Winston-Salem Historic Inns features 2 unique and significant historic properties in Downtown Winston-Salem: The Shaffner Inn & The Summit Street Inns. Each Inn represents different styles of architecture. Our Inns pride themselves on luxury amenities, service, and food and beverage. Inside of the Shaffner Inn is our restaurant, Founders, featuring an extensive breakfast and lunch menu 6 days a week. We specialize in events and are eager to make your special wedding, shower, anniversary, or business meeting luxurious and unique.




Summit Street Inns, located in the historic West End neighborhood, is comprised of the Ludlow and Sheppard houses, both historic architectural masterpieces. 

Summit Street Inns was extensively restored to the highest historic standards from 2020-2023. It is now open to the public, boasting of 10 well-appointed overnight guest rooms and over-the-top bathroom accommodations exceeding any industry standard for luxury and comfort. The property features beautiful gardens, comfortable outdoor living spaces, event space and on-site parking. There is a billiards room and parlor, as well. All guests at Summit Street Inns also have the option of enjoying a complimentary breakfast at Founders Restaurant, just a mile away.





Take a step back in time at the Shaffner Inn. This extravagant white and green Tudor Revival style residence was built in 1907, as a private residence for Henry Fries Shaffner, co-founder of Wachovia Loan and Trust. It boasts of elegance with its grand staircase, Tiger Oak hand-carved paneling, 9 original fireplaces, a wraparound enclosed porch, and dormer casements that emulate historic English lead-glass windows, all surrounded by handsome antiques. The Shaffner Inn is open to the public, offering 8 overnight guest rooms, meeting and event space, on-site parking and a full-service restaurant.






Founders Restaurant, located in The Shaffner Inn, is a delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant.  The unique location influences the historic decor and fun mismatched china that compliment the era of the home.  The menu is anything but traditional, however, starting with the drink menu that has fun mimosas, an incredible Bloody Mary, and amazing cocktails. Their specialties include a New Orleans Style Shrimp and Grits, Texas Pete Honey Chicken and Waffles and Chef’s Choice Avocado Toast (which changes weekly).  They serve breakfast and lunch Tuesday- Friday from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.. Reservations are recommended on the weekend.  They are closed on Mondays. 




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