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26 November

It’s Beary Merry in New Bern

2022-11-28T17:47:43-05:00November 26th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

Which shop will garner top honors in 2022 for Best Live Window Display? The holiday season is upon us! The Community Christmas Tree is lit, and Beary Merry Christmas is underway in Downtown New Bern. We are celebrating 10 magical years of this month-long hometown event. Here are three activities to bring you comfort and joy in December. Beary Merry Rides During the holidays, our town takes on a whole new look with decorations and lights throughout. We think the best way to experience this splendor is a horse-drawn wagon or carriage ride. While the wagon allows for

25 October

Amazing Grace for Veterans

2022-10-25T14:43:16-04:00October 25th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

November is always a spectacular time to experience the splendor of New Bern, and it offers a special time to recognize some of our most important residents... veterans. In recognition of the upcoming Veterans Day weekend, you have plenty of ways to show your appreciation of those who served our country. There are a variety of ways to show appreciation during Veterans Day Weekend and all year long. An Amazing Endeavor You can join the efforts to raise awareness of the alarming suicide rate of veterans, an average of 22 per day. The Third Annual March for the

20 September

Mum It Up!

2022-09-20T15:17:03-04:00September 20th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

The mums say it best! Fall has arrived, and that can mean only one thing. Well actually several things, as New Bern is chock full of activities lined up for October. Three of my absolutely favorite events celebrate the beautiful blooms seen throughout our hometown, mums! MumFest, MumFest Concert and MumFeast are set, so now it is just a matter of how to fit in all the fun. The Best Fest Mark those calendars for the weekend of October 8 and 9, when the city is in full bloom! The entire downtown is transformed into a massive floral

25 August

Chills, Chili and a Chilled One

2022-09-07T09:47:07-04:00August 25th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

September brings a ton of fun to New Bern! If you are looking for a family outing, a spicy dish or a cold brew (or perhaps all three), look no further. Here are three upcoming special outings to enjoy.Get the Chills Cotton candy is a must at the Craven County Fall Fest! Is there anything better than a bag of cotton candy, followed by a corn dog? Just be sure to enjoy after the rides! These "delicacies" and more may be enjoyed at the Fall Fest at the Craven County Jaycees Fairgrounds, September 14 to 18. The fair is sure to

20 July

Take a Hike

2022-07-20T14:53:21-04:00July 20th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

I recently had a free Saturday morning, and I thought a fantastic way to be productive over the weekend was a nice, long hike in 90-degree weather. Joking of course about the heat, I wanted to take in some fresh air and some new scenery. Less than 20 miles down the road from New Bern, we have an amazing place to take a hike and more. Learn Something New Croatan (pronounced crow-ah-ten) National Forest spans nearly 160,000 acres. Located in Havelock, the forest is the only coastal one along the Eastern Seaboard. I learned the name comes from the Indian

23 June

Fun Times for Family Time

2022-06-23T15:26:01-04:00June 23rd, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

New Bern has so much to see and do for all ages. Whether you want to take in some salt air, learn more about history or increase the laughter ratio, it is a done deal close by! Here are three recommendations of activities over the course of the weekend of July 15-17 for the entire family to enjoy. Family Time #1 - Friday Fort Macon State Park is a short drive from New Bern. This time together requires a car ride for 36 miles; perhaps you play “I spy” on the way! The journey takes you to Fort

20 May

You’re One of My Favorites

2022-06-09T09:40:16-04:00May 20th, 2022|Blog, Uncategorized|

June is in my top five for favorite months of the year, especially in New Bern! Here are some ways to enjoy the upcoming weekends in our town. Don’t Miss the Boat The Great Trent River Raft Race is a full day of fun on, in and under the water! One of New Bern’s favorite events happens to be on the water, with participants often under the water! On Saturday, June 18, it is time to head down to Union Point Park for a full day of fun at The Great Trent River Raft Race. Five unique races, beginning

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

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