. Take a look and then make sure you tell me what I missed so I can check it out on my next visit!
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Things to Know about Winston Salem NC
The downtown area of Winston-Salem is a growing city with great history. While I was visiting, there was construction and renovations happening all over the downtown area. The streets were clean, the people friendly and the atmosphere fun to explore. Bailey Park is a beautiful city park that looks like it is waiting for a beautiful warm day, concert and a picnic.
Visit Old Salem
No visit to Winston-Salem is complete without a walk through Old Salem. You can tour the area for FREE or pay to get the full tour.
Take Advantage of Uber
Getting from downtown to Old Salem is about a 30 minute walk and there are some hilly streets. It’s a beautiful walk, but not everyone in your party may enjoy the extra workout. Uber is an affordable easy option that will get you to Old Salem in just a few minutes.
Never used Uber before? You simply download the app on your phone. Create a quick account and then call for a car. The price is very affordable (We only paid about $5 (plus tax) to get from downtown to Old Salem for 4 people. Plus if you sign up using this link, you’ll get your first ride FREE (up to $15.00).
Get your Coffee
There are several options for local coffee shops within walking distance of downtown Winston. You can walk just a few blocks to Krankies or head up a few more to streets to Caminos.
Milkshakes at Burger Batch
One of the highlights of downtown Winston are the decadent milkshakes at Burger Batch! Don’t go expecting a wide variety of choices but go prepared to be spoiled just a bit. And yes, you may even want to share one of their milkshakes. Whether you are in the mood for peanut butter, banana, sprinkles, cotton candy or just want to try something new, you are in for a treat.
Do these milkshake pictures make you want a milkshake tonight but there’s no trip to Winston Salem in your immediate future? Just order some milkshake glasses and of course a super cool milkshake maker!
These milkshakes aren’t cheap (They’re $9 each) but they are big enough that you can easily split one if you prefer. The wait staff was accommodating and very much concerned with making sure we had a great experience! And that we did! This is definitely a great way to end the evening after a full day of downtown Winston events.
Have you been to Winston-Salem? What is your favorite part of the city? I’d love to hear!