19 April

May the Fun Be with You

2022-05-05T14:01:33-04:00April 19th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

May is a beautiful time to be in New Bern, and we are fortunate to have a wide variety of activities and events to enjoy. Here are three unique ways to get out and about this month! Plein Fun New Bern's iconic City Hall would be a fantastic subject to paint. I am just “plein” excited about the return of Plein Air New Bern, an event that leaves the four walls of a studio behind to experience painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries, but was truly made into an art form by

16 March

Relive the Past

2022-04-07T13:40:16-04:00March 16th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

New Bern is rich with history, having been founded in 1710 and serving as the state’s first capital. In April, we have the opportunity to relive some of New Bern’s past while appreciating what those before us experienced. Here are three upcoming events to enjoy, no matter what your age. Relive the Past #1 – Tour Historical Homes You are in for a treat on April 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 2022 Heritage Homes Tour gains you access into historical homes in the downtown area, ranging from 19th century to renovated residences. Each home represents the

21 February

Try on Tryon Palace

2022-02-21T16:05:37-05:00February 21st, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

While Tryon Palace has special activities throughout the year, March is a beautiful time to enjoy the palace and gardens. The weather is cool, the days are sunny and the flowers are blooming. Here are three special events to "march" to this month. The Other Set of Stairs When you think of the residents of Tryon Palace in historical times, you likely think of Governors and their families who called the building home. But that is only one side of the story. Every Thursday in March at 10:30 a.m., you can tour the palace, stables and kitchen to learn about the

24 January

My Fun(ny) Valentine

2022-01-24T17:41:18-05:00January 24th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

With 2022 now in full swing, we are well on our way to the next major holiday event: Valentine’s Day. For those blissfully in love, it is another opportunity to celebrate. For those who are unattached, it can be a reminder of being just that--single. Regardless of your relationship status, here are three ways to enjoy the holiday with lots of heart emojis: Valentine Stop #1 – "Bearly" There Bearon de Graffenreid was the first bear I encountered in New Bern. Thank goodness! If you want to fall more in love with New Bern, simply walk around to

23 December

A Love Letter to New Bern, Part Three

2021-12-29T13:17:34-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

Over the past two months, I have listed eight examples of why I adore New Bern. For this month, I list the final four of my Top-12 List. New Bern's City Hall serves as the iconic landmark of downtown. #9 – City Hall New Bern’s charm is perfectly personified by the city’s meeting place. I may be biased, but I think New Bern’s City Hall is a superb example of how other cities' buildings should be created and constructed. From the amazing architecture (purportedly Romanesque Revival) to the four-faced clock tower, City Hall is the number-one landmark in

23 November

A Love Letter to New Bern, Part Two

2021-11-23T21:28:39-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

In last month’s post, I listed four of the reasons why I simply adore New Bern. The lovefest continues, with four more reasons why this town is so special. Love #5 – The Holidays Like many other things in New Bern, the holidays take on a whole new meaning when you enjoy them here. From the tree lighting to the Christmas parade, from the carriage rides to Santa’s Village, you would have to be a Scrooge to not get into the holiday spirit. The entire month is full of activities, all under the aptly named Beary Merry Christmas. If you

27 October

A Love Letter to New Bern

2021-10-27T15:48:05-04:00October 27th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

To those of you who have read my posts over the last few years, it is obvious I really, really like New Bern. I just completed the longest trip there (a total of eight days), and I can now go on the record that I am having a downright love affair with this wonderful town. The reasons are too many to include in one post, so get ready to read all about my top 12 in this and two future posts. New Bern's historic downtown is the epitome of Main Street, U.S.A. Love #1 – The Downtown You

24 September

A Mum’s Love is the Best

2021-09-24T16:45:10-04:00September 24th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

As October approaches, I know that cooler weather is just around the corner. It also means it is my favorite time of year to celebrate the blooms that New Bern has made famous (at least in these parts). MumFest is set for a return, after last year’s event was reimagined as MumFeast due to the pandemic. This year, we get to enjoy both events, along with a concert! MumFest is back this year, as is MumFeast and the MumFest Concert! MumFest For the weekend of October 9 and 10, the blooms take over! MumFest is New Bern’s opportunity

25 August

Three Sweet Spots

2021-08-25T16:42:53-04:00August 25th, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

On my most recent visit to New Bern, I had a free afternoon, which offered the perfect opportunity to explore the historic downtown. Here are three sweet spots along my route. Inside this door awaits yumminess! Sweet Spot #1 - Bear City Fudge Company My first sweet spot stop was to fuel up for my afternoon of discovery. I headed over to Bear City Fudge Company, my go-to source for fudge, ice cream and all kinds of treats. I left with a few slabs of deliciousness, perhaps overindulging a bit. The dark-chocolate-caramel-sea-salt fudge is quite simply, pure happiness.

22 July

A Day on, in and by the Water

2021-07-26T15:54:42-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Blog, Uncategorized|

This has been a hot summer all over the country, so I thought I would spotlight three activities to enjoy in August to get your day on, in or by the water. Day on the Water – Cliffs of the Neuse State Park If you are looking for wide, open spaces, then this park about an hour down the road fits to a tee. In the early 1940s, Lionel Weil donated the land as he thought the natural beauty should be preserved. The Cliffs of the Neuse offers seven different walking trails, along with picnicking areas and Visitor Center with

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