Adventures in Greensboro

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I’m about to travel to Greensboro for my sister’s wedding, and I’m already planning to revisit some places I’ve discovered there for good eats. I’m also curious to see how autumn looks there…it’s been slow-coming in Virginia (at least in Northern Virginia, near DC), and I suspect the same is true of North Carolina, but I’ll be happy to see the fall decor and the houses dressed up for Halloween.


If you’re ever in Greensboro and want a healthy (and still yummy) option for your meal, head to Clean Juice for a fresh-pressed juice, a smoothie, a smoothie bowl, or gourmet toast (think avocado or almond butter and banana).



Need something a little more naughty? Check out Rise for incredible biscuit sandwiches and unique donuts (some of the best I’ve ever had, like the crème brûlée donut with a vanilla custard filling and burnt, crispy sugar on top). Not pictured but worth mentioning is Duck Donuts, which was born in Duck, North Carolina (at the Outer Banks) and has spread because their donuts rock and you get to customize them so they’re made to order. Also, Donut World is a local favorite with the best damn crullers I’ve ever had. [UPDATE: I’m devastated to learn that Rise has closed their Greensboro location; however, they have other locations, such as Durham and Richmond! Huge bummer for Greensboro.]



Need a spot of tea? Check out Vida Pour (I’m actually going to dedicate my next post to this gem!).



Ready for an upscale dinner (or lunch or brunch)? Go to Green Valley Grill, located in the beautiful O. Henry hotel (you can also have afternoon tea there!).



I don’t know what my sister’s bouquet will include, and I’m curious to see if she’s using any local flora for the bouquet or the decorations at the reception. I’m just starting to garden at my new home (thanks to a friend who is generously offering me help and much-needed advice), and I know I’ll be paying attention to see what I like and to get ideas for my backyard. The flowers below were what was blooming in May this year.



Like small towns and good eats and gardens? Check out my novel The Mornings for a tasty read.