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14 October

A Whirlwind Day in Wilson

2019-10-14T14:51:07-04:00October 14th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

I have fond memories of visiting Great-Aunt Ruby for my mom's family reunion. I vividly recall the tobacco fields and rich farmland on the way to her home. Since Wilson is only 75 miles from New Bern, it was definitely time to go reminisce about my childhood summers. The good news: Wilson is still a wonderfully charming town. A Whirlwind of Creativity The Whirligig Park in Wilson is one of the coolest outdoor places I have ever seen! "You must go experience the Whirligig Park." The whirly what? Everywhere I stopped, a friendly local told me it was on

12 September

A Red, Bites and Blue Day

2019-09-12T17:27:12-04:00September 12th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

About 37 miles right down U.S. 17 from New Bern, you will discover another charming town, Jacksonville. While I had often visited the city in Florida, the North Carolina version was refreshingly different. It all started with my visit to an actual distillery. Walton's Distillery includes a fantastic gift shop for unique finds. Red in the Face Walton's Distillery makes moonshine, whiskey and bourbon. It is a working, small-batch facility with mashing, fermentation, distillation and bottling of spirits. Daily tours (except Sunday) showcase the process and experience of seeing a functioning moonshine still. Better yet, the owners have incorporated

15 August

I Like the Original, Little Version of Washington

2019-08-18T17:05:00-04:00August 15th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

On one of my recent trips to New Bern, I blocked out extra time to visit Washington. The town in eastern North Carolina, and yes, it is named after the first president. Where’s Opie? I remember visiting Washington many years ago to see my Great-Aunt Ruth. I recalled the quaintness as if I was were in Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show. On this visit, I half-expected to see the likes of Andy Taylor or Barney Fife. The drive to Washington is an easy one, about 36 miles up north on U.S. 17. The town boasts a scenic waterfront along the

16 July

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

2019-07-16T11:25:33-04:00July 16th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

There must be something about a city named Greenville in the Carolinas. The city in South Carolina is one of my favorite places to visit. Believe it or not, I had never taken the time to drive to Greenville, North Carolina, just 47 miles away from New Bern. Nicknamed The Emerald City (I can only assume due to the city name and the amount of green space), North Carolina's Greenville is a magical city to visit, and no ruby slippers required! Ahoy, Matey Trustees Fountain at ECU is a landmark and gathering place on campus. Greenville may best be

17 June

Row, Row, Row Your Raft

2019-06-19T13:32:37-04:00June 17th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

When I visited New Bern for the first time in 2017, I heard stories about this really cool raft race on the Trent River. Apparently, it was a big deal for the city back in the 1970s and 1980s. Locals told me it drew tens of thousands of people. So why wasn't it still going on, I asked. I heard a number of different reasons from the same number of people, therefore who really knows. It was just one of those unanswered questions. Last year, The Great Trent River Raft Race returned to New Bern. Fast forward to June

13 May

A Weekend to Remember

2019-05-13T19:02:30-04:00May 13th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

New Bern is a wonderful place to be at any given day of the year. Being here on a holiday weekend seems to be even better. Memorial Day Weekend is the last one in May, and New Bern has plenty of activities to keep us entertained. Below are three to enjoy. Footloose and Fancy-Free The annual concert series kicks off on May 24! Friday evening kicks off with the first outing of Footloose on the Neuse Summer Concert Series. Join your friends at Union Point Park, a beautiful backdrop at the convergence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers. Be

12 April

Wilmington Has Browsing History

2019-04-12T17:09:37-04:00April 12th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

The USS Battleship North Carolina is an authentic on-board museum. As I have written in the past few posts, New Bern is perfectly located near really cool places. So, when you feel the need to get out and about beyond the city, you have plenty of options. A place I love to visit this time of year is Wilmington. The city is less than 100 miles down U.S. 17. There is much to do here, so I am breaking my visit down into two posts. This post focuses on three unique museums for history buffs. Don't Sink This Battleship

15 March

Goldsboro, A Gold Mine for Nostalgia

2019-03-15T15:58:12-04:00March 15th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

As I have said before, one of the many cool things about New Bern’s location is its proximity to other cool places. Just 60 miles west up the road is Goldsboro, a small city that is the epitome of North Carolina. When I was younger, we would travel from Florida to visit my grandmother, who lived in Goldsboro. I thought it was time to visit the place that held fond childhood memories. Many of my favorite places are no longer there, but the beauty of this town remains, as evidence by Beech Street. Beech is the street my Granny lived on,

8 February

Taking Flight to Havelock

2019-02-08T18:16:11-04:00February 8th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

It seems like every time I visit New Bern, I either plan to visit Havelock or run into someone that says, “You should go to Havelock.” Well, I finally did it. And, I now know what I have been missing. Eastern Carolina's Aviation History The town is just a short, easy drive from New Bern. It took me less than 20 minutes. Top of the day’s agenda was to visit the Havelock Visitor’s Center, where there is a very interesting aviation exhibit. I had no idea of the depth of heritage and culture here. There are some truly unique displays of

14 January

A Trip Forward Back in Time

2019-01-14T15:33:39-04:00January 14th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

In all my travels when I choose to venture outside New Bern, one place I had yet to visit was Kinston. With the new year comes new places to see, so I headed west on U.S. Highway 70 just 35 miles down the road. The drive to Kinston is an easy one, and one that I am glad I did. Who would have thought a city with a population of only 21,000 people could be filled with such expansive history? Fire! Caswell #1 Fire Station Museum features a pumper from 1922. First up was the Caswell #1 Fire Station

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