Historic Hotels near Downtown Winston-Salem

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While visiting Winston-Salem (or welcoming visitors to your hometown), one might consider staying in one of these lovely historic hotels, inns or other interesting locations. They each have a story to tell, from the former home of the mayor of (Old) Salem, to the former manor house of one of our city’s (and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s) forefathers, the history they hold will enrich your experience during your visit to Winston-Salem, NC. Each are in a prime location in the heart of our city and offer easy access to downtown activities, restaurants and Old Salem.

If you are looking for not-so historic hotels, take a look at this list of hotels that covers inns, hotels and b&bs throughout the city.

Brookstown Inn

Brookstown Inn200 Brookstown Ave.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The Historic Brookstown Inn is a short walk to Downtown Winston-Salem and Old Salem. Built in 1837, the 70-room hotel is part of the historic Brookstown Mill and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn, which recently went through a $600,000 renovation, retained its exposed brick walls and wooden beams, hallmarks of its Early American decor. Their nightly wine and cheese reception, and cookies and milk at bedtime are guest favorites. The Winston-Salem Visitors Center is also on the property, for easy access to information about our city.

Graylyn Conference Center

1900 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Located beside Reynolda House and Reynolda Village, Graylyn was once the estate home of Bowman Gray, Sr. and his wife Nathalie Lyons Gray. Bowman Gray was the founder of Wachovia Bank & Trust and served as Chairman of the Board for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. Construction began on the home in 1928 and was completed in 1932. The home is comprised of 60 rooms and 46,000 square feet. In 1946 Mrs. Gray gave the residence to the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. The estate served as a psychiatric hospital until 1959, when Gordon Gray bought the estate back from the Medical School and donated it to Wake Forest University, which used it primarily as an educational conference center. After a fire in 1980, the home was restored by architect Edwin Bouldin, Jr. to its original glory in 1984.

Graylyn has been host to former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush among many other world leaders and dignitaries. Graylyn offers 86 guest accommodations within the manor house, bungalows and cottages on the estate and fine dining.

Summit Street Bed & Breakfast Inns

420 & 434 Summit St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

These inns are two historic side-by-side homes: the 1887 Queen Anne-style Colonel Ludlow House and the unique, mostly Neo-Romanesque Sheppard House are located in the Historic West End neighborhood near downtown and WFUBMC.

Zevely Inn Bed & Breakfast

Zevely Inn B&B
Old Salem Historic District
803 South Main St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
The Zevely Inn is the only historic lodging in Historic Old Salem and is on the National Historic Register. The Inn has been meticulously restored to its 1845-1856 appearance. August Theophilus Zevely (1816-1872), was a saddler, a doctor, and later, the mayor of Salem. He began operating his residence as an inn shortly after it was built in 1845, to accommodate the overflow of travelers from the Salem Tavern.

Have You Stayed in One of Our Historic Hotels?

If you’ve had the opportunity to stay in one of these historic hotels, please leave a comment below letting us know about your experience. Any good stories or tips to share would be welcomed from our readers. Thanks and welcome home.

About The Author:

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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