In the spirit of celebrating North Carolina this week, I invited my friend Katie of Twin Stripe to share her favorite spots in a Greensboro travel guide!
Hi everyone! My name is Katie of the lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. I’m a Midwesterner at heart, but I’ve been living in the South for the past few years and couldn’t be happier. My husband and I have made our home in Greensboro, N.C., which is halfway between Raleigh and Charlotte. It is a charming city that is experiencing growth and revitalization — it is an exciting time to be here. Today I’m going to share my perfect day in Greensboro.
I would start brunch at Smith Street Diner. I can’t get enough of their Mexican eggs and their famous giant biscuits. My husband loves to order a biscuit stuffed with egg, cheese and bacon. They serve a bottomless cup of delicious Counter Culture Coffee roasted down the road in Durham, N.C. Whatever you do, make sure you come hungry!
After brunch, walk it off by visiting one of Greensboro’s many parks and greenways. One of the best things about the city is its large amount of green space. My favorite parks are Country Park, the Bog Garden, Bicentennial Garden, the Greensboro Arboretum and Lake Brandt.
You’ll surely work up an appetite after visiting one of Greensboro’s beautiful parks. Head downtown for a delicious meal at Natty Greene’s Brewhouse. Natty’s is the largest brewery in the Piedmont Triad, serving up its signature beers and specialty brews. Sample Natty’s beer and enjoy a burger, salad or sandwich.
I also recommend Crafted Taco, which serves tasty tacos inspired by global cuisine. I love the Hoodie Taco — it’s loaded with falafel, shredded carrot, mixed greens and more. They also have a great list of local beers and tasty margaritas.
After lunch get your shopping fix in. One of my favorite stores downtown is Just Be. It’s filled with beautiful handmade wares, many made locally. You will be able to find the perfect souvenir or special gift. My other favorite store downtown is Design Archives. It is filled to the brim with vintage and handmade goods that you will want to take home.
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Another must visit in downtown Greensboro is Elsewhere. It is a 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.
After all that activity, you might need a nap! If not, grab a pre-dinner drink at Printworks Bistro at the Proximity Hotel or 1618 Wine Lounge. Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail at Printworks or try a wine flight at 1618.
When you are ready for dinner, checkout the laid-back Hops Burger Bar. Hops features 10 specialty burgers and “The Wall of Fries,” complete with a variety of fries from parmesan jalapeño to sweet potato to garlic and rosemary. And as the name implies, this is another wonderful spot to grab a beer. Or try Sticks & Stones, which serves delicious clay-oven pizza. Create your own or select a specialty pizza like the Magnolia Mountain loaded with local wild mushrooms or the Sweet Carolina topped with Italian sausage. Pair your pie with a salad (my favorite is the Caesar-style, Heartbreaker) and a draft beer from their large selection and you will have meal to remember!
If you are looking for a more upscale option, Gia is one of my favorite places for unique small plates and craft cocktail. The Italian inspired small plates are sautéed or baked in a wood fire oven. The food and drink menu both change seasonally, but you can’t go wrong at Gia.
Bonus! If at anytime along the way you are craving a sweet treat, head to Yum Yum. Located on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, it has been serving up hot dogs and homemade ice cream to students and residents of Greensboro since 1906. It’s cash-only, so be prepared!
I hope you enjoyed this quick tour of Greensboro! There are, of course, more attractions to see and food and drink to try, but you will get a great feel for the city in a day. Be sure to stop by Twin Stripe and follow my adventures on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.