Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Daycation: New Bern, NC

It feels like I have waited a long time for my spring break to roll around.  It is finally here and I am relishing every moment of it!  Aside from thrifting, we have been busy!  Sallie is in for her visit and we wanted to take her to New Bern for a day to check out all their cute shops.

The second oldest city, in North Carolina, New Bern was founded in 1710 by Swiss baron Christopher de Graffenried.  It is named after Bern Switzerland.  The name itself is taken from the German word "baren" , or "bears."  They have adorable painted bear statues all around town.

See if you can tell which is the sculpture and which is Brad.

The history teacher side of me loves New Bern for its rich history.  They have seen visits from George Washington and the famous evangelical preacher from the Great Awakening, George Whitfield at the church in the center of town. 

The town is filled with gorgeous old homes.  Ava Gardener had a summer house there and Babe Ruth used to visit for hunting trips.

It is also the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.  Originally created by the local pharmacist in the late 1800s, Caleb Bradham, it was called "Brad's Drink."

Here's Brad, enjoying "Brad's Drink" by the "Brad's Drink" sign.
We just spent the day checking out the sights, browsing the cute shops (of course I had to visit the adorable bead store), and enjoying our day.  Plus, a great lunch and pit stop at MJ's.

Creepy bear at Town Hall

4 story house by the river...swoon!

A street filled with shops
Yummy lunch stop

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