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27 August

Three Restaurants, One Great Meal After Another

2020-08-27T14:38:04-04:00August 27th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, our back-to-normal continues to evolve. Not sure if you feel like COVID-19 stands for the number of pounds gained over these last several months, but it is spot-on for me. I want to thank the amazing New Bern restaurants that have helped add those pounds. While there are too many to list in one post, here are three of my favorites: La Casetta I have raved about this magnifico Italian eatery before, and I am going to do it again. La Casetta is the place to be for authentic Italian food. My recommendation is to

28 July

A Walk in the Park

2020-07-28T12:17:15-04:00July 28th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

We all know the coronavirus has taken its toll on so many things this year. Being able to socially distance is more important than ever, so I have three park recommendations to enjoy the great outdoors in New Bern. Park #1 – Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park I love these trails at Latham-Whitehurst Park. So peaceful! Located east of downtown along the outskirts of New Bern, Latham-Whitehurst is a popular choice for those who love to hike, fish, kayak and birdwatch. I always enjoy walking the boardwalk that runs along Broad Creek to take in the beautiful views. I ventured

20 June

Everything Really Does Come Together Here – Part Three

2020-06-20T17:01:52-04:00June 20th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

In the last two blog posts, I have spotlighted how New Bern has adapted during coronavirus. From the Craven County schools to our favorite restaurants to helping out charitable organizations, New Bern residents truly come together. Here are three “normal for now” activities to enjoy: The Grass is Green Tryon Palace's gardens are a must-see anytime you visit New Bern. Every season brings a different collection of blooms. While the Governor’s Palace remains closed, the Tryon Palace Gardens are open and seem even more majestic than before. I had previously heard the gardens were the plan of a

27 May

Everything Really Does Come Together Here – Part Two

2020-06-06T13:26:29-04:00May 27th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

As our magical City of New Bern and State of North Carolina continue through the reopening phases from COVID, I definitely feel spotlighting the community itself is worth another post. After all, the community spirit is a major reason why New Bern is the perfect place to call home. Our Restaurants If you ask the locals around here what they missed most during the pandemic shutdown, you are likely to receive “restaurants” as the answer. With limited capacity status, New Bern establishments are taking dining outdoors on weekend evenings. Be sure to check out the latest street and sidewalk cafes, and

23 April

Everything Really Does Come Together Here

2020-04-23T14:04:15-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

While I typically write about all the really cool things to do in New Bern and surrounding places, it seems appropriate this month with the Coronavirus pandemic to write about the really cool residents of our town. The people of this fine small city always seem to meet, actually exceed, the challenge. Our Schools During this remote learning phase, it's not always going to be smiling faces. Everyone deserves a little slack these days! While our parents had to learn “new math,” we have all had to adapt to a new way of learning. Teachers, administrators, staff, parents and

25 March

Road Trip to Raleigh – Part Three: Making History

2020-03-25T17:09:31-04:00March 25th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

  I had just a few hours left in Raleigh, and I had a couple of stops left on my agenda. Having spent the morning touring the Capitol Building and the Museum of Natural Sciences, I had worked up quite an appetite. Just Add Gravy Oh my gosh! How can such a simple dish taste so decadent? A New Bern friend provided a top recommendation for lunch, a restaurant named Gravy. Was this to be a homestyle cooking café? Once I came upon the restaurant, I realized gravy referred to homemade pasta sauce. Gravy is everything you desire in

28 February

Road Trip to Raleigh – Part Two: Science “Fare”

2020-02-28T18:32:51-05:00February 28th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

In last month’s post, I wrote about my visit to the North Carolina Capitol Building in Raleigh. That was just the beginning of amazing places to explore in this beautiful city. For the next part of my journey, I did not have to go very far. Around the corner to be exact, to tackle the subject I struggled with in school--science. A Stone to Pick With the museum's worldly exterior, I had to see what was inside. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the Southeast’s largest natural history museum. It has exhibits on four floors that are,

27 January

Road Trip to Raleigh – Part One

2020-01-27T12:42:34-05:00January 27th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Many of you know that New Bern served as the first state capital and home to the first capitol building, Tryon Palace. On my most recent excursion to New Bern, I had a business side trip to Raleigh. Finally, the opportunity to experience the “other” North Carolina capitol building. For those of you who follow this blog, you likely realize it will be my number-one stop during free time. Pre-Visit Refresher First, a brief history lesson as to why Raleigh was favored over our beloved town. As the latter part of the 18th Century progressed, so did the population growth moving

23 December

Rocky Mount, Oh My! – Part Two

2019-12-23T14:37:51-05:00December 23rd, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

You may recall from last month’s post that I stayed an extra day in Rocky Mount because there was so much to experience. That decision was a good one, and it began with my nighttime accommodations. Oh My! #3 – A Tiny Night A minimum of space affords a maximum of enjoyment at the River and Twine, a tiny house hotel! How excited I was to read about River and Twine, a tiny house hotel in Rocky Mount Mills. I had never been in a tiny house before, and here before me were over a dozen of them! How

13 November

Rocky Mount, Oh My! – Part One

2019-12-23T13:21:14-05:00November 13th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

Of all my childhood travels to Eastern Carolina, along with my frequent visits to New Bern, I had yet to head northwest up the road to Rocky Mount. As with the other cities and towns visited in North Carolina, this one had quite a few surprises up its sleeve. Oh My #1 – Beer! I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Rocky Mount, population of about 55,000, is home to several breweries. I also learned that Rocky Mount Mills houses many of them. Actually, it is a brew incubator program with Nash Community College, where students learn the brewing business while

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