Gray's Journal

Monday, September 24, 2012

A List of Our Fall Favorites in Winston-Salem

Fall is finally here and if you are visiting us at Graylyn we know you’ll want to take full advantage of this beautiful city in the Fall. There’s nothing like Winston-Salem in the Fall; from the changing leaves, to Moravian Fall festivals, to the smell of funnel cakes at the fair. We’ve compiled a list of must-do activities during this year’s Fall season. We hope you enjoy!

Black Walnut Festival - Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - A day of food, live music and family fun in the historic Town of Bethania, North Carolina at the 2012 Black Walnut Festival. Presented by the Town of Bethania, this year's celebration will be held on September 29th. For information visit

Dixie Classic Fair - Sept. 28-Oct. 7 - Funnel cakes, rides, farmers markets, and more! What better way to enjoy a fall night than at one of the best fairs in North Carolina. Celebrating its 130th year, the Dixie Classic Fair is the second largest fair in the state. For more information visit

Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market - Every Saturday until Nov. 19, 9 a.m. - Market is features vegetables, fruits, meat, and other organic products. A gravel parking is available near the market area, and also the visiting area of Old Salem is also available. For more info, please visit

Pumpkin Pick Hay Rides at Tanglewood Stables - Through the month of October, enjoy fall foliage and pumpkin picking! A tractor-driven hay ride will take you to and from the pumpkin patch where you can pick out the perfect pumpkin for Fall. The hay ride typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour. For more information visit

Wake Forest Football - What is Fall without football? Wake Forest football is one of the biggest attractions in Winston-Salem. The Demon Deacons still have several home games this season, so be sure to check out their 2012 schedule. And if you’re looking for a great place to eat after the game, be sure to check out the Game Day menu in the Grille Room at Graylyn.

Harvest Day at Old Salem Museums & Gardens - Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -  Old Salem takes a day to celebrate two classic German food favorites:  pork and apples.  Enjoy crisp fall weather and tour the historic town of Salem. Participate in historic demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family. For more information visit

Legends and Lanterns Halloween Tours at Old Salem - Oct. 26 - Are you afraid of the dark? Come find out by joining a Legends & Lanterns walking tour at Old Salem if you dare! Visit several haunting stops in the historic district where you will hear tales of a local ghostly legends, or interact with a person from the past. Call 1-800-441-5305 for pre-registration.

Tanglewood Festival of Lights - Every night beginning Nov. 17 - Tanglewood Festival of Lights, located in Clemmons, continues to be one of the largest and most spectacular light shows in the Southeast. From storybook scenes to holiday themes, over 100 displays and over a million lights fill Tanglewood Park with the splendor and joy of the holiday season. Visit the Tanglewood website for more information.

Thanksgiving Brunch at Graylyn - Nov. 22 - An extravagant brunch served in one of the most charming estates in North Carolina, Graylyn's Thanksgiving brunch is a nice way to enjoy the holiday without having to prepare at home. Graylyn's team of culinary experts have taken a creative approach to preparing this Thanksgiving feast for the whole family. Visit us at for more information.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Graylyn Goes to Durham for MPI Meeting

The Carolina's chapter of Meeting Professionals International held a meeting and tradeshow yesterday for meeting planners and suppliers to attend and connect with others in the industry at the Marriott Durham City Center in Durham. MPI is a global association that believes that meeting and event planners are critical in the success of a business.

The theme for this year's trade show was "Tricks of the Trade," so we put on our thinking caps and tried to figure out the best way to make our trade show booth stand out above all others.

We wanted to incorporate a little Graylyn history in our booth to remind everyone that Graylyn is a historical estate, and finally it hit us - the Grays had two beloved Scottish Terriers, named ever so cleverly Butter and Scotch, and what do dogs do (especially those that love treats)? TRICKS!

Upon spending hours and hours on the Internet searching for battery-powered flipping dogs, we were able to locate two look-alike Scotties to be the main attraction to the Graylyn booth.

Also at our booth were stuffed Scottie dogs and butterscotch candies to play up the Butter and Scotch theme even more!

After a very productive meeting and trade show, Graylyn was chosen by the MPI committee as the best booth at show because of the flipping trick dogs.

Overall, Graylyn had a very successful time at the meeting and trade show, and we look forward to hosting the MPI meeting in January!

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