ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • fall 2015
ideal towns >>> new bern, nc
New Bern is not only the birth place of Pepsi-Cola, home to a multitude of cultural festivals and the second oldest town in North Carolina, but it has just completed a $65 million History Center, which is raising the bar on museum experiences across
America, making this riverside town one of the most adored destinations in North Carolina.
Founded in 1710 by a Swiss nobleman who named it after his
native city of Berne, Switzerland, New Bern has all the charm of
a small Southern town blended with the cosmopolitan allure of a
modern city. Berne translates as ‘bear,’ which is why the New Bern
bear symbol is widely celebrated and adorns the town’s flag.
Located on a peninsula at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent
rivers, New Bern has a historic district complete with stunning archi-
tecture and elaborate gardens. A majority of these homes were built
around the turn of the century through World War II, and many
of the Victorian mansions,
Georgian houses, Federal-style
buildings and Greek revival
homes have been restored to
their original splendor.
“There’s just something re-
ally special about this place,”
Rob Timmel says after describ-
ing a day in downtown New
Bern. Since retiring to New
Bern four years ago, Rob and
his wife Marti have found pleasure in the little things.
“We love to explore historic downtown,” he says. “We get a kick
out of just walking around down there, then finding a nice bench on
the river and watching the boats.”
New Bern has a
A Charming Historic
by Kim Henry