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Daycation, all we ever wanted

Have to get away but a full-on vacation isn't in the cards? Don't pack your bags, because we've got you covered with trips you can take in a day – no mushrooms needed. If you know of a hot spot or undiscovered gem less than 2 hours away (we're driving just over the speed limit, Mom, we swear) that O.Hey needs to explore, hit reply and spill. Grab your orange mocha frappuccino and let's go!

Forward this to your road trip crew.

Those who can, caravan

We're kicking off this series in Winston-Salem, aka the Camel City, for a day of eating, shopping and snacking.



Feed us pastries and tell us we're pretty

  • Breakfast: Start your day with the biggest cinnamon roll you've ever seen at Lavender and Honey Kitchen, a popular mother-daughter owned bakery. Pairs well with vanilla soy latte and lack of shame.
  • Lunch: For the best reuben since Studdard, hit up the West End Cafe. And if you relish something else, their plentiful menu has loads of salads, sandwiches and burgers.
  • Dinner: What's the nicest of all vegetables? It's Sweet Potatoes. This restaurant dishes out all the down-home Southern classics. Like fried green tomatoes and pork rinds.
  • Snacks: If you enjoy long romantic walks in the snack aisle, Poppyseed Provisions has all the grab-and-go foods and bulk candy to satisfy your wildest, most gluttonous fantasies. Pop a seat at their bar and enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine while you get intimate with your goodies.
  • Sweets: Whatever the question, Cafe Gelato is the answer. Their handmade Italian gelato and sorbet will help you keep your chill on the hottest days. O.Hey pick: pistachio gelato with a scoop of mixed berry sorbet. Basically nuts and fruits. So, like, trail mix.



Get in, loser – we're going shopping

  • Fiddle & Fig: If Joanna Gaines is your homegirl, then this is your home store. Conveniently located in the same building as Lavender and Honey and Poppyseed Provisions, so you can shop as long as you need without getting hangry.
  • Elizabeth's at Hanes Park: This beautiful shop in the West End is abundantly filled with all of the hip, vintage stuff you wish your grandmother had kept for you but didn't (so now you have to buy it).
  • Yours Truly Consignment: Wasting less, but still wanting more? Leave the guilt at home and shop your heart out at this fashionable consignment store.
  • The Boho Depot: This shop is an entire vibe. Macra-make your way over for home decor, crystals and accessories that'll have you walking on the wild side of life.
  • Design Archives: 1980 called and she wants her wardrobe back. It's currently being stored here, along with the raddest of vintage fashions, home decor and handmade peculiarities.
  • Mast General Store: If you're outdoorsy – no, patio-drinking doesn't count – check out this mammoth store that has all the gear to outfit you from sunhat to hiking boots. Are you Yeti for a summer of adventure?
  • Kindred Spirits: Balanced is a crystal in each hand. This shop has all the provisions you need to align your chakras and heal your spirit.
  • Major Tomms: Ground control to North Trade Street for a landing at this shop, which is chock-full of dead people's stuff vintage oddities. If your #homegoals resemble Uncle Monty's house in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, this is your stop. 
  • Earth Sage: This store is a "mind/body/planet" zero-waste refillery, which sounds an awful lot like distillery, so we're in. O.Hey pick: the ginger turmeric soap which smells like awakening energy with hints of sushi.



Also worth a rolling stop

  • Bookmarks: This non-profit bookstore is where community and introverted book nerds come together as one, in a non-ironic way. Insider tip: Their events calendar is always fully booked – check out their Movable Feast, happening this weekend.
  • Reboot: Forget the Friends reunion. This is the throwback we want: Arcade games, pinball and beer all under one roof. Smells like the corner arcade at the now defunct mall of our youth mixed with brewer's yeast.

Beer or there

If you're just here for the beer, Winston-Salem is overflowing with breweries that you could spend your entire day hopping. Check out this comprehensive list to plan your drinks across the Camel City. Ale, yeah!

Well seasoned

This fall, UNCG kicks off its Concert & Lecture Series for the 2021-2022 school year and now is your chance to nab season tickets. Pop, Fizz, Perk: As a season ticket holder, you'll be invited to a champagne toast on stage following Margaret Atwood's presentation. Blessed be the fermented fruit! The stellar line-up also includes stage and screen star Kelli – well, fiddle dee dee – O'Hara, highly energetic Cuban influenced dance company Malpaso, activist and actress Geena Davis, the dynamic chamber orchestra Sphinx Virtuosi and cellist Shana Tucker. Tucker's brand of sound, ChamberSoul, is said to be a "deep music that sits down next to you and puts its arm around your shoulders." After a year with no hugs, that sounds like music to our ears.



