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Enter to win a weekend getaway package for two in vibrant New Bern. The city was the first state capital, is home to Tryon Palace, and is the birthplace of

Madison County Championship Rodeo

Enter to win a weekend getaway package for two in vibrant New Bern. The city was the first state capital, is home to Tryon Palace, and is the birthplace of

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

Enter to win a weekend getaway package for two in vibrant New Bern. The city was the first state capital, is home to Tryon Palace, and is the birthplace of

New Bern Food Lovers Weekend Getaway

Enter to win a weekend getaway package for two in vibrant New Bern. The city was the first state capital, is home to Tryon Palace, and is the birthplace of Pepsi Cola. Discover a variety of culinary delights while you explore our stunning downtown streets.

The winner will receive the following:

  • A two-night stay at any one of our hotels or historic bed-and-breakfasts
  • Dessert at Bear City Fudge Company
  • Breakfast or lunch at Baker’s Kitchen
  • Happy hour at Beer Army Burger Company
  • Lunch or dinner at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
  • Lunch or dinner at Cypress Hall

 


New Bern has something for everyone: It’s a water lover’s dream, with miles of scenic rivers; an adventurer’s paradise thanks to Croatan National Forest; a history buff’s dream, with four historic districts as well as residences, stores, and churches dating back to the 18th century; a shopper’s delight, with dozens of locally owned shops, boutiques, and antiques stores. For the artist or art lover, there are a variety of galleries and sculpture parks, and, of course, for the foodie, it’s pure heaven, with numerous locally owned eateries serving unique creations. 

New Bern is the second-oldest European-American colonial town in North Carolina after Bath. It served as the capital of the North Carolina colonial government, then briefly as the state capital. Today it is best known for being North Carolina’s first permanent state capital, home to Tryon Palace, the birthplace of Pepsi Cola, and home to famed writer Nicholas Sparks. What people remember most about New Bern is its unique charm and true Southern hospitality. With that said, we invite you to Try On New Bern. We think you are going to like it. 

This story was published on Sep 13, 2020

Our State Staff

Our State Staff

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