5 March

March Over to New Bern’s Event Weekend

2018-03-05T23:14:29-05:00March 5th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

I’ve written in previous posts about all that makes New Bern so remarkable to live. March is no exception, however there are too many special events to cover in this post. Suffice it to say March Madness could also describe New Bern’s events calendar in addition to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. I am looking forward to attending a big party on Friday, March 16. The Rotary Club of New Bern is hosting Sham-Rockin’ 2018. The fundraiser, with food from The Chelsea, a live band and the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace as the backdrop, is sure to be a

5 February

Beer Necessities in Bear Town

2018-02-05T17:09:43-05:00February 5th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

New Bern is known for the 60 themed, ceramic bears located throughout the city, hence the nickname Bear Town. However, it could soon become known for its outstanding selection of places to relax with a cold beer. A flight of craft brews at Beer Army. On one of my recent jaunts to New Bern, I wanted to investigate two places in the historic downtown that I overheard some locals raving about. While I am a visitor, I prefer to take in the sights, sounds and flavors of where the locals prefer to frequent. I first stumbled (figuratively, not literally)

29 December

Don’t Forget Your Fruits and Veggies

2017-12-29T20:33:49-05:00December 29th, 2017|Blog, Uncategorized|

On one of my trips to New Bern, I had the opportunity to stay over the weekend. What a treat, as I soon discovered the city boasts an incredible Saturday Farmers' Market. Held in the historic downtown district, the Farmers Market was an amazing sight. There must have been close to 100 vendors selling one-of-a-kind items, dessert goodies, hand-painted treasures and of course, delectable fresh fruits and veggies. Being the holiday season, I had the added pleasure of holiday treats. The holidays in New Bern are one-of-a-kind, from crafts to celebrations! The Saturday Farmers Market is a wonderful

8 December

Park Yourself Here for Relaxation

2017-12-20T13:24:32-05:00December 8th, 2017|Blog, Uncategorized|

This is the first riverfront park I have been to where you are this close to the water. I had heard that New Bern boasted several parks and green spaces. However I was still pleasantly surprised that one of the first places I came upon was a riverfront setting to kick my shoes off and enjoy the spectacular view.   The Union Point Park pavilion has been the site of many gatherings, including weddings! Union Point Park spans six acres along the convergence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. With a pavilion, playground, benches and several shady areas,

15 November

The Rivers Run Through It

2017-12-20T13:23:45-05:00November 15th, 2017|Blog|

I adore the movie A River Runs Through It for many reasons. Yes, I have a slight crush on Brad Pitt, and Tom Skerritt is a phenomenal actor. But why I fell in love with this movie is the pure beauty of the non-human character, the river. The welcome sign as you enter New Bern says it all. The first time I visited New Bern, I thought I was reliving a scene from the movie. I immediately felt a sense of inner calmness. New Bern is at the convergence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers, and these two rivers provide

12 October

A Tale of Two Pounds (in One City)

2017-12-20T13:23:18-05:00October 12th, 2017|Blog, Uncategorized|

I have visited New Bern a few times now, and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit, each time I leave with some extra baggage. As in a couple of extra pounds! I refuse to take the blame. The restaurant options are too enticing to ignore. The Chelsea is located on Middle Street in New Bern's historic downtown. On my first visit, I met some friends, including Weyerhaeuser's Kellie Hawkins, at The Chelsea. One word to describe the meal—indescribable! I ordered the filet mignon, prepared medium rare (the only way I think a filet should be prepared), and I promised myself

20 September

First and Foremost, New Bern Is Second to None

2017-12-20T13:22:34-05:00September 20th, 2017|Blog|

It's evident the City of New Bern is one of pride, community spirit and friendly people. However, I had no idea New Bern was a place of firsts! As you drive, bike or walk through the city, you are likely to come upon two of them. I was in a gardener's dream at the Tryon Palace Gardens. Did you know New Bern was the site of the first capitol building for North Carolina? Tryon Palace was commissioned under Governor Tryon, and in 1771 it opened. During the Revolutionary War, the palace was burned to the ground. This tragedy, coupled

14 August

New Bern Is Easy to Bear in Mind

2017-08-30T22:43:49-04:00August 14th, 2017|Blog|

As trite as this may sound, the first time I visited New Bern, North Carolina, I knew this was a special place. There are many words to describe the character of the city—historic, modern, charming, eclectic, welcoming, quiet and active. These descriptives may seem to be somewhat contradictory, yet that's why New Bern is so unique. This was the first bear I encountered on my initial visit to New Bern. The city’s uniqueness became very evident when I came upon my first Bear. No, not the real kind, thank goodness. It was a themed statue named “Bearon de Graffenreid,”

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