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2014 November X-Mas Event near Winston-Salem, NC

If getting you and your family into the Christmas spirit for 2014 is your goal then we have the prefect free event for you to visit in North Carolina.

The location?

Just about a 30 mile drive west of Winston-Salem is the small quaint town of North Wilkesboro, NC. If you have heard of Grandfather Mountain, this is where it’s located. But the town is so much more than this single attraction.

What will you find here?

Downtown North Wilkesboro is full of one of a kind shopping and a selection of great restaurants. It provides a great family atmosphere   And it’s a beautiful place to visit in the fall months.

Every month, every season of the year, there’s always a lot going on in this little town. The month of November 2014 brings, “Light Up Downtown North Wilkesboro”.

As the name suggests, “Light Up” if you guesses this event has something to do with X-Mas lights then you would be right. This takes place annually.

In down town North Wilkesboro at dusk they will be holding their annual ceremony where they turn on all the X-mas lights on for you to enjoy the initial lighting of the downtown winter wonderland.

But that’s not the only reason for you and your family to visit. There will be plenty of fun: Including food, drinks and music and entertainment.

When does the event take place? 

Light Up Downtown North Wilkesboro takes place on:

Nov. 21, 2014 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
832 Main Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

If you need more information about the specifics:

Contact: Crystal Keener
Business:(336) 667-7129 ext.3021

Best Burgers in Winston Salem

Did you know May is national burger month? This probably has something to do with people across the country finally being able to get back to grilling after a long cold winter. So we decided to commemorate this month by highlighting a few of our favorite restaurants to best burgers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

There are many different styles of hamburgers to choose from: Gourmet and steakhouse, to old fashion and fast-food and even veggie burgers. We could do a write up on the top places in each of these categories and maybe we will later. For now we will only mention the overall best places to eat.

If you are new to the city we hope you try our suggestions. And if you are native to the city I’m sure a few of you will disagree with our opinions just as you have in other things we have recommended. Feel free to tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Big Daddy’s Burger Bar - This place specializes in creating new and delicious styles of hamburgers. The helpings are generous, you definitely will not leave hungry. The menu includes about 15 different custom styles, they even make a perfectly cooked shrimp burger. Besides their custom creations, you can also create your own, their menu includes a list of about 40 different options and toppings to choose from.

  • Located at: 504 Hanes Mall Blvd, Winston Salem, NC 27103.

Big Daddy’s is also a great place for enjoying a few drinks and provides both friendly service and a great atmosphere. You will definitely be coming back if you go here once.

Tipsy’z Tavern & Grill  Located just west in the small city of High Point, NC. The only time this place will leave you disappointed is if you can’t get a parking spot. It’s usually pretty pack and with good reason, they serve delicious food at great prices. Tipsy’z is a regular at winning area awards for what comes out of their kitchen.

  • Located at: 805 Westchester Dr High Point NC 27262

Tipsy’z is a great neighborhood style restaurant.  You will find more than just burgers on their menu but the burgers are the main reason people come back. They have signature burgers and also 5 different STUFFED burgers. You will find healthy options on the menu as well, many different salads and veggie meals to choose from.

We mentioned you will find great dinning prices here. Take a look at there menu to see the selection and prices.

The Next Two Places

Listed above Big Daddy’s and Tipsy’z, these are the restaurants you want to go if you are wanting a place to sit-in and dine with a nice atmosphere. But not everyone wants this.

The following two places listed below are the top choices for those people on the go, who want something fast but good to take with them. Although they do have tables you can eat in at.

We we say fast, we don’t mean fast food, like McDonald’s or Burger King. And the quality of food is much better.

Five Guys Burgers - If we were giving the best fries award Five Guys would also be at the top of the list. I love this place and went there quite often on my lunch breaks from work. I believe this franchise originated out of the Columbus, Ohio area in the 1980′s.

Have you heard of it? It’s has become more and more popular. They do have tables so you can eat inside, many people also visit here for their take out. They will cook your hamburger and fries right in front of you in about 10 to 15 minutes. Just walk in and choose your toppings and they will put it on the grill.

Two Locations:

  • 3273 Robinhood Rd Winston-Salem, NC (336) 760-2660
  • 3792 Creekshire Ct Winston-Salem, NC (336) 765-0944

The fry portions are huge and also homemade, not from a frozen bag.

Cookout in Winston Salem - This is a great overall BBQ place and also has some tasty hamburgers but much more on the menu. If you like shakes along with your food the place has a huge selection of different shake flavors

There’s three different locations located throughout Winston-Salem:

  • 3103 Peters Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 650-0059
  • 4505 Kester Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC (336) 760-3350
  • 245 Summit Point Ln Winston-Salem, NC (336) 377-2092

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Top Spas in Winston-Salem NC

Hair, Nails, Facials and Massage: For women and men 

You will find a number of different spas to choose from located in both downtown Winston-Salem and the surrounding area. Some you should stay away from, on our list below we only include the highest recommended.

