New Bern, North Carolina
New Bern is the second-oldest town in North Carolina and the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. The city is situated where the Trent and Neuse Rivers meet and is only thirty-five miles from the Atlantic Ocean—an ideal spot for boating enthusiasts. Sailing is a popular and relaxing activity for residents and visitors alike.
Because of the city’s proximity to the Gulf Stream, the climate is generally mild. Residents are able to enjoy outdoor activities almost all year long, which makes it a great place for retirement. New Bern offers a good mix of cultural and historical attractions. History buffs will love exploring over 150 historic landmarks, many dating back to the 18th century. One such landmark, Tryon Palace, which was built in 1770, was the home of British Royal Governor William Tryon. The restored Georgian-style mansion is furnished with an outstanding collection of antiques and art.
Croatan National Forest, covering 157,000 acres, was the site of a Civil War battle. Camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting and fishing can be enjoyed here. Downtown New Bern is filled with specialty shops and restaurants. You’ll find furniture stores and gift shops in addition to high-fashion boutiques. Shopping opportunities also abound outside of the historic district. Nearby Havelock also offers a variety of retail shops. The variety of restaurants in the area will suit anyone’s taste, from casual to waterfront dining.
The city is full of cultural charm and hosts a number of annual events. The Fourth of July waterfront fireworks display is a big attraction. Mumfest, one of the state’s most popular fall festivals, takes place in October. Residents and visitors also attend the annual Christmas Flotilla, which takes place along the historic waterfront. Every Saturday year round join local growers at 421 S. Front Street for the New Bern Craven County Area Farmers’ Market.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Craven County Community College offers a “Lifetime Learning Center” that provides adult learners with numerous unique opportunities to learn about history, culture, arts and more in an arena that includes and reaches beyond the classroom. The self-supporting classes and programs range from lectures to international travel. Find more information at cravencc.edu.
Carolina East Medical Center is a full-service facility housing inpatient and outpatient services. In addition to comfortable medical/surgical areas, the medical center has dedicated units for heart care, critical care, intensive care, women’s care, pediatric care, orthopedic care, surgical care and cancer care.