Winston-Salem and the North Carolina Piedmont

“Cambridge, Massachusetts, seemed to have all I wanted: history, universities, a mixture of races, great bookstores, churches and places to party on Saturday night.

“Only Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with all the same assets, vied with Cambridge … Winston-Salem is in the Piedmont; it is literally at the foot of the mountains. The mountains that lean over us are the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge … I fell for the soft singing accent of the natives …”

—The late Maya Angelou, poet, actress and Wake Forest Reynolds Professor of American Studies

Wake Forest’s hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a culturally rich mid-size city in the Piedmont Triad area of one of the nation’s most progressive states. With a population of 225,000, Winston-Salem has consistently built resources in the arts, medicine, health care research, education, and commerce.

Located about three miles from the main campus, downtown Winston-Salem is a thriving area that includes galleries and shops; indoor and outdoor performance spaces and museums; a greenway that traverses the Old Salem district; and hotels, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes. One can catch a baseball game with the Winston-Salem Dash, a minor-league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

Outdoor recreational activities abound in the area particularly in the neighboring Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains.  Several county and state parks are short distances from campus.  Or travel a few hours to be enjoying North Carolina and South Carolina beaches.

Those with an interest in microbrews will find that North Carolina is the home of beer in the South, with nearly 100 breweries and brewpubs—the most of any state south of Pennsylvania and east of Texas.   Those who prefer wine tasting will enjoy touring the numerous vineyards scattered throughout the region.  And, of course, the area is famous for its eastern Carolina barbecue and is the international home of Krispy Kreme donuts.
Charlotte (90 minutes) and Raleigh-Durham (two hours) boast world-class museums, award-winning food options, robust visual and performing arts, NASCAR, and professional football, hockey, and basketball teams.