Also, If you are searching  for a specific type of service offered such as: Deep tissue or hot stone massage, maybe laser hair removal or the best place for for manicures and pedicures in the Winston-Salem area below we provide a list highlighting the specialties of each

Our Recommendations

Top Places for Massage in Winston-Salem

If you are looking for the best massage here are our top 3 picks in  the area:

#1 Body Maintenance Massage Therapy
831 Sedge Garden Rd
Kernersville, NC 27284
Phone number (336) 310-4491

If a massage is what you need Body Maintenance on Sedge Garden Road is our top pick. This place is open 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday their hours are 9 to 9 and then on Sunday they are open at noon till 7 pM.

You will find highly trained specialists on the staff they specialize in both the gentle Swedish massage and also the high intensity deep tissue massage.

#2 Harmony Day Spa – Clean and provides excellent services
5011 Country Club Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27104
(336) 774-2111

#3 6th Sense Health and Wellness – Specializes in Swedish and Sports Massages
1012 Brookstown Ave
Winston-Salem, NC
(336) 723-4400

At 6th Sense Health and Wellness you can also find what is know as Lyossage. What is it? This is a specialized treatment for body detoxification and contouring which can result in dramatic inches lost around your waist, reduction of cellulite on thighs and is also use as a natural face lift protocol.

Their Lyossage protocol consists of 18 half and hour sessions each targeting a different and specific areas of the body.

Top Winston-Salem Spas for Manicures and Pedicures

#1 Luxury Spa and Nails – Reasonable prices and the best shellac manicure in the area
3010 Healy Dr
Winston Salem, NC 27103
Phone number (336) 774-9942

#2 Nail Studio & Spa
1039 Hanes Mall Blvd
Winston Salem, NC 27103
Phone number (336) 768-8988

#3 Harmony Day Spa
(336) 774-2111
5011 Country Club Rd,
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Overall, Harmony Day Spa is a great place to visit for both nails and massage. It is ranked #2 for massage and #3 for nails.

Honorable Mention – Flawless Hair & Nail Studio
(336) 248-5307
130 Business Blvd
Lexington, NC 27295

Located near Winston-Salem in the town of Lexington, worth checking out.

Halloween in Old Salem

Believe it or not, there was no Halloween in Winston-Salem 

Its hard to believe the North Carolina town made infamous for witches trails actually started to celebrate Halloween much later than most towns in the United States. But this actually make perfect sense. If you were living in a town of people that went absolutely crazy over the presence of witches would you be so bold to begin celebrating the holiday?

Feel free to read more about the trails on the Wikipedia page. Even if this city had no historical connection to Halloween its still the most spooky place to be at this time of year.

We live in the 21st century we can but all that witch nonsense behind us, right?

Halloween Events in Old Salem

There may be no historical connection but once the people of the city felt safe that they wouldn’t be hung for being accused of being an evil spirit they sure did embrace this time of year. The city is full of events now. Find what’s being staged in October of 2013 below:

Legends and Lanterns - Regular haunted houses can not compare. If spooky is your thing or you just love seeing other people spooked then come walk by lantern on historic streets of Old Salem. You will be led to different stop where you will ghastly tales. This takes place on the night of Oct 25th and 29th from 6 pm to 9 pm. There is a fee to join the tour: $20 adult and $15 for children. Meet at the Horton Museum Center to begin the tour

Pumpkin Carving – This is an event for children and begins at 10 AM and lasts till 4 PM on Oct 26th at Salem Square. Show off your pumpkin carving talents the pumpkins are free and prizes will be awarded but you will need to bring your own carving tools. A great time to spend with the kids

Trick or Treat in Old Salem – An event to make Halloween safe and enjoyable for the youth. Oct 27th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at the Old Salem Museum. Includes trick or treating in the historic area where adults will be stationed at different doors supplying the candy.

See a list of the different events we recommend.

Childress Vineyards Wedding

Where is the best place for a winery wedding near Winston-Salem, NC?

As far as we know there aren’t actually wineries or vineyards located inside the city of Winston-Salem NC that provide wedding services.

But there are a whole host of different choices near the city. One of these choices and many people consider this the absolute best is Childress Vineyards located just south in Lexington, NC. So we would like to provide you with a little information about the wedding services offered here.

However, if you decide Childress doesn’t match your needs then you may also want to look at the many different vineyards and wineries located just west of Winston-Salem in the Yadkin Valley wine region.

If you prefer watching a video rather than reading – this video below gives a good visual introduction to what the vineyards look like and also what the winery looks like on the inside. We have some writing information below the video.

Childress Vineyards Wedding Information

If you have visited their website looking for information on wedding services it can be hard to find. Actually, it may be impossible, we are not sure if they even have a page dedicated to describing their weddings but hopefully the information below will be helpful. And if interest we have a more generalized review about the vineyard.

