Greensboro holidays are ‘in the center of it all’

10/18/2013 12:00 AM

10/10/2013 3:24 PM

Greensboro (www.visitgreenboronc.com) allows you to “play in the center of it all” this winter, thanks to a variety of special events, lots of museums, and special places to stay and eat.

Somewhere special to stay? Look no farther than LEED-certified Proximity Hotel (www.proximityhotel.com) and O. Henry Hotel (www.ohenryhotel.com), both locally owned boutique properties with great central locations, creative dining and varied packages. For a special family treat, enjoy a Holiday Tea at the O. Henry – featuring the music and costumed characters of “The Nutcracker” – throughout December.

Comfort food is the order of choice in winter and Greensboro delivers the tasty goods at cozy restaurants like Print Works Bistro (www.printworksbistro.com) and Green Valley Grill (www.greenvalleygrill.com). At Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen (www.lucky32.com), acclaimed chef Jay Pierce is beloved by locals and visitors, thanks to his comforting menu and fried chicken nights on Tuesdays in Greensboro and Wednesdays at his Cary location.

The city is a standalone shopping destination, making personal and holiday shopping easy during a visit. Friendly Center (www.friendlycenter.com), an upscale outdoor shopping area featuring more than 100 shops and restaurants, will be dressed for the holidays and offering plenty of special events. As the world’s largest retailer of active and inactive china patterns, crystal, flatware, and collectibles, Replacements, Ltd. (www.replacements.com) is a one-of-a-kind shopping outing. They offer more than 14 million pieces in 345,000-plus patterns.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Holiday Market (www.gilmoreshows.com) at the Greensboro Coliseum, Nov. 1-3. Other holiday options: the Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival (Nov. 29-Dec. 1; www.gilmoreshows.com) and the Winter Show of arts and crafts at GreenHill featuring more than 100 N.C. artists (Dec. 8-Jan. 12; www.greenhillnc.org).

Visitors needing to recover from too much shopping will want to book a treatment or package at The Spa at Grandover (www.grandover.com). Along with a great day spa, Grandover Resort offers championship golf, tennis, dining, and varied accommodations.

For a unique holiday event, visit Christmas at Blandwood (www.blandwood.org), a pre-Civil War Christmas celebration in one of America’s great historic homes. Or savor the spirit of the season at Festival of Lights (www.festivaloflightsgso.org) with live music, strolling carolers and the giant Community Tree at Center City Park.

Other holiday events in Greensboro include Trans Siberian Orchestra’s “The Lost Christmas Eve” (Nov. 24; www.greensborocoliseum.com).

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