Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Arriving at a new city creates an instantaneous spectrum of emotions, ranging from overwhelming stress to the anticipation of meeting new people. With the convenience of online access, contacting municipal services and cable providers, as well as researching the best coffee shops, might begin the long list of items to check off. While you may learn about great future stomping grounds, here are also ten tips to help you make the most of your new city!


Whether you live in an apartment complex or housing development, establish a relationship with your neighbors by inquiring about the best shopping locations.  They will know where to find the best prices and deals. Accept social invitations to participate in gatherings and open conversations!  Your neighbor can be a wonderful new friend and aid you in times of difficulty!

Maps and Destinations

Where on earth would you be without a GPS?  In the Triad, you’ll find scenery changes from city streets to residential neighborhoods to the pastoral countryside!  Rather than drive your way through the sometimes-windy roads, allow a navigating system to lead the way to the best local restaurants, coffee spots, and trails. Within a short period, you’ll be using side roads and avoiding heavy traffic like a local!

Welcome Center

In Southern communities, visitors will find hospitality centers derive from a few of the oldest businesses within a town, such as the fire department, funeral home, church, the public library, country stores, and diners.  Residents will kindly offer recommendations, tell you whom to speak with, and provide a wealth of information.

Local Magazines

Every city has a publication informing residents and visitors of upcoming local events, great shopping opportunities, and restaurants. Forsyth Woman and Family magazines encourage their readers to get out in the city by scheduling monthly “Kids’ Morning Out” and “Girls’ Night Out” events.

Farmer’s Markets

From May through October, the Piedmont Triad offers numerous outdoor venues that feature a variety of local, fresh produce, seasonal plants, herbs, and handmade crafts. Attending a market in Clemmons, Greensboro, Kernersville, Oak Ridge, High Point, King, or Walnut Cove will become an invaluable opportunity to make connections.

NC Cooperative Extension

Do you love the topics affiliated with horticulture and agriculture?  Then Google “NC Cooperative Extension.”  Each county has a page full of opportunities to attend classes and mini-seminars, or join monthly associations for beekeepers, master gardeners, or cattleman.  With so many options available for adults, children, too, have great opportunities to get involved!

A State for Veterans

For veterans transitioning to the Piedmont area, you’ll find a great movement occurring in the well-connected state of North Carolina.  Beyond the extensive list of organizations, groups, meetings, and activities, new arrivals will quickly connect with Veterans in the community.  Use key phrases such as “Veterans’ Day Events across the Triad,” “Veteran Breakfasts, or “NC Veterans’ Coffee Shop.”

Rich Historic Places

Turn the corner or take a wrong turn, and often a driver, biker, or walker will find a historical landmark. It could be a barn or house, park, or trail.  History surrounds you.  The best way to start learning about your new home state’s history and culture is to visit bedroom communities, such as Clemmons, Kernersville, Mount Airy, and Danbury.

From Mountains to Ocean

With a span 500 miles long and 150 miles wide, North Carolina has plenty of room for engaging in recreational and educational activities across 100 counties. You could catch a ferry to Bald Head Island or climb 214 spiral stairs to the top of Bodie Island lighthouse.  Consider the thrill of walking across a 224-foot suspension bridge or the relaxation in visiting a winery.  Buy tickets to attend the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, or schedule a tour at the Biltmore Estate.  North Carolina has everything you need!


Among your new-to-town connections is a social media tool called “Meetup,” which allows you to find a group planning to go kayaking or dancing, for example. If you enjoy meeting new people, you’ll undoubtedly find a group that appeals to your interests!

Welcome home!


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