Over Labor Day weekend, my mom and I decided to take a trip to Greensboro, North Carolina, because why not? We try to do a mini-vacation every summer (usually a 24-hour trip somewhere nearby) but we hadn’t had one yet this year. Since Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, we thought we’d better get going!
Here is my travel guide to Greensboro, North Carolina.
We stayed at Haynes Bed & Breakfast in downtown Greensboro. It was adorable! The couple was lovely, very knowledgeable about the area, since they live in the home. Similar to most b&bs, the house was complete with beautiful antique pieces. I think my favorites are a tie between the couches and the silver coffee pitcher. Simply stunning! You got to choose what you wanted for breakfast as well each morning, along with what time you’d like it served. Simply wonderful service and a beautiful, comfortable place to stay.
There were many local restaurants around the downtown area. Though many were closed on Mondays regardless of the holiday, we managed to find a few great places to eat.
Most notably was Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Co. We stopped here when we got into town the first night and were not disappointed! They serve their own beer, a wide variety of wines from the state and delicious food. Their veggie burger was house-made, always a good sign, and was way delicious. Paired with their Wildflower Witbier (Belgian-style with citrus flavors), this place was a win for sure. Mom had the Cardinal salad: mixed greens, strawberries, chicken and bacon with a lemon vinaigrette. She gave it two thumbs up, as her mouth was too full to say anything.
A Southern chain, Mellow Mushroom delivered one of the best pizza-eating experiences I’ve ever had. Their Holy Shiitake Pie was da bomb! And paired with another local beer, Cherchez La Gemme (a milk stout) by Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Co, the meal was perfecto.
The Bog Garden. A really neat garden in the middle of the city, there are plenty of walking paths to keep you busy and wandering for an afternoon.
Wineries! North Carolina has an abundance of wineries to visit. We checked out Iron Gate Vineyards. Mom had a reisling and I had a chambourcin, which was a perfect dry red. So perfect, in fact, I had to bring a bottle home with me.
Stroll downtown. A very walkable downtown area is complete with an abundance of antique shops! Thankfully for our bank account, many of the shops were closed for Labor Day. But that didn’t stop us from window-shopping and redecorating room after room in our minds!
Visit the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Again, this was unfortunately closed during our trip, but the entire town is steeped with signs and plaques commemorating different people, buildings, moments from the civil rights movement. There is a ton of history in this little town that a history tour would be well worth the visit.
Overall, I would say check out Greensboro if you’re already in the area. There are plenty of other towns nearby to do a really great road trip.
Where have you been recently that you’ve enjoyed?