About Winston-Salem

The Best of Both Worlds

Known as “The City of Art & Innovation,” Winston-Salem is a thriving center of art, commerce, and entrepreneurship. Home to many of the region’s corporations, hospitals, and research facilities, Winston-Salem offers students’ distinct advantages.

About Winston-Salem aerial photo

Because of its close proximity to campus, our students venture downtown for:

  • Internships, community service, & job shadowing
  • Salem College’s Center for Women and Entrepreneurship
  • Attendance at art and athletic events
  • Fun! 100+ restaurants, 20 galleries, dozens of performance venues

Winston-Salem Ranked for Quality & Success

  • #31 Best Place to Live in U.S — US News & World Report, 2019
  • Top 10 Best Cities to Travel — Forbes, 2019
  • #1 Best Place for Business — Forbes, 2018
  • A Top 10 Digital City — Center for Digital Government, 2018

Winston-Salem is home to thriving corporations

  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Forsyth Medical Center
  • Novant Health
  • Reynolds America
  • Hanesbrands
  • Wells Fargo
  • BB&T Bank
  • Krispy Kreme

Arts organizations

  • Reynolda House Museum of American Art
  • RiverRun International Film Festival
  • National Black Theatre Festival
  • Piedmont Opera

Colleges and Universities

  • Salem College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • UNC School of the Arts
  • Forsyth Tech Community College

Local Accommodations

Winston-Salem offers an array of lodging choices, including historic hotels, B&Bs,  and a full range of hotels.

The following hotels are close to campus and some offer a special rate for Salem families. Please note: The rates below do not include tax and are subject to availability.

Historic Brookstown Inn
200 Brookstown Avenue (one-half mile from campus)
Salem Rate: 10% off best available rate

The Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center
420 High Street (one-half mile from campus)
336.777.3000 or 800.972.3774
Salem Rate: $89

Holiday Inn Express—Downtown West
110 Miller Street SW (2.4 miles from campus)
Salem Rate: $89.99

Fairfield Inn and Suites
125 South Main Street (one-half mile from campus)

Embassy Suites
460 North Cherry Street (1.2 miles from campus)
(336) 724-2300

3111 University Parkway (3.5 miles from campus)
Salem Rate: $99

Kimpton Cardinal Hotel
401 North Main Street (1 mile from campus)
(877) 216-3448

Latest News

Announcing the President’s Advisory Council

Wednesday, August 30, 2023
I am pleased to share that the President’s Advisory Council, an initiative of Salem’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, has been established. The Council is one key way in which Salem is engaging with leaders and partners on these topics.

Reflections on Women’s Equality Day

Saturday, August 26, 2023
As we celebrate Women's Equality Day tomorrow, I have been thinking a lot about gender equity, the progress we have made, and the work still yet to be done, both here at Salem and across our society.

Triad Business Journal Recognizes Salem Academy Alum Kalin Griffin

Thursday, June 29, 2023
The Triad Business Journal recently profiled Kalin Griffin Bostwick (A’01) as a Leader in Diversity.