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Exploring New Bern, NC: Where to Stay, Eat, and Things to Do

I had the pleasure of exploring New Bern, NC—a charming underrated coastal town filled with history, southern hospitality, yummy food, and fun things to do. From its historic sites to its cozy restaurants and friendly locals, New Bern turned out to be the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend getaway. Join me as I share my adventures and highlights from this hidden gem in North Carolina!

Where to stay:

The Harvey

There is really only one answer to this question, you have to stay at The Harvey! This newly renovated historic landmark is the definition of comfort and luxury. The location is central to all the must-do activities in New Bern. Book your stay here!

Where to Eat/Drink:

New Bern, NC offers plenty of dining options that cater to every palate. Whether you're in the mood for Southern comfort food, fresh seafood, or international flavors, there's something to satisfy every craving. Here are some standout spots to checkout:

1. Harry's BBQ

- Cuisine: Southern BBQ

- Highlights: Known for their tender smoked meats and homemade sauces, Harry's BBQ is a local favorite for authentic Southern barbecue. Don't miss their walking taco filled with brisket!

2. Baker's Kitchen

- Cuisine: American, Breakfast & Brunch

- Highlights: A charming spot for breakfast or brunch, Baker's Kitchen serves up hearty Southern dishes with a twist.

3. Kuma Sushi Bar

- Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

- Highlights: For sushi lovers, Kuma Sushi Bar offers a fresh and varied selection of sushi rolls and sashimi. Their creative rolls and attentive service make it a top choice for Japanese cuisine enthusiasts.

4. Baxter's 1892

- Cuisine: American, Fine Dining

- Highlights: Housed in a historic building, Baxter's 1892 offers a refined dining experience with a menu that highlights locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy small plates like mussels in a delicious white wine sauce, croquettes, and order their brisket reuben for dinner!

5. Cypress Hall

- Cuisine: Southern, Seafood

- Highlights: Cypress Hall specializes in Southern and seafood dishes. In the heart of downtonwn, it's an ideal spot to enjoy dishes like soft shell crab or their smoked deviled eggs while soaking in the scenic atmosphere.

6. The James Drinkery

   - Cocktail bar

   - Highlights: The James is known for their innovative and creative cocktails and trendy atmosphere. Grab a drink after dinner here and enjoy the nightlife!

Each of these restaurants brings a unique flavor to the culinary scene in New Bern, NC, ensuring a memorable dining experience during your visit. Whether you're exploring historic sites or enjoying the riverside charm, these spots offer a taste of local hospitality and delicious cuisine.

Things to do:

New Bern, NC offers historical charm, outdoor activities, and unique experiences that appeal to visitors of all ages. Whether you're interested in exploring local history, enjoying outdoor adventures, or discovering quaint shops, there's something for everyone. Here are some must-visit attractions and activities:

1. Footloose on the Neuse (summer concert series)

- Activity: Riverfront Walk and Activities

- Highlights: Footloose on the Neuse provides a picturesque riverfront setting for this free concert series. We saw a Jimmy Buffet tribute band and had a blast! See their schedule here!

2. Tryon Palace and Gardens

- Activity: Historic Site Visit

- Highlights: Step back in time at Tryon Palace, the reconstructed colonial governor's mansion of North Carolina. Explore the meticulously restored rooms, expansive gardens, and historical exhibits that offer insight into life in the 18th century.

3. Bradham's Pharmacy

- Activity: Historical Landmark and Soda Fountain

- Highlights: Visit the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola at Bradham's Pharmacy, where Caleb Bradham invented the iconic soda in 1898. Tour the pharmacy's museum, which showcases the history of Pepsi-Cola and enjoy a refreshing drink at the old-fashioned soda fountain.

4. Anchor's Up Tour

- Activity: Guided Boat Tour

- Highlights: Discover New Bern's maritime history with Anchor's Up Tour, a guided boat excursion along the Neuse and Trent Rivers. Learn about the area's naval heritage, spot local wildlife, and enjoy panoramic views of the waterfront.

5. Historic Downtown

- Activity: Shopping and Dining

- Highlights: Wander through Historic Downtown New Bern, a charming district lined with historic buildings, boutique shops, art galleries, and eateries. Explore the unique shops for souvenirs, savor local cuisine at restaurants, or join a guided walking tour to learn about the area's rich history.

From its historical landmarks to its scenic waterfront, New Bern, NC, is the perfect weekend getaway. There is truly something for everyone, promising an unforgettable experience for every visitor. This is your sign to visit New Bern!


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