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 have yet to visit New Bern during the holidays, plan to do so this year.

Love #6 – The Arts

While many towns and cities offer a selection of art galleries, it is a little more special here. The Craven Arts Council is based in New Bern, presenting a variety of special events promoting the arts. My favorite just so happens on a monthly basis on the second Friday. ArtWalk provides the perfect opportunity to peruse galleries either before or after dinner, as you stroll through the downtown streets. Think of it as increasing your exposure to the arts while you wine, dine and shop!

The Red Spider Lily sculpture is a welcome sight along the Riverwalk.

Love #7 – The Artwork

New Bern offers a plethora of meaningful art around the town, represented by two examples in downtown. The Unity Project, a grasping hands sculpture created by volunteers, represents the harmony and link between uptown and downtown. The Red Spider Lily kinetic sculpture, located along the riverfront, was created by Susan Pascal Beran. Legend has it that the red spider lily was introduced to New Bern in the 1850s when Navy Captain William Roberts brought lilies back from Japan to plant in his home garden.

Love #8 – The Architecture

The Craven County Courthouse is an example of Italianate architecture.

You do not need to travel far if you want to see an expansive array of architectural styles. Whether you wish to see examples of Federalist, Greek Revival, Victorian, Italianate, Georgian or more, you can do so in New Bern. A self-guided walking tour of the town’s beautiful architectural styles can be found here.

As you can tell, I really love New Bern. Stay tuned, as the lovefest continues in next month’s post!