What are the Prices? The first thing you need to know is this will probably be one of the most expensive places to hold your wedding. But for good reason. Its beautiful, the staff, food and wines are all excellent and it’s a huge facility that’s in high demand not only for weddings but also for private parties and many other types of functions.

Other factors that will effect the price will be what areas of the winery you will want to rent out. The number of people at your event and the numbers of hours you plan on using the facility.

  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Banquet Room
  • Barrel Cave
  • Barrel Room
  • Conference Room
  • Vineyard Setting

The best way to find accurate information on the pricing is to give them a call: (336) 236-9463. Be sure to ask about all the different options to see how the prices differ.

Services:  rehearsal dinner, wedding services and reception. These will also effect the price.

This is definitely a picture perfect place to hold your special day. The vineyards are huge and beautiful and the inside provides an rustic old world feel. Definitely a very sought after venue.

The Best Breakfast Restaurants Winston Salem NC 2013

Do you love the smell of bacon and eggs in the morning? The smell of fresh coffee? How about pancakes on the griddle? If this sounds like you then take a look at our 2013 list of the best restaurants for breakfast in Winston Salem below. I always loved getting up early and going out to breakfast with my dad

The restaurant choices found below are rated based on the quality of food, menu choices, value, service and atmosphere. 

Special Note: Restaurants do go out of business, some come under new management and there are countless other possible reasons why a restaurant could go downhill from one year to the next. Maybe they decreased their portion size…

So when looking at our list of best breakfasts in Winston-Salem realize this is for the current year 2013.

1st place goes to!!!!

Mary’s Gourmet Diner (formerly known as Breakfast of Course and Mary’s of Course). We are not exactly sure why they keep changing the name but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the quality of food. This is the place you need to eat at. Everything is made from scratch, the menu is huge and the prices are decent.

Address: 723 Trade Street Winston-Salem, NC, 27101. View Mary’s Breakfast Menu

Use the map for directions. Click on the word directions in the box.


2nd Place goes to????

Cloverdale Kitchen – A home style restaurant that serves food just like mom made it. The food is great and the prices are even better. Two pancakes, two eggs and  side of meat for $5. You really can’t beat that. The place also serves up some very good and large omelets.

They start serving breakfast at 6 AM. Get your directions to the Cloverdal Kitchen on the map below.

Address: 2251 Cloverdale Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Third place restaurant???

There are definitely many good restaurant choices to get breakfast specials in Winston-Salem, NC  but for third place we had to go with…

Screaming Rooster –  very homie place with a great brunch menu. The prices could be lower but its not all too expensive. They strt serving breakfast at 9 M take a look at their menu

Address: 301 Brookstown Ave. Winston-Salem, NC

If you need directions to this restaurant  just click on the link that says directions on the map below.


 Honorable Mention

Midtown Cafe in Winston-Salem - This very easily could have been rated #1 on our list we just had too many to great places to choose from. If you love different and unique types of pancakes for breakfast then you need to check out the menu. The granola banana pancakes are awesome!!!

See the menu

 Address: 151 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Mellow Mushroom in Winston-Salem

If you’re new to Winston-Salem or visiting and one night you happen to find your taste buds craving a great pizza and a large selection of draft and bottle beers then you need to consider checking out Mellow Mushroom in Winston-Salem. This place has been around since 1974 and has become a local favorite for pizza and beer and more!!!

Hours: Mon-Wed and Sun 11 am – 10 pm
Thu 11 am – 11 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 12 am

Address: 314 W 4th St Winston-Salem, NC 27113 Phone: (336) 245-2820

The place has a ton of specialty pizzas with unique and fun names ready to order. Rather than list all their different specialty pizzas, you can check their list out here.

If you would rather build your own pizza there’s a ton of toppings to choose from.

The Mellow Mushroom is not only a place for great pizza in Winston-Salem. You will also find a selection of salads, calzones, a huge selection of different hoagies, and  munchies menu.  There’s also a kid’s menu. The kids love the mac and cheese, meatballs and pizza here.

The bar at Mellow Mushroom

This is a family place but also doubles as a full bar!!! Here you are going to find at least 40 different beers on tap and more in the bottle. This is a great place to visit with friends in Winston-Salem on the weekend to sip down some cold beers  .

About Mellow Mushroom

This pizzeria has been serving the Winston-Salem, NC area since 1974 and in this time has become an extremely popular gather place for pizza and also beer lovers.

If you are looking for pizza delivery in Winston-Salem… We can not say for sure but to our most current knowledge Mellow Mushroom does not offer delivery. But you will find the address and phone number and also the hours they are open below. Mellow Mushroom does make great so pizza so you may want to give them a call to ask if they have started delivering. You could always call and order for pick-up if you would rather enjoy your pizza at home.

Find more great restaurants in Winston-Salem.