For a weekend full of Southern luxury, elegance, eclecticism, and charm, consider the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel your home away from home. Within the historic R.J. Reynolds building in downtown Winston-Salem, once the architectural muse for the Empire State Building, is a present-day reimagination of traditional treasures and contemporary comfort. The Kimpton Cardinal is an iconic entrance to small town excitement and, with double the history and half the hustle, Winston-Salem sets the stage for a perfect getaway for Charlotteans.
The Kimpton Cardinal, Winston-Salem’s first upscale boutique lodging, welcomes with spunky, yet sumptuous decor; luxurious fabrics mix with bright and bold patterns, showcasing a marriage of quirky and quintessential expressions of Southern hospitality. Relax in one of their lush living spaces, treat yourself to in-room spa services, or roam their tricked-out rec room – complete with foosball, bowling, shuffleboard, and even a two-story spiraling slide. Dine-in at their French-inspired brasserie and bar, The Katherine, for classic French fare with country flair.
Paying homage to the bon vivant R.J. Reynolds matriarch, The Katherine buzzes with equal parts elegance and excellence and, from oysters and escargot to fried chicken and shrimp and grits, this bistro offers a menu to satisfy any tastes.
For fun beyond The Kimpton’s four walls, roam the rebirth of Winston-Salem’s city center and experience the sights and sounds of Salem, old and new. Explore the creative community and modern marketplace through a host of galleries and museums while strolling the rich Downtown Arts District, or become a part of the art, yourself, at Winston-Salem’s first “Art Park,” ARTivity on the Green. Culminate the day with a night on the town, starting at A Noble Grille – the original Rooster’s Wood Fired Kitchen – and ending at the Ramkat for a peek at Winston-Salem’s live music scene.
While you’re at it, learn a little. Wander back in time at Old Salem Museum & Gardens, one of America’s most comprehensive historic attractions. Through preservation and interpretation, Old Salem presents an authentic view of the Moravian-established pre-Revolutionary war settlement that preceded and continues to distinguish the city we know. Continue paying homage to R.J. Reynolds, the local legend whose tobacco company put Winston on the map, by exploring the extent of the Reynolds legacy, alive in the Reynolda Historic District. Once their elaborate, country estate, the Reynolda Historic Village, House, and Gardens now serves as an educational, cultural, and community complex filled with masterful, local art, culture, and history.
Whether you’re relishing present-day pleasantries in downtown Winston or traveling through time in Old Salem, the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel guarantees a luxurious weekend full of traditional tastes, boutique boldness, and opulence that excites.