This is mostly because it smells amazing and you get to see the baker kneading bread dough or making the sugar cakes. If you try nothing else at the bakery, try the sugar cake. It’s a little like an oversize dense glazed doughnut, but better. Also, you don’t slice or cut these things: like monkey bread, you tear it apart and lick the glaze off your fingers between each bite (or don’t, especially if you’re in public, because it is a little off-putting).
Best Cookie: Lemon Cookies
The Moravian cookies might be the thinnest cookies ever, and you should give them a try, but the best ones we had at the bakery were the lemon cookies. The sugar cookies were a close second, but the others were pretty far behind. The lemon cookies are light, neither too crisp nor too chewy, and not too sweet.
The cookies are a little bit overpriced, as is everything in the bakery, but when in Old Salem it’s probably worth the splurge.
Okay, so it might be a little strange to pick a cemetery as the best place to visit. But it’s a must see when you’re in Old Salem. Its uniformity, coloring, and deep meaning make a statement on the Moravians and the historical society that made Old Salem what it is. The cemetery is the best maintained, revered, and uniform cemetery I have seen to date – though I am sure there are others out there. The culture is old but not forgotten and that’s most evident in God’s Acre.
Best Day to Go: Saturdays in Spring and Summer
If you go on a Saturday, be sure to get there early before all of the other tourists, families, and community members get there. The Farmers Market has the best produce to offer early in the morning, but it’s really due to the cramped spaces within each of the historic buildings that you should go early. Winkler Bakery, for example, gets hot and stuffy by midday when the number of people in the building exceeds even 20 (and it always does). Once you’re done with the buildings, though, head back over to the market for gelato and other fresh treats because more of them arrive around lunch – and that’s when the scene bustles with music and dancing and laughing families.
– M. Ray Hall