BREAKFAST: Mary’s Gourmet Diner ( www.breakfastofcourse.com) features a funky and bright atmosphere, homemade biscuits with vegetarian or pork sausage gravy, and lines on weekends.
9 A.M.: Nearby and worthy of a morning or more, Old Salem Museum and Gardens ( www.oldsalem.org) explores the historic restored Moravian community. A new visitor center, lots of interactive opportunities and costumed interpreters straight out of the 1800s. Winkler Bakery’s tasty offerings are cooked in wood-burning ovens, while Saturday’s Cobblestone Farmers Market (Saturdays-only, spring-summer) offers fruits, vegetables, meats, and more. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts features period rooms and galleries showcasing paintings, furniture, ceramics and textiles.
LUNCH: The Tavern in Old Salem ( www.thetaverninoldsalem.ws) offers a nice mix of 19th-century Moravian recipes and more modern cuisine. Meals are served on pewter plates by wait staff in period costumes. Reservations are highly recommended (even for lunch).
1:30 P.M. or 3:30 P.M.: Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours ( www.tastecarolina.net) features alternating downtown walking tours each Saturday that highlight local chefs and owners using locally sourced ingredients. The 1:30 p.m. tours go from downtown to the Arts District; 3:30 tours head from downtown to the West End. With about 3 miles of walking, both tours take three hours and 15 minutes and include lots of food and drink (including award-winning wines from the nearby Yadkin Valley, where many wineries and several adjacent restaurants welcome visitors as well).
DINNER: Charlotte residents will recognize the name Bernardin’s ( www.bernardinsfinedining.com), since there also is a downtown location in the Queen City. Featuring creative beef and seafood, the upscale menu and atmosphere at Bernardin’s Fine Dining in downtown Winston-Salem is well worth a reservation or wait.
BREAKFAST (SUNDAY BRUNCH): Sweet Potatoes ( www.sweetpotatoes.ws) is the place to head for Southern brunch fare on Sundays starting at 10:30 a.m.. Sweet potato biscuits, sweet potato hash and more make this a Sunday brunch hotspot, as well as for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday (closed for dinner Monday nights).
NOON: The elegant shops at Reynolda Village ( www.reynoldavillage.com) are great for both window shopping and shopping in earnest, including a great home decor store called Nekkid Dave.
LUNCH: If you’re not too full, convenient Village Tavern ( www.villagetavern.com) is perfect for lunch before and after shopping.
2 P.M.: The “Reynolda Mile” provides an afternoon of exploration, with possibilities including the Reynolda House Museum of American Art ( www.reynoldahouse.org), the Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University ( www.reynoldagardens.org) and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art ( www.secca.org).
DINNER: Foothills Brewery ( www.foothillsbrewing.com) features tasting flights of their tasty beers (starting with the light Salem Gold), but locals also rave about the food for good reason. From fried pickle chips to creative worth-the-wait (20 minutes) pizzas, Foothills Brewery is a downtown institution.
WRAP UP: a/perture ( www.aperturecinema.com) is the place to head for a classic film experience, while BB&T Ballpark features classic Minor League Baseball with the Winston-Salem Dash ( www.milb.com).
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