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A Grand Stay In Greensboro, N.C.

O Henry Greensboro Hotel

Greensboro, North Carolina is a stately Southern destination which marries the conveniences of a big burg with the relaxed pace of casual home. Guests visit for college weekends, Research Triangle business, youth sports, Civil Rights Movement history, and ACC basketball. To take it all in, stay in the regal, expertly staffed O Henry Hotel, or the sprawling Grandover Resort. Breakfast lovers will enjoy the fancy and Francophone Chez Genese on Elm Street, a bright, cozy spot with wonderful service & a crafty decor. You may tour the Blandwood Museum on West Washington St., a former governor's estate around which the city grew. The Weatherspoon Art Museum on the UNC-Greensboro campus, boasts permanent collections of Japanese woodblocks, modern sculpture, student art, and the classics. The museum has a 2020 exhibit on the nexus of basketball and culture called "At The Hoop". Highlight dates will be Talk: To the Hoop, with Emily Stamey- Feb. 27, 6:30 pm, the discussion, “Geezerball,” with Richie Zweigenhaft- March 12 at  6:30pm, and the Basketball Lovers’ Guide Gallery Talk, on March 17, at 4p.m.

Return to the O Henry's social lobby for afternoon tea and pastries, amid the room's wall inscriptions of the short stories of O. Henry, including "The Gift Of The Magi". But save plenty room, because dinner options for the fortunate include Lucky 32, where deep fritters, and buttermilk fried green tomatoes are apps, and pulled pork on Johnny Cakes, or cornmeal crusted Carolina catfish are entrees. Another midday cuisine choice is Freeman's Grub & Pub on Spring Garden St.

The Grandover Resort features wonderful artwork, including a lobby gallery, a grotto and swimming pool, golf. There's a classy bar, and the grounds are great to walk or take pics. Fountains greet arrivals. Luxuriate in a Spa At Grandover treatment. Dinner on the property is served Italian, at DiValletta, which offers a pleasant view of the resort. The Greensboro Colisuem Complex is a popular attraction in town, with its aquatic center one of the largest east of the Mississippi, the fieldhouse, and the ACC Hall Of Champions-  a shrine to the accomplished athletes of the storied Atlantic Coast Conference. Nearby, you can do a robust lunch or burgers or BBQ at Stamey's BBQ. Greensboro is where the sit-in movement of the early 1960's began, led at first by four male students of North Carolina A & T University. What was once the famed Woolworth's five-and-dime counter they "integrated", is now part of the International Civil Rights Museum & Center downtown. The tour of the museum is at once moving, and insightful, and focuses primarily on the entire human rights struggle, including artifacts and bigoted advertising. There are guided tours. 

Undercurrent is a beautiful establishment for lunch or dinner, and nearby the Civil Rights Museum. Greensboro is also known for its mural art, downtown and on its outskirts- you are likely to see a painter in progress. Craft beer fans will want to make both Preyer Brewlng Company, and Pig Pounder Brewery some of their stops. The latter has fun evening events. Those staying at the O Henry will enjoy the weekly jazz concert in the social lobby. The property also offers, car service in handsome vintage black taxis. 

From golf to grits, Greater Greensboro is a fun city that's just the right size.

Grandover Resort

Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC

Bijan Bayne

Bijan C. Bayne is an award-winning Washington-based freelance columnist and critic. Bayne's travel articles have appeared in AAA Horizons, Family Digest, Atlanta Goodlife, Ohio magazine, Arrington's Inn Traveler, and Hotel Executive, and his book reviews have been featured in Washington Post Book World, The Boston Herald, Wild River Review, and The Crisis. He has served as a consultant for film, t...(Read More)

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