Home to nearly 230,000 residents, Winston-Salem is the fourth largest city in North Carolina and is located at the epicenter of the state's Piedmont Triad region. Though brimming with the historic homes, museums and Colonial architecture characteristic of many of its Southern neighbors, the city stands out as a popular place for business as well. BB&T, HanesBrands, Inc., Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. and Lowes Foods Stores are among the many brand names that call Winston-Salem home. Their ability to mix business with pleasure has also made Winston-Salem event venues popular for meetings and conferences, which can look forward to a large convention center, newly renovated cultural attractions and over 900 hotel rooms in the downtown area alone.
Groups meeting in Winston-Salem may arrive by Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), which is served by Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, United Express and US Airways Express Airlines.
Located in Twin City Quarter, the Benton Convention Center is chief among meeting venues in Winston-Salem. Its exhibit hall encompasses 46,000 square feet, while its North and South halls offer 19,190 square feet and 18,620 square feet, respectively. Several conferences and a boardroom provide additional space for breakout sessions and seminars. The convention center is also conveniently adjoined to the Embassy Suites Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem Marriott. The Embassy Suites has two large ballrooms accommodating up to 2,000 guests, while the Winston-Salem Marriott has 14 meeting rooms encompassing 14,557 square feet of space.
Other hotel venues in Winston-Salem that combine well-appointed meeting space with accommodations include the 145-room Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center, which has over 9,000 square feet of event space. The Village Inn Event Center has a spacious ballroom for up to 1,000 people and nine banquet rooms; and the Historic Brookstown Inn, Clarion Collection Sundance Plaza Hotel & Spa and Quality Inn Coliseum all have private event space, as well.
Historic homes, captivating arts centers and entertainment complexes make for excellent special event venues in Winston-Salem. Committed to inspiring the community with its contemporary art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art offers its grounds, auditorium, library and terrace for private rentals. The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, which blends music, film, dance and visual art, offers several unique backdrops for events of 10 to 2,000 people.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, WinMock at Kinderton is a 1920s barn turned special event venue, comprising 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Its 13 distinct venues include two outdoor terraces, a ballroom, executive boardroom and several breakout rooms. The Horton Museum Center at the Salem Museum & Gardens has several indoor and outdoor spaces for private affairs, including a courtyard for up to 100 guests, an auditorium for up to 150 guests and a rotunda for up to 75 guests. The Reynolds Auditorium, Diggs Gallery and Millennium Center are among the many other event venues in Winston-Salem.