A Picture-Perfect Fall in Winston-Salem
Fall in Winston-Salem beckons with the sights, sounds and flavors of the autumn season. From Fall Foliage tours and harvest festivals, to performing arts and downtown dining. Admire the works of the late Georgia O'Keeffe in the pristine Reynolda House Museum of American Art as this historic home celebrates its Centennial. Shop one-of-a-kind handcrafted works at the annual Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair, or pick the perfect foliage backdrop in historic Old Salem. In the nearby Yadkin Valley, sip, swirl and savor the harvest of more than 45 wineries. This Fall in Winston-Salem is dotted with culinary festivals galore and enriching historical and hands-on experiences you'll cherish. Check out our Fall lineup below to start planning your seasonal getaway trip to Winston-Salem.
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With so much to do this Fall in Winston-Salem, you're going to want to stay a while. So shake off the hustle and bustle of summer, take a deep breath of the robust aroma of locally roasted coffee and...exhale. With 50 hotel options and a variety of seasonal hotel getaway packages to choose from, you're just a few clicks away from your best season yet.
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The 1917 Reynolda Estate, Winston-Salem’s “grand dame” of American Art, celebrates not one, but two significant milestones as the historic home of tobacco tycoon, R.J. Reynolds, and his wife Katharine, turns 100; and today’s Reynolda House Museum of American Art, turns the big 5-0. Catch “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” on display through November 19, then experience 1920s holiday traditions during the Centennial Christmas festivities this December. Find special Centennial hotel getaways at properties including the Historic 1932 Graylyn Estate and the Southern-sophisticated Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, the first in the Carolinas.
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Gateway to the nearby Yadkin Valley wine region, Winston-Salem is nestled amidst more than 45 wineries within an hour's drive. A prime spot for fall leaf peeping, the Yadkin Valley encourages unexpected outdoor exploration with hot air balloon rides, trekking with llamas, and hikes with the winemaker. Savor the new release of a winemaker vintage or create a perfect pairing during a Fall Harvest winemaker dinner in Winston-Salem.
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Autumn in Historic Old Salem
Touted as one of Winston-Salem's best fall leaf peeping spots, Old Salem Museums & Gardens' picturesque setting inspires leisurely strolls along the cobblestone sidewalks and lifelong learning discoveries in this 1766 Moravian settlement. Old Salem has plenty of ways to experience the splendor of fall in Winston-Salem with beautiful autumn leaves, pumpkin carving, fresh baked apple spice pound cake from the country's oldest continuously operating bakery, Winkler Bakery, and so much more. Plan ahead and snag a few heirloom flower bulbs at the garden shop at T. Bagge Merchant to enjoy next spring.
A seasonal tradition each Fall in Old Salem is Harvest Day (we locals refer to it as Pigs n Pippins), Saturday, Oct. 14. Celebrate the fall harvest with hands-on corn shelling and a DIY corn husk mattress. See hearth cooking and baking demonstrations in the original dome bake ovens. Take a walk through the fall gardens (Tip: sometimes produce in the gardens makes its way to the table at The Tavern in Old Salem restaurant). Over at St. Philips African Moravian Church, honor African-American foodways with the Homowo Heritage Festival with special native African recipe tastings. And learn a thing or two about craft beer in North Carolina's birthplace of craft beer with 18th century brewing tastings. Plan your Harvest Day Visit to Old Salem here.
Encounter the fall color of native trees on Old Salem's Autumn Leaves Tour Friday, Oct. 27. Your tour guide shares not only the characteristics of each species and historical uses, but also the value of trees in the landscape today and how they might work in your yard, or as street trees, etc. Tour lasts approximate 1 1/2 hours so comfortable shoes and water bottle are encouraged. All participants receive “A Walking Guide to the Trees of Old Salem.”
Cost: $17/person. Please call 1-800-441-5305 to register.
For a friendly spook in a historic setting, plan your fall getaway around the Halloween weekend. Although Halloween was not part of the historic town of Salem, Old Salem celebrates each year with a variety of exciting events including trick-or-treating, a pumpkin carving contest, and their popular Legends & Lanterns tours where you’ll hear about some of Salem’s ethereal personalities. Learn more here.
Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair (Nov. 18 - 19)
Since 1963 Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. has hosted the annual Piedmont Craftsmen Fair shining a spotlight on quality craftsmanship and excellent design seen in the handwork of more than 100 fine artisans from across the southeast. Just before the holiday shopping bonanza begins, the Fair invites shoppers into a relaxing setting with opportunities to meet the artists, learn their muses and inspirations, and view demonstrations of craft techniques. Exhibiting members include craft artists who work in clay, wood, glass, fibers, leather, metal, photography, printmaking, and mixed media creating one-of-a-kind works that are both functional and beautiful.
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