Greensboro, N.C. offers a surprising number of historical, cultural, culinary and fun things to do.
Known as “Gate City” or “Jeansboro,” for being both the gateway to the country with many intersecting railroads and as the birthplace of Wrangler jeans, visitors will find more to do than three days can hold – but we tried!
The city was named for Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene and there is an impressive statue of him watching over downtown. A Revolutionary War battle was fought here, and during the Civil War, Greensboro was a vital center for the Confederacy. The most famous claim to historical note happened on Feb. 1, 1960 when four African-American college students sat down at the lunch counter at the downtown Woolworth store and asked for service. That spurred similar sit-ins across the country and ultimately led to huge cultural change for equity for African-Americans. Today, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum is housed in that Woolworth building. The counter is on the tour, which provides an emotional and impactful journey in the quest in America for social justice.
Greensboro is a college town with six colleges and universities. There is also an expanding economic boom and the result is a plethora of fabulous local restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries. Hops Burger Bar has a large clientele and the “Best Burger in America.” Affordable and fun, be prepared for a wait – but it’s worth it! Print Works Bistro is a visual and culinary delight. Housed in the Proximity Hotel, the Bistro offers creative, all-day, New American fare and an ample wine list in a refined setting with a leafy patio. The 1618 Seafood Grille serves inventive seafood dishes, a large wine list, craft beer and cocktails in a sleek, airy setting. Other local favorites include Biscuitville, Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill, and Stamey’s Barbecue. Red Oak Brewery is a delight! Take the tour to see how they brew and age lagers the old-fashioned way. Enjoy the art and large beer hall where you can sample Hummin’ Bird, their golden Munich-style lager. The Pig Pounder Brewery and Little Brother Brewing Company are two others that are must-dos. The Greensboro Distilling Company is a true grain-to-glass distillery where they mill fresh North Carolina grains and then mash, ferment and distill all their products, including Tiny Cat vodka.
The Grandover Resort offers refined rooms and suites in a 1,500-acre resort with golf and tennis, plus event space, dining and a spa. The 1808 bar in the lovely lobby offers live music in the evenings by roaring fireplaces. The Divalleta restaurant was wonderful for dinner and breakfast with gorgeous views of the expansive grounds. The Grandover Spa was newly renovated in April 2018 and is both luxurious and peaceful. Choose from a tempting offering of exclusive treatments and services designed to indulge, de-stress and alleviate tension. From facials and massages to manicures and pedicures, spa packages for both individuals and couples include complimentary use of the fully equipped fitness center, sauna, steam room, hot tub and indoor/outdoor swimming pools. The hotel is surrounded by beautifully manicured golf courses which feature a practice area, pro shop and two challenging 18-hole courses: the East Course and the West Course, designed by David Graham and Gary Panks, world-renowned golf architects.
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A third nickname for Greensboro is “Tournament Town” because the city hosts the Wyndham Golf PGA tournament, the AAU Junior Olympics, and many ACC events. It boasts four professional sports teams: The Carolina Dynamo soccer team; the Carolina Cobras, an arena football team; the Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball team; and the Greensboro Swarm, a basketball team. There are numerous gardens and parks and three area lakes that offer fishing and other water activities. The Greensboro Children’s Museum is 37,000 square feet of hands-on displays. The Greensboro Science Center is an aquarium, museum, zoo and treetop adventure park – you can’t go wrong with all this in one place. If you are a sports fan or fan of one of the universities, then you will enjoy the ACC Hall of Champions, where you can see the best athletes of all sports from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The world’s largest retailer of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles is Replacements, Ltd. and it is located in Greensboro. Spread over a large property equivalent to eight football fields, it is home to more than 11 million items representing more than 425,000 patterns, both currently produced and those that have been discontinued. Replacements will find a missing piece to an old collection, and they both restore and polish fine pieces. Tours are offered every hour Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and well-behaved pets are welcome.
Greensboro is lively, friendly, affordable and offers something for everyone in the family. Consider this charming city for your next vacation and go to visitgreensboronc.com for complete information.