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.

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The holidays in New Bern are one-of-a-kind, from crafts to celebrations!

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The Saturday Farmers Market is a wonderful place to stock up on fresh fruits, veggies and fun.

Walking around and perusing the array of delights, I noticed again the overwhelming characteristic of New Bern–friendliness. While naturally the vendors were selling their wares, they also did a phenomenal job of selling the magnificence of New Bern! It seemed wherever I stopped to look at a unique item or sample a delicious treat, the residents welcomed me to the community, asked me if I needed directions to a hidden gem or inquired how many bears I had come across (the city porcelain bears; not the black bear variety). Is it my imagination, or are the residents of New Bern friendlier and more welcoming than other places? If you’ve had the opportunity to visit New Bern, you may well likely think so.

In addition to the Farmers Market, there is so much in New Bern, and if you ask a resident, they’ll clue you in on all there is to see and do. Take a look on Trip Advisor‘s top 10 things to see and do in New Bern, but you will unlikely come across what I think should be number-one: Talk to the people of New Bern. And that is food for thought!