A Stylish Celebration Awaits
Host your special event at one or both of our exclusive venues, The Shaffner Inn and Summit Street Inns. The possibilities are limitless. We offer a variety of indoor and outdoor choices, along with numerous distinctive spaces suitable for a wide array of events, seamlessly combining venues if desired. Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, Winston-Salem Historic Inns provides the perfect backdrop, services, and elegance you envision.
The Shaffner Inn
Immerse yourself in the rich history of The Shaffner Inn, a Tudor masterpiece offering versatile venue options. From the enclosed wraparound porch to the banquet room, discover spaces that set the stage for unforgettable events. Enjoy the charm of the entire house with 8 inviting guest rooms, ideal for out of town family and/or friends.
Summit Street Inns
Uncover the captivating atmosphere of Summit Street Inns, where the blend of luxury and history creates a truly magical experience. With 10 exquisite guest rooms spread across the Victorian Ludlow House and the grandiose Sheppard House, each venue exudes unique style. Enjoy a delightful cocktail hour on our stunning wrap-around porches or host a sit-down dinner or party on the hardscape between the houses, dancing beneath majestic oaks or a stately tent adorned with twinkling lights.
Our devoted catering team pledges to craft a personalized culinary experience within your budget, delighting your guests with options ranging from hot and cold appetizers to a full-course, sit-down meal. We cater to dietary needs, providing vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.
General Event FAQs
How many guests can you accommodate for an event?
We can host up to 120 guests.
What are the time frames for events?
We offer half day rentals (4 hours) and full day rentals (8 hours).
What is included with the site fee?
Your site fee includes 4 hours of event time, as well as tables, chiavari chairs, linens, china, glassware, and flatware.
How much time is allowed for decorating, setup, and cleanup?
Our team will work alongside your vendors; together we will handle all setup and clean up including décor, food, beverage, chairs, tables, and set-ups. The time needed will be discussed based on the décor provided.
What is needed to book an event at the Winston-Salem Historic Inns?
We will need a signed contract and a minimum 50% non-refundable deposit to secure your event date.
How do we book guest rooms? Is there a discount offered?
There are several options for overnight accommodations, and we will work with you for the best pricing, based on availability. Together, our three Inns offer 18 beautifully appointed guest rooms with a complimentary brunch each morning at Founders Restaurant at The Shaffner Inn. Once you have contracted for your event, we do not accept other reservations on your dates if you choose to book our guestrooms. You will have the exclusivity of the historic houses for you and your guests as long as no prior bookings have been made for your selected dates. Our central location allows for flexibility with other local AirBnBs and hotels in close proximity.
What happens if it rains?
Picture you and your fiance surrounded by family and friends. The candles are lit, and the music plays softly in the background. Everyone is dry and settled in for your event at our beautiful Shaffner Inn. If time and budget permits, tenting the event location is a beautiful opportunity.
Is there a charge for parking?
Parking is limited at each property, however, there is ample free parking just across the street for all properties. We offer contracted valet services at an additional charge.
Do you have preferred outside catering & beverage vendors?
Winston-Salem Historic Inns handles all catering and beverage needs.
Can we bring in outside vendors?
Yes, however, we recommend you choose from our list of distinguished vendors. If you choose to use a vendor who has not worked with us in the past, we will need to vet and approve in advance. Insurance will also need to be in place. However, as stated above, we do not allow outside food or beverage vendors.
Do you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Our staff carefully considers dietary restrictions and offers menu choices accommodating vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free preferences.
Do you allow live music, bands, or DJs on the premises?
Yes, we are open to a discussion of your preferences; many couples use a combination of live music as well as DJ service for their special day to add diversity to entertainment.
Paperwork & Details FAQs
When do you require the final head count?
The final numbers are due 14 business days prior to the event.
What is the deadline for making changes?
With the exception of final guest count (which is due 14 business days prior to your event) all requested changes are due 30 days prior to your event date.
When are deposits and payments due?*
A non-refundable 50% deposit is due when signing the contract to book & hold the venue for your event. 90 days prior to the event, 90% of all estimated charges are due. 30 business days prior to the event, 100% of the estimated charges are due and 15 business days prior to the event, 100% of the guaranteed charges are due. Any difference in charges will be settled within 24 hours after event.
WSHI and the client will mutually agree on payment arrangements for events planned under a 90 day time period; the agreement will be documented in the contract.