Located in the central Piedmont of North Carolina, Greensboro is the city I currently call home. My husband and I moved to the area just over three years ago and have loved discovering this charming Southern city. We like to think we have the best of both worlds, living three hours from the beach and mountains, but with so much to do in Greensboro, we don’t leave as often as we thought we would!
With over 47,000 undergrads and grad students living in Greensboro, I like to think it’s a big college town. There’s always something to do or a new restaurant or bar checkout. Downtown Greensboro is experiencing a revival. There is constantly construction and new shops, restaurants and businesses are opening everyday. It’s an exciting time to live in city that on the cusp of something great.
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EAT + DRINK
- Smith Street — This diner serves delicious breakfast all day long. Bonus: their biscuits are fluffy and tasty!
- Crafted Art of the Taco — I can’t get enough of Crafted’s speciality tacos. Check out the Messenger, filled with chorizo and scrambled eggs, or the Hoodie, loaded with falafel, spicy pickled veggies and more.
- Hops Burger Bar — Hops is my go to for a tasty burger, fries and beer. They have 10 amazing specialty burgers and a “wall of fries” with choices ranging from truffle oil and Parmesan to buffalo. All of the delicious choices will leave you thirsty for one of their draft craft beers.
- Gia — If you want a handcrafted cocktail or creative small plates, I highly recommend Gia. It is perfect spot to get together with girlfriends or enjoy a romantic date night with your significant other.
- Sticks and Stones — When I’m craving pizza, Sticks and Stones is my favorite. They have amazing specialty pizzas cooked in a clay oven. Enjoy your pizza with a fresh salad and a pint from their ever-changing draft list.
- Marshall Freehouse — This English style gastropub features traditional British pub food, handcrafted cocktails and a whiskey bar. What really sets Marshall Freehouse apart is it’s beautiful decor. Dark wood, leather and exposed brick gives the pub a cozy yet traditional feel while enjoy delicious food and drink.
- Natty Greene’s Bunker — Natty Greene’s is Greensboro’s largest brewery and they open their production brewery tasting room each Friday night. They serve their classics plus a large selection of speciality beers and one-offs.
- Maxie B’s — This is where Greensboro goes for their sugar fix. They are open till 9 pm or later every night and it’s not unusual to see a line out the door, even in the middle of winter. Grab a cupcake or big slice of one of their 37 cakes for the perfect ending to an evening.
- Burr Mill Park — Burr Mill Park offers the best hiking in Greensboro. I love spending a fall morning hiking in the park with my husband and pup. They also offer biking, swimming, tennis and more.
- Country Park — This park offers walking and biking trails, fishing, picnicking and more. If you are a history buff, you can learn about the Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse, which was fought on March 15, 1781 between the American and British forces in various parts of the park. Each March, you can see a reenactment of the battle.
- Elsewhere — Don’t miss this living museum inside of a former thrift store. The museum is packed wall-to-wall with objects, providing an interactive environment and inspiring new ways to look at things.
- Red Oak — This favorite local brewery offers a tour each Friday at 3 pm. Learn about Red Oak’s Brewing practices and enjoy a few frosty samples.
- Piedmont Triad Farmers Market — If you are looking for local produce, plants and products, do not miss this massive farmers market open 7 days a week.
- Greensboro Grasshoppers — Spend a summer evening cheering on Greensboro’s Single A minor league baseball team. Don’t miss the black labs who act as batboys.
- First Friday — Spend the first Friday of each month in downtown Greensboro browsing local shops, listening to live music and enjoying local cuisine.
- Replacements, Ltd. — Whether you need to replace a few pieces of grandma’s china or just love dishes and glassware, Replacements has the world’s largest selection old and new dinnerware. Visit the showroom and take a tour of the 500,000 facility.
- Geeksboro — Grab a cup of coffee, beer or bag of popcorn and stay for a cult classic. Currently you can catch your favorite Wes Anderson flicks daily during “Wes Fest.”
- Adelaide’s — This adorable shop carries shabby chic vintage home and garden furniture and accessories in a 1905 Victorian home. I love walking from room to room, discovering beautiful pieces of furniture and small treasures to take home.
- Just Be — This adorable store is filled with beautiful handmade wares, many made locally. Find the perfect souvenir or special gift to remember your time in Greensboro.
- Design Archives — Design Archives features a mix of vintage and handmade goods. I can spend hours browsing the different vendor booths filled with treasures I didn’t know I needed.
- Vivid Interiors — This beautiful interior design studio and retail space is owned by three talented local ladies. Be sure to stop in and admire the beautifully decorated space and check out my interview with them on Twin Stripe.
- Red Collection — If you are into consignment shopping, don’t miss the Red Collection. There are two different locations that are filled to the brim with furniture, housewares, artwork and more.
- Friendly Center — This outdoor mall has classics such as Anthropologie, J.Crew and Macy’s, but there is also a handful of speciality stores like Simply Meg’s Boutique and Midtown Olive Oil that should not be missed.
- Bestway — Looking for a North Carolina beer to bring home? Bestway has one of the best selections in the Triad with the Wall O’ Beer carrying around 999 varieties.
Because we are so centrally located in North Carolina, there are endless places to road trip to in five hours or less. Instead of highlighting Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville or Wilmington, I want to introduce you to the little town of Saxapahaw.
Saxapahaw — This little town is located on the banks of the Haw River and is perfect for a day trip. The main attractions are located in or nearby a restored river mill. Start your day with a cup of coffee from Cup 22. From there head to Haw River Canoe and Kayak for a relaxing trip on the Haw River. For lunch, don’t miss the General Store. It’s the best restaurant you’ll ever find in a gas station.
Katie is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. Her blog is dedicated to helping readers create a bright and modern lifestyle that doesn’t cost a ton. Twin Stripe features easy DIY projects, tasty recipes, entertaining ideas, style tips, home decorating inspiration and more. Katie lives in Greensboro, N.C. with her fabulous husband, Chad, and adorable pup, Hobbes. She spends her spare time decorating their 1950s bungalow and throwing festive parties. Katie believes you can never have too much glassware or glitter!