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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

11 December

Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays

2018-12-11T14:54:58-04:00December 11th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

  Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow in New Bern at Bear Plaza! The holiday season is in full force, and there is no place I would rather be than New Bern. While there is a host of activities and events throughout the last week of December, two stick out for me. Hop on Board the Polar Express! On Sunday, December 23, I made plans for the inner kid in me. I will be joining friends on the Polar Express for an hour of caroling and bright lights through downtown on the New Bern Trolley. There

6 November

Gobble Up These Thanksgiving Activities

2018-11-06T22:55:52-04:00November 6th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

No worries--you won't look like a turkey at the Twin Rivers YMCA Turkey Trot! The holiday season is just around the corner, and a great place to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend is in New Bern. I love this time of year in New Bern. The entire town magically lights up into a winter wonderland. The weather brings clear, sunny days and crisp, chilly nights (a good reason to snuggle up with loved ones). The perfect way to start the impending 3,000-calorie Thanksgiving Day is to participate in the 11th Annual Twin Rivers YMCA Turkey Trot. The fun begins Thursday at

8 October

Mum’s Not the Word about These Two New Bern Events

2018-10-08T21:55:12-04:00October 8th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

It’s October in New Bern, and you know what that means. Two big events, MumFest and Ghostwalk, are coming to New Bern's downtown! MumFest Get ready for the downtown to be sprinkled with mums! First, MumFest is just around the corner. The kick-off concert is Friday, October 12, with headliners Dan + Shay! The festival continues throughout the weekend with live music, food, beverages, rides, games, shows and running races, for an incredible couple of days of fun. Downtown will transform with mums and the festivities, so it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, listen to great

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