The trio of cities that make up the Triad region of North Carolina—Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem—welcome groups with a variety of after-hours attractions and activities, including everything from a pub crawl to an escape room to a great meal at a local restaurant.
The destination also offers ample accommodations and meeting facilities, including Winston-Salem’s Benton Convention Center, which recently underwent an impressive renovation, and the Westin Greensboro, which is expected to bring 180 guest rooms and 22,000 square feet of function space to the area when it opens in early 2020.
Groups can also check out evening baseball games at BB&T Point, High Point’s new multipurpose stadium that will open in May 2019 as the home of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s High Point Rockers.
The region also offers various after-hours experiences that help attendees network and unwind together after a busy day.
Greensboro's Beer and Bar Scenes Inspire Fun
At day’s end, beer-loving groups will have a ball diving into Greensboro’s craft brew scene via a tour facilitated by Tap Hopper Tours.
Each outing offers a peek behind the scenes at three area breweries, including Greensboro-based Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Co., and Natty Greene’s Brewing Co., as well as several samples and a souvenir cup.
According to Ava Pope, director of sales for the Greensboro Area CVB, beer outings are also led by Brew Peddlers, Greensboro’s pedal-trolley pub/brewery tour.
“Listen to music and pedal your way through downtown Greensboro while visiting area breweries, bars and shops,” she said.
Groups can also let their hair down at Boxcar Bar + Arcade, a unique after-hours venue where attendees could grab a bite and a pint, and engage in some friendly competition while playing for high scores on pinball machines, retro gaming systems and Skee-Ball.
Boxcar Bar + Arcade also features a 2,000-square-foot private party room complete with audiovisual capabilities, a bar and free games.
Boxcar Bar + Arcade, Greensboro
Finally, at Breakout Games Greensboro groups will have fun working together and using critical thinking skills to discover clues and solve puzzles.
“Teambuild while breaking out in an hour-long locked room mystery offering multiple adventures,” Pope said.
High Point Is Full of Culinary ... High Points
Groups meeting in High Point can share a meal at the end of the day at one of the city’s popular restaurants, including 98 Asian Bistro.
“It’s a great place to relax and socialize after all-day meetings,” said Nancy Bowman, director of sales and marketing for the High Point CVB. “98 Asian Bistro offers stunning decor with flavorful food and a full bar.”
The dinner menu includes soups, Thai curry dishes, entrees such as cashew chicken, and coconut ice cream for dessert.
Groups can book a private event at the Wine & Taps Bar at Real Kitchen & Market, another local favorite where the ambience is relaxed and the dinner menu includes soups, salads, paninis and pizzas.
“Groups can enjoy a comfortable seating area inside or out,” Bowman said. “Menu options provide a great pairing with wines, and the staff makes you feel at home.”
After dinner, the group might like a nightcap at either Brown Truck Brewery or Rickety Bridge Winery.
Rickety Bridge, Bowman said, provides a laid-back feel with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating that includes fire pits for colder weather, and at Brown Truck Brewery different food trucks arrive each night and bands entertain on the weekends.
Winston-Salem: Food and Beverage Offerings
Toasting with a glass of wine or a pint of beer after a successful day of meetings is also possible for groups in Winston-Salem.
According to Christian Schroeder, director of sales and services at Visit Winston-Salem, groups can book an event with winemaker Jay Raffaldini at Raffaldini Vineyards to learn all about wine-blending while enjoying the paired culinary delights from one of Winston-Salem’s myriad downtown restaurants.
“Winston-Salem also knows a thing or two about beer,” Schroeder added. “It’s home to a plethora of breweries, six of which are located downtown and within walking distance of each other, making it easy for groups to pick a starting point and create their own ‘Craft Draft Crawl.’”
Among the breweries groups could check out are Wise Man Brewing and Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Co.
Groups can also spend an evening playing in the 2,000-square-foot Recreation Room at the 174-room Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, which has over 6,000 square feet of meeting/event space.
The Rec Room includes a bowling alley, a half-basketball court, a pool table, ping-pong and card gaming tables, as well as lounge seating.
A movie night at a/perture cinema in the heart of downtown is another evening possibility.
“You can even select a movie that ties into the theme of your conference,” Schroeder said. “Two 80-seat theaters provide private screening options for your group with a vast selection of locally owned and operated restaurants within walking distance for an after-theater dinner.”
Triad Region CVB Contact Information
Greensboro Area CVB
High Point CVB