Every year as February 14 rolls around, the impending day can bring about a plethora of emotions. Whether you are celebrating Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day or simply that it is a Tuesday, here are some great ways to spend the day in New Bern.

Itinerary One – For the Outdoor Enthusiast

The New Bern Riverwalk winds along the convergence of the Trent and Neuse rivers.

If I had to dream up a perfect day, it would always begin with a late-morning walk along the riverfront. Our Riverwalk showcases the convergence of the Trent and Neuse rivers, with spectacular stopping points along the way. Be sure to capture a photo at the Craven County Convention Center with the water and marina as your backdrop. From there, enjoy a picnic lunch at Union Point Park. Afterward, stop by the Cub House for a location map of the downtown bears to find as many as you can. Extra points for taking selfies with at least eight of them! To cap off the day, enjoy a yummy Winter Mule during happy hour at Cypress Hall. If the weather cooperates, you can sit by the open windows to enjoy the fresh air and people-watching.

Itinerary Two – For the History Buff

Begin your “Day in History” with a visit to the New Bern Historical Society. Here, you will greatly expand your knowledge about our city from its founding in 1710 to 300 years later, along with the individuals who have played a significant role in shaping our city. Once you have worked up an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch at Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, housed in a building that dates back to the early 1900s. After your hunger is satiated, take a leisurely walk down Pollock Street to Tryon Palace, North Carolina’s first state capitol building. Plan to spend a few hours here, and make sure to visit the gardens and surrounding historical buildings. For details and tickets, click here.

Itinerary Three – For the Middle Streeter

New Bern has a variety of fabulous boutiques, art galleries and restaurants to experience as you entice the shopper in you. Start your morning with a stop at Baker’s Kitchen on Middle Street, the cafe where the locals eat. Afterward, take a short stroll down Middle to Bank of the Arts for breathtaking art masterpieces. Then, head back down south for an afternoon of shopping at an array of shops, including Surf, Wind and Fire, Blue Magnolia and The Birthplace of Pepsi Store. Cap off the day with a delicious meal at The Chelsea. One piece of advice: do not pass up dessert!

No matter how you spend this Valentine’s Day (or any day) in New Bern, you are sure to love it as much as I do!