Boating in New Bern, North Carolina
Historic Surroundings, Modern Comforts
Offering the quaint surroundings of your typical small southern town, New Bern is a hidden gem in North Carolina. Founded in 1710 at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers, New Bern was settled by Swiss and German adventurers led by Baron Christopher de Graffenried from Bern, Switzerland. New Bern is the second oldest town in the state. Royal Governor William Tryon made this seaport his colonial capitol and residence, Tryon Palace, was built in 1770. A major port and trading center in the 1800's, New Bern was captured and occupied by the Union Army after a fierce battle on March 14, 1862.
Things to See and Do
Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens
Once serving as both a former residence of Royal Governor William Tryon and the capital of the Colony of North Carolina, this majestic Georgian style mansion is filled with an outstanding collection of antiques and art. The grounds contain 14 acres of extensive gardens that range from English formal gardens, a kitchen garden, and a wilderness garden. Interpreters in period costumes conduct tours all year and an audiovisual orientation program and crafts demonstrations are offered daily.
610 Pollock Street; 252-514-4900 or 800-767-1560
The Birthplace of Pepsi Cola
This spot was once a pharmacy where Caleb Bradham invented "Brad's Drink" which he later patented as Pepsi-Cola. A recreated soda fountain is on site and visitors can purchase a wide variety of Pepsi memorabilia inside the store.
56 Middle Street; 252-636-5898
One of the finest festivals in North Carolina, this award-winning two day festival offers something for everyone including stage and roving entertainment, classic and new model car shows, a wide variety of arts and crafts, commercial and food vendors, a standard flower show, and much more. The 28th annual festival will be help on October 11 and 12, 2008.
Emerald Golf Club
Home of the Curtis Strange Shrine Classic, this golf club features a semiprivate 18 hole Rees Jones designed golf course, full practice facilities, a well stocked pro shop, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a snack bar.
5000 Clubhouse Drive; 252-633-4440
Restaurants and Provisions
Chelsea Located in a 1912 historic building, this fine dining restaurant is known for its fusion cuisine with a menu that includes American, regional, French, Italian, Asian, German, and Cajun dishes. An extensive wine list is available to complement your meal.
335 Middle Street; 252-637-5469
Fred & Claire's Restaurant Located in a circa 1874 building, Fred and Claire's is a cozy establishment in the downtown historic district. It is the oldest restaurant still in operation in New Bern and is mentioned in "A bend in the Road", a novel by local author Nicholas Sparks. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner with lunch running to the more simple - soups, sandwiches, NC crabcakes and the like. The dinner menu is more extensive and included entrees that change daily. There are plenty of fresh fish and other NC delicacies included.
247 Craven Street; 252-638-5426
Enjoy this New Bern tradition on the way to the beach or stop by just for lunch. The Cow Café boasts delicious sandwiches and even better ice cream. Try the Pumpkin Pie or the Key Lime varieties.
319 Middle Street; 252- 672-9269