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Visiting Greensboro

Where is Greensboro?

Greensboro, the Gate City, is the third-largest city in North Carolina, located near the confluence of Interstates 77, 40, and 85. It has easy access to beautiful Carolina beaches and the peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I came to Greensboro in 2010 and fell in love with the creative energy of the area. Greensboro is part of what is known as the Triad area, along with Winston-Salem and High Point. We are also about an hour from Raleigh, Durham, and Cary; and about 90 minutes from Charlotte. It really is a beautiful part of the country.

Why Spend Time Traveling to Greensboro?

The Big City Argument:

If you live in one of the big cities, like NYC or Washington DC, a trip to Greensboro might be a better investment and something uniquely special. Some top-tier photographers charge over $3500 for a full-day session. Since we have much lower overhead (we own the studio and live in a less expensive part of the country), we don’t have to charge as much. With non-stop flights from most hub cities, you can fly directly to North Carolina and stay for a vacation weekend and still have some money left over.

The Smaller City Argument:

Is there a photographer in your area who entirely focuses on dance photography, and can help you get the shot you want? Can they coach you? Whether you are planning on making a career out of dance or not, you deserve an uplifting photography experience, allowing your artistry and opinion to shine through, and resulting in photographs that are uniquely you. Either way, a trip to Greensboro should be on your list of must-do dance activities.

Greebsboro, North Carolina, USA downtown skyline.

Where should we stay in Greensboro?

Green Gate Guesthouse

Less than one mile from the studio! Dassi has been in business for a couple of years now, serving Kosher and vegan food, and is a master at working with any dietary restrictions you might have. She’s a great cook and host.

Hotel Denim

These folks renovated an old hotel and made it something very Greensboro. I haven’t had anyone stay here, so I can’t speak for it. They have been supportive of the Greensboro Ballet, so they get a spot on the list.

From their website: The Hotel Denim is Greensboro’s newest hip and stylish boutique hotel. Conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Greensboro at 1517 Westover Terrace, Hotel Denim offers a unique lifestyle experience while visiting the Piedmont-Triad region. Experience art, local history, and culture when you stay at Hotel Denim. Our hotel has been tastefully decorated to pay homage to Greensboro’s storied past as the home of Cone Mills and its rich history as The Denim Capital of The World. With a hip and stylish vibe, you will find that Hotel Denim offers a unique experience unmatched in Greensboro.

Hyatt Place Greensboro (Downtown)

This hotel puts you right in the fun part of downtown, near great food and some options for entertainment.

From their website: With a handful of interesting museums, a flourishing arts scene, and a downtown that’s home to trendy cafes, theaters, and boutiques. Greensboro offers big-city features on a manageable scale. Hyatt Place Greensboro / Downtown will keep you comfortable with homey amenities.

The Proximity

We stayed here when we first came to Greensboro. A delightful hotel experience, though certainly a bit pricey. The Printworks Bistro at the Proximity is one of our favorite restaurants as well. The roasted garlic served with their bread is a great start, and the beignets are an excellent finish.

From their website: Stay in sustainable style at the employee-owned Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. Discover custom-designed furnishings, commissioned art, and innovative design in every corner of our AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel. Savor fresh European flavors at Print Works Bistro with creekside dining and an energetic bar with craft cocktails. Unwind in modern loft-like guestrooms and many gathering spaces. Find extraordinary events and bespoke weddings.

The O. Henry Hotel

This is the sister hotel to The Proximity. Another fabulous restaurant and right across from Friendly Center if you need retail therapy (and a lot of walking).

From the website: Let elegance and tranquility restore your spirit. We invite you to stay with us at our passionately run hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. Discover gracious hospitality, attentive service, and modern features, including inviting guestrooms with custom furnishings and original art in every corner of our luxury hotel. Unwind at Green Valley Grill with fresh Mediterranean flavors, al fresco dining in the courtyard garden, and craft cocktails. Our amenities include afternoon tea every day in the social lobby, O.Henry Jazz, (we’ll let you know when Jazz is back—hopefully soon!), and more. Our extraordinary bespoke events include weddings, group meetings, and conferences.

Grandover Resort & Spa

We went to a wedding here, and it is grand. This hotel is furthest from my studio, but if you want all the amenities, this is your place.

From the website: Enriching the life journey of our guests and team members as they travel along our way.  GRAND hospitality is what we do. Grandover Resort & Spa offers 36 holes of championship golf, a luxurious day spa, tennis, overnight accommodations, three bars, two restaurants, an art gallery, live entertainment, an indoor/outdoor pool, a conference center, and event venues. During your visit to our newly renovated, AAA Four Diamond Resort, you will find an array of images and artifacts all around the property reflecting the history and arts of Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad in North Carolina. Whether you are planning for a Golf or Spa Getaway, a Wedding celebration event, or a Conference, Grandover Resort provides an exceptional experience for all.

What is there to do in Greensboro?

Where Should We Eat While in Greensboro?

There are a lot of great local eateries here in Greensboro. Some of our favorites include (in alphabetic order):

Getting Around Greensboro

I checked out some Uber pricing as of July of 2022 to see what the prices are:

  • Airport to my studio or Proximity Hotel: $18
  • Studio to Downtown (Crafted: The Art of the Taco): $13
  • Studio to Proximity Hotel: $10
  • Studio to Carolina Dancewear (because no one ever forgot something): $8

And of course, there are plenty of rental options at the airport as well.

Flight Options for Greensboro

Greensboro is the home of Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO on the Booking Apps) and currently offers non-stop service to about a dozen locations. The beauty of flying into PTI is that it a very fast airport to get through, and it is under 15 minutes to the studio.

If you’d prefer to fly into Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU), Greensboro is a little over an hour away straight down I-40. The direct flight listing to RDU can be found HERE.

Charlotte Airport (CLT) is about a 90-minute drive. It is the largest airport in the area, with a vast array of non-stop flights.