Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Bern, NC

Galen and I spent the day in New Bern, NC yesterday. If you've never been there, you're in for a treat. It's a beautiful coastal town steeped in history and southern tradition. The second oldest town in NC, founded in 1710. See more here. The Tryon Palace is the first state capital building and is located in the heart of this historical town. New Bern is also the birthplace of Pepsi Cola.

Come on a walking tour with me.

We had lunch at "The Chelsea" restaurant. The historic building was built in 1912 and first used by the local pharmacist Caleb Bradham, inventor of Pepsi Cola, as his second drug store. Completely renovated. (below)

Of course, we had to stop later for coffee at the "Trent River Coffee Co."

Across the street from the coffee house is "Mitchell's Hardware". I love old hardware stores!

I couldn't resist buying this little flower pot made out of concrete and painted a soft blue, it will go great on the back porch.

After leaving New Bern, we traveled some back roads and stopped at "Yoders", an old country store. It's in a Mennonite community and run by Mennonites. After some browsing, I found some netting for over our strawberry patch to keep the hungry birds out.

Then it was back on the road again to home. I caught this picture of a colorful red field along the way.


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Your new blue pot is great! What a nice day you had. The town looks charming and the shopping looks equally fantastic! :-) Rosie

Deb said...

What a wonderful day you had. We've vacationed in North and South Carolina and had a fantastic time. I remember how friendly everyone was :-}

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful looking town! I will have to add that to my list of places to visit! I love your blue pot!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Donna, thanks for the tour of this lovely NC town. Isn't it great working on your own, taking a day off and touring around when you need to...looks like you had fun.

Sheila said...

This looks like a wonderful day out..!
The town is interesting, and so many perfect little shops to browse in.
It's obvious you had a wonderful day together..!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful town. It looks so incredibly neat and clean. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures.


Rhondi said...

Thanks for the tour of New Bern. I like the new pot you got. The blue color is wonderful! Have a good weekend.
Rhondi xo

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

New Bern is a very neat town and I thought I was the only person who loves old hardware stores. They always have neat fun stuff in them. Thanks for the tour. :) Lynn
P.s. Love your pot.

Sunnispace said...

I love these pictures, Mom - especially the house with all the pretty tulips! Looks like fun - glad you guys had a good time!

Tori said...

Beautiful photos!

I just found your lovely blog and I'll be back to read more!

Beverly said...

We take trips to New Bern every few years. It is just a charming town. We always stop in at the hardware store, and they have a great genealogy resource in their library.

Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Suzanne said...

Donna~ what a fun day! Thanks for the tour...I LOVE old Hardware stores too,that one looked fun!

Susie Q said...

What a lovely place to spend the day. We have been but it has been years.
Love that blue pot!

So glad you enjoyed a nice get away!