Make Yourself at Home in Greensboro, North CarolinaBy Dawn Allcot
Thanks to Greensboro realtor Jason Bramblett, long-time resident Kris Wilson, and newcomer Simone Watson for these insider tips.
So you’ve decided to move to Greensboro, North Carolina? That’s great! Greensboro is hailed by locals as one of the best places to live in North Carolina for the shortest commutes and easy access to just about everything.
“You can really be anywhere in 15 minutes,” Greensboro realtor Jason Bramblett said.
When he says anywhere, he means it. Take a virtual walk with us through Greensboro and get some tips from the locals so you know where to go in your new town.
A Rich History
Greensboro is part of the North Carolina Triad, the north-central region of North Carolina, which encompasses the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. Greensboro played an important role in the Revolutionary War and the Civil Rights Movement and city landmarks commemorate these important periods in American History.
You won’t want to miss a visit to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, a facility that celebrates Greensboro’s pivotal role in the launch of the civil rights movement in 1960.
If you want to head further back in time, take a trip to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, the site of an important Revolutionary War battle. Just like many of Greensboro’s parks, the Guilford Courthouse park welcomes dogs on leashes, so feel free to bring your pet.
It’s for the Dogs. No, Really. Greensboro Loves Dogs.
The list of places you can bring Lucky along doesn’t end with the Guilford Courthouse Park.
“It’s a very pet-friendly city,” Greensboro newcomer Simone Watson said.
The downtown area is home to many veterinary offices and locally-owned pet shops. This could partially be due to the city’s close proximity to top veterinary schools, including Guilford College and North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Watson’s apartment complex includes a dog-friendly 30-mile walking trail, and is just one of the places where nature intersects with city living.
“What really surprised me about Greensboro when I first moved here is all the greenery,” Watson said. “There are so many beautiful parks.”
A Great Place to Work or Start a Business
Whether your goal is to enter the veterinary field, pharmaceuticals, or medical research, opportunities abound in Greensboro. But if none of these are really what you’re hoping to do, Greensboro is a great place to start a business, as the locals do what they can to help entrepreneurs.
“The Chamber of Commerce has groups for entrepreneurs in their 20’s, as well as groups for established entrepreneurs who want to mentor others,” Watson said. “It’s a supportive ecosystem for starting your own business.”
Support the Local Shops
Greensboro’s support of small businesses is evidenced by the wealth of mom-and-pop shops in the city.
“You can walk through Greensboro’s downtown area and find tons of independent shops, including independent bookstores, pet stores, children’s stores and boutiques,” Watson said.
But you won’t just find these great places downtown.
“Greensboro has a small downtown area compared to the large area of the rest of the city,” local engineer Kris Wilson said.
Get Together and Cheer for the Home Teams
Whether you have friends visiting or you’re just looking for something to do this weekend, there are plenty of options.
“Wendover Avenue has just about anything and everything you need on one street,” Bramblett said.
If your weekend just isn’t complete without checking out a local sporting event, you won’t have to sit at home on the couch to do so.
“Two of the best things to do are to go to a Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball game at the downtown stadium, or see the North Carolina State University Wolfpack at an Atlantic Coast Conference basketball game at Greensboro Coliseum,” Wilson said.
Plenty of Creative Restaurants
No matter what you’re in the mood for, Greensboro’s got you covered.
“Whatever you’re looking for in the way of cuisine, you’ll find it,” Watson said. “There are tons of specialty restaurants downtown.”
The list of options is endless. Italian food and steakhouse-style American cuisine are extremely popular choices. You’ll also find eastern and western styles of North Carolina BBQ, and other Southern classics like Dane’s Chicken and Waffles, which Watson describes as “a real southern thing.”
Bramblett recommends Natty Greene’s if you’re in the mood for an “awesome BBQ sandwich.” He added that their “hand-cut chips are off the hook.”
Locals also recommend Crafted The Art of Street Food, a trendy downtown restaurant specializing in gourmet tacos and other cool concoctions, like chocolate-dipped bacon. The casual and always-crowded venue serves draft beers and non-alcoholic beverages in mason jars, and features a chalkboard where kids (and kids at heart) can draw as they watch their food being prepared.
Help us put a fork in the Downtown Greenway construction by 2018! Dine at any of the six participating downtown Greensboro restaurants between August 24 – 28th! Restaurants will offer a special Downtown Greenway themed pre-fixed menu item for $20.18. 25% of the item will go back to the Downtown Greenway. Come on out for great food and a great fundraising cause. Thanks everyone! Our partnering Restaurants: 1618 Downtown / Crafted – the Art of Street Food / UNDERCURRENT / B. Christopher's / LaRue Restaurant / M’Coul's Public House / Table 16 Restaurant
Where are your favorite places to eat, play, and shop in Greensboro? Share why you love calling Greensboro home in the comments section.
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