Day Trip to New Bern, NC

The last weekend in August, I was able to take a quick jaunt down to North Carolina see my lifelong BFF and meet her brand new baby!  Baby Andrew is so chill that we even managed to fit in a couple of activities while I was there, including a day trip to New Bern, NC. Having never been before, I didn’t know what to expect and Mad said it was a lot like Newburyport, one of my favorites places in New England since I was a little girl– I’m a sucker for a waterfront town/city. I agree with her comparison!
We had a delicious brunch at 247 Craven (my burger was killer– quality beef, peppercorn (!) bacon and a fresh potato bun) with another friend who just moved nearby, then walked around downtown and by the waterfront. New Bern is where Nicholas Sparks calls home and also the birthplace of Pepsi. I rarely drink soda anymore, but when in Rome…
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One of my favorite parts was all of the bears (“bern” means “bear” in Swiss) all over the city, decked out in different themes.

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Very quaint, walkable place and if you ever have the chance to go, you definitely should. I would love to go back and stay in one of the many B&Bs as well. I didn’t get any pictures of those and my shots of the waterfront didn’t come out clear, so I leave you with this great reminder!