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31. New Bern, North Carolina

Dates: May 20-21, 2022

First impressions matter. Driving into town had me a bit on edge that we should’ve stayed in Beaufort. I think we came in a back way. Things looked… not quaint.

We kept driving around though and found the historical Downtown. What a surprise!

Cute shops lined the streets. It still felt sleepy though like the town hasn’t hit its stride.

At 5pm one of the main streets shuts down. A musician sets up. Restaurants bring tables out. It's full of ambiance!

More small town shopping at Lula Balou Boutique. It reminded me of the boutique in The Sweetest Thing movie with Cameron Diaz. There were cute things and then this...

This was not purchased.

Cypress Hall is the restaurant with the most outdoor seating. Lights are strung across the street. The front is open to people watch while eating. That's where we sat.

(I need to work on my tan lines.)

I tried an oyster. It didn’t go well.

No lions. No tigers. Just bears. Oh, my!

The town mascot is a bear. Bear statues were placed all around town for it's 300th anniversary in 2010.

The town was established by folks from Bern, Switzerland in the 1700s. The Swiss town was named after the first animal spotted by a group of hunters. The bear.


A local brewery had a giant world map. I pinned home just north of Ashland, KS.

Would I visit again?

I wouldn't go out of my way to stop, but I'd go again. If you find yourself in this area, I do recommend stopping for a weekend. It's big enough to have a night life and small enough to get around.

Would I live here?


Enthusiasm level: 7.

This was our final girls' night out before Natalie has to go back to being a mom. Thank you Matt (her husband) for giving us a few days to pretend we were young again!

Here’s to girl time,

Megan “Doesn't Eat Oysters” Giles

Placeholder for a fun shirt someday.


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