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Mini Guide | New Bern, NC

By Kate Klassa 

Fast Facts

  • New Bern is a charming riverfront city located at the junction of the Neuse and Trent Rivers in the middle of the Carolina coastline – about a two hour drive from Raleigh.
  • The area was originally home to the Tuscarora, an Iroquois people, before being settled by European immigrants in 1710, and was the first permanent state capitol of North Carolina. Many of the original buildings still stand.


  • Tryon Palace – the original state capitol building – was burned to the ground in the 1790s, but a replica stands in its place and is open to the public. Even if you don’t take the full capitol tour, the gardens are worth exploring.
  • Downtown New Bern is very pedestrian friendly, and bikes can also be rented for the day. You can also take a boat tour of the rivers from the marina. There is plenty of street parking, which is free on weekends.
  • New Bern is home to the birthplace of Pepsi, and a number of other small shops also advertise their own culinary offerings. Bear City Fudge Company boasts a wide assortment of flavours – try the Mexican Dark Chocolate for something extra spicy!
  • If you arrive in time for breakfast, try The Baker’s Kitchen for an unfussy, Southern style meal.
  • New Bern fosters a small community feeling and has very friendly people, so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with anyone you meet.

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