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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

10 September

Have a Nice Weekend (Make that a Great One)

2018-09-10T22:45:28-04:00September 10th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

Next week is the official welcome to autumn. That means the leaves will soon be changing, cooler temperatures are ahead and outstanding New Bern events are just around the corner. While I love visiting New Bern in any season, I am somewhat partial to fall. I just checked out the amazing calendar of events coming up this weekend, and I wanted to be sure you were in the know! Friday Union Point Park will be rockin' this Friday for the Footloose on the Neuse concert! On September 14, New Bern Parks and Recreation presents the final “Footloose on the Neuse”

6 August

Outdoor Dining is the “In” Thing

2018-08-15T15:11:19-04:00August 6th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

There is one thing almost anyone you meet in New Bern will agree on. The restaurants here are absolutely incredible. Whether you are in the mood for seafood, steak or some good ol’ Southern cookin’, you will be satisfied. I wrote in a previous blog post about the amazing restaurants in town, and below are a few to enjoy for dining outdoors. Persimmons Restaurant boasts a large deck to enjoy views of the Neuse River. Riverfront Dining An ideal outdoor dining option is Persimmons Restaurant, directly on the Neuse River. The restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

9 July

The Perfect History Lesson

2018-07-09T23:39:48-04:00July 9th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

New Bern is known for many things, whether that is for the themed bears, the scenic waterfront or the memorable downtown. Perhaps it is most famously known for being the site of the first state capitol building, Tryon Palace. While I have toured the awe-inspiring palace and grounds, I recently discovered the North Carolina History Center, located adjacently to Tryon Palace. The center is a magnificent museum-like place showcasing the history of the local area. Considering all my visits to New Bern, I thought I knew more than the average person about the area's history. As I walked through the exhibits,

7 June

Life’s a Beach, Part II

2018-06-07T18:57:54-04:00June 7th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

Part Two, Atlantic Beach Now that summer has begun (even though the official date is June 21), I plan to spend more and more time at the beach, basking in the sun along the sandy shores while reading a good book. In last month's post, I focused on the spectacular food choices in Morehead City and Atlantic Beach. This month, it's all about the spectacular shoreline of North Carolina. On my next visit to the New Bern area, I once again found myself making the short drive to Atlantic Beach. The water tower says it all. The beach has

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