New Bern

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New Bern is a city in the coastal region of the state of North Carolina.


New Bern was founded in 1710 by Swiss and German adventurers led by Baron Christoph von Graffenried from Bern, Switzerland. Royal Governor William Tryon made New Bern the colonial capital. His restored 18th-century capitol and residence, Tryon Palace, dominates a thirteen-acre garden complex that includes several historical landmarks in the heart of the city. A major port and trading center in the 1800's, New Bern was captured and occupied by the Union Army after a fierce battle on March 14, 1862. New Bern has three historic districts with homes, stores, and churches dating as far back as the early 18th century. In 1898, the pharmacist Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi Cola in his pharmacy at the intersection Middle and Pollock Street. The building still exists.

Get in

Generally, those who come to New Bern come in from Raleigh-Durham International Airport via rental car or through the local airport, Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, with flights on Delta and USAirways. I-40 and I-95 are interstate highways that run relatively close to New Bern, which is located on US Highway 70, NC 17, and US Highway 17.

Get around

Rental cars are absolute necessities in the town in order to get around. Taxis are exorbitantly priced and rare.


  • Tryon Palace is a reproduction of Governor Tryon's mansion. New Bern was the capitol city of the Colony of North Carolina before the Revolutionary War. The original palace burned at the end of the 18th century. The Palace that stands today was rebuilt on the original site with North Carolina state funds during the 1950s. Admission moderately priced, the guides are quite knowledgeable, and the site itself is well kept-up.


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Baker's Kitchen Once known as the Baker’s Square, it had been written up in Our State Magazine for the best French-Toast in NC. They may have changed the name but the chef remains providing the same great recipes. 227 Middle St. (252) 637-0304

Captain Ratty's Seafood Restaurant and Steakhouse Tavern-style American food, seven time Wine Spectator Award-winning program. For the best view request rooftop dinning. 202 Middle St. (252) 633-2088

The Chelsea Restaurant Hearty steak, hand-cut portabella fries and specialties like southern Osso Buco have a front and center place on the menu here. Sun Journal Reader’s Choice Awards 1st place for the best starters in New Bern. 335 Middle St. (252) 637-5469.

247 Craven Unique one-of-a-kind dishes utilizing fresh, local, seasonal, ingredients. Sun Journal Reader’s Choice Awards 1st place for the best Chef and Gourmet dining experience in New Bern. 247 Craven St. (252) 635-1879

Christoph's on the Water Steak and seafood with an American and International twist; live jazz on Thursday’s and seasonal Cabana Deck Parties on Friday’s. 100 Middle Street (252) 638-0305

MJ's Raw Bar & Grill Casual seafood with Maryland influences; renowned for their crab cakes. 216 Middle St. (252) 635-6890

Morgan's Tavern & Grill True tavern atmosphere with exposed wood beams and a clock in the center of the lower floor. Sun Journal Reader’s Choice Awards 1st place for the Brunch, Bar and Business meal in New Bern. 235 Craven St. (252) 636-2430

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant Casual elegance with waterfront views of the Neuse River, offering modern dishes with a dedication to freshness and a loyalty to ingredients from local farms. 100 Pollock St (252) 514-0033

Ribeyes Steakhouse Omaha Steaks, USDA Choice beef served with an endless salad bar. Sun Journal Reader’s Choice Awards 1st place for the Steak Dinner. 313 Pollock St. (252) 288-5814


Trent River Coffee Company has a classic coffee house atmosphere. It's located in downtown New Bern on Craven Street. Also, TRCC sometimes schedules gigs for live performances and movie screenings. See to look for dates for movie screenings and live music. This coffee house also has free internet.

Harvey's Mansion (the bar) is located in the basement of Harvey's Mansion (the inn). Although the bar is small, it has a comfortable atmosphere. This is the bar where the locals like to go.

The Hilton, also located in downtown New Bern, has two main bars. Both are good hangout places during the weekends. One bar features dance music and the other bar is a classic tavern. During the summer months, the Sheraton is famous for its "Deck Parties" on Fridays and Sundays from 6-10 pm. Friday deck parties usually feature rock, pop, and blues live music. Sunday's usually feature jazz.

Mickey Milligan's on Trent Road, is a great place to play billiards. Milligan's features a large bar with several beverages on tap in addition to eight pool tables. Some nights, there is also live music.


  • Hampton Inn, 200 Hotel Drive (Shopping District), +1-252-637-2111, []. One of the best values in town.
  • Sheraton New Bern Hotel Marina, 100 Middle Street (Downtown), +1-252-638-3585. Considered the most upscale of the inns in New Bern.
  • Days Inn, 925 Broad Street (Downtown), +1-252-672-0222 Phone, +1-252-636-0773 Fax. Central location, conveniently located.
  • Comfort Suites River Front Park, 218 East Front Street (Downtown), +1-252-636-0022. Located on one of the prime pieces of real estate in town.

Get out

Routes through New Bern
WilmingtonJacksonville  S noframe N  WashingtonNorfolk
RaleighGoldsboro  W noframe E  NewportMorehead City

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