DoctorSpanky wrote:My favorite things about Winston-Salem are the beers at foothills brewery (possibly the best beer in nc), the breakfast pastries at Camino Bakery, the coffee at Krankie's (they roast their own beans), the sushi at Mizu, and a pervasive feeling of optimism that the city is on its way up.
My least favorite things about W-S are the fact that most of things worth checking out are so spread out, the outrageous traffic on business 40 at rush hour and the fact that any "nice" part of town is within a few blocks of a... Not so nice part of town.
Did I mention the sandwiches at Bob's Big Gas Subs and Pub?
Or the "brothers gin and tonic" at single brothers, made with cucumber instead of lime?
Or the cheap cost of living and ability to rent a 1920's craftsman house with a yard and a view of the downtown skyline for next to nothing?
I know a lot of people like to hate on Winston, but I think it's a pretty great town after you give it a chance.
This is a great post, and as it indicates there's some very good stuff in Winston-Salem. In terms of housing, I would encourage future 1Ls to strongly consider living in the West End neighborhood or downtown. As Dr.Spanky says, there are a good variety of restaurants, bars, and other attractions in this area, and it is not expensive to rent an apartment or small house (anywhere from $600-$1000 depending on how big and how nice you want). There is also a shuttle to Wake Forest that runs from the hospital every hour (leaving at 8:15am, 9:15am, 10:15am...) and returning to the same location every hour (8:45am, 9:45am...). The shuttle is free for students and the trip takes fifteen minutes. I typically read on the shuttle or use my iphone to read news/send emails, so the time is not wasted. The location of the shuttle stop is on Eden terrace and Hawthorne Rd. It is about a hundred feet from The First Street Draught House, a bar/restaurant. I personally live a five minute walk from the shuttle stop, and its a five minute walk from my house to Bobs Big Gas Subs and Pub (as listed above) and a fifteen to twenty minute walk to Single Brothers.
From what I can tell a lot of law students live in the complexes to the north of school, where you also have shuttle service to campus, but the downside of that is that there is nothing within walking distance to do (eating, drinking, hanging out) and from there its a 10-15 minute DRIVE to the west end or downtown. So my two cents is that its a good idea to live in the west end, and maybe downtown (though I'm not sure how the shuttle service works downtown). I've known numerous people who live in a complex north of campus and complain that Winston sucks or there's nothing to do, and when they finally move downtown or the west end they do a 180 and suddenly they realize there Winston has a lot going on that they were missing out on. Please feel free to PM me with any questions.