Find out what Local’s like about New Bern, North Carolina!


When we heard Our State Magazine was offering North Carolina cities and towns to tell their stories about “5 Things to Do in My Town”, we wanted to promote our town!

So we put together a survey and published it on New Bern Now, social media sites, and also sent out email requests asking people to share their favorite things to do in New Bern with us to relay to Our State Magazine.

We want to shed the spotlight on favorite restaurants, attractions, historical attractions, shops, scenic views, and much more!

Thea Kincaid of Thea’s Ideas (also known as the face of New Bern Now) and I created the video to represent our town.

Thanks to everyone who participated! The top results are listed here:

Attractions: Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center, our rivers and waterfront, and Downtown New Bern.

Historical: Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center, Downtown, Cedar Grove Cemetery, and Christ Episcopal Church.

Dining: The Chelsea and Morgan’s Tavern and Grill tied for first place followed by Persimmons, MJ’s Raw Bar and Grill, and Captain Ratty’s.

Shopping: Mitchell Hardware and Carolina Creations tied for first place followed by numerous art shops and galleries, the New Bern Mall.

Overlook/Scenic Drive: Union Point Park, our bridges, Historic District, and Downtown.

Action: Downtown, Union Point Park, Doubletree Deck Parties, and the rivers.

Cafes/Ice Cream Shops: Cow Café and Port City Java tied for first place followed by the Trent River Coffee Company, Dairy Queen, and Froyo 101.

Picturesque: Union Point Park, Downtown, waterfront and rivers, and the Historic District.

Where would you take your visitors: Downtown, Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center, Mitchell Hardware, and various tours.

Did you know that New Bern is the Birthplace of Pepsi Cola, the first State Capitol of NC, was the first printing press; chartered fire department; and public school in NC?

Tommy Moore of Moore’s BBQ is a Guinness World Record Holder.

New Bern has a large and active retirement community.

North Carolina’s first Female Governor Beverly Perdue and famous Author and Screen Writer Nicholas Sparks live in New Bern.

Special thanks to Nicholas Sparks and Professional Ball Player Adam Warren for sharing their thoughts with us via video segments, as they are “Proud to call New Bern home”.

We would also like to thank Kim Briele, owner of LCA Advertising and Productions, for helping us during video production!

Tell us what you think by commenting below or sending us an email. Don’t forget to visit New Bern Now’s Facebook page.

Wendy Card

About New Bern Now
Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.

2 thoughts on “Find out what Local’s like about New Bern, North Carolina!

  1. Great job Wendy and Thea! What would New Bern do without you?

  2. Thanks for your kind words, Nina! I don’t know what New Bern would do without you:)! – Wendy Card

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