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.

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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 downtown.

#10 – The Riverfront

New Bern is ideally situated at the convergence of two rivers, Trent and Neuse. Along both waterways, you will discover intriguing alcoves, beautiful homes and one of my favorite restaurants, Persimmons. These two rivers offer endless hours of enjoyment on and by the water. New Bern’s scenic riverfront allows you to walk to and from hotels, restaurants, marinas, parks and the Convention Center.

#11 – Bed-and-Breakfasts

Bed-and-Breakfasts are definitely an attraction in themselves in New Bern, with one downtown street even boasting several B&B homes in a row. I have stayed at a few of them already, and I already have plans to stay at other ones on future visits. Each one presents a distinct charm, yet all of them seem to have one thing in common:  making you feel right at home.

#12 – The Events

Whether you live in New Bern or just visiting, you are never in short supply of special events. Lots of fun activities await, including the Footloose on the Neuse concert series and The Great Trent River Raft Race. In October, the widely popular MumFest and MumFeast are in full bloom, with live entertainment, crafts, food and, of course, mums! Other special happenings include the Ghost Walk for Halloween and holiday-specific events, such as Beary Merry Christmas.

These four reasons conclude my Top-12 List of what I truly love about New Bern. Perhaps this list will pique your interest to discover what you love about this adorable town!