In anticipation of Spring my husband and I took a weekend trip to New Bern, North Carolina a few weekends ago. This weekend it was 60 degrees and sunny; a perfect weekend to explore the quaint downtown of the original state capital. I’ve always been intrigued by New Bern because this is where Nicholas Sparks lives and I was always absolutely sure that the town that has inspired so many love stories must be a wonderful place to visit. Indeed it was. Don’t have a whole weekend, how about just a day?
9:00 am – Meander the Farmer’s Market. Get up early, find a great parking spot for your day in New Bern, and start at the Farmer’s Market because who doesn’t love a Farmer’s Market? Pastries, vegetables, home-made goods. We ended up buying a birdhouse from a couple that take the remnants of old North Carolina barns and turn them into very cute birdhouses.
10:00 am – Go back in time at Tryon Palace. Here you’ll need a few hours to explore the original site of the North Carolina State Capital. After the capital moved to Raleigh Tryon Palace burned down, but it was built back up on the original site using the original plans. I bet the gardens overlooking the Neuse River are absolutely beautiful in the spring.
12:00 pm – Lunch at Baker’s Kitchen. This was a recommendation by a friend of my husbands and boy was it a recommendation! It was packed and every time we walked by there was a line. We just happened to breeze in at 11:55 am and if we’d waited a moment longer we too would have been waiting. They serve breakfast all day long with a smile and a pep in their step.
1:00 pm – Search for some unique finds. One of my favorite things about small downtowns is searching for and finding things that I cannot find elsewhere. You are bound to find something unique at The Four C’s, Bear Essentials, Bern Bear Gifts, Branch’s, Mitchell’s Hardware, etc.
4:00 pm – Enjoy a cool drink from the birthplace of Pepsi. Did you know that Pepsi-Cola was founded in a tiny local pharmacy in 1898 right here in New Bern? Today you can stop in and get bottled, or fountain, Pepsi and watch the world slowly pass you by. It’s delightfully refreshing.
5:00 pm – Walk along the waterfront. Before dinner why not have a walk along the Neuse River waterfront? Union Point Park has walkways along the waterfront and did you know it was featured in Nicholas Sparks’ A Bend in the Road? Neat!
6:00 pm – Dinner at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. Be sure to make reservations for this must-stop dinner hot spot along the Neuse River waterfront because even during the off-season it is packed! After an amazing dinner I can understand why. With a constantly evolving menu there is a good chance that your meal will be worth every cent. My husband had the ribeye and I had the red snapper with sweet potatoes and when we left I felt my life to be complete. Somewhat expensive, but super divine.
Have you been to New Bern? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal