48 Hours in Greensboro: How to Make Every Second Count

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Greensboro, NC, at dusk
Airbound Trampoline Park
 

Let’s say you end up in Greensboro, NC for the weekend. Or you’re considering moving to Greensboro and want to see everything you can in two days. Or you live in Greensboro and you want to mix up your usual weekend routine. There really is a little bit of something for every kind of person in the Gate City, from the outdoor adventurer to the culinary explorer. 
 
If you’ve got 48 hours to burn over a weekend in Greensboro, we’ve done the legwork and created an itinerary for you.

 

Saturday (The First 24 Hours)

Fuel Up!

Start your adventures with a great cup of joe and a quick bite at The Green Bean. The coffee is roasted locally by Joe Van Gogh Roasters in Hillsborough and has been voted the Best Coffee in the Triad 2015 by YES! Weekly readers. Bonus: the bagels are made in-house and they are delicious!

Art Stop

Post-breakfast, stroll down the streets of the historic district to Ambleside Gallery. View the current exhibitions featuring artists from the US, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, China and Japan.

Get in Touch with Nature

Greensboro is filled with beautiful public parks and gardens, so you must visit at least one! If the weather is nice, head down to go board-walking at The Bog Garden. As soon as you enter the wetlands you’ll feel like you’re in a different world, surrounded by countless wildlife species and native plants.
 
When you want to escape the urban streets and find some peace and quiet, visit Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden. Walk the grassy lawns and manicured flower beds and check out the many bronze statues and plaques throughout the garden commemorating the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the United States.
 
If the weather calls for indoor activities, the Greensboro Natural Science Center has everything an animal lover could want all in one place. It’s a zoo, an aquarium, and a museum all in one! 

Lunch on the Go

When it comes to tacos, there is most definitely an art to making them. Stop at Crafted and grab a gourmet fusion taco or two. The grassroots taco joint on Elm Street uses organic, tasty ingredients that are packed with the tongue-tingling flavors of Central America. On the menu are taquitos with banana dressing, dirty south nachos, and mac n cheese quesadillas to name just a few. The service is fast and friendly, so you can have a tasty lunch without losing too much time!

A Culinary Adventure

Serious foodies will love sampling all that Greensboro has to offer by going on a Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour. Walk the historic Elm street-lined theaters, parks, galleries and restaurants on this guided tour. Marvel at how modern culture and incredible food intertwine with over 200 years of history. You’ll chat with chefs and owners who work with nearby small farms to offer fresh, innovative, and eclectic cuisine.

A Bit of Greensboro History

Once your hunger is satisfied, take an hour or so to visit Governor Morehead’s Blandwood Mansion. This great historic home is the oldest standing example of Italianate architecture in the United States. Learn about the residents who played major roles in the development of the state, and check out a collection 19th-century art, architecture, furnishings and landscape.

Hearty Dinner

Did you build up an appetite after a day of walking and sightseeing? Make sure you dine at “the restaurant that started it all for Greensboro." Liberty Oak Restaurant & Bar is a town favorite with a great story. The restaurant is built in the restored Vernon Building, which was originally erected in 1883 and is the oldest remaining building in the Old Greensborough Historic District. Waiters will serve you up a smorgasbord of seafood, beef, chicken, pasta, and vegetarian options in a friendly, relaxed, urban space. 

Night Cap

What better way to end the day than with a frothy pint of locally brewed beer? Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company balances the love for great beer with a commitment to supporting the local community. The cool, industrial bar serves up a range of house-made beers that range from hoppy to light and smooth.

 

Sunday (The Second 24 Hours)


Mimi's Cafe

Brunch It Up

Wake up late! After the previous day, you deserve it. When the hunger pangs strike, head on over to Mimi’s Cafe for a delectable brunch. Take in the Cajun ambiance as you dine on arguably the best French toast in Greensboro.

Shopping is Cardio, Right?

Bask in your post-brunch glow and hit the stores at Friendly Center. You can shop all sorts of stores from well-known brands like Banana Republic and Kirkland’s to local treasures like Bevello and Simply Meg’s.

A Bookstore to Remember

Indulge your inner bookworm and take a trip to Scupernong Books, a charming independently-owned bookstore. Order a latte, glass of wine or pint of beer to enjoy as you peruse the wide selection of books in all categories. See if you can find a gem that you wouldn't find anywhere else. 

American History Buff Stop

Round out your sightseeing with the Guilford Courthouse. Spreading over 200 acres on the northern fringes of Greensboro, Guilford Courthouse tells the story of North Carolina’s involvement in the American Revolution. This is where the victory in the American Revolution began, and the many statues honor the US General Nathanael Greene and mark where the Continental forces clashed with the Redcoats.

The Last Supper

If you’re a burger buff, then you must end your day at Hops Burger Bar, one of the top 100 burger joints in the country according to MSNBC. Whatever the week’s featured burger, you’re guaranteed to love it. Build your own burger from your favorite protein – beef, turkey, tuna, bison, vegan – and pair it with a craft beer.
 
If you’re looking for lighter fare, try Zoës Kitchen with its balanced Mediterranean-inspired culinary creations. The Tossed Greek is a delicious and nutritious choice, or try the charbroiled veggie kabobs served with salad and pita bread.
 
There you have it! The best ways to spend 48 hours in Greensboro. Now spend the next 72 hours or so talking about the great time you had!
 
When you’re out and about in Greensboro, save some time to stop by and say hello! We’re always more than happy to show you around. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at (844) 816-7095.

Hope to see you soon!

 

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