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Welcome to Greensboro, NC!
What could be better than spending a vacation in charming North Carolina? Centrally located in North Carolina’s picturesque heartland, Greensboro is the perfect place to relax and be immersed in southern tradition with entertainment, food, and drink. The tourists landing daily in Greensboro Airport know the well-known attractions, but a worldwide local knows how to experience it best. This is an insider’s guide of some of Greensboro’s best local spots.
What Makes Greensboro So Great?
The best part about North Carolina is how you can be in the heart of a city and then you are somehow surrounded by nature. For example, Burr Mill Park offers amazing hiking; exploring the trails is a great way to enjoy the Greensboro weather. For sports and music fans, nothing beats the experience of seeing a game or show at Greensboro Coliseum. If you are a big history buff, you can learn about the Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse, at Country Park. The battle was waged on March 15, 1781, between the American and British forces in various parts of the park; every March, you can see a reenactment of the battle.
Worldwide Local Tip: Two Words, Farmers Markets. There are a TON of 7-day a week farmer's markets because of the rich abundance of local produce that is grown here and the surrounding areas. One place to get started is at Piedmont Triad Farmers Market.
If you are looking to taste some local brews, head over to Pig Pounder Brewery. This is a local microbrewery that specializes in the production of authentic British beers, including varieties like an English Dark Mild, an Extra Special Bitter, and a classic Milk Stout, from local venues around the city. They also produce year-round brews such as Mild Mud, Plain Pig, and Boar Brown, as well as seasonal brews like Punk Piggy and Barbie Swine.
Arts and Crafts in Greensboro
If you are looking for the best souvenirs then you need to visit “Just Be.” This little boutique store where you can find wonderful gifts from your journey at a store where most of the items are made by locals!
Next on the artistic list is heading to Elsewhere. This is an artist residency program and museum in Greensboro that was founded in 2005. During the 1930s, Gray and her husband Joe purchased a three-story facility in downtown Greensboro and converted the space into a retail store and warehouse, which served as an army surplus supply house and a thrift store throughout much of the 20th century. A museum showcasing artwork is open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays.
When you start getting hungry, it is good to know where the best place is to eat. If you think that Cracker Barrel is going to be your best bet for Southern cooking…think again! There are more than 500 restaurants in Greensboro to choose from. Like start your morning with classic Biscuits and Gravy at Smith Street where they are open “8 days a week” and serve breakfast all day. If you are looking for a nice “tapa”, or small plate, and a creative cocktail--head over to Gia’s.
Worldwide Local Tip: You might not know it, but North Carolina is on the rise for wineries! There are nearly one hundred wineries in the state and many of them are right around Greensboro--this town just keeps getting better and better. Close to the city is Stonefield Cellars, Grove Winery & Vineyard, Old Homeplace Vineyard, and Native Son Vineyard.
Visit College Hill
Since Greensboro is mostly a college town you know that they have some amazing coffee shops all over the city but mostly centralized around College Hill. The best one to hit any time of day is Tate Street Coffee House. Located on campus at Greensboro’s university buildings, amidst the happening streets of College Hill, this hearty and welcoming little coffee shop touts fair trade brews and oodles of homemade cakes and vegan sandwiches. Oh, and on the weekends means jazz nights and wine tasting sessions galore – so be sure to head in early on Saturdays when the bebop’s about to begin.
Dive into History
While you are in the heart of the South you can’t overlook the massive amounts of history that is all around you. Visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, which is spread out over more than 200 acres on the northern fringes of the city of Greensboro. The site was consecrated to commemorate the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, which marked the start of the campaigns that would later flower into full-blown victory in the American Revolution. Visit the International Civil Right Center and Museum, which is known for the four black young men who sat down in the “whites only section” of a café. History is pouring from the buildings and sidewalks of Greensboro, it is important to soak some of that up while you are here.
Enjoy Your Stay!
Whether you wanted to visit Greensboro for the view, the food, the history or what have you. You are going to have an amazing time visiting0--so much so that you won’t want to leave! With amazing side day trips all around you, you will never be bored while in Greensboro, North Carolina. Roaming the city as a worldwide local will grant you unparalleled access to its amazing sights and fascinating sounds.