Winston-Salem, NC has been recognized for having one of the best downtowns, according to Forbes and ranks in the top 10 of U.S. News & World Report’s places to retire. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Reynolds American, Inc., and Wells Fargo are the largest employers, while Hanes, Krispy Kreme and Blue Rhino are also headquartered here. Officially named the “city of arts and innovation,” Winston-Salem’s artistic attractions include University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Little Theatre of W-S, Piedmont Opera Theater, Stevens Center for the Performing Arts, Downtown Arts District, Piedmont Craftsmen and Sawtooth School for Visual Arts.
The National Black Theatre Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival and Reynolda Film Festival are held annually in Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest school system in North Carolina. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem University and Salem College provide post-secondary education.
Featuring a historic downtown district, access to Yadkin Valley Wine Country, over 3,500 acres of parks and 25 miles of trails, you are sure to find something to fit your interest in the Piedmont Area of North Carolina. Hispanic League Fiesta, Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair, Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park, North Carolina Wine Festival, Gears & Guitars and Winston-Salem Open are just a few of the many annual events locals and visitors can attend.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina was formed by the merging of the neighboring towns of Winston and Salem in 1913. The town of Salem’s origins date to 1753, while Winston, NC was organized as the Forsyth County seat in 1851. The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Hanes textile factories and the tobacco industry were major contributors to development and growth after Winston-Salem was established.
All four seasons occur, but winters are relatively cool and summers aren’t typically dry. The moderate climate as well as an average of 216 days of sunshine annually in Forsyth County allows maximum opportunities to enjoy all the region has to offer. In addition, Winston-Salem receives 45 inches of rain on average each year promoting local agricultural endeavors.