Old salem - and bakery - are a treat

Old Salem Museums and Gardens

The Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, is a good place to start. 1-877-652-7253.

Hours: Most exhibit buildings are open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Moravian Book & Gift Shop and Winkler Bakery are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Activities: Old Salem Museums & Gardens' two museums - the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts - engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. The site encompasses 100 acres of restored and reclaimed gardens, and five retail stores.

Cost: Purchase your ticket online or at the Old Salem Visitor Center. The Old Salem All-In-One Visitor Ticket is $21 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-16. The package includes a self-guided tour; a guided tour of the Museum Early Southern Decorative Arts; and The Gardens of Salem.

Target Audience: All ages.

Directions from uptown: I-77 north to I-40 eastbound. Follow signs on to U.S. 52 at the interchange (south from Business I-40, and north from Interstate 40) directing you to Old Salem. Take exit and at the Stadium Drive exit from U.S. 52, you will turn to the right on Stadium Drive and go to the stop light at Salem Avenue. Turn left at the stop light and follow the Salem Avenue until you come to the large traffic circle at Old Salem Road. Bear to the right onto Old Salem Road. Just after going under the wooden pedestrian bridge overpass, turn at next left (Walnut Street) into Visitor Center parking lot.

Distance from Charlotte: About 90 minutes.