A city that’s somewhat undecided on its persona (half Winston, half Salem), thanks in part to a blend of preppy Wake Forest University and hip art schools, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is also decidedly cool. Let this roundup of the city’s four most surprising elements explain—and inspire you to give the Southern city a second look.
Benton Convention Center is getting $18 million worth of structural, design and technological upgrades, slated for completion in spring 2017. Atlanta-based design firm Tvsdesign is incorporating architectural nods to Winston-Salem’s historic arts, tobacco and textile roots. For example, the new design will include a sawtooth roofline, an element often seen on historic factory buildings in the area, which lets natural light into a building without overheating it.
When Winston-Salem was founded by a group of Moravians (Eastern European protestants) in 1753, they brought with them a culinary culture all their own. Today, give attendees a taste of Moravian cuisine in the form of sugar cakes, ginger cookies, lovefeast buns and chicken pies, available at local shops like Winkler Bakery, Cherries Cafe and Dewey’s Bakery.