The campuses of Wake Forest Health Sciences are situated in and around downtown Winston-Salem, NC, home to a thriving revitalization movement that has received national recognition. Winston-Salem, the tenth most affordable city in the United States, was recently ranked among the top ten “fun and affordable communities” by Business Week, and Forbes.com votes ours among the best downtowns in the nation.
Our community has received numerous additional accolades for livability; for example, the weekly Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market is reputed to be among the best in the country. Nearby Yadkin Valley is home to over 50 vineyards, and the Huffington Post named our annual wine festival, Salute!, as one of the best of 2013. The Winston-Salem Open, hosted by Wake Forest University, is the final men’s tennis event prior to the US Open and routinely draws top competitors, while sports fans and dilettantes alike enjoy attending minor league baseball games at the brand new Winston-Salem Dash Stadium. Locals flock to downtown for street festivals such as the Twin City Ribfest, Rock the Block, Gallery Hop, and Summer on Trade, to name a few. Graduate students can easily afford to live downtown, or in one of the safe and affordable historic neighborhoods adjacent to the Medical Center.
Home to a burgeoning foodie culture, Winston-Salem has seen a host of farm-to-table restaurants open in the past several years, including Spring House Restaurant, Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro, Bernardins Silo Wine and Cheese Bar, and Mary’s Gourmet Diner, with new additions being added every year. Krankies Coffee House is a coffee roaster, cafe, bar, and entertainment venue downtown near Research Park, and Camino Bakery serves delicious baked goods as well as coffee, beer, and wine in a relaxed, study-friendly environment. Locals support this flourishing food movement by participating in food tours such as Taste Carolina, Tour de Food, and Dishcrawl, and by attending food truck festivals. Additionally, we are following in the microbrewing footsteps of nearby Asheville and Charlotte; already home to the award-winning Foothills Brewing, two new breweries, Small Batch Beer Company and Hoots Roller Bar Beer Company are slated to open in and around downtown this year.
Designated the “City of the Arts”, Winston-Salem offers ample opportunity to experience music, dance, film, and visual arts. Each year Winston-Salem hosts film makers, actors, and producers from around the country who flock to the renowned RiverRun International Film Festival, as well as the biannual National Black Theatre Festival. Winston-Salem is home to outstanding museums, including the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, as well as numerous art galleries, many of which can be found at the Downtown Arts District website. The Winston-Salem Arts Council has launched a new initiative, Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, specifically targeted at attracting young adults to the arts scene. Each fall artisans from throughout the region meet here to display their works at the juried Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts celebrates the music of the American South by hosting the Music Academy of the American South. In addition to all this, Winston-Salem boasts an outstanding symphony and opera company.
Winston-Salem is located in the “Wachovia Tract”, one of the earliest areas in the Southeast to be settled by Europeans, and several extant historic settlements have been preserved including Old Salem and Historic Bethabara Park. In addition to Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem is home to Salem College, one of the oldest colleges in the United States, the highly competitive and nationally renowned UNC School of the Arts, and Winston-Salem State University, an excellent historically black constituent institution. Ours is a diverse, lively, modern community rooted in history, and we hope you’ll choose to spend your graduate career enjoying all that Winston-Salem has to offer. For more information, visit MyWinstonSalem.com.