So we creek, oh ah, oh ah, oh ah yeah

Now's your chance to create a lake effect. Guilford Creek Week provides plentiful opportunities to learn – DIY rain barrel, anyone? – and really get your hands dirty wet through volunteering with lake clean-ups.

Smooth as whiskey brunch mimosas

Jazz up your Thursday, Friday or Saturday at the Historic Magnolia House's weekly Smooth Jazz Brunch. We don't know if their grits have been kissed, but they're creamy and served with fried fish. Count us in!



Not done until you Dunleath

If this porch is rockin', you better come a-knockin'! Dunleath Porchfest is a family-friendly event featuring live music, kids' activities, food vendors and goodwill vibes. Admission is free, but do bring canned goods for the Triad Health Project. You can sit – by the porch – with us.

Harry Potter-y and the Artisan's Stone

Not a real title by J.K. Rowling, in case you were wondering. This Sunday, June 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., take a broom ride over to the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market for their annual spring Made 4 Market, featuring handmade goods and witch crafts from local artisans. 

Start us up

While the last year may have been a Beast of Burden, the Greensboro Coliseum is back in action, much to our Satisfaction.

  • Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m.: In case you aren't picking up The Stones we're throwing down, let us Shine a Light. On Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m., the Greensboro Symphony and Windborne perform The Music of the Rolling Stones. Grab your tickets now – time is not on your side.
  • Saturday, June 12, at 7 p.m.: Ride your buckin' Bronco over to Stomp the Stigma, a drive-in country music concert presented by Mental Health Greensboro. Even cowgirls get the blues.
  • Saturday, June 12, at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.: Join comedian Mike Epps In Real Life Comedy Tour for a night of laughs that will totally count as your weekly ab workout. And yes, you read that right. It's on Saturday, not Next Friday or Friday After Next.

Green looks good on you

The Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center invites you to their Green Party at LeBauer Park on Saturday, June 12, from 6-10 p.m. There will be live music, cocktails and heavy appetizers. You should probably build up your snacking arm strength before going.

Once a pond a time

Bring your pup to Pond Country – we hear the water's not ruff – for Paws & Ponds on Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring a can of pet food for donation, tour the grounds, enjoy a photo booth and maybe even adopt a dog, giving it a new leash on life.



Stringing us along

Check out this weekend's live music scene and grab us a beer while you're at it. We like IPA lot. (This is the grown-up version of "spell I cup." Actually, it's not grown up, but we have the humor of a 12-year-old boy.)

  • One Thirteen Brewhouse & Rooftop Bar: On Friday, June 11, from 8-11 p.m., enjoy Second Glance Band as you toss back a second – or third. This is the no judgement zone.
  • Little Brother Brewing: On Friday, June 11, songstress Carri Smithey will perform and on Saturday, June 12, her band, The Good Watts, take the stage. These shows will be a bright light in your weekend festivities.
  • Bull City Ciderworks: On Friday, June 11, from 6-8:30 p.m., enjoy the musical stylings of Wes & Randy. Then on Saturday, from 6-8:30 pm, folk duo Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs are sure to light up your night. 
  • Oden Brewing: On Sunday, June 12, from 6-9 p.m., hit Open Mic Night with Bryan Toney. After a few pints, we might volunteer to be your back-ups.
  • Craft City Sip-In: On Saturday, June 11, from 8-11 p.m., enjoy the upbeat violin, guitar and vocals of Emanuel Wynter. Pairs well with saison. Get it? Winter. Season. Saison.

aChording to America's Got Talent

If we told you that a musical trio formed a mere month and a half ago at UNCG would wow the judges at America's Got Talent, would you believe us? If we told you unicorns were present, would you still believe us? Their performance was so magical that we're pretty sure we did see the mythical creatures leap across the AGT stage, but see for yourself in the video of 1aChord's performance. (Sprinkles fairy dust.)

Your chance to work off-Broadway

The all-new Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, June 9, from 3-8 p.m.. While this may not be your shot at being a star, it could be your chance to clean up after one. And that's pretty much the same thing.

Did we just become best friends?

Hooray for besties – the ones who bring you ice cream after a bad break-up and help you hide the dead body. Or at least we assume so on that last one. We haven't actually tested that theory. That you know of. Anyway, we're not talking and neither is our best bud. In honor of National Best Friends Day – today! – here's a list of 50 fun things you can do with your bosom buddy by your side